Art, DIY, Inspire

Words to Inspire Ornaments

Words are powerful. They can encourage, inspire, and help us to believe in ourselves.  So why not put those words on a Christmas Ornament where they can be seen over and over.

To make these ornaments I started with a paper mache  4″ ball ornament.  You could use the ornament as it is, but I decided to make mine a little fancier by adding a finial.


Drill a hole in the finial so that you can attach a wire hanger.  Also drill a hole the size of the bottom of the finial in the paper mache ball.  You could attach the finial with glue, but I choose to use Quikwood in order to have a nice finished edge.

If you would like some tips on using the Quikwood check out the video on the page – Paper Mache Ornament


Now for the fun. Paint the balls any color you would like and paint on dots using a 3/4″ dauber.  Notice that an egg carton makes it easy to hold them while they dry.


Paint your finial using your favorite metallic color.   Freehand on your words using a complementary color.   Think about what would be the perfect word of encouragement for the person who will receive each ornament.


Next you will want to add glitter, so first slip a wire into the hole in the finial so the ornament can hang while drying.  Holding by finial, spread white glue over ornament using a sponge brush.  Sprinkle with glitter and hang to dry.  I used glass glitter on my ornaments because I like the extra sparkle.


Once they dry add a hanger to the top.  If you need ideas on making hangers check out these pages with instructional videos Feathered friends ornament hanger   Sing, Sing, Sing ornament hooks

When done I added a little bow of glittered toile.


Now think of all the people in your life that you can inspire with your words and start creating.

I hope you enjoy creating these ornaments.  It would be a great project to do with a teen to give to their friends.

Painting Blessings,




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