The hardest part was figuring out what to draw. I decided to make one for Abe (inspired by one of his favorite Curious George books), and the other one I decorated with Christmas lights and some of the lyrics to White Christmas. It's so much fun to draw with Sharpies on smooth surfaces - once I got started it was hard to stop!
regular Sharpie markers, any color (not paint or other specialty Sharpies!)
1. Draw on a porcelain ball or other ornament (they had lots of flat shapes at the craft store) with plain old Sharpies in any color. Be careful when handling your ornament as the ink may smudge before it's dry.
You can use rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or Q-tip to erase marks as needed. Just be careful if you're not erasing your entire design. If there's too much alcohol on the cotton ball it can drip or run and ruin your design!
2. Put ornaments in a cold oven, then bake at 350⁰ F for 30 minutes.
3. Once the time is up, turn the oven off and leave them inside until cool. Once baked, the drawings should be permanent. I tried rubbing and scratching my drawings and it didn't hurt them at all.
I've seen this done with dishes a million times in black and white, so it was fun experimenting with colors. My only disappointment was that the colors weren't as vibrant after baking as they were before I put them in the oven. Anyone else have a similar experience with colored Sharpies? Tried the Sharpie on porcelain technique on dishes or other objects? Did it work for you?
Don't forget, you can find lots of other holiday ornament ideas and inspiration right here.