DIY Wall Crawl Mural Ornaments

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I’m sure you all have heard of or seen wall art, right? (If not, I’ll let you in on the FYI. In certain cities in the US there are really creative, colorful murals where people like to go to take lots of pictures and selfies. And you can see why, right? All the murals are so pretty with all the colooooorrrsss! *heart eyes*) But unfortunately for me, I live in a city where wall art isn’t a big thing, and the only wall art around isn’t well suited for Instagram. Which means I’ve got a serious wall art void in my life.

So for the Christmas season, I made a tribute to some all-popular, all-colorful walls in California, New York, Tennessee, and Georgia!

DIY Wall Art Ornaments

Supplies:

  • Ceramic ornaments
  • Baker’s twine
  • Acrylic paint, assorted colors
  • Fine-tip markers
  • Painter’s tape
  • Toothpicks
  • Paint brushes in various sizes

The #colorwave mural in Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York.

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Difficulty level: Difficult
Medium: Acrylic paint OR fine-tip permanent markers (I used paint)

  1. Start the ornament by painting the blue circle with the heart, and the “49” in the middle.
  2. The key to this design is to think “radial,” like you were painting colorful, zig-zaggy rays of sunshine.
    Outline each “ray” with zig-zag lines, then fill them in with the color.
  3. Work around the ornament like a clock, and just mimic the colors and design in the real mural.Here’s the picture I used as a reference.
  4. When you’re finished, paint the top yellow, and string some baker’s twine through the hole to complete your ornament!

The Hense wall on the BeltLine trail in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Difficulty level: Medium
Medium: Acrylic paint
Other Supplies: Toothpicks

  1. Start off this ornament by painting blocks of color before you paint the “dots.”
    For example, on my ornament, I painted: yellow in the top left quadrant, pink in the top right quadrant, orangey-yellow in the bottom right quadrant, and orange and green in the bottom left quadrant.
    Let the paint dry.
  2. Now the tip with this ornament, is to think of adding the “dots” in layers. (You’ll notice that the dots look like they’re layered on top of each other.) Also, don’t make your dots perfectly round; they can vary in size and shape. Additionally, you don’t have to keep the “dots” confined to the specific quadrant. Let them overlap into nearby areas!
    Here’s the order of the “dot” layers I did for each quadrant (listed from first to last):
    NOTE: let each layer dry completely.
    Top left quadrant: light purple, lime green, orange
    Top right quadrant: purple, yellow, very light blue
    Bottom right quadrant: light blue, very light blue, turquoise
    Bottom left quadrant: purple, yellow, very light blue
  3. After you’ve made your dot layers, add a cluster of red dots in the center of the ornament. Let it dry.
  4. To create the “dripping paint” effect, apply a line of paint to the side of a toothpick, and then press the toothpick flat onto the surface of wherever you want the drip effect.
    You can use this picture for reference!
  5. When you’re finished, paint the top yellow, and string some baker’s twine through the hole to complete your ornament!

The polka dot wall by The Most Famous Artist, at The Springs in Los Angeles, California.

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Difficult level: Easy
Medium: Acrylic paint
*Optional* Other Supplies: Round, foam dabbing brush

  1. Dispense the colors of paint you plan on using for the polka dots.
  2. Eyeball (or measure out if you want to!) and space out where you’re going to paint the polka dots.
    To make the perfect polka dots, dip the round dabbing brush in the paint, then press the brush on the surface of the ornament.
  3. Repeat step 2 for each polka dot. Use this photo for reference.
  4. When you’re finished, paint the top yellow, and string some baker’s twine through the hole to complete your ornament!

The Draper James mural in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Difficulty Level: Easy
Medium: Acrylic Paint
Other Supplies: Painter’s tape

  1. This ornament is as easy 1-2-3! First thing you need to do is apply 2-3 strips of painter’s tape in even sections to the ornament. Smooth down the tape.
  2. Paint the areas not covered by tape. Let the paint dry, then carefully remove the tape.
  3. When you’re finished, paint the top yellow, and string some baker’s twine through the hole to complete your ornament!

The #lovewall/#bleedinghearts mural in Soho in Manhattan, New York.

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Difficulty Level: Easy
Medium: Fine-tip permanent markers

  1. If you ever doodled a heart on your middle-school notebook, then you’ll be able to handle this ornament! All you do is draw hearts in various colors, and layer them on top of each other! Use this photo for reference.
  2. Draw and fill in a circle, and then draw squiggly lines out of the bottom of the circle to make those dripping paint spots.
  3. When you’re finished, paint the top yellow, and string some baker’s twine through the hole to complete your ornament!

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