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Create Your Own Handpainted Victorian Christmas Tree Ornaments

Updated on November 19, 2014

Handpaint Your Very Own Victorian Rose Christmas Tree Ornament

This lens was created to show you how to make these simple, yet elegant hand painted Victorian Christmas Tree Ornaments. They require only a few items to make such as ribbon, paint and a clear glass Christmas tree ornament ball. Well that and your imagination.

The Ornaments featured in the lens were created for a specific Christmas Tree color theme, but these Rose ornaments would look awesome in all sorts of reds, wines and burgundy colors. You could even paint white cabbage roses on them and then fill the clear glass ball ornament with something colorful and sparkly.

They also make a truly special Christmas gift. Create a set for family and friends. You could even date them for special occasions. Feel free to take this idea and make it your own.

What you'll find on this page:

Step by Step to painting Rose Petals

Supplies you'll need to create these Christmas Tree Ornaments

Ideas for making them your own unique creations

Please note that all of the photos used on this page are taken by the author.

Handpainted Vicotrian Christmas Tree Ornaments
Handpainted Vicotrian Christmas Tree Ornaments

Supplies Needed To Create These Victorian Christmas Tree Ornaments

Items You'll Need To Create This Christmas Tree Ornament:

  • Clear glass Christmas Ornament Balls
  • Two colors of Oil Paint
  • Brushes
  • Ribbon
  • Jewelers wire
  • Hot glue gun

Handpainted Victorian Christmas Tree Ornament Jumble
Handpainted Victorian Christmas Tree Ornament Jumble

The Four Steps To Making Your Victorian Christmas Tree Ornaments are:

1. Clean the surface of the ornaments

2. Paint the roses

3. Create bows and apply to Christmas Ornament

4. Hang.

You can make this as complex or easy as you want in regards to painting the flowers on your Christmas Tree Ornaments. For the purposes of this lens we're gonna go with easy instructions. Just a few simple brush strokes and you can create fabulous looking roses.

Step 1. Clean The Ornaments

Clean The Surface Of The Clear Glass Ornament Balls

I just used a little window cleaner. I'm not sure how necessary this step is but it's good for removing hand oils as well as factory dust from the packaging materials.

How To Paint The Roses On Your Victorian Christmas Tree Ornaments

A Little Color For Painting Roses On Your Christmas Tree Ornaments

An Extremely Simple Step by Step For Painting Roses On Your Christmas Ornaments

Here is an extremely simple step by step for painting roses on your ornaments. I really don't spend much time working on them and often paint one after another in quick succession. Of course you may wish to spend more time and effort than I, but here's the basics in creating a rose.

I painted my example on paper as I just couldn't get it to photograph well as an in-progress on the ornament. The total time spent painting this rose was about 1 minute.

To keep this simple you really only need two colors for painting your roses. Your primary color of choice which for the examples ornaments was a pink but I think a luscious red would be gorgeous. The other color you need is white. You use it to soften and create highlights on the red.

Step 1 For Painting The Rose For Your Christmas Tree Ornaments

How To Paint Roses On Your Handpainted Vicotrian Christmas Tree ornaments

Put in the mid-tone range color and create the basic rose shape.

I usually create this color by mizing the darker color such as red with my highlight color of white. Once again this is the simplest way to paint a rose. If you want something more realistic paint it as you might for a painting.

Step 2 For Painting Roses

How To Paint Roses On Your Handpainted Vicotrian Christmas Tree ornaments

Add int the darker shadow color. This means the darkest pigment of the color you've selected your rose to be. In this case red.

And yes it's kinda ugly at this stage.

Step 3. For Painting Roses

How To Paint Roses On Your Handpainted Vicotrian Christmas Tree ornaments

Add the highlights Which in this instance is white.

Yup still ugly.

Step 4. For Painting Roses

How To Paint Roses On Your Handpainted Vicotrian Christmas Tree ornaments

Finish and blend to add depth to your flower. Here's the part where you can fiddle around and make your rose as lifelike or simplas as you wish.

I'm a critter artist and not a painter at all so if I can pop out something vaguely resembling a rose with less than a minutes effort, so can you.

Paint Brush Selections - For Painting Your Christmas Tree Ornaments

If you've never painted before I'd advise getting a small assorment of paintbrushes for you to try out and experiemtn with. Also despite the fact that I am usually touting quality all the way, this is one of those instances where

there's no need for fancy or expensive paint brushes

Paint brushes can get really expensive and since we're not creating the Mona Lisa here, cheap and cheerful is the way to go.

Step 3. Create A Bow With Ribbon And Wire

For the Pink Victorian Christmas Tree Ornaments featured on this page a 1" Pink ribbon was used. After tying the bow it was secured in place with a little bit of jewelers wire and then hot glued into place. One again use a little crumpled newspaper to hold ornament securely while the glue is drying.

A Video Showing How To Make A Bow For Your Victorian Christmas Ornament - Making A BowTutorial

Red Ribbon For Your Bows

Note: It's important to remember to select an appropriate sized ribbon to balance with the size of your Christmas Tree Ornament Balls.

A Couple Of Ideas To Change Up This Idea And Make It Your Own

Fill Ornament With Something Sparkly And Fective

*Colored tinsel

*Colored Tissue Paper


NOTE: Be sure to fill only with lightweight stuffs as anything to heavy will make the hanger pull free from the ornament.

Paint A White Rose On Your Ornament

* Use a plain colored Christmas Ornament Ball and paint White Roses On them

* Fill The Clear Ball with something like potpourri

Handpainted Vicotrian Christmas Tree Ornaments
Handpainted Vicotrian Christmas Tree Ornaments

I'd Love To Hear Thoughts, Please Leave A Comment.

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      4 years ago

      Love the tree! But I am loving your dark wood in your house! We just bouhgt a house and it has the light oak floors, we are planning on changing them to dark wood because it just looks so much more elegant. :) Oh and congrats on the pregnancy!

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      5 years ago from Iowa

      @paperfacets: Thanks. I haven't made these for a few years but I love seeing them on my tree every year.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      5 years ago from La Verne, CA

      This would be an affordable way to decorate and bring together a tree with, otherwise, mixed themed ornaments like our tree.

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      7 years ago

      I just pinned these to Pinterest, I am sure that everyone will enjoy them and it will lead back to your post, they are beautiful

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      7 years ago

      Yes, I have enjoyed it and I am going to decorate my home and ramp with bows. Yes, and glasses. You made it so simple, I have the bow dabra,but I am not working well with it.Thanks for taking the time to make the video. I love your other decorations as well.

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      7 years ago

      Would you consider selling any of your pink rose ornaments?

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      7 years ago

      Fantastic instructional lens. One of the best I've seen. Outstanding job!

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      7 years ago

      BEAUTIFUL! You did a fantastic job with this lens. I just want to go out and get the stuff to make these ornaments.. cool! THUMBS UP

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      These are so delicate and pretty. Thanks for showing us how to make them.

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      7 years ago

      Beautiful , thanks for the instructions :)

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      7 years ago

      These are very pretty!

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      You are so very talented. Everything you lay your artwork to comes out gorgeous. Thank you so much for sharing with your friends at Squidoo :)

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      June Parker 

      8 years ago from New York

      Mona, these are so beautiful! You may be a "critter" painter, but these turned out so well! I just love this lens. When you stopped by my Victorian ornament lens, I had just started on it. I have added some more but am still not finished. It looks like I will have to do a special section to feature your beautiful ornaments. These will fit right in for sure.

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      8 years ago


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      HorseAndPony LM 

      8 years ago

      Your ornaments are beautiful. You make it look and sound so easy. I will give it a try.

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      8 years ago

      Another awesome lens! These ornaments are gorgeous!

    • WildFacesGallery profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Iowa

      @SandyPeaks: Thank you so much! It's very appreciated. :)

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      8 years ago

      What a clever idea, and so beautifully done! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      8 years ago

      Your victorian roses are absolutely beautiful! I would guess you sell these out quickly at your art fairs. What a lovely gift idea for those special people who love roses ......and, not just for Christmas. These could be displayed all year around.

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      8 years ago

      These are beautiful you are so talented makes me want to try i love roses

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      8 years ago

      These look great! you are an artist with many talents!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      8 years ago from United States

      Wow! Wow! Did I say Wow! Oh how I wish I could paint these beautiful ornaments. You have given such excellent photo instructions that I feel like maybe I could. I would really like to try at least. Thank you!

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      8 years ago

      Beautiful and so elegant. Perfect for a Victorian style tree (or any tree!). And look fun to make too.

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      8 years ago from U.S.

      This is a great lens! I looked at the rose paintings at the beginning, and said to myself, "No way could I paint them!". Your step by step instructions make it seem very possible though. I'd love to try it now.

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      Sensitive Fern 

      8 years ago

      I love love love this lens! I've tried to paint roses like this because I love folk art/tole painting but mine don't look this good. I'm featuring it on my rose drawing and porcupine ball lenses.


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