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Three Easy Christmas Ornaments to Make With Clear Glass Balls

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It's the most wonderful time of the year. Make the holidays even more special by creating handmade Christmas ornaments to trim the tree and give as gifts. Here are three easy-to-make ornaments using clear glass balls and other easy-to-find materials. Even if you're short on time, each project can be completed in minutes, using straightforward techniques. The projects are suitable for all ages, so the whole family can join in the fun.

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1. Bird-Feeder Ornament

This cute ornament would make a great gift for the bird lover on your list. Or make several and trim the whole tree in a nature theme. Add a garland of pine cones and cranberries to complete the theme.

Materials and Equipment:

  • Clear glass ball ornament with removable cap
  • Bird seed
  • 1 or 2 small sprigs of artificial greenery
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Small pine cone
  • Minature bird
  • Gold cord
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks

Instructions:

Carefully remove the cap from the ornament and fill the ornament about a third-full with bird seed. (Don't use too much bird seed or the ornament will be too heavy to hang.) Replace the cap. Tuck the sprigs of greenery into the cap and secure with dots of hot glue. Glue the cinnamon stick to one side of the cap and the pine cone to the other side. Glue the miniature bird to the cinnamon stick so it looks like a bird sitting on a tree branch. Cut a 6-inch length of gold cord, thread through the wire loop in the cap, and knot to make a hanger for the ornament.

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2. Snowman Ornament

Kids will delight in a tree full of these cheerful snowmen ornaments. They also make great package trims. Use wrapping paper with a snowflake motif and tie the ornament to the package with yarn.

Materials and Equipment:

  • Clear glass ball ornament with removable cap
  • Artificial snow (or a shredded white plastic bag)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Sheet of orange craft foam
  • Pipe cleaner
  • 2 1-inch diameter pom-poms
  • 1/4 to 3/8-inch-wide ribbon
  • Gold cord
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Small paint brush

Instructions:

Carefully remove the cap from the ornament and fill the ornament to the top with artificial snow. Replace the cap. Paint eyes and a mouth on the ornament. Cut a small triangle shape from the craft foam to make a carrot nose and secure to the ornament with hot glue. Cut a length of pipe cleaner to go around the top of the ornament to either side of the face and bend to shape. Secure the ends to the sides of the ornament with hot glue and glue a pom-pom over each pipe cleaner end to make ear muffs. Cut a length of ribbon to circle the bottom of the ornament like a scarf and dot with hot glue to secure in place. Cut a 6-inch length of gold cord, thread through the wire loop in the cap, and knot to make a hanger for the ornament.

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3. Glittery Glass Balls

Give your tree some sparkle with these glittering glass balls. You also can use them to make an elegant centerpiece by nestling several in a crystal bowl with a purchased beaded garland and some evergreen sprigs.

Materials and Equipment:

  • Clear glass ball ornament with removable cap
  • Liquid glitter paint in assorted colors
  • Narrow metallic ribbon

Instructions:

Carefully remove the cap from the ornament. Pour about 1 teaspoon of glitter paint into the ornament. Add a second color of glitter paint in the same amount. Use no more than 2 or 3 different colors of paint per ornament for best results. Turn the ornament around and around to swirl the paint. When the paint has dried, replace the cap. Cut a 6-inch length of ribbon, thread through the wire loop in the cap, and knot to make a hanger for the ornament.

Comments

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on November 07, 2013:

I hope you try some of these ideas this holiday season, FlourishAnyway. Thanks for the comment.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 06, 2013:

These are cute ideas just in time for Christmas. I enjoy making my own crafts, and these are especially suitable. I especially like Frosty. Voted up and more, plus sharing and pinning.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on October 28, 2013:

Susan, thanks for the comment. I think any brand would work just fine. I'm not even sure what brand I used but I'm positive I didn't spend very much on it!

Susan on October 26, 2013:

The glitter glass balls will be perfect for our church activity this year! We don't have much time and our crafty skill levels vary, so this is great. Which liquid glitter paint would you recommend? Does it matter? Cost is an issue, so the cheaper the better, as long as it works. Thanks!

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on September 17, 2013:

Stock up, CraftytotheCore! There are so many ways to use those. Thanks for the comment.

CraftytotheCore on August 29, 2013:

I love these ideas! I always see the glass balls leftover on the Christmas clearance tables, and never bought them. I just couldn't figure out what to do with them. Thank you for this.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on November 30, 2012:

Sharkye, what a cool idea to bleach the balls. I've never heard of that. I'll have to give it a try. I have some old colored balls I son't use anymore.

Thanks, Crafty. They make great little gifts for the host or hostess if you're going to a holiday party.

Cecelia Kramer from Everywhere but mostly Cali on November 30, 2012:

This a great idea for handmade christmas gifts. I love the glitter one it looks great.

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on November 28, 2012:

Love these ideas! We used to bleach out the colored balls and just hang them on the tree. There were so delicate and pretty. I love wild birdfood ornament. I wonder if they could be filled bath salts or something similar so that the ornament was actually the gift?

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on November 28, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting, Faythe. I've made several of those bird ornaments as little gifts.

Faythe Payne from USA on November 27, 2012:

Very cute..I especially like the Bird Ornament...

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on November 26, 2012:

Thanks for the comments. I love the suggestion of adding a poll. I will do that now!

Chloe West from Charleston on November 25, 2012:

Love this! I definitely want to make some ornaments this year!

Rema T V from Chennai, India on November 25, 2012:

Hi Deb,

Wonderful ideas. I loved all of them but the snowman is my favorite. They are really simple and doable. Great hub.

Why don't you add a poll Deb? I am sure there will be a good response. It will be fun voting. Sharing everywhere. Cheers, Rema.

Comfort Babatola from Bonaire, GA, USA on November 25, 2012:

Oh, I love the frosty ornament idea! Was so looking forward to vote on that one. Very ingenious ideas. Voted up and useful.

nanderson500 from Seattle, WA on November 25, 2012:

Good ideas. These would look good on my tree. Voted up and interesting.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 25, 2012:

I love you ideas, especially the snowman! I'll share with grandkids.

Voted this UP, and shared.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on November 25, 2012:

Thanks to all who commented on and shared this hub. I can never decide which one I like best - the snowman or the bird. These are all easy to make and make great little gifts.

Natasha from Hawaii on November 25, 2012:

I like the snowman idea! I bought a clear ball ornament the other week because it was on sale, but I haven't figured out what to do with it. Now I have some ideas - thanks.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on November 24, 2012:

A creatively wonderful hub with unique ideas! Your instructions are clear and your creations look amazing. Undoubtedly, your hub comes in handy for many who want to create several easy and cute decorations on time for Christmas. Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up, pinned & shared

Dianna Mendez on November 24, 2012:

I love the snowman bulb! I collect them and this is one that I would love to see on my tree. I may have to make it. Thanks for the ideas.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 24, 2012:

Very nice! I like the idea of clear ornaments. So much one could do. Thanks for an inspirational Hub. + and SO shared

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on November 24, 2012:

I love the one with the bird, Frosty's cute too. I've seen the one with the glitter paint, it's cool and kids love to do it. I'm sharing this one. Time to get into that Christmas spirit.

asmaiftikhar from Pakistan on November 28, 2011:

A very very useful and interesting hub.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on November 27, 2011:

Thanks, Thelma. These ornaments don't take much time at all, so don't rule them out for this year just yet. : )

Thelma Raker Coffone from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA on November 27, 2011:

Deborah thanks for such a great hub. I have saved this to make some of these great ornaments. Might not get around to it this year, but there is always next year! I voted UP and Useful.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on November 27, 2011:

Thanks, jenubouka. I'd much rather make my Christmas ornaments than buy them. You're right; it's so much more economical. Plus, they're more meaningful.

jenubouka on November 27, 2011:

Wonderful ideas for creating a personal touch to anyone's tree, and less expensive too. Voted up.

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on November 26, 2011:

I have faith in you! : )

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 26, 2011:

Well if the kids could make them, then chances are I can too:)

Deborah Neyens (author) from Iowa on November 26, 2011:

Thanks, Sunshine! They are cute and really easy to make. I had all the neighbor kids making them last year at the neighborhood holiday pizza party we host.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 26, 2011:

Awwww Deborah I think Frosty is adorable!! I'm going to give that one a try! Thank you:)

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