DIY Holiday Ornaments

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It’s November and holiday season is officially upon us – so why not get a head start on your holiday shopping and decorating? When it comes to both of these things, there’s nothing better than something handmade – it gives it that special little personal touch that can go a long way. I can’t get enough of these clear Christmas bulbs because there is so much you can do with them – and they make great decorations or little stocking stuffers for your family and friends :)

For those of you who are coming to our Cambridge Crafting Party on Saturday, we’ll have the supplies to make these cute little ornaments, but for everyone else here’s a tutorial!

What you need:

Clear Christmas bulbs – I got these at A.C. Moore but you can also order them online from Amazon!

Gather whatever other embellishments you like! I used yarn, glitter, fake feathers, fake flowers, glue and a little plastic figurine I had lying around. But the best part about these is you can literally do almost anything!

I’ve had this little plastic deer sitting at my desk for a while now, and for my first ornament I knew I wanted to make him a little snow globe :) I gave him a bed of green yarn that I used fabric glue to attach to the base of the ornament. The deer fit perfectly into the ornament – I just dabbed a little bit of glue on his feet and stuck him right in! For the finishing touch I added some white glitter to give the appearance of snow when I shake it.

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I would love to have a whole tree decorated with ornaments like this – with little woodland creatures and scenes living inside!

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For my next ornament I filled it with some fake flowers and added some glitter for a little sparkle :) I think this would look really pretty with real flowers too – dried flowers would look so nice!

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diy-ornaments

For the third ornament I used different colored fake feathers – I like how this one looks different as it turns at different angles, and almost like tie dye :)

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diy-ornaments

As a finishing touch, I love the idea of hanging the ornaments with neon thread!

If you guys have any other ideas for what you can do with these clear ornaments, I’d love to hear! I’ve seen some pretty neat ones made into mini terrariums…

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Comments

kate -November 2, 2011, 4:58PM
Gregorio -November 2, 2011, 5:31PM

Perfect know-how! I have been looking for everything such as this for some time currently. Thanks!

Anonymous -November 2, 2011, 6:55PM

love these!!!

lauren -November 2, 2011, 8:27PM

the feather one looks soo dreamy and cool! Thanks for the DIY.. these are my favorite blog entries!!

lily.bee -November 2, 2011, 8:30PM

you could swirl glitter glue on the inside of the glass ornament and let it dry. Then add the flowers, plastic Gems, ..and whatever for that extra spark!

Anonymous -November 3, 2011, 12:06AM

wow! amazing creation!.. sooo love it.. ☺♥♥

Emma -November 3, 2011, 12:54AM

Would love to make some of these! Had a little issue finding them on Amazon though – looked up Christmas Bulbs and got lots of holiday lights. What exactly are they called?

fp julia -November 3, 2011, 9:55AM

emma – try “clear christmas ornaments”

Emma -November 3, 2011, 11:11AM

There they are! Thank you Julia :-)

Alicia -November 3, 2011, 12:06PM

These are so cute! I really hope you guys do the FP Craft Swap again this year! It was so much fun last year.

Antonella -November 3, 2011, 1:20PM

I love this! I cant wait for Christmas :)

Gigi -November 18, 2011, 10:17AM

What a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

Nina -November 29, 2011, 6:00PM

I adore these and I love your blog. So wonderful!

...love Maegan -December 15, 2011, 12:56AM

so cute!

joanne -February 28, 2012, 6:56PM

great cheerful idea. They would be cute in the window all year long!

ALYSON VANDIVER -March 13, 2012, 5:58PM

I LOVE ALL THESE DESIGNS THEY ARE SOOO CREATED I LOVE THE FEATHERS SO COOL

Gayle -March 12, 2013, 11:25AM

Great ideas for filling these clear ornaments. The ideas are endless!

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