MAKE IT // Chalkboard Ornaments

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

 I haven't been crafty in foreeeeeeever. We've just been really busy - and with some big changes coming in our life soon (more on that tomorrow) my time has been split between 14(ish) different directions.

But, after we got our Christmas tree last week, it seemed like it was missing a few ornaments. I'd seen a picture of chalkboard ornaments on Pinterest, so I decided I'd make a few for our little tree. The process ended up being fairly easy! I just struggled with drawing with chalk at the end (chalk is such a finicky medium.) As you can probably tell, mine got a little messy... so I'm going to spend the next few days perfecting the designs on each ornament.

BUT, if you're interested in trying it out for yourself, here are the steps I took:

First, I removed the metal loop at the top of each ornament. That way, I could easily stick my finger in and dunk the ornament into the chalkboard paint. After I dunked, there was a lot of excess paint that dripped off, so I used a sponge paintbrush to wipe off any excess. Then, I placed each bulb on a skewer so they could dry without smudging.

When the first coat was dry, I dunked each ornament and repeated the process again to make sure none of the glass showed through.

Once everything was dry (the paint can says 3 days, I say a day and a half) I covered the ornament in chalk, then wiped it clean (supposedly this helps the chalk become more easily erasable or something.)

Then came the hard part - drawing out the designs. I tried to do mine really fast, and that didn't turn out quite like I wanted it to. Unless you're some kind of freaky chalk artist, this might take you a few tries. Also, as you can see in the ornament below, chalk smudges... that can be annoying.

But ultimately, I'm happy with the way things turned out.

Have you done any fun projects this holiday season?


  1. I hope you do not mind, but I totally pinned your ornaments. These are super cute and I have been trying to create an arsenal of good DIY ornaments.

  2. I love this!!! Simple, super cute, and you could change the designs every year!

  3. I love this idea, they look really good! Lovely blog too :)

    1. Thanks so much - you're so sweet! I love your blog too!

  4. Wow, what a fun idea! Need to go and find some glass ornaments now!

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  6. Alison,

    I just wanted to let you know we wrote about your Chalkboard ornaments in our most recent CouponSwapper newsletter:

    1. Thanks Brian! How exciting! I'm so honored to be featured. And thank you for letting me know.

      Happy Holidays.

  7. Yours are really cute! I did this last year but just had a small bottle of chalkboard paint so I brushed it on. Brush strokes = blah. I love how smooth yours look! So pretty.


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