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How to Make Hand-Painted Christmas Ornaments Using Luster Dust

Hand-painted Christmas ornaments add a festive and personal touch to any holiday décor. To get even more festive, you could use edible Luster Dust add sparkle to your ornaments in a fun and unique way.

Luster Dust is a fine, shimmering powder that can be mixed with certain solutions to create a metallic or pearlescent finish on different surfaces. Here we'll show you how to make your own Luster Dust hand-painted Christmas ornaments for the Holiday season.

Luster Dust on Hand-Painted Christmas Ornaments

Gold Luster Dust is often used to add a metallic or shimmery finish to cakes, cookies, and other baked goods. But the food grade coloring agent is also really great to decorate hand-painted Christmas ornaments, making them much more visually appealing.

For family craft projects, be aware most Luster Dust is not intended to be ingested thus making it trickier to work with when around children — fortunately, Bakell's edible Luster Dust is made with FDA approved ingredients only making it safe for crafts and cookies, alike!

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Preparing/Baking the Salt Dough Ornaments

To make salt dough ornaments, you will need:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup salt

Step 1. Preheat your oven to 250°F (120°C).

Step 2. Mix the flour and salt in a bowl. Add the water and stir until a dough forms. If the dough is too dry, you can add a little more water. If it is too wet, you can add a little more flour.

Step 3. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to about 1/4-inch thickness. Use cookie cutters or a knife to cut out the shapes you want for your ornaments. Use a straw to make a hole near the top of each ornament for hanging.

Step 4. Place the ornaments on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 2 hours or until they are hard. Allow the ornaments to cool completely before decorating.

Step 5. You can decorate the ornaments with paint, markers, glitter, or other creative items. After they've been painted and decorated, they can be used as ornaments or tags by stringing ribbon or twine through the holes.

    Mixing Luster Dust

    When mixing Luster Dust for painting purposes, make sure to use lemon extract or a very high proof vodka (Everclear) to avoid any clumping.

    Here's a step-by-step process for prepping Luster Dust to paint:

    1. Pour a small amount of your chosen mixing medium into the container.
    2. Add a small amount of Luster Dust to the mixing medium.
    3. Using a small, clean paintbrush or a toothpick, mix the Luster Dust and mixing medium until the Luster Dust is fully dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
    4. If the mixture is too thick, you can add a little more mixing medium until it reaches the desired consistency. If the mixture is too thin, you can add more Luster Dust.
    5. Once you have achieved the desired consistency, you can use the mixture to paint or brush onto your decorative item.
    red and green hand painted ornaments using luster dust

    Hand Painting Christmas Ornaments With Luster Dust

    Once your dough and mixed solution is ready, you're all set to create hand painted ornaments with Luster Dust for a great cheat decorating ideas for Christmas.

    You will need the following supplies:

    1. A small paintbrush or a fine-tipped applicator
    2. Luster Dust in the color of your choice
    3. Homemade salt dough you wish to paint
    4. A small bowl or container for mixing the luster dust
    5. A piece of paper towel or a soft cloth for wiping excess dust off the ornament

    Instructions for ornament painting:

    1. Begin by mixing a small amount of luster dust with a tiny drop of alcohol or extract (such as vodka or lemon extract) in the bowl or container. The mixture should be thick but still able to be applied with the paintbrush or applicator.
    2. Using the paintbrush or applicator, carefully paint the luster dust mixture onto the ornament, following the desired design or pattern.
    3. Allow the painted ornaments to dry completely. This may take several hours or overnight, depending on the thickness of the paint and the humidity level in the room.
    4. Once the paint is dry, use a paper towel or soft cloth to gently wipe away any excess dust that may have accumulated on the ornament.
    5. The ornament is now ready to be displayed or used in holiday decorations.

    How to Make Glitter Christmas Ornaments

    Once you're done with your Christmas Ornaments, you can go the extra mile by applying extra glitter like Tinker Dust (100% edible) or Dazzler Dust (non-toxic, just for decorating) to the crafts.

    To make glitter Christmas ornaments, you will need:

    • Glitter like Dazzler Dust in various colors
    • A paintbrush
    • Homemade ornament figures
    • Mod podge or other decoupage medium
    • Ribbon for hanging


    1. Pour a small amount of mod podge into the ornament
    2. Use the paintbrush to spread the mod podge evenly over the inside surface of the ornament
    3. Sprinkle a generous amount of glitter over the mod podge
    4. Replace the top of the ornament and shake gently to distribute the glitter evenly
    5. Allow the ornament to dry completely. This may take several hours or overnight
    6. Once the ornament is dry, you can add a ribbon for hanging

    Use Tinker Dust as a Finishing touch

    While Tinker Dust can be a great finishing touch for food, it works just like its non-toxic Dazzler Dust sibling for festive decorations like Christmas Ornament painting

    Tinker Dust is a brand of edible glitter specifically made to bring a bright shine to food and desserts. It is often used to provide a dazzling or shimmering effect to cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and other delicacies.

    Tinker Dust can be sprinkled on top of baked items as a finishing touch. It can also be used to garnish the sides of cakes or to lend a sparkly touch to chocolate or candy creations. Just remember that a little goes a long way, so use it sparingly.

    orange hand painted ornaments with luster dust and tinker dust edible glitter


      How to Make Homemade Christmas Ornaments?

      There's a couple of ways to make homemade Christmas ornaments. Here are a few ideas to get the creative ball rolling:

      1. Cut out Christmas shapes from paper or cardboard and paint, draw, or add glitter to them. Shapes made of fabric can be stuck to cardboard bases.
      2. Air-dry clay can be used to make ornaments. After the clay has dried, you can paint or decorate it.
      3. Stick pine cones, acorns, and twigs to the base of a cardboard wreath or tree. The ornament can be finished with ribbon or other decorations.

      How Do You Make a Christmas Ornament Step by Step?

      Prepare. You'll need scissors, glue, paint, and any materials you need to make an ornament (e.g., glitter, beads, foam sheets).

      Cut the shape of your ornament. Draw or utilize a template. Trace a template on paper, felt, or foam and cut it out.

      Ornament. You can add paint, glitter, beads, or other decorations to your ornament. You can add details or patterns with markers or other craft tools.

      Decorate. Glue the pieces of your ornament together in the way you planned.

      Hang it. Use thread, ribbon, or wire to make a loop for an ornament. You can glue, tie, or punch a hole in the back of your ornament and then thread the hanger through it.

      Show off your ornament. You can put your ornament on your Christmas tree or somewhere else in your home. Give it to someone you care about.

      What Do You Need to Make DIY Ornaments?

      • Materials on which you can do ornament painting, e.g. paper, cardboard, wood, plastic, or fabric
      • Decorative elements, e.g. paint, glitter, ribbon, stickers
      • Scissors, glue, and other basic crafting tools

      How Do You Make Custom Christmas Ornaments?

      Depending on your choices and materials, there are several ways to design unique Christmas decorations. DIY ornament ideas:

      • Salt dough ornaments
      • Paper ornaments
      • Beaded ornaments
      • Fabric ornaments

      Hand painted Christmas ornaments can add a personal touch to your holiday decorations.

      Using luster dust is a simple and effective way to add a metallic or shimmering finish to your ornaments. Whether you're applying it to delicious cupcakes or repurposing it for ornament painting, you'll love the shine it brings to the table.

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