Well, technically I was making these with family and stole this technique from a family member, haha… I’ve made alcohol ink ornaments two ways: alcohol ink on glass applied to the exterior (and then sealed) or alcohol ink applied inside a clear glass ornament – but my technique with alcohol inks applied inside clear glass ornaments was to keep swirling inks, drying them in layers, to create an intricate, marbled, mini abstract. I liked a very densely applied, luminescent alcohol ink ornament:
I brought my supplies for a family craft night and taught my technique for making alcohol ink ornaments and things were going swimmingly – but the fam quickly went rogue. Luckily, the technique they discovered is SO MUCH FASTER and creates a pretty stained glass effect. Basically, the ink is applied much more thinly and dried very quickly to create sheer areas of ink. Let me show you how “we” did it!
- Clear glass or plastic ornaments
- Alcohol inks (this is the 24 pack I have bought twice)
- Alcohol ink blending solution
- Hair dryer
How to Make Alcohol Ink on Glass Ornaments:
- Carefully remove ornament cap
- Pour only a drop or two of alcohol ink and blending solution into a clear glass ornament
- Swirl the ink around in one area and dry it with a hair dryer
- Keep swirling and drying the ink until it’s dried completely
- Pour in another drop of ink and blending solution – careful not to pour into the dried ink area
- Repeat the process until the new section has dried as well
- Repeat the process with a solid drop or two of ink (no blending solution) for more saturated areas
- Make sure to dry each section thoroughly with the hair dryer
- Set aside to dry overnight before replacing ornament cap
Note: I used one or two alcohol ink colors at a time for these ornaments – I find this method looks really pretty with two similar colors (like a light purple and dark purple) or two complimentary colors. So I recommend starting with one or two and then experimenting from there. Here are some step by step photos to illustrate the process for making these sheer alcohol ink ornaments:
The Finished Alcohol Ink Glass Ornaments
Here’s the finished result! It’s much more sheer and ethereal than my other DIY alcohol ink ornaments – I can’t wait to see these on my Mom’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Christmas tree theme! I think they will glow really beautifully under the tree lights.
Here’s a look at the other “stained glass” alcohol ink ornaments we made, in more jewel toned colors:
I tried this technique with the metallic copper alcohol ink, which doesn’t get as sheer as the other colors but still looks really pretty:
I love crafting with alcohol inks because alcohol ink crafts always turn out beautifully and watching the inks swirl is so satisfying. I’ve shared quite a few alcohol ink craft tutorials, but here are some fabulous ones you can give as handmade gifts.
More Alcohol Ink Craft Gift Ideas:
- Alcohol ink ornaments (ink applied outside of glass)
- Alcohol ink ornaments (ink applied densely inside of glass)
- Alcohol ink art on yupo paper
- Alcohol ink on ceramic
- Alcohol ink coasters
- Alcohol ink note cards
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