We painted out salt dough ornaments (recipe and instructions can be found here) and just wrapped most of them up for gifting to my daughter’s playmates. I love how they turned out, and how my 3 year old can proudly share gifts from her heart with her friends.
Six Steps to Painless Salt Dough Ornament Painting
- Set up your painting and glitter area outside. Even if it’s freezing, it’ll be worth it.
- Use acrylic paints. Don’t mess around with tempera. Acrylic is archival and the ornaments will look beautiful when you take them out year-after-year. FYI: Acrylic paint will not wash out of clothing.
- Add some shine. Use glitter or metallic paint. Make it sparkle. It’s the holidays, after all!
- Limit the palette. I limited ours to red, white, and green. For Chanukkah, you could use blue, white, and silver. With young children, fewer paint choices make things simpler.
- Gather your materials ahead of time.
- Use a paper plate for a palette and cover the workspace in paper. When you’re done, all you should have to clean are the brushes and hands.
She wanted to use glitter glue, sometimes all by itself and sometimes on top of paint. The beauty of having a ton of blank ornaments is that they’re ripe for painting experiments. No two ornaments were the same.
And there they are, ready to be strung with ribbons and hung somewhere festive. The glitter sticks right to the acrylic paint, but as a final step, you could seal these with clear acrylic medium like this, which would help keep all the loose glitter on the ornament and off of everything it brushes against.
What glitter camp are you in? Love it or hate it?