25 ideas for decorating clear glass ornaments

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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!

149 Responses
  • Bronson Tyler
    December 11, 2012

    Wow, Those are amazing! I think my favorite is the Santa Clause one.

    • ornamentgirl
      December 11, 2012

      I love it too! It’s so clever. :)

    • gail
      November 15, 2013

      great ideas !!

  • mary emigh
    December 12, 2012

    I love Christmas too!!! a new idea is always welcomed… very pretty,,,,

  • Melissa W
    December 12, 2012

    Great, gorgeous and cute ideas! Thanks for sharing :)
    Merry Christmas

    • ornamentgirl
      December 17, 2012

      Thanks, Melissa, and Merry Christmas to you, too!

  • Susan M
    December 16, 2012

    Wow! These are great! Thanks for sharing them. I wish I’d found your site before the holidays got so busy.

  • Peggy
    December 17, 2012

    These are all really very cute and clever! All the ones I made are on my tree, and I’m having
    withdrawals from not making any in about 4 days, yikes! I better get busy again. Yours are
    fabulous, keep sharing!!!

  • Margie stephenson
    December 17, 2012

    Please tell me how to get the fake snow into the ball! This is impossible!!!

    • ornamentgirl
      December 17, 2012

      Margie, I’m sorry you are having trouble. I used a small funnel and only put a little bit of the snow in at a time, and used my finger to push it through. It did take a few minutes for me to do it that way.

      Someone else left a comment saying that they used a stick to push it through. So, maybe a toothpick would really help, to kind of push and swirl around the bottom of the funnel to get all the snow through.

      I hope this helps you!

      • kelly smith
        October 16, 2013

        I found a very easy way….I bought a can of spray glue, spritzed a bunch inside then quickly poured whatever desired then shake it around, worst case if its spotty just use a Q-tip to add a bit of glue then glitter again, I actually only used white fluff like that beautiful white glitter, sugar, salt….so I just poured a cpl cups of whatever in a large bowl and a little measuring spoon to pour it in, this way you can pour it in, shake excess out. You can also add dry kool-aid to sugar/salt for smthn bright & MUCH easier to sweep up unlike glitter!

        • Anonymous
          November 29, 2013

          you can use hairspray too, simple

  • Susan
    December 17, 2012

    Since discovering your blog, I’ve decided that my daughter and I will make a Christmas ornament a month with her friends.

    • ornamentgirl
      December 17, 2012

      I am so glad to hear that! That sounds like a lot of fun, and you will have lots of new ornaments for the tree next year. Have fun! :)

  • LindaG
    December 17, 2012

    I absolutely loved every one of these. Thank-you so much for compiling all these refreshingly creative ideas. I made the sand beach ornament, using crushed sea glass sand from Glass Beach in Hawaii, white-washed some shells and tossed in a Barbie flip-flop for good measure. I stiffened some ribbon and made a sweet bow. Voila – beautiful!! Happy Holidays to all-

  • Amber
    December 19, 2012

    I have been making mod podged ornaments this year. Mix mod podge and paint… Let dry in a sheet and you can peel it like a sticker and cut it into shapes. I swirled different colors and its different and beautiful

  • Mary
    December 20, 2012

    The Barbie shoe ornament is the best! I need to go in the attic and get all my old barbie shoes so that I can smile and think of my childhood every year that I put that ornament on the tree. Thanks for sharing.

  • Heather Boone
    December 22, 2012

    Great ideas! I have a couple sets I created this year and then also gave individual ones for gifts. Check out my blog to see them!!

    ~Heather Boone

  • Emily
    December 25, 2012

    Wonderful ideas! We also did a (messy!) kids’ craft — we cut out squares of white tulle fabric (maybe 5×5″ or 6×6″?), sprinkled various colors & shapes of sequins & metallic confetti (snowfakes, stars, circles) on a square of tulle, then crumpled it up and stuffed it inside a clear plastic ornament where it expanded again. All of the supplies we got at Michaels. I thought we might use beads, but the confetti is good because it kind of catches in the tulle and anchors in place. It gives a soft snowy effect.

    The confetti made a big mess, but the kids had fun scooping up handfuls and dropping it on the tulle. :-) You could actually glue the sequins & confetti onto the tulle, for more accurate placement and less mess. And any colour of tulle would work, but the white tulle looks like snow so it’s pretty. Our Dollarama store had translucent sort of taffeta in various metallics, which I’m sure would also look very nice stuffed in there.

    We also did another craft with the kids where we cut out squares of cotton/poly tartan fabric with pinking shears, and let them crumple up that fabric and stuff it into the plastic ornaments. The fabric expands nicely. I imagine you could use any fabric that would look nice on both sides. Or you could glue together two pieces with the reverse sides facing in (like velvet), and crumple & stuff that.

    And, I have 2 ornaments from the 1980s where metallic paper was artfully crumpled and stuffed inside glass globes. One is red and one is green. Obviously they didn’t crumple it into a tight ball; I’m thinking they used a chopstick or plastic spoon end and just shoved it in through the small hole bit by bit, leaving some areas still fairly flat. It pretty much fills the ball. I wonder if origami paper would work for that, too. Or, shredding the origami paper into strips like that example with the wedding invitation.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Andrea
    December 25, 2012

    The sand and shells ornament made me think how awesome it would be to keep small mementos from a vacation or special day, write the date and details on the ornament and fill with the collected items. Then you have a tree filled with memories

    • Jackie
      March 9, 2014

      When you put the ornament away how do you keep it from getting messed up like the seashells getting mixed in the sand, so it looks the same when you use it again

  • Laura Albano
    April 6, 2013

    I am trying to buy glass tear drop shaped ornaments to fill with paint. Cannot find a web site that sells them. Have any suggestions?

    • Shari Sinclair
      May 21, 2013

      Hi Laura – I bought some at Hobby Lobby today. They are in the “craft” department. I was told they carry them year around. I was shocked to find them today. Good luck in your quest to locate them. Shari

      • ornamentgirl
        May 22, 2013

        Thanks for letting us know, Shari! (Hobby Lobby is so awesome :D)

  • Shari Sinclair
    May 21, 2013

    Love this idea! Can hardly wait to make them. Thanks, Shari

  • Marissa M
    June 25, 2013

    Hey, these are some great ideas. I loved the Snowmen one, I have three glass ornaments left and these are great ideas. I have decorated with some clear ones before and here’s an idea. I put my graduation tassel inside,the year number and all and used the string that holds it to the graduation cap as the hanger for the tree. I wouldn’t advise using a small ornament. I had to find one that had an opening diameter more than a centimeter so yeah. But that’s what I used.

    • ornamentgirl
      September 16, 2013

      That’s an awesome idea!

    • Anonymous
      November 15, 2013

      What a great idea!!

  • Amy
    August 18, 2013

    have you ever tried to cut it open? i was wondering if there’s a way to cut a hole into the ornament (i want to stack them by nestling them one on top another). thanks!

    • ornamentgirl
      September 16, 2013

      Amy, I’ve never tried to cut them. They are pretty brittle. But, they do make acrylic ones, that open up in right the middle. Maybe those would work better..?

  • Arlene Poma
    September 16, 2013

    I was lucky enough to find your website. Just in time for the holidays! Thank you for being so generous with your ideas.

  • Rachel
    September 20, 2013

    With all the pretty ornaments that you make, I bet your tree is gorgeous! I would love it if you posted a picture of your Christmas tree on your site!

  • Stephanie
    September 20, 2013

    I’ve used clear ornaments to save flower petals from any significant occasion with my husband. We’ve also made one with the champagne cork, a piece of lace from my dress and other little fragments of our wedding day. We also have one filled with petals from his father’s funeral and a ribbon with his name tied around it. Each one is a little memory to hang up each year. :)

    • ornamentgirl
      September 21, 2013

      I love those ideas, Stephanie, especially the wedding mementos idea!

      • Anonymous
        December 4, 2013

        Great idea!!! Wasnt sure what to do with flowers from my daughters wedding. Now i cant wait to make them!!!!

  • Tonya
    September 22, 2013

    Very very cute ideas! Thanks for taking the time sharing!

  • Debbie
    September 25, 2013

    Staci,
    where do you purchase pine cones small enough to put inside a glass ornament? Most “mini” cones I find are still too large to push into the opening.

    LOVE your stuff and enjoy your email updates :)

    Debbie

    • Suzette
      November 26, 2013

      I have found mini pinecones in potpourri at Real Deals Dollar store

  • Patricia Langenegger
    October 6, 2013

    A couple of years ago, I made a bunch of the plastic ornaments with popcorn in them. It was the biggest hit with my nieces and nephews. My niece, who is a medical doctor, wrote me and told me how much her friends liked the ornament. They are so easy and mess free to make.

  • Debbie
    October 7, 2013

    Hi, We just finished making 8 dozen glitter ornaments for all of my moms great- grandchildren and had a blast! I do have some advice for mess and a fun thing at the end tho. We worked over water boxes to keep the glitter off of the furniture. We also put the polish in a small bottle that we could refill and pour excess back into. But the fun thing at the end was that we combined all the glitter( we were a little messy on purpose) and wound up with the most beautiful ornaments possible. While we have been working on these anyone coming here has loved these ornaments, but I’m keeping this last 6 for myself!! Thank you for these, I would have never come up with something so easy and beautiful on my own!

  • Janice
    November 14, 2013

    I am looking for craft project. Its a clear ball with white feather inside with I think snow and attach tag that said something about angels. I want to do this for our church, to put in their goods bags that I make.

  • Lizzie Saito
    November 15, 2013

    Thank you for sharing these awesome glass bauble DIY decorations! I super love the glass bauble with popcorn! It will definitely work on my White-Blue-Silver Christmas theme and will work with my collection of hand blown Christmas glass ornaments!

  • Laura
    November 15, 2013

    LOVE all these!!!

  • Linda
    November 22, 2013

    I filled them with dry hot chocolate mix, then candies and topped with mini marshmallows. Added a xmas bow on top…..great gift

  • Athena
    November 24, 2013

    I love the ornament with the Barbie shoes. I am making ornaments this year with my son, who is a LEGO fanatic! We put a bunch of the smaller LEGOs in and the look really cool.
    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

  • Vicki Richardson
    November 26, 2013

    Hi:
    I loved you finds so much! I did glass ornaments for my girls last years, one I sliced up her wedding invitations and put inside. I made sure that the date and part of their picture was esp on the outside to be seen by all. The other was the same idea but with the baby’s announcement. It made for the perfect 1st Christmas ornament. It’s something they can pull out each year and remember the event but also when I’m gone they can tell the kids that I made that especially for them.

    • ornamentgirl
      December 1, 2013

      That’s an awesome idea, Vicki!

    • Anonymous
      December 4, 2013

      Loveit!!!

  • Amber
    November 30, 2013

    My kids and I used permanent marker to write their names on one side and the year on the other. Then we put a later of fake snow and added some glitter and sequins. Shake it up and the snow stays on bottom and the sequins and glitter lightly coat the sides. They’re so proud if their custom ornaments. I wanted to put tinny beads with the first letter of each of their names and some tint Santa hats or something, but couldn’t find them and the kids were too excited to wait. Lol

    • ornamentgirl
      December 1, 2013

      That’s an awesome idea, Amber.. thanks for sharing with us!

  • Amanda
    November 30, 2013

    This is the best site ever I love the Santa it is so cute

  • Katie
    December 8, 2013

    Wonderful ideas!

  • Vanessa
    December 10, 2013

    These ideas are adorable

  • carrie
    December 10, 2013

    Fill with sequins or loose glitter! And I love these ones (about to make my own!):
    http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/theletteroom/product/personalised-dymo-tape-sequin-snow-bauble

  • Carla
    December 12, 2013

    OMG what awesome ideas! I need to add this to my project list to create for next year. I don’t think I’ll succeed this year before Christmas.

  • Cathy
    December 13, 2013

    some pretty, how do you get some of the items in the bulbs.?

    • Anonymous
      December 13, 2013

      meant to say so pretty

  • Rayann
    December 14, 2013

    My cousin and I work at a store together. We’re making each of our co-workers an ornament. We’re cutting out little gingerbread people and painting a uniform shirt and name tag on each one and sticking them in the ornaments. We’re going to use snow and glitter and things to make each one unique. Each person will have their own special ornament with a gingerbread man dressed like him/her inside.

  • terri
    December 16, 2013

    Thanks I just found these. So cute.

  • Anonymous
    December 18, 2013

    i love barbi e one

  • Anonymous
    December 18, 2013

    I used pictures of each person that will be coming for Christmas, along with sequins, charms, and ribbon, music sheet cut into strips, things to reflect their talents. We lost a Great Great Grandmother this year and I made ornaments of her with her picture and some of her favorite things by adding charms, a strand of pearls and snow. I hope they like them…

    • Trenace Stark
      December 20, 2013

      I put potpourri inside then used tiny bead strands maribou feathers tiny satin roses and ribbon bows the more you do the more beautiful. I called them Victorian. Sold them at a craft booth for $8.00 -$15.00

  • Eleanor
    December 22, 2013

    Hi this site is wonderfull !!!!!!

  • Dee
    March 21, 2014

    Hi..who carries plastic ornaments before holiday season…glass at Hobby Lobby but prefer the plastic. Thanks, your ornaments are a wonderful inspiration for December to hurry & get here!

  • cyndi
    April 1, 2014

    Hi there
    I Al madly looking for instructions on how to decorate onto glass. Eg. . Wine glasses, vases, Clear plates etc..
    I also need to know and find the right supplies for doing so…eg, do you use stencils or can you get stickers, is paint better… I don’t know where to start and I have been searching for hours on the net getting no where except angry. I love your designs but am needing different.
    Cheers

  • Nancy Hybbert
    April 28, 2014

    Could you please help me. I have some empty clear bulbs that look like the clear old fashion shaped bulbs and I want to put something in them and attach a note of some kind telling my Title Assistants how great they were this past year at school. I can’t think of what I could put in them and what to say. Please help me.

  • Anonymous
    July 16, 2014

    I made favors for my daughter’s bridal shower, which was held a week before Christmas. I purchased clear Christmas balls and filled them with shredded red and green paper and added a bow with the color of our gowns (hunter green) they were easy to do and everyone loved them because they were different and something they could actually use.

    Gloria Fraticelli

  • Susan Allen
    August 24, 2014

    Being a quilter, I always have left over fabrics, so I cut Halloween fabrics, black tulle, and white tulle into irregular shapes and stuff the ornaments (the tulle helps fill the ball quicker) and I do the same for Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, and the 4th of July. Depending on the time of year I also include a baggie of fabrics for the next holiday. I.E. Halloween ornaments have a baggie of Christmas fabrics.

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