Glass Ball Ornaments

This was originally posted at Hoosier Homemade a week or so ago. I’m re-posting it here, if you didn’t see it there.

We’re a little financially strapped this Christmas season as I’m sure a lot of you are too. So I’m using what I already have available to make my home ready for Christmas. I took a look around my craft room to see what I could add to clear ornaments to make them more interesting hanging on our tree this year. Maybe you can use some of these ideas to spruce up your old ornaments.

Epsom Salt looks like snow in a clear glass ball. Simply pour it in and enjoy. 

I’ve gotten so much use out of pom poms this Christmas. These were also used on a banner, garland and wreath this year.

What’s more festive that silver bells and beautiful tinsel? These ideas are so simple yet so beautiful.

I love painted glass ornaments. Simply pick 2-3 colors to use in each ball. Squeeze paint into ball and let it run down the inside of the ball. Alternate the colors and add the paint in about 4 places through the opening. Once you have paint about the size of a quarter at the bottom of the ball, roll the paint around to cover the whole inside of the ornament. Turn it upside down and let it drain for a few hours.

Since my colors are red and white this year, that’s what color I chose to paint mine. I love how they turned out.

These were coated completely with white paint on the inside then a sticker was attached to the outside.

I wanted to glitter the inside of some of the ornaments. Mod Podge and white glue were to thick and didn’t work well (I ruined 2 ornaments). I went through my craft room searching for something that might work. I found my can of Easy-Tack and it worked perfectly. I sprayed 3-4 sprays on the inside of the small ornaments and rolled it around to coat the inside.  

Then I poured the glitter in and shook it around. Once it was completely coated, I poured out the excess. Have you noticed that glitter lasts forever? I think glitter is one of the best craft values (for your money) you can ever buy. I love glitter, especially at Christmas. 

Another simple embellishment, just add some decorative tape around the ornament. Quick, easy and cute.

I used some left over mini garland to fill some more glass ball ornaments.

The smaller ornaments were hung on the tree.

I think I’m going to make more glitter ones.

The larger ones were hung in the little window by the front door.

So what do you think? Are you going to see what items you can think of to fill those empty glass ornaments? I had so much fun I’m going to dig through my boxes and see if I have more clear glass ornaments to decorate on the inside.

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  • nicole December 19, 2010, 7:36 am

    I love them all. so cute and very creative. i will make some for sure this is our first year home for Christmas we are snowed in so I need to set up a tree fast and get things to decorate. where did you get your swirl ornament holder those add so much too? thanks for all you do!
    Merry Christmas!

  • Lisa December 19, 2010, 8:36 am

    These are LOVELY!! What a beautiful job. So creative and just as nice as anything expensive you would find in the store.

  • Katherine December 19, 2010, 9:02 am

    Hopping over to say Good Morning. I enjoyed my visit to your blog. hugs, Katherine P.S. stop by for a visit and don’t forget to enter my giveaway!

  • Lyndee December 19, 2010, 9:23 am

    I love all the things you did with the ornaments. I REALLY need to go out and get some….after Christmas when they are all on sale.

  • marni December 19, 2010, 9:59 am

    I love how these turned out!! You made it look so easy! Adding the little pom poms would be a huge hit around my house… we may have to try those! 🙂 Thanks for the idea!!

    Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  • Lisa December 19, 2010, 10:01 am

    Aww the pom pom ones make me SMILE!! I would love to try those ones. You’re so creative with all of these ideas. Super fun post to read.

  • Carmie of the Single Nester December 20, 2010, 2:49 pm

    I am a big fan of glitter and use it a lot every holiday. Martha has great colors.

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