Do you like high-end Christmas ornaments but can’t justify the price? If you answered yes then you’ll want to follow my tutorial on how to make Chinoiserie ornaments a DIY designer knockoff!
I recently received my Ballard Designs catalog which showed 3 beautiful Chinoiserie ornaments that were priced on the high side.
I decided that I would reproduce a budget-friendly version of these blue and white Christmas ornaments and they turned out beautifully!
Keep in mind that Chinoiserie Asian inspired patterns are loosely painted and are not perfect, so there’s no need to be an experienced artist. Just copy and sketch the outline of a pattern and then fill it in with paint.
CHINOISERIE ORNAMENTS DIY DESIGNER KNOCKOFF
THE DEFINITION AND HISTORY OF CHINOISERIE:
Chinoiserie is the European interpretation of Asian culture and decorative arts that originated in the 17th century and was popularized in the 18th century due to the rise in trade with China and the rest of East Asia. The Chinoiserie art style and patterns reflect Chinese qualities that often feature sprawling floral motifs, butterflies, birds, pagodas, and pastoral landscapes.
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- 3 round plastic ornaments
- paint brushes
- Waverly/Folk Art white chalk paint
- Apple Barrel navy blue craft paint
- heat gun or hairdryer
DIFFERENT WAYS CHINOISERIE ORNAMENTS CAN BE MADE
- Decoupaged with Chinoiserie patterned napkins
- Color with a blue Sharpie marker or paint pen
- Hand paint with acrylic paint
One popular way to make designer knockoff ornaments is to decoupage Chinoiserie patterned napkins onto smooth, clear or white plastic ball ornaments. If you use clear ones, they will need to be painted white so the napkin colors will show correctly. Use basic instructions for decoupaging with Mod Podge and a foam brush.
The second way is to use a blue Sharpie marker or paint pen to draw and fill in designs on white ornaments, and of course the last alternative to making blue and white ornaments is to use acrylic paint like in this tutorial.
SEE THE ORNAMENT DESIGNS I USED AT Ballard Designs
FIND ADDITIONAL PATTERNS TO PAINT –> Chinoiserie pattern images
HOW TO HAND PAINT CHINOISERIE ORNAMENTS
STEP 1: PREP AND PAINT THE ORNAMENTS
Take off the silver ornament toppers and clean the outside of the balls with windex.
Paint the plastic ornaments with white chalk paint.
I used one large silver ball from the Dollar Tree ($1.25) and two clear medium balls from Walmart (98 cents each.)
Use an artist brush or foam brush to paint 2 light coats of chalk paint. Use a heat gun or hairdryer to speed up the drying time.
STEP 2: HAND PAINT THE LARGEST ORNAMENT
Lightly sketch a Chinoiserie pattern of your choice using a pencil. Fill in the design with your navy blue craft paint.
You can paint one or two coats of blue. If I were to paint these again, I would only paint one coat so it would look more like my floral ornament.
I painted the largest ball in 3 sections. The photo below is the 1st and 2nd section.
STEP 2: SKETCH AND PAINT DESIGNS ON THE 2 SMALLER ORNAMENTS
Two designs completed so far. Now, it’s time to sketch and hand paint the floral motif Christmas ornament.
The last design is a floral Asian inspired motif.
This floral ornament was painted with only one coat.
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