3 Homemade Christmas Ornaments {tutorial}


Using a few embellishments can turn plain-Jane ornaments into seasonal standouts in just minutes.  Perfect for your tree or gifting.

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I just love homemade Christmas ornaments!  Not only do they bring extra warmth to any Christmas tree, but they made great gifts as well!  I have 3 tutorials for some super easy ornaments I made last year using clear glass ball ornaments.

You can pick up glass ball ornaments at any craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby, and I’ve even seen them at WalMart and Target for well under $5  (use a coupon and get them even cheaper) – making each one $1 or less

Homemade Christmas Ornaments

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How to make a glitter snowflake ornament

First up, and probably my favorite……….the Glitter Snowflake!


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  • 1 clear glass ball ornament
  • Beacon Glitter it! (found at Hobby Lobby – used my 40% off coupon)
  • Silver Glitter
  • vinyl snowflake


  1. Per instructions on the bottle of GLITTER IT -remove hanger from ornament and add one tablespoon of white vinegar to one cup of warm water and pour a small amount into the ornament. Swirl around to thoroughly clean glass. Empty ornament and rinse well with warm water. Let dry completely. (do this step a day a head or use a hair dryer to speed up drying like I did lol)
  2. Pour a small amount of GLITTER IT into ornament. Swirl around to coat the entire inner surface. Add more if needed.
  3. Immediately add about 1 teaspoon of fine glitter to inside of ornament . (I poured some glitter onto a piece of paper with a fold and use it to guide/pour the glitter into the ornament) then rotate and shake ornament until the inside of the ornament is completely covered with glitter. If necessary, add additional GLITTER-IT and glitter until all areas are covered.
  4. Turn ornament upside down and shake away any excess glitter.
  5. Add vinyl snowflake to outside of ornament. (I cut mine with my Silhouette SD from the free library)
  6. Replace hanger, (*note – I spray painted the hanger with white spray paint to give some contrast.)

These were SOOO incredibly easy, my girls and I plan to make many more! I love that you get the look of GLITTER with out the GLITTER MESS!

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We made Snow Filled ornaments last year and enjoyed them so much, they were first on our list for this year! This is a GREAT last minute gift idea, because you can seriously make one in under 5 mins.

How to make a Personalized Snow Filled Ornament


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  • 1 clear glass ball ornament
  • Epsom salt (you can buy this at any drug store, super store or even the dollar store)
  • Ribbon
  • Vinyl initial


  1. Removed hanger from ornament
  2. Fill ornament 1/2 full with snow “Epsom salt”
  3. replace hanger
  4. add vinyl letter (you can buy vinyl letter at the craft supply store, or cut them with your craft cutter)
  5. add ribbon bow around hanger.

They even look nice with out the vinyl……….

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What a great gift for anyone, but especially for those who don’t have snow!

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Last up……….but certainly not least………a little more bling! Tinsel Filled

How to make a Tinsel Filled Ornament




  • 1 glass ball ornament
  • tinsel garland
  • vinyl letter


  1. Remove hanger
  2. cut a small piece of tinsel garland (approx 4-5′) twist and instert into ornament
  3. place vinyl letter on the outside (again, you can purchase the vinyl letters, or cut with a Silhouette SD or other craft cutter)
  4. replace hanger.

Again………super easy………..super fast…….VERY inexpensive.

I hope you have fun making some of these ornaments for gifts…….they’re so quick and fun, you can even let the kids help make their own personalized ornaments to place on the tree! The possibilities with these clear glass balls are just endless!!

GO craft………..Have FUN!! ………….Don’t forget the Christmas music and hot chocolate!

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  1. I love the glitter one the best, anything with glitter makes me happy.

  2. These are so much fun – I especially love the silver glitter one!

  3. The painted ornaments would make a great classroom activity. A keepsake for years to come for the children’s families! Love it!!! 🙂 -kate

  4. The ornaments are beautiful and so festive!!! You are very creative!

  5. I love that the ornaments are simple yet so pretty.

  6. what a great ideas. so cool. (:

  7. You are so dang talented! I would love to have these on out tree… personalized ornaments to represent our family. I think a whole tree full of these would be just gorgeous!!! Maybe if I get started now they will be ready for next Christmas.. 😉 Thanks for great content as always!

  8. Cheryl! I love crafting, and my kids and I have decorated those wonderful clear ornaments before and it is so fun to see their creations!!

  9. I love these clear bulbs, I might have to get some and fill them with candy as well!

  10. these are so cute and pretty !! i’m loving it 😀

  11. I love all of these home-made decorations and with the lights reflecting off of them they must look so nice on the tree.

  12. These are so adorable – I love them. What a fun idea to do as a family. Each year you can add to the collection and even date them and have each child personalize theirs. Someday you take a walk down memory lane with each ornament hanging on the tree. I love this idea.

    To go with your ornament you could learn How to Make a Candy Wreath that I just posted on my blog last night. Please stop by, it’s another fun project.

  13. Impressive! these looks awesome and totally do able!

  14. These ornaments are gorgeous and fun. You’re so creative and talented. I’m really not a crafty person and wonder if I can make them as pretty as yours. 😛 Thanks for sharing this wonderful tutorial.

  15. I planned on making glitter ornaments and even have the supplies ‘cept for the glitter-it. I read elsewhere that you can use mop n glow too! Love the snow filled and tinsel too. Now I need more supplies!! 🙂

  16. Love all three of your ornaments!

  17. What a fun idea – I especially like the ornaments that you filled, what a terrific holiday craft.

  18. I love the snow filled ornament!!! We were going to buy a special ornament for Matilda’s first Christmas but looking at these and how super cute they are I think we’ll do this instead! Thanks for the post.

  19. Those are awesome! I have to try and make some of the glitter ones for my tree, I love the sparkle.

  20. These homemade ornaments are FABULOUS! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. They are super easy and fun. Projects like this make holiday decorating a cinch! Thanks again.

  21. I can’t do crafts… but I think I can do these!

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  23. You are sooooo crafty!! love these ornaments. Can you please come to my house to make me these holiday dazzlers? xxoo

  24. ’cause I am too lazy to make my own.

  25. Very cool! Thank you for sharing those. Ithink I am going to try one.

  26. I adore DIY… these look SO fun. Maybe I’ll have a craft themed Christmas party!

  27. My girls would have so much fun with this! I especially like the snow filled one with the initial.

  28. this is just awesome, i love the bright colours in these|!
    {stopped by from tt&J}

  29. These ideas are great. I have a ton of these ornaments I picked up on clearance. Can’t wait to make some.

  30. These are great and easy! I am stumbling this post. Thanks for sharing! I am a new Twitter and FB follower from Tatertots and Jello.

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  32. I love the tinsel idea! Super super cute!

  33. How did I miss these?! Better late than never, right?!

  34. Love the ornaments. Does anything happend to the Epsom salt over time?

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  36. Very good information. Lucky me I found your site by accident
    (stumbleupon). I have bookmarked it for later!

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  40. I really love homemade crafts like this one, this looks very lovely and very creative as well.
    Thanks anyway for sharing 🙂 , 
    Cheers !!

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