peacock feathers inside clear glass ornaments

25 ideas for decorating 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!


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  2. Evelyn Walker on December 7, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Beautiful! Yet so simple!

  3. Morgan on December 11, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    How so I recieved my free ornament workshop thing ?

  4. Edie Allyn-Page on February 26, 2020 at 2:30 am

    Just a quick couple of corrections: 1. That sprig in one of the photos is not Rosemary. 2. The feathers in balls later in the collection are not peacock feathers. Some are dyed feathers, some look like pheasant or similar feathers, perhaps turkey. It would be a nice gift to give the hunter in your life.

    • Janelle Taliercio on February 28, 2020 at 11:22 am

      Hi Edie, thanks for letting us know. Have a nice day!

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  7. Maureen on January 6, 2021 at 9:23 am

    There are so many wonderful ideas that my head is spinning. Besuriful!

  8. Kathi Richards on January 6, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    I have painted winter scenes on clear bulbs before, just blue sky, snow & pines. Also I filled one with fiberfill, then, & this took me forever, using a pair of tweezers, I put one of my husbands fly fishing flies front & center. Took a long time for this OCD nut case to get it perfectly centered & sitting exactly straight!! I stuffed the fill in pretty tight to hold the fly in place. It looked pretty cool & he loved it. I’ve also filled the clear bulbs with potpourri. I love all of your ornaments, some whimsical & some so very elegant!! Thanks for all of these ideas!

    • Janelle - Ornament Girl Support on January 7, 2021 at 3:10 pm

      Hi Kathi, those sound beautiful! Wonderful ideas. And thank you so much for your kind words!

  9. Jane on September 14, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    My kids and I enjoyed pouring small drops of colored ink inside clear ornaments, and blowing the drops around the sphere with compressed air. All were beautiful!

    • Janelle - Ornament Girl Support on September 15, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      That sounds beautiful! I bet it’s so neat.

  10. Jeanne on November 18, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    Hellblocks. o Staci Ann,
    I have made acrylic ornaments (afraid to break glass ones) inserting miniature paper-pieced quilt blocks. They measure about 2 1/4″ in size. I roll them and insert them into the ornament. I then add snow, colored foam balls, mini pine cones, etc., etc. depending on the block I made. Glue the lid back on, add ribbon(s) and a hanging loop.

  11. Jeanne on November 18, 2022 at 12:05 pm

    Lokks like my intro got mixed up !! OOOPsss

  12. Kaz on November 21, 2022 at 4:53 pm

    These are lovely and have given me so many ideas for my ornaments this year. My friends and I are not exchanging gifts this Xmas so I’m making them a bauble for their trees

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