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How to Update Old Ornaments with Paint

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I pulled out my go to red ornaments this year and they were looking a little sad. I knew I wanted to do a new color scheme for a couple of my trees, but I couldn’t just toss these old baubles. So I chose to update old ornaments with paint. Take a look at what I used and how I gave new life to these ornaments.

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How to Update Old Ornaments with Paint

For this project I used DecoArt Extreme Sheen metallic paint. It comes in a wide variety of colors and has the best shine I’ve seen with a brush on paint. Any standard acrylic craft paint will work for this project. Choose glossy or shiny paint like this for metallic looking ornaments. Opt for matte finish paint for a subtle modern look.

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I rounded up some old glass ball ornaments that were tarnished and needed a little TLC. I didn’t plan on using these on my tree as is, but with a new color they would be perfect on my colorful white Christmas tree.

updated old ornaments with paint

How to Update Old Ornaments with Paint

Yield: 4
Active Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy

Update old tarnished glass ball ornaments with metallic paint.



  • Sponge brush
  • Paint dish
  • Craft sticks
  • Craft knife
  • Shoebox lid


  1. Start by setting up a drying rack for these ornaments. Cut a few small slits into a shoebox lid and insert craft sticks. This will allow the ornaments to dry between coats. drying rack for painted ornaments
  2. Take off the metal top of the ornament and paint a thin coat over the entire ball. Use a soft sponge brush for the best results. This will leave minimal streaks. how to update ornaments with paint
  3. Place the ornaments on the drying rack until dry. update old ornaments with paint
  4. Repeat with 2-3 more coats until you have a beautiful metallic finish. Let each coat dry before adding the next.
  5. Pop the cap back on the ornaments and hang them on your tree.

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These colorful metallic ornaments look like new and have found a home on my white tree this year.

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Saturday 21st of December 2019

You saved my ornaments! I was just thinking about tossing them out as they have lost their luster after 12+ years but this idea is perfect to restore them to good as new. Which makes my heart happy as these ornaments are the ones my husband and I bought for a first Christmas together.


Thursday 26th of December 2019

Oh good I'm so happy to hear this! Happy crafting.


Saturday 30th of November 2019

I love the colors you used! I have some ornaments that need updating, so I'm going to do this!


Tuesday 26th of November 2019

What a great idea to redo old ornaments. That color shine is gorgeous!


Monday 25th of November 2019

What a great way to update old ornaments. I would never have thought to paint them!

Cherryl Ehlenburg

Monday 25th of November 2019

I have a lot of old ornaments that could use a touch-up. I just love the sheen on those ornaments, and I am going to have to give it a try!

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