See how easy it is to make personalized painted wood ornaments in any color you like to match your Christmas decorating style.
I am so excited about Christmas this year. Like kid in a candy store excited.
This year I really want to add some color and a hint of shine to my Christmas tree and these ornaments are just the ticket.
I used a super easy paint technique that gives them an artistic look that looks much fancier than your typical painted ornament. And the good news is you really don’t need to have any actual artistic talent to make these.
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- Wooden ornament shapes – I used these wooden ornaments from Michaels. There are also lots of wooden ornament shapes on Amazon that will work, but most of them aren’t as thick.
- Chalk paint or acrylic craft paints – I used Americana Décor Chalky finish paint in Treasure and Craft Smart chalky paint in Scarlet (this paint is similar). White paint would also look really beautiful. (Secret paint tip – chalk paint and acrylic craft paint are actually surprisingly similar and can be used interchangeably for small crafts.)
- dark wood stain – I used Minwax dark walnut
- clean rag – for applying stain
- gold Sharpie oil-based paint pen – these are seriously the best paint pens
- Mineral Spirits
How to Make Painted Wood Ornaments
These ornaments are seriously easy and fast to make – you can definitely knock out three in less than thirty minutes.
The first step is to paint the ornaments. Don’t worry about painting the whole thing, just roughly paint the front.
You could also use basic acrylic craft paints for this instead of chalk paints, but I already had some chalk paint on hand.
Either type of paint can be painted onto raw wood without worrying about primer and they both dry very quickly.
Once the paint has dried, use a clean rag to rub stain all over the ornament, including the painted area as well as anywhere the raw wood is still showing.
Immediately after applying the stain, wipe it off the painted area using a rag dampened with Mineral Spirits. This will wipe any excess stain from the painted area while staining the wood and giving the paint a deeper, richer color.
This two step paint/stain technique is one of my favorites for creating a rich, weathered finish for decor and furniture so I figured why not ornaments too!
Once the stained ornament is dry to the touch, you can add your words.
I used a gold oil–based Sharpie paint pen and it worked fantastically.
The gold has a great shine and the paint pen writes incredibly smoothly. If your handwriting isn’t great, you print your lettering in any font you want and use this super simple technique to transfer it to your ornament.
And of course you could customize these any way you want with your own favorite Christmas colors and words. Or use them to create personalized ornaments with your family member’s names.
I am loving these ornaments so much, I think I just might make some more!
- Wooden Ornament Shapes
- Chalk Paint or Acrylic Craft Paint in the colors of your choice
- Dark stain – I used Minwax dark walnut
- Mineral Spirits
- Gold Sharpie oil-based paint pen
- Rag - for staining
- Paint Brushes
- Roughly paint the front of the ornaments in your choice of paint color. You don't need to paint the entire ornament, just a quick rough patch of paint over most of the ornament.
- Use a clean rag to rub stain all over the ornaments.
- Use another clean rag to immediately wipe mineral spirits all over the ornament. This will remove excess stain from the painted area.
- Allow the ornaments to dry.
- Add words of your choice using a Sharpie Paint Pen and allow them to dry.
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