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!

{ 98 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.

  • 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.

  • 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


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