Spray Painted Ornaments DIY

When I started this blog my idea was to share craft projects that normal, busy people can do, you know, people that don’t have the time to spend all weekend working on a project because actually they’re a bit busy with everything else. My idea was that most things could be done between putting your child to bed and having dinner. Which was great! And then child number two came along and suddenly, that spare bit of time has now been changed to the few minutes between taking the elder one to playgroup, putting a clothes wash on and changing the youngest’s clothes again. But I still really want to do something so these spray painted ornaments should hopefully be something that everyone can fit into those fleeting moments.

spray painted ornaments tutorial

For this you will need

Old or second hand ornaments (husband was horrified when I bought these beauties home)

bird ornament upcycling Spray paint in white gloss Magazine or newspaper

upcycled ornament DIY


Take your old and slightly grim looking ornaments into the garden and place on your magazine. Do not do this inside as it goes everywhere (as the white patch on my grass can testify). Spray. Voila! Actually I recommend spraying it two or three times to get decent coverage, but each spray will only take you about a minute and you need to leave about 45 minutes between each layer, giving you plenty of time to do the 500 other things on your to-do list. You can now bask in the glory of your unique and cool ornaments, even the husband loved mine when I’d finished! I’ve done mine in a white gloss as that’s what goes in my house but if I could get away with something else then I think neon pink would look amazing! What colour would you choose to spray?

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  1. 21st November 2013 / 11:57 pm

    I can’t believe how easy that is and how effective. I am going to try it, off to the charity shop then. I am choosing a Teal colour or maybe the pink!

    • Kate
      25th November 2013 / 1:22 pm

      Oooh, yes teal would be lovely too ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. 22nd November 2013 / 11:12 am

    I have never thought of doing that. What a great idea, and I do love to play with spray paint ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kate
      25th November 2013 / 1:21 pm

      Yeah, I LOVE spray paint!!

  3. 22nd November 2013 / 12:47 pm

    Genius idea! Looks fab… Off for a rummage ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kate
      25th November 2013 / 1:21 pm

      Do it!!

  4. 24th November 2013 / 3:27 pm

    I love these. I recently came home with something similar – a Christmas decoration, silver-sparkly. So that’s the colour I’d choose. But my hubbie said the Christmas birds were hideous, and I’m sure he’s only putting up with them temporarily, so I think he’d divorce me if I added more sparkly birds to the collection! Shame though….

    • Kate
      25th November 2013 / 1:21 pm

      Yeah, husbands can be very unfair can’t they?!

    • Kate
      25th November 2013 / 1:20 pm


  5. 24th November 2013 / 8:44 pm

    Love this! So simple, yet I would never have thought of it! x

    • Kate
      25th November 2013 / 1:19 pm

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. 4th February 2014 / 9:20 pm

    They are amazing! Soo looking out for these is charity shops. Think I’d go for hot pink, but I dunno, the white looks do good!

    • Kate
      5th February 2014 / 8:42 pm

      Ooh! Hot pink would be amazing!

  7. 6th February 2014 / 2:39 pm

    Amazing transformation!! These sorts of ornaments are often pricey, so to take some dated ornaments (or buy them cheap (no pun intended!) from a charity shop or boot sale and then upcycling them is a fab idea! Came over from Tuesday Tutorials #Pintoral

  8. 21st April 2014 / 7:44 pm

    I love this idea! I have a box full of these birds which were given to my daughter by her Great Grandmother, they are still in the box stuck under the bed but will definitely get them out now and upcycle them! Thank you for sharing xx

    • 22nd April 2014 / 6:40 pm

      Yay! Would love to see what you do with them ๐Ÿ™‚

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