DIY Matte Ornaments: A Budget Friendly Holiday Decorating Idea

Now that I’ve retired, I’m exploring more cost-effective ways to decorate for the holiday season. I firmly believe that when you’re just starting out in ornament collection, it’s wise to invest in high-quality mercury glass ornaments that will withstand the test of time, ensuring you can use them year after year. However, as we all know, trends and tastes change, prompting us to update our tree decor. That’s exactly what happened to me this year; I fell in love with the elegant velvet and matte ornament trend but was put off by the high prices. So, I embarked on a search for an easy DIY solution. Using Rural Legend and Jenna Sue as inspiration, this DIY matte ornament project is straightforward and can be completed in an afternoon. Plus, if you have kids, they can join in on the painting process.

What’s even better is that you likely already have most of the supplies you need on hand:


  • Ornaments (you can use ornaments you already have on hand)
  • Spray primer (optional)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint (I used craft paint in a blue-grey, but any paint will do)
  • Spray adhesive (you can use any type you have on hand)
  • Baking soda
  • Rub and buff (optional, for a high-end look on the caps)
  • Ribbon
  • Skewers


Step 1: Place a skewer on the top of the ornament. You may not need to remove the cap, but depending on the skewer’s size, it might be necessary. Tape around the cap and skewer.

Step 2 (optional): Place the skewer in a box to make it easier to spray paint the primer. Give the ornaments a light coat of spray primer. Be cautious not to apply it too heavily, as this can lead to drips.

Step 3: Once the primer has dried, you can start painting. I mixed my craft paint with a small amount of baking soda for added texture. Use a firm brush for the best coverage. I employed a stippling technique, creating small dots for texture, but you can also just paint the ornament.

Step 4: Let the painted ornaments dry completely.

Step 5: Fill a plastic freezer bag with baking soda, or use a paper bowl. Spray adhesive on each ornament, taking care to avoid drips. Roll the ornaments in the baking soda. Don’t worry if it’s not entirely even; you can lightly brush it to ensure full coverage. Give the ornaments a light coat of adhesive again and allow them to dry.

Step 6: After removing the painter’s tape and skewer, you can paint the caps with rub and buff for a high-end look. Let them dry. This step is optional if you’re content with silver caps.

Step 7: Add ribbon to your ornaments, and you’re ready to enjoy your newly decorated tree.

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