Christmas Art Activities and Stenciling an Ornament

Don’t you just love this time of year? I can’t wait to get some Christmas art activities started. You know the decorations and gifts. Here’s a great one to customize your tree (or give as a gift).

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I can’t say it enough. The real beauty of stencils is that they allow you to put hand painted images in difficult places so that you can custom design your own arts and crafts. This Christmas Art Activities Project proves this point very well because it involves painting on glass. You know how slippery glass is and paint doesn't want to stick to it. Well, I want to show you how easy it is to custom design Christmas Ornaments with stencils!

Well, here's the how to in words but don't miss the video below!

I started with those inexpensive clear glass globes that you can find in boxes at the craft supply store or maybe even the dollar store. I poured acrylic craft paint into them by drizzling it around the opening and then rolling the globe until the inside was covered with color. Here you have the opportunity to create ornaments any color you want. You can stick to the traditional red or green of most Christmas Projects but you can also use Magenta or Cyan or Fluorescent Yellow. It’s up to you so be different!

Then I printed the Poinsettia Stencil from Free Printable Christmas Stencils and prepared it for painting on my ornament. Hint: you’ll have to reduce the size to a very small Poinsettia to fit on the ornament. For more tips on preparing a paper stencil for long term use go to Long Term Stencil Making Ideas.

I held the stencil onto the globe and with the stippling technique I layered on a coat of red acrylic paint. For this step you just want to get a coat of paint because when it dries you'll have a good outline that will allow paint to adhere better than on glass. To remove the stencil without smudging the paint, hold the globe at the bottom with the hand you have used to apply paint and lightly pinch up the stencil and pull straight up.

After the paint dries, use a thin artist’s brush to paint over the petals using two or more reds and pinks to create depth, shadows and highlights.

OK – That’s it in words but wouldn’t it be great to see it in action? No problem! I put together this video so that you can watch me as I do this. It is very easy; however, reading the instructions, doesn’t make it seem easy. But watch me as I step you though the process and you’ll be creating before you know what happened.

So now you made some ornaments and you’re looking for your next Christmas Art Activities Project. Well, do you like the festive napkins that line the bowl that the ornaments are piled in the picture above? I have all details for doing this at Homemade Christmas Crafts Project and best of all it uses Free Stencils too!

Since you are in the mood for Christmas Art Activities, check out our Holiday Crafts Page. You’ll find a long list of the Holiday Arts and Crafts that I have already worked up for you!

The napkins in the picture at the top were decorated with stencils too. You can get the free stencils at Christmas Tree Stencils along with hints about how this was done for another great Christmas Art Activities idea.

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The books below will work well with all of your Christmas Art Activities. Each book will come to you as a downloadable pdf file in your e-mail. Just check your e-mail after purchase for the link to connect to your file and print or save. It's that easy!

All designs can be adjusted to fit your project size. Instructions are included. Pages are 8.5” x 11”.

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Christmas Designs Stencil Book from

Christmas: A Book of Stencils

This collection includes 9 designs. They are Santa Claus, a Reindeer, a Christmas Tree (with options for decorations), a Candle with Holly Accents, Bells with a Bow, a Gingerbread Boy and Girl, and a String of Lights.

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Price: $9.95

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Christmas Cards Stencil Book from

Classic Christmas Cards

Here’s a neat little book that I created for Christmas Card Making. The designs can be used as stencils or masks. You can use them to apply paint or cut out colored paper and paste. Stencils included are the Christmas tree and star, the reindeer, the ornament and bow and of course the carolers. Also, included is a pattern so that you can make matching envelopes. These stencils are great for all of your Christmas Art Projects.

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Fleur de lis Stencil Book from

Fleur de lis: Book of Stencils

This collection includes 22 designs. Ten are easy single overlay. Six have 2 overlays and six have 3 overlays.

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Angels Stencil Book from

Angels: A Book of Stencils

These will be wonderful additions to your Christmas Art Activities and Crafts.

This collection includes 4 designs- Angel in Thought, Young Angel, Angel with Trumpet and Guardian Angel. Angels are a classic addition to your Christmas Arts and Crafts.

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I invite you to watch this informative Holiday Stencil Tutorial Video. It’s great to see some new techniques in action. Plus you’ll pick up on a few fun ideas to add to your holiday preparations.

Hey! Don’t forget that I (and everyone else) want to see what you have done with your Christmas Art Activities. Just click on Stenciling Projects to get your masterpiece showcased here on this web site. Won’t that be exciting! Or if you have any questions or want to share information join in on the Stencil Blog. Well, I hope to hear from you soon.

Happy Stenciling,


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If you love making things then Christmas is the very best time of year. This site has so many ideas that I wanted to put all the links to Christmas Crafts at your fingertips - after all, time is of the essence this time of year! Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Angel Stencil - Free Angel Stencils.

Christmas Art Activities - Decorate Ornaments with Stencils.

Christmas Art Craft - Find great ideas for making Tree Skirts with Stencils.

Christmas Art Ideas - Watch a Video for more Christmas Craft Ideas.

Christmas Art Prints - Find a new way to use Holiday Decorations.

Christmas Art Projects - Watch a video about using Stencils to create in different ways other than with paint.

Christmas Card Templates

Christmas Arts and Crafts - Make a beautiful candle holder with Stencils.

Christmas Card Ideas

Christmas Craft Activities - Use Stencils to make unique Stockings to hang by the fire.

Christmas Crafts

Christmas Craft Ideas - Decorate Gift Bags.

Christmas Craft Patterns

Christmas Projects - Decorate unique Gift Tags.

Christmas Stencils

Christmas Tree Stencils

Free Christmas Stencils

Gingerbread Man Stencil - Ideas and a Free Stencil.

Holiday Crafts - Here is the place for all your Holiday Crafts.

Holiday Stencil - Watch a Video with a unique way of using Stencils for Holiday Decorations.

Homemade Christmas Crafts - See how to use Stencils to embellish cloth napkins.

Make a Snowflake

Paper Snowflakes

Printable Christmas Stencils

Snowflake Cookies

Snowflake Crafts - Gift and Decoration Ideas with Artful Snowflakes.

Snowflake Designs - Here is where you'll see how to put your Snowflake Designs to use making unique gifts.

Snowflake Patterns - Make 3-D Snowflake Decorations.

Well, I hope you enjoyed all the Christmas Crafts and please come back year round for many other decorating ideas with Stencils!

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