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Spray Painting Christmas Decorations to Make Them New Again

Spray painting old Christmas decorations back to life with Liquitex spray paints by Carolyn Dube

I had some very old, and not cool vintage old, Christmas decorations.  The tired, worn out, and just plain uninviting decorations had to go.  I looked at new ones but nothing spoke to me.    So, I decided to add some color by spray painting Christmas decorations with Liquitex spray paints.  No priming, no nothing.  Just took the spray paint right to those old cheap wreaths.

Spray painting old Christmas decorations back to life with Liquitex spray paints by Carolyn Dube


I painted these all last year and did not post photos because I wasn’t sure if the color was going to hold up to the outdoors. Not only did it hold it’s color the entire holiday season, when I pulled all the wreaths out this year they looked as bright as last year.




This angel was cheap, plain, and boring.   Once I spray painted her she was awesome, playful, and fun.  No priming involved.  I just spray painted right on her plasticly polyester type fabric and trims!

I did however cover her hands and head so that my overspray did not recolor her skin to alien green or Smurf blue by accident…

Spray painting old Christmas decorations back to life with Liquitex spray paints by Carolyn Dube


These fun Christmas lights were just the shape I wanted but the colors did not match everything else.  Not a problem!  I primed the plastic with BIN  which is a super primer that sticks to anything- truly anything.  I I buy it at the hardware store.   Then I just spray painted them.

The giant light up bulbs and the angel can be plugged in and lit up but I find that with the spray paint on it that I don’t like how they look glowing.  Bonus- one less thing to plug in at night and we don’t have to pay for electricity for them either.

Spray painting old Christmas decorations back to life with Liquitex spray paints by Carolyn Dube
























I must confess I was a bit unsure how it would all turn out when I started spray painting Christmas.  But with spray paint I was able to bring back to life an attic full of outdoor decorations.  Saved me a ton of money instead of replacing them!

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  • Judy Shea December 8, 2013, 4:34 pm

    You are something else. That is the coolest idea. I think the colors are wonderful. Those bulbs are ridiculously cute.

  • Maria McGuire December 8, 2013, 4:34 pm

    Okay…your spray paint and you need to get over to my house! We have some work to do!!!! SMART, SMART girl!

  • Nancy Curry December 8, 2013, 4:45 pm


  • Glenda Hoagland December 8, 2013, 4:46 pm

    Love what you did. Such a great idea. The results are really cool. I so look forward to your posts.

  • Elizabeth Kaplan December 8, 2013, 5:28 pm

    Of course, they are all magnificent. YOU made them!! Too bad we didn’t get Smurf Angel.

    Meanwhile, I don’t celebrate Christmas, so I’m busy covering all my belongings in gelatin-printed deli paper. Carry on, all. ‘Tis the season. 🙂

  • Monica Lowrance December 8, 2013, 6:11 pm

    Wow wow great idea!!! pretty.

  • Dara Lynn December 8, 2013, 6:13 pm

    Beautiful window decorations…..they really are beautiful!!!!

  • Janet December 8, 2013, 6:16 pm

    Wow. What a great idea. I will have to check my decorations and see what I can do! Thanks for the inspiration! xo

  • Terri December 8, 2013, 7:11 pm

    WOW!!! they are stunning and FUN!!!!

  • Marcia Beckett December 8, 2013, 7:39 pm

    What a great idea. That opens up a lot of fun possibilities!

  • Corrine December 8, 2013, 8:08 pm

    You are one wild woman with color, that’s for sure…..It’s like Christmas with the Kranks in technicolor. xox

  • Dawn Jones December 9, 2013, 12:39 am

    Unbelievable adorable!! Love the colors! The bulbs are my favorite!!

  • muriel December 9, 2013, 1:04 am

    Ah, very clever and the look of it all is great and unique. Thanks for sharing.

  • Carla Mazzone December 9, 2013, 10:35 am

    Great idea, Carolyn. Does your brain ever get a rest???? The lights are way too cool!

  • Boo December 9, 2013, 2:46 pm

    I love those giant light bulbs. They are very cool.

  • Kay Wallace December 9, 2013, 8:12 pm

    Totally brilliant, Carolyn! Love new facelift of your decorations!

  • Denise Spillane December 9, 2013, 8:23 pm

    Your house and decorations are so beautiful.

  • Cynthia December 9, 2013, 11:06 pm

    That is just ridiculously, outrageously, insanely awesome. LOVE.

  • Christine Kiehl December 10, 2013, 7:17 pm

    Your blog posts in my inbox still continue to BLOW me away! I love your talent, your shares, your stories, your projects! Thank you for sharing. Happy Holidays from a big fan!

  • Marjie Kemper December 13, 2013, 9:10 am

    How cool are your decorations!?!?!? Love ’em!

  • Rinda December 17, 2013, 3:20 am

    I love that you painted them your colors, as opposed to traditional Christmas colors. I think if I drove by your house, I could guess that you lived inside!