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Simple Ornaments


I made some adorable ornaments as holiday gifts. They didn’t take too long and turned out beautiful!

Ceramic Ornament Supplies



  • Pre-made, ceramic ornaments
  • A pencil
  • Paint markers
  • Clear acrylic gloss coating









Step 1

Create a design on the ornament using the pencil. You can use any design, but I’m partial to Zentangle patterns, they are simple to draw, but look complex. If you feel confident about your design, feel free to skip this step and free-draw with the paint markers.


I used a pencil to outline a Zentangle pattern called “Purk”.

Step 2

Use the paint markers to color in the design. Make sure to let each side dry before turning the ornament over to prevent smudging.


Tip: If the paint marker color you want to use is light, you may want to erase your pencil marks before starting to fill in your design. The remaining marks will be dark enough to use as a guide, but light enough that they won’t show through to the finished product.

Step 3

Use the clear acrylic spray to create a glossy, finished look. Again, let each side of the ornament dry individually.

Ornaments--Clear Coat

Make sure you spray the ornaments in a well-ventilated area. I always just take mine outside.


Here are a few of my favorites:

Hollibaugh Star

I used a Zentangle pattern called “Hollibaugh” to create this design.


This ornament incorporates 3 distinct patterns to create a cohesive design.


Plaid Tree

I made a plaid pattern by varying the width of straight vertical and horizontal lines.