25 ideas for decorating clear glass ornaments

peacock feathers inside clear glass ornaments

I keep seeing all these great ideas for decorating and/or filling clear glass ornaments (on Pinterest, of course!), so I decided to compile a big list of all my favorites. Just click on the picture to take you to the tutorial by the original creator.

This is so rustic, and I love the tiny little pine cones:

pine branches and pinecones inside clear glass bulb

 Here’s a simpler version, but equally gorgeous (I think this might be a spring of rosemary):

pine needles inside glass ball ornament

And since I’m on a rustic theme, isn’t this cute? A little bit of holly, faux snow, and some tiny wooden blocks, and you’ve got yet another variation:

holly and letter blocks inside clear glass ornament

An ornament filled with pearls… very elegant.

clear glass ornament filled with pearls

You could even fill an ornament with cheap dollar store beaded necklaces!

clear glass ornament filled with bead necklaces

Or mini gift bows! So cute.

gift bows in clear glass ornaments

I think this is my favorite idea of all… put your kid’s Christmas list inside an ornament and you’ve got a keepsake forever. How awesome will that be years from now?

kids christmas list inside glass ornament

Here’s a couple of different ideas for using fake snow. This one is simply a paper tree cut out, glittered, and surrounded by snow:

paper tree with snow in clear glass ornament

A tiny bottle brush tree sitting in snow:.

bottle brush tree in clear glass ornament

A snow filled ornament, with a simple piece of ribbon wrapped around the outside:

grosgrain ribbon around clear ornament filled with faux snow

These are adorable. Just some snow, easy painted face, and a baby sock for a hat:

clear glass snowman ornaments

I hope you can stand all this cuteness, ’cause here’s another one. A melted snowman inside the ornament. Oh. Em. Goodness….

melted snowman in clear glass ornament

How about rolling up a bunch of strips of paper? (or ribbon…?)

scrap paper filled ornament

Solid red paper strips made into a Santa belly ornament:

santa belly Christmas ornaments

I have seen paper strips cut from books inside glass ornaments before, but this is different; the book pages are punched into snowflake shapes:

book page confetti inside clear glass ornament

I would have never thought rolls of yarn and rope would look so great in an ornament:

yarn and rope filled ornaments

How about filling an ornament with jingle bells? So festive.

jingle bell filled clear glass ornament

I also found a few ideas for great wedding keepsakes. This one is filled with dried petals from a bridal bouquet:

wedding bouquet petals inside clear glass ornament

And this one is filled with strips cut out from a wedding invitation (This would be a FABULOUS gift idea for the newlyweds!):

(I found this picture on Pinterest but the link was broken, and unfortunately, I couldn’t find where it came from…)

wedding invitation inside clear ornament

Prepare to be wowed. Peacock feathers inside glass ornaments, and hung in a cluster together. Simply STUNNING.

peacock feathers inside clear glass ornaments

And here are a couple of ornaments I’ve come up with in the past:

Seashells and sand inside an ornament makes a great vacation keepsake:

seashell and sand in clear glass ornament

Fill an ornament with holly berries:

holly berries in clear glass ornament

Or if you’re a Barbie fanatic like me, fill an ornament with Barbie shoes!

barbie shoes inside clear glass ornament

Filled with popcorn:

clear glass ornament filled with popcorn

Or, coat the inside of the ornaments with glitter:

glitter inside clear glass ornaments

Have you ever crafted with clear glass ornaments? I’d love to hear the ideas you’ve come up with!

{ 113 comments… add one }

  • Elaine Jamison November 13, 2014, 5:12 am

    on snowman ornaments, do you cut baby sock to get silver hanging cord through it
    also, what kind of paint for face or do you use permanent marker?

  • Melissa November 19, 2014, 5:58 am

    I hand engrave and fill engraving with paint

  • Elaine Jamison November 21, 2014, 10:43 pm


  • carol November 30, 2014, 6:50 pm

    I filled a clear ornament with items we used to decorate for my newly married daughters wedding and i put their name and date on it. Im giving it to her for on their first christmas tree.

  • Becky December 3, 2014, 2:46 am

    I took my sons graduation tassel from last year and put it in the bulb and fed the end of hanging deal on the tassel thru the top to hang from the tree. This year I’ve taken my nieces wedding invitation and cut it up and put in a clear bulb. I incorporated the ribbon that was on her wedding program to hang from the tree. I also plan to take my sister-in-laws program from her funeral and do put it in a clear bulb (cut up of course) except her pix with fake snow for her children.

  • Kaila December 10, 2014, 8:05 pm

    That was all really cute !! :)

  • Lulu December 12, 2014, 4:07 am

    I have looked everywhere in town for the pledge multi-floor cleaner you show on your site and I can’t find it. Is there anything else I can use?

  • Pam December 14, 2014, 4:40 am

    I am looking for clear glass balls 4″ -6″ diameter. Has anyone seen any this large? Has anyone tried paint inside? What type of paint

    • Lyn W. December 22, 2014, 3:29 pm

      I used acrylic paint.

    • Sam December 13, 2015, 1:38 pm

      I found them in Walmart

  • David December 19, 2014, 1:37 am

    I am a 4th grade teacher, and every year I do some kind of ornament craft before Christmas break as a functional text activity. I write out the instructions for the craft, and the students follow the instructions to make their ornament. They have some choice in the activity such as the color or what they want to put inside (tinsel, loose glitter, etc.). This year I have a bunch of stuff left over from previous years, so this year is a big choice year for students.
    One of the things we use when we are doing glass ornaments is water soluble, water color tempera poster paint (brand name: Clean Color). The idea is that you squirt a little in along one side of the ornament and roll the ornament around to cover the inside where you want it. Then turn the bulb a little more and put more paint in. If you use two colors, and repeat this process, you can come up with some really neat designs that look really nice. The particular brand we use has paints that already have glitter embedded, as well as metallic colors, and neon colors. One of my favorite things to do is to do the above process, but I intentionally leave gaps between the colors and then put tinsel inside of the ornament that can be seen through the gaps.

  • Sherry Giles December 20, 2014, 3:33 am

    Where is the best place to get the clear ornaments! What sizes do they come in? Too late for this Christmas but my grandson has started playing the upright bass and we wanted fill the clear ornaments with cut up music sheets. I will need ornaments large enough to do this.

    • Sam December 13, 2015, 1:39 pm

      I found them in Walmart for $4.99/9 ornaments

  • Lyn W. December 22, 2014, 3:28 pm

    I filled some with sequins, others with colored beads. Bought some stick-on “rhinestones” and decorated more. Rather pleased with the way they all turned out!

  • Debi @ That Crafty Lunch Lady January 4, 2015, 12:50 pm

    These ornaments are so simple yet beautiful! I’m pinning to try this coming Christmas.

  • Ellen January 30, 2015, 4:02 pm

    I have found the clear ornaments at Michaels, Walmart, and Big Lots around the holidays . It is best to get them after the holidays to take advantage of the post holiday sales. You may be able to find them online at this time.

  • dee dee April 7, 2015, 3:03 pm


    could you tell me what is the best paper to use for christmas ornaments to roll and put inside globe.
    also could suggest what kind of printer would be best or program.

    Thank you!

    Dee Dee Antle

    • Martha August 17, 2015, 1:35 pm

      I have done this with wedding invitations, baby announcements and scrapbooking paper. They all worked well!

  • AORSTHENNA F September 28, 2015, 10:49 pm


  • DA October 29, 2015, 10:32 pm

    I am new to diy clear glass ornaments. My ornaments are cloudy in appearance and I would like to know if I am missing something. Do we have to clean them first with something. and what?

    • Staci Ann Lowry October 30, 2015, 8:30 pm

      Hi there….. Yes, they do tend to be very dusty when new. You can clean them by swishing a little bit of rubbing alcohol around inside them first, and then draining it. The alcohol leaves them nice and sparkly, and dries quickly too. (You can also just drain the alcohol from one ornament, right into the next ornament, and clean a bunch at once to keep from using up a lot of it.)

      Hope that helps! :)

  • Jacqueline November 2, 2015, 10:37 pm

    Help! I put petals from my sisters bouquet in clear glass ornaments but now it is fogged up and has a rainbow effect. How can I fix this?

  • Julia Johnson November 10, 2015, 11:52 pm

    My almost-ten years-old (tomorrow) granddaughter and I love to make filled glass, or plastic, Christmas ornaments, inspired by your great designs. And it gives us a chance to visit and sew and read, etc, etc. and to have a sleep-over. She manages my Bernina 1630 almost as well as I do. She is a quick study.

    Thank you for the inspiration.
    Julia/aka Judy Johnson

  • jewelz November 14, 2015, 10:54 pm

    If you are using paint on the inside of your clear bulb ornaments, only use a little bit of paint at a time, one color at a time. And let each color dry before you start with another color. Otherwise the colors run together and become muddled! And if too much paint is used at once, the paint tends to settle at the bottom in a puddle and it will take a long time to dry…..if it dries. Start early with this project, be patient, and trial & error can prove to surprise you with some cool results

  • Tiff November 18, 2015, 5:09 pm

    Is there a trick to getting paper in the ornaments that you can read clearly once assembled? I’m thinking of asking my friends to be bridesmaids with filled clear ornaments and I want the message to be on the inside. I’m concerned about the paper wrinkling or crumpling by the time I get it in the ornament. Are there any tools anyone would recommend I use before I begin my project?

    • Drocco November 29, 2015, 10:59 pm

      Wrap the paper around a pencil and put into ornament. Next take long nosed tweezers and straighten out the paper against the side of the ornament. I found long nosed tweezers at a sewing store. I have also put pictures in on velvet paper and hung inside the ornament with a ribbon. Good Luck!

  • Donna Brown November 29, 2015, 12:20 pm

    We xeroxed a picture of the head of Christ onto lite weight plastic sheets. We cut around the head somewhat and rolled the picture around a pencil to insert into the glass ball. Once inside, the plastic opened up and clung to the inside of the ball. Each girl in our group took one home to invite Jesus Christ into their family’s Christmas.

    • Patti Rokus December 12, 2015, 1:04 am

      LOVE IT! I’m doing this for my Sunday School 10 year olds. they will write their “gift” to Jesus, and put it inside with a red bead to represent the forgiveness made possible, and a pearl bead to represent how precious each child is to God.

  • Denise November 29, 2015, 5:53 pm

    I was wondering what size wooden alphabet beads you used inside the clear glass ornament.

  • Kim January 11, 2016, 10:41 am

    Everytime I try to paint inside the ornament the paint either runs to one side or drips out of the end. Same when I use glitter. How do I get the nice even coat everyone else seems to get?

  • Whitney Black March 11, 2016, 1:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful ornament ideas! My favorite was the kid’s Christmas list inside. I think that is such a great personalized ornament that I would treasure forever! I’m curious if the type of paper matters when trying to get it inside?

    • Staci Ann Lowry March 15, 2016, 11:46 am

      Hi Whitney.. I love that one, too! It isn’t one of my own ornaments, but I imagine as long as the paper is thick enough to hold its shape, it would work! If you click the picture, it will take you to the blog author who came up with the idea, so you might want to ask them just to make sure. :)

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