Picture of Family Traditions Ornament Box

Family Traditions Ornament Box

Everyone in the family will love this traditionally designed ornament box that can store everything from holiday sweets to small trinkets. Add an extra special touch with some gold to the top to make it even more special.

  1. Wipe lid and box with damp sponge to remove bisque dust.
  2. Draw eight Christmas tree patterns onto contact paper. Repeat with eight flower patterns.
  3. Cut out each and set aside.
  4. Brush two coats Pure Brilliance to inside lid and bottom of box. Let dry.
  5. Measure approximately ½” around base of lid and lightly draw line around.
  6. Measure 1½” down from top of bottom box and lightly draw line around.
  7. From that line measure approximately ½” around box and lightly draw a line.
  8. LID: Remove backings from the cut out trees. Position and press evenly around lid leaving approximately ¼” space from the drawn line. Make sure edges are well attached to bisque.
  9. Tape off the ½” border along the bottom of lid. 
  10. Brush three coats Really Red over lid including hanger topper. Let dry. Remove tree stencils.
  11. Use flattened end of paintbrush dipped in Really Red to make small dots along the white rim. 
  12. BOX BOTTOM:  Measure 1 ½” down from top of box.  Lightly draw line.  Measure approximately 5/8” down and draw second line around box.  (Refer to picture)
  13.  Remove backing from flower cut outs and evenly space them around box making sure edges are well sealed.
  14. Brush three coats Really Red over flower stencils while maintaining a straight line along the white borders.  Brush bottom section of box plus the base. Let dry.
  15. Make dot design inside the white strip as done on the lid. Let dry.
  16. Stilt lid and box on kiln shelf and fire to cone 06.
  17. Brush a coat of Pure Brilliance to the insides of box and lid and on the white decorated areas. Let dry. Brush a second coat over entire box. Let dry.
  18. Stilt both pieces and fire to cone 06.
  19. If desired, brush topper on lid with Premium Gold. Let dry. Stilt lid on kiln shelf and fire to cone 018.
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Posted by Suzie Shinseki

Suzie works as a Senior Designer at iLoveToCreate®. She has been involved with art since childhood, and her passion has continued throughout her life. She honed her natural talents by attending the Academy of Arts in San Francisco on scholarship, art classes at San Jose City College. She works with various media and substrates. You can find her masterpieces on painted signs, murals, people and animal portraiture, mold design, sculptures, ceramic projects and fabric paint designs. Her commercial endeavors include children’s coloring books, illustrative designs for bags, brochures and cards. Her exceptional illustration skills have brought her many jobs as a fashion illustrator for designers in Hong Kong and Hawaii.

What you need:


  • Foil or foam plate for paint palette
  • Potter’s sponge
  • Container for water
  • Masking tape, ¼” (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Adhesive-backed contact paper
  • Scissors