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Painting Christmas Ornaments

Updated on April 6, 2017

For Christmas or just to hang for decoration

One of a kind, hand painted Christmas ornaments are a favorite thing for me to make during the Holidays. I have made hundreds in the past 30 years, from personal ones to general Xmas scenes.

My first ornament was an old silver one that lost it's luster, so I painted it turned out, someone saw it and wanted to buy it from me. I then started to bring them along to art's and craft shows.

My ornaments are hanging on Xmas trees in many U.S. states, including other parts of the world.

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shown all the way around

 winter sleigh scene
winter sleigh scene

Winter Sleigh Scene -

This particular one was made for a show and sold the minute I put it out...people like the sleigh scene and all the extra things I paint on them. They always ask me how I can get so much a small bulb...I tell them, I just do it!

Mountain Biking - or any sport can be featured

biking ornament
biking ornament

Avid Mountain Bikers

This was a gift to my daughter and her husband, both had been avid bikers - participating in mountain biking and racing.

Up till then, I have never painted that motif. I was happy with the end were they.

Chasing a white hare.

horse & hare in snow
horse & hare in snow

A Quarter Horse -

A friend of mine sent me a photo of her horse and I embellished the scene, which took place in the Colorado mountains....a fun one to paint.


Butterfly Ornament

Hand Painted Glass Ornament, Yellow with Butterflies and Pink Peonies CO-191
Hand Painted Glass Ornament, Yellow with Butterflies and Pink Peonies CO-191

Beautiful reverse hand painted ornament...amazing and unusual talent.


Gift for my friend - showing him driving his horse and sleigh

I wish I had taken more photos of all the ornaments I've painted over the years...At least for now I have these below to show. They are a sorted variety with the images going all the way around the bulb.

My Gallery - include a variety of subjects

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Easy to make - Fun to give

Compound Christmas Ornaments: Easy-to-Make and Fun-to-Give Projects for the Holidays
Compound Christmas Ornaments: Easy-to-Make and Fun-to-Give Projects for the Holidays

There are 57 Holiday decorating projects in this book, from tree toppers, decorative ornaments, holiday centerpieces, candlestick holders, even a nativity scene...and many more fun projects...


To buy or not to buy a hand decorated ornament - Never really thought about it?

It's nice to get a personalized painted ornament, especially if its including a family pet or favorite animal, even a person.

Would you consider having an Ornament painted?

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How I paint my bulb ornaments... - and ideas for personalizing

Delia the artist
Delia the artist

*Notes for painting

1. I buy ornaments without a design on them

2. Clean any oil or dirt that might impair painting.

3. Any acrylic paint will do, you can even use the sparkle paint, if that's what you like.

4. Start out with a pencil drawing, or trace the pattern/image on the ornament.

5. Dark colors come first, adding the next lighter color, till I get to the highlights and details.

6. Finishing off with an acrylic glaze, mat, semi gloss or sheen, whatever affect you like

7. I like to add either a satin ribbon, or string that is gold or silver

8. If it's a dog, cat or horse and sleigh, I like adding a small Jingle bell on the string or ribbon.

9. You can also add special Rub-on type for personalizing

10. I have added charms that go with the motive and it creates an extra interest

11. Personalizing with an image makes it special, I add a great deal of details

My Ornament painting participation

In 2013 I decided to participate painting an ornament for our Capitol in Madison WI. The theme was to represent past or present events at Christmas time...

My ornament is about the past, featuring a two horse drawn sleigh with a grown person and a child waving a W-flag...they are delivering a Tree to the capitol.

I added many little things on there to make it appealing to the eye, and for the imagination of what was happening in the scene .... It was fun to paint.

Madison Capitol Xmas Ornament 2013

Horse with glitter

cardboard ornament
cardboard ornament

Using Cardboard -

This was my first handmade Horse, cut out of cardboard, painted with acrylic and glitter attached with a gold string.

I have also used decoupage, then sealed with a glaze or crackle for an interesting ages affect.

Another Horse

More Cardboard -

This one was the second Horse creation, also done on Cardboard...these were made for my Horse Themed Christmas Tree, added to the over 250+ in my collection.

Yep, Cardboard

Of course there is Santa -

Both sides are painted making them look like an old type Santa. The cardboard works well for this, as it's lightweight and makes great gift tags as well.

Teddy Bears

Displayed Ostrich Egg

Ostrich  Egg
Ostrich Egg

Don't forget the -

Of course you can't forget the Teddy Bear...I had always liked this theme, especially with a stick horse or rocking horse.


My art decal on an Ostrich egg -

This was an ostrich egg made as an Ornament or an Easter egg, my design was licensed out to the person that made these eggs.

Fun Ornaments to make

Easy and fun ornament decorating

Holiday Crafts with Plastic Ball Ornaments Paint Them or Fill Them with Candy, Flowers, or Mylar
Holiday Crafts with Plastic Ball Ornaments Paint Them or Fill Them with Candy, Flowers, or Mylar

A handy and easy way to decorate can Have fun decorating ornaments that are easily explained in this book.


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    • Diane Cass profile image

      Diane Cass 2 years ago from New York

      Gorgeous! I love your hand painted ornaments. I've made a few myself, but I'm not nearly as talented as you. Just beautiful.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 3 years ago from Topeka, KS

      What a fantastic idea! I just might make some of these for my grandson! Very lovely ornaments. :)

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      mel-kav 3 years ago

      Beautiful ornaments!!! I wish I was talented enough to do something like that.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Your ornaments are beautiful Delia!

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      Anthony Godinho 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These hand-made one-of-a-kind ornaments are indeed awesomely beautiful. You are amazingly talented. Wishing you and your family a Merry and Blessed Christmas and all the best for the New Year. Stay blessed, my dear!

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      C A Chancellor 4 years ago from US/TN

      What a wonderful gift idea!

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      Lynda Makara 4 years ago from California

      Loved your cardboard horse ornaments. Angel blessings.

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      Ronald Tucker 4 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Enjoyed viewing the exquisite hand painted Christmas ornaments, I especially like the sleigh & horse scenes...definitely keepsakes ornaments that can decorate Christmas trees for many years to come!

      Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year!, d-atist.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Oh my! These are beautiful!

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      Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Your hand-painted ornaments are absolutely stunning! I've given hand-painted glass (and other handmade) ornaments for many years, but they pale by comparison to the artistry in your work. Congrats on the well deserved purple star. Blessed!

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      myamya 5 years ago

      I like this lens, great job!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You are SO talented, and so prolific. I work slowly, because I, too, do a lot of detail, & so I don't get a lot of items done. Wish I could figure out how to speed up & still keep quality. Thank you for such a beautiful lens, and for sharing your expertise. Best wishes.

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Omaha, NE

      I'm amazed by your talent! You do incredible work. Most excellent lens, blessed!

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      colleenw1 5 years ago

      Beautiful ornaments...

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      bharat01 5 years ago

      Wow, it is a fun lens, love your work....., great job by you, well done........:)

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      writerkath 5 years ago

      Oh, they're BEAUTIFUL! I have decorated ornaments in the past as well -but nothing even remotely close to your gorgeous designs!

      I really appreciate the video on how to make the roses - I have attempted those with minimal (but OK) results. Now I have a resource on how to do it thanks to you!

      Merry Christmas you talented thing you! :) Kath

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      You are so talented ... Merry Christmas!

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      oxfordian 5 years ago

      These are simply stunning. I've been collecting ornaments for about 10 years now and you've inspired me to try to paint some of my own. I'm not nearly the artist you are, but I'm anxious now to give it a try.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      you are really very artistic. i will include you in my lens which is under construction.i could publish it tonight.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Lens! :)

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      psiloveyou1 5 years ago

      Your ornaments are gorgeous. Beautiful lens.

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      bjslapidary 5 years ago

      Love your ornaments. You do beautiful work.

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Fun lens!

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      These unique horse ornaments are beautiful! Blessed

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      KeepsakeIdeas 5 years ago

      Now I see what you mean about your hand-painted Christmas ornaments. They certainly are beautiful! Lovely to see an artistic talent being put to use in a unique way like this.

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Lovely ornaments, so much nicer than the shop ones, thumbs up

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      pawpaw911 6 years ago

      Really neat, wish I had the talent.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Beautiful ornaments and lens. Fantastic idea too.I'm going to try this!

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      MelissaRodgz 6 years ago

      Wow these are really beautiful hand painted ornaments. You are an immensely talented person. I wish I was that artistic. I like the Santa ornaments.

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Beautiful ornaments! Congrats on your Purple Star.

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      Sojourn 6 years ago

      The sleigh scenes are my favorite! Although, they're all absolutely amazing. You have great talent. ;)

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      Such a great art coming from someone who can't draw a stickman leave alone any thing else.

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      Rita-K 6 years ago

      Beautiful! Absolutely Beautiful!

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      What heirlooms you are creating for your family and friends. Delightful ornaments with one-of-a-kind painting on it. Love it!

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      costinget 6 years ago

      Beautiful! I love horses, too! Great artwork!

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      ZazzleEnchante 6 years ago

      Beautiful artwork, beautiful hand-painted ornaments! Interesting lens, makes a fascinating read. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Lynne Modranski 6 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks for sharing! I really like the bears best!

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love one of a kind ornaments. I will feature this in a lens I am developing on gifts that make a difference.

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      sheriangell 6 years ago

      Delia - The detail here is extraordinary and each one is so beautiful. They are truly "one of a kind"! Blessed by a Squid Angel today and featured on Pay It Forward.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      What detail and diversity you display on such small medium. I am impressed! I tried to choose a favorite and found that hard to do. These are treasures that will be cherished and passed down in families lucky enough to have them.

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      jolou 6 years ago

      These are really beautiful and unique.

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      Just lovely! Thanks for sharing these and the information.

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      HorseAndPony LM 7 years ago

      Your ornaments are beautiful. Of course the horses are my favorite. I love the Horse and Sleigh ornaments.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Really lovely Delia! I particularly like the Frisian Sleigh one though all are really gorgeous. I also think the cardboard cutouts a great idea. For many years I made a new type of Christmas ornament every year but this eventually got changed into designing a new card every year. I miss the act of ornament making though.

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      Rachel Field 7 years ago

      What intricate work! A great way to make Christmas personal too.

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      Nightowl John 7 years ago

      Wow, these are very beautiful. I've never seen hand-painted ornaments before. You are very talented, but I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that! LOL!