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Personalized ornaments are a big hit during the holidays. They make great gifts as well as personal statements for your Christmas tree. Using a clear, plastic ornament, chalkboard paint and a little creativity, you can customize your ornament any way you choose! Make one with your family name, write out a quote from a favorite holiday movie, pen a Christmas greeting to a friend, or draw a festive picture. The great thing about using chalkboard paint is you can change the ornament from year to year. It’s like getting a new ornament each Christmas!
- Clear, plastic ornament
- Chalkboard paint
- Foam brush
- Chalk or bistro chalk markers, for decorating
- Twine, for hanging
- Carefully remove the metal top off of your ornament. Set aside.
- With a stick or end of a brush, hold the ornament in place by its opening for easy painting.
- Use a foam brush to evenly apply two coats of chalkboard paint. Let dry between coats (keep the stick in the ornament to hold upright and set in a glass or other sturdy surface to dry).
- When paint is completely dry, rub a piece of chalk all over ornament to activate the paint.
- Wipe chalk residue away with a dry paper towel and attach metal top onto ornament.
- Decorate your ornament with chalk or bistro markers.
- Cut a piece of twine and tie a loop onto top of ornament, then hang your chalkboard masterpiece!
I used bistro chalk markers to decorate my ornament. They’re not as messy as a stick of chalk. Although some bistro markers won’t wipe away completely with water, you can erase your design with glass cleaner.
This project is so easy that you can make a few of these at a time. Give them out as gifts and instead of personalizing them, include a couple bistro markers or a pack of chalk. These would make great presents for kids and adults!
Have fun – the decorating possibilities are endless with this project!
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