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Lisa Frank Inspired Ornaments

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Lisa Frank Inspired Leopard Ornaments

I’ve been a huge fan of Lisa Frank since way back in the 80s and 90s! I love the colorful and happy style of the Lisa Frank brand and decided that I needed something Lisa Frank inspired to hang on my Christmas tree. These Lisa Frank inspired ornaments are a fun way to add some color to your Christmas decor. And making a leopard print ornament is much easier than you might imagine. See the tutorial below and the full list of supplies so you can make your own.

Related: For another colorful ornament idea, check out this DIY hand painted ornament

Lisa Frank Inspired Ornament

Supplies for Lisa Frank Inspired Ornaments (affiliate links provided for convenience)

How to Make These Lisa Frank Inspired Ornaments

Here’s the quick steps to make these Lisa Frank inspired ornaments. For more detailed instructions, scroll down to the full step by step directions with pictures. You can also watch the video to see how I did it and follow along!

  1. Create a heart with a folded piece of paper.
  2. Tape the cut out heart onto your ornament in the middle.
  3. Dab yellow and orange onto a makeup sponge and then tab them onto part of the ornament.
  4. Get a new sponge.
  5. Add orange, pink, and purple.
  6. Starting with where the orange ended, add the next row of paint colors.
  7. Repeat this with purple, blue, and green paints.
  8. Let it dry, then add details with a paint marker.
  9. Remove the heart and you’re done.

Written Step by Step Lisa Frank Ornament Painting Instructions

1. Create a Heart Stencil

To create a heart stencil, fold a piece of paper (I used card stock) in half, draw half of a heart and then cut out the half you drew.

2. Tape it to the Ornament

Add a piece of tape to the back of your heart and place the heart in the center of your ornament.

Heart shape made from paper added to the centre of the ornament

3. Add Yellow and Orange Paint

Next add the first two paint colors, yellow and orange, to a makeup sponge wedge. Try not to add too much paint. You can lightly dab some off if needed.

4. Dab Onto Ornament

Dab the sponge onto the ornament. You might need to add an additional layer or two.

5. Add Orange, Pink, and Purple

Grab a new sponge and add orange, pink and purple paint.

6. Continue Painting

This time you will start where the orange is already on your ornaments and dab the sponge as you cover the next part of the ornament.

Painting a Lisa Frank design on a Christmas ornament with a make up sponge

7. Add Purple and Blue

Grab another new sponge and add purple and blue paint. Again, start where the purple is already on your ornament and dab the sponge to add the colors.

8. Paint Blue and Green

Finally repeat the same process adding blue and green to the final sponge.

Finishing the colorful rainbow 90s inspired design on the ornament

9. Add Leopard Details

Once the paint is completely you can add the leopard details with a black paint pen.

10. Remove the Center Heart

Finally remove your center heart and you’re finished! If any paint got inside the heart area you can remove it by scratching it off with a toothpick.

Optional: Seal the Design

I didn’t seal my finished design but you can if you like. If you want to seal your finished ornament, I’d recommend this glossy sealant option or this matte finish option.

Adding 80s style leopard print to the painted ornament Lisa Frank Inspired Leopard Ornaments

What to Do With This Lisa Frank Christmas Ornament

Now that you’ve painted an amazing Lisa Frank inspired Christmas ornament – what should you do with it? Well, the obvious answer is to hang it on the Christmas tree! You could even do a whole Lisa Frank inspired Christmas tree by repeating these steps with slightly different designs. Swap the heart for a star or another easy to make shape.

You can also give them away as gifts to all your friends who grew up in the 80s and 90s.

I’d love to see your finished Lisa Frank Inspired ornaments. Come share with me a picture on Instagram or Facebook! I love showing examples of my tutorials being made!

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