HOLIDAY: Decorating Ball Ornaments

The Winter holidays are coming up quickly. My family celebrates Christmas, but in a non-religious way. I know...but it's hard to explain. Anywho, it's time to start decorating. Alex and I found these large clear plastic ornaments at Michaels, that we plan on decorating as presents. To get some inspiration, I searched around the internet to see what DIY ornaments I could find. Most are by my favorite crafters. I found a lot of great ones, but narrowed down my selections to these 18...which is still a lot. I'll post our creations after they are done, just for some more inspiration. Ok, on to the tutorials.

The most forgiving way to decorate these clear ball ornaments, is to fill them with things. The metal tops normally come off, which allow for the insides of the balls to be filled with anything you can fit in there. I recommend picking lightweight stuff that you don't want to remove later. You can seal up the top after decorating, which will keep any loose contents contained.

1) Swell Life - Glitter Galaxy Ornament
2) Crafty Chica - Glitter Collage Ornaments
3) Little Grey Fox - Sprinkle Filled Ornament (and other simple ones)
4) Cook Love Craft - Feather Filled Ornament
5) Bliss Bloom Blog - Winter Wonderland Snowglobe Ornaments
6) Jo-Ann - Pinecone Filled Ornament

Covering an ornament is a great way to update old ornaments. You can also combine this with the filling and paint options, depending on your design preference. Use clear balls, so your filling will show. Otherwise, you can use any type of old ornament. Though I've chosen ball ornaments, many of these will work for other shapes. Some of those longer ones would look great with glitter, salt, or snow. Just think creatively.

7) Creme de la Craft - Mosaic CD Ornaments
8) Valley and Co. Lifestyle - Silver Glitter Ornaments
9) My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia - Epsom Salt Ornament
10) I Heart Nap Time - Glittered Snowman Ornaments
11) Tatertots and Jello on The Scrap Shoppe - Snowball Ornaments
12) A Diamond in the Stuff - Decoupaged Map Ball Ornament

Another great decorating method, is paint. This is kid friendly, which we all need...especially for keeping them busy while you're doing other things. Use plastic ball ornaments, so it's kid safe. I'm going to try swirling paint inside, and possibly use some dimensional paint outside. I LOVE PAINT, so I'd want to play with all of these...and add glitter.

13) Chole Tatro for I Love To Create - Neon Polka-Dot Ornaments
14) Margot Potter for I Love To Create - Neon Puffy Paint Ornaments
15) Alexa Westerfield for I Love To Create - Glitter Swirls Ornament
16) The Frugal Homemaker - Faux Mercury Glass Ornament
17) Lisa Arneill on Grow Your Baby - Swirled Paint Ornament
18) Little Bit Funky - Handprint Snowman Ornament

To save all of these DIY ornaments for reference, PIN THIS IMAGE. Otherwise, you can pin any of the category collages, or follow the links to the individual projects.

That's all for my round up, but there are many more ideas out there! What ever you make have fun with it! Happy makery!


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