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Painted Snowmen & Penguin Ornaments

By: Theresa Cifali

Dress up your tree with Painted Snowmen & Penguin Ornaments from Theresa Cifali. These simple homemade Christmas ornaments look adorable and are perfect for the season.


Painted Snowmen & Penguin Ornaments



  • Clear glass balls
  • Black and white acrylic paint (make sure it is fluid paints won't work unless you mix them with a fluid medium)
  • Deco Paint Pens
  • Pretty Ribbon


  1. The first thing you want to do is take the hanger out of the top of the ornament. These pull right out. If for some reason, one is being stubborn...just give it a twist like you would a soda bottle. When it loosens, you can then pull it out.

    Painted Snowmen & Penguin Ornaments
  2. Then you want to squeeze some paint inside and start swirling the paint around until the entire inside of the ball is coated. Then you want to drain them. To do that, you'll need to put then upside down. I take the tray that comes with the ornaments and cut a hole in the bottom of each section. Then I place that over the empty box so that there is enough space for the paint to drain out.

    Painted Snowmen & Penguin Ornaments
  3. I usually leave them upside down over night. Then the next day I turn them over and leave them for a couple of days to dry out. It's important that they are completely dry inside otherwise they will leak if they get turned upside down.

    Painted Snowmen & Penguin Ornaments
  4. When the inside is dry, I put the hangers back in and started to decorate!
  5. Using white, black and orange Deco paint pens, I began to draw faces on my ornaments. I started with the penguin faces first because I wanted to make sure that adorable white face was dry before adding black eyes and an orange beak. The snowmen took a few minutes. Just be careful not to smudge any wet paint while you are working. I actually left the penguin ornaments dry overnight before adding the other details.

    Painted Snowmen & Penguin Ornaments
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The photos of these little guys are so cute! Wouldn't these be a super fun way to spend d a family evening making these together, or even as a project for a scout troop or church group project! Would be a nice gift to give a teacher or a special friend, or even as a gift topper! Put several in a large flat glass bowl with a pretty light strand interwoven amongst them for a cute and whimsical table centerpiece! Such a fun and creative project!

Adorable ornaments however w/o pictures for guidance this project is fruitless.

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