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Homemade for the Holidays:Christmas Ornaments

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Welcome to Homemade for the Holidays! I have another craft for you today! I’m so excited to welcome Leanne from Organize and Decorate Everything!!

I first met Leanne when she starting joining the parties on It’s A Blog Party. She has amazing ideas, and a definite flair for decorating.

Here’s Leanne to teach you how to make some beautiful Christmas ornaments, I think they would make GREAT presents too!

We’re a little financially strapped this Christmas season as I’m sure a lot of you are too. So I’m using what I already have available to make my home ready for Christmas. I took a look around my craft room to see what I could add to clear ornaments to make them more interesting hanging on our tree this year. Maybe you can use some of these ideas to spruce up your old ornaments.
Epsom Salt looks like snow in a clear glass ball. Simply pour it in and enjoy.

I’ve gotten so much use out of pom poms this Christmas. These were also used on a banner, garland and wreath this year.

What’s more festive that silver bells and beautiful tinsel? These ideas are so simple yet so beautiful.

I love painted glass ornaments. Simply pick 2-3 colors to use in each ball. Squeeze paint into ball and let it run down the inside of the ball. Alternate the colors and add the paint in about 4 places through the opening. Once you have paint about the size of a quarter at the bottom of the ball, roll the paint around to cover the whole inside of the ornament. Turn it upside down and let it drain for a few hours.

Since my colors are red and white this year, that’s what color I chose to paint mine. I love how they turned out.

These were coated completely with white paint on the inside then a sticker was attached to the outside.

I wanted to glitter the inside of some of the ornaments. Mod Podge and white glue were to thick and didn’t work well (I ruined 2 ornaments). I went through my craft room searching for something that might work. I found my can of Easy-Tack and it worked perfectly. I sprayed 3-4 sprays on the inside of the small ornaments and rolled it around to coat the inside.

Then I poured the glitter in and shook it around. Once it was completely coated, I poured out the excess. Have you noticed that glitter lasts forever? I think glitter is one of the best craft values (for your money) you can ever buy. I love glitter, especially at Christmas.

Another simple embellishment, just add some decorative tape around the ornament. Quick, easy and cute.

I used some left over mini garland to fill some more glass ball ornaments.

The smaller ornaments were hung on the tree.

I think I’m going to make more glitter ones.

The larger ones were hung in the little window by the front door.

So what do you think? Are you going to see what items you can think of to fill those empty glass ornaments? I had so much fun I’m going to dig through my boxes and see if I have more clear glass ornaments to decorate on the inside.

Thanks so much Leanne, for taking time to share the Christmas ornament with my readers!!

Homemade for the Holidays Series…

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I’m linking to some of the parties in the footer…

Weekend Wrap Up at Tatertots and Jello

Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interiors

Made By You Mondays at Skip to my Lou


  1. Beautiful ornaments. What a great idea, I am all about using what I have laying around too.
    Thanks for sharing at Holly Bloggy.

  2. I love all of these! Hoping I can find the time to try a few! Would love for you to visit me at Sew Chatty and link up to Made with Love Monday! The party will be open until Friday if you want to link up multiple projects. Hope you have a great day! http://sewcahtty.blogspot.com

  3. loved looking at your ornaments.

    another way to do the glitter ornaments is to buy Pledge floor wax with Futura in it. put it into the ornament, swish around, drain and then do the same with the glitter. works great! and fine or extra fine glitter works the best.

  4. Thanks for having me over today Liz. I just linked to you from my blog. Have a great weekend!

  5. A few years ago, I popped popcorn in the clear glass bulbs. The popcorn is still in them!

    I’ve also printed out out pictures on clear transparency sheets, cut them in circles and placed them in those clear glass ornaments.

    1. did you pop them in the balls ? how did you do it-sounds interesting

      1. Rachel V. says:

        I did pop them in the ball. Take the end off of the ornament, set aside. Place about 25 (i think) popcorn kernals in the ball, place in a brown paper bag with the top on the ornament and pop in the microwave. I can’t remember how long I popped them for. It’s by trial and error. I’d start with a minute and just stay near and listen.

        If all of the kernals haven’t popped or they are burnt, just add water to your ball, and dump them out. Try to dry out the ball and start over.

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