If you bought some Christmas balls and aren’t sure what to do with them, get over 50 DIY glass ornaments to decorate your Christmas tree!
Every year I get a lot of questions about making Christmas ornaments. Which I totally get. Because honestly, the display at the craft store can be a little intimidating. There are a bunch of clear glass balls in a tray and some paints and glitters and Mod Podge.
But what are you supposed to do with it all?
It’s not as straightforward as one might think. There’s quite a lot that you can do, which is what can make it overwhelming! I’m going to show you how to make a bunch of DIY glass ornaments with ALL kinds of different techniques.
And none of them are hard to make.
Glass Ball Ornament Crafts
I’m really excited to share some great ideas with you, but before I do, I wanted to share my tips and FAQs with you. If you are ready to get to the ideas, just scroll down. Otherwise, I hope these help you during your Christmas crafting journey!
Preparing the ornaments
Before getting started, you’re going to want to clean the ornaments. This step is crucial if you want any painting or Mod Podge to stick. You are removing oils from fingers – oils that repel paint.
Thoroughly wash in warm, soapy water, then rinse in warm water and let dry. You can also use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball. If you’re going to paint the inside, you’ll want to swirl some rubbing alcohol around on the inside and let dry.
What glue is best for glass ornaments?
I really like to use Mod Podge to glue things to ornaments, like fabric, paper, or tissue paper. To add embellishments to painted or Mod Podge ornaments, I use craft glue. If it’s directly to the glass, I use E-6000 for the strongest bond.
What paint is best for glass ornaments?
You’ll want to use one of three things: craft paint made for glass or multisurface, spray paint, or chalk paint. Regular craft paint can be used on the inside of an ornament, but you won’t want to paint it on the outside. It’s too easy to scrape off. More about painting on glass here.
Does Mod Podge work on glass ornaments?
It absolutely does! I have several examples of tutorials you can try below. I’d also love for you to check out my guide to Mod Podge on glass to get my best tips.
How do you fill ornaments with glitter?
There are a few ways to do it. If you have Mod Podge, you can mix it with glitter. Pour it into the ornament, let it drain out, and the Mod Podge dries glittery on the inside.
You can also use floor wax (I know, crazy!). You pour it into the glass ornament, swirl it, then pour out the excess. Then add the glitter, swirl it, and pour out the excess again. Let dry and you have a glitter glass ornament!
Can I use plastic ornaments?
Yes BUT acrylic products like Mod Podge and regular craft paint don’t work very well directly on them. I recommend prepping the ornament first with white primer made for plastic. OR pick a method that doesn’t require Mod Podge or paint!
Are you ready to learn how to decorate some glass ball ornaments? Take a peek at the list below and let me know your favorites in the comments!
DIY Glass Ornaments
Looking for some cute glass ball ornaments crafts? This is your list, with over 50 ideas using a variety of craft supplies!
You know the same process you use when adding glitter to an ornament? Well, you'll use the same basic method to get sprinkles on the inside as well. It's nice because you don't have to fill the entire ball with sprinkles.
From his corncob pipe and button nose to that magical hat placed on his head, this Frosty the Snowman has it all! You'll find the tutorial for this glass ball ornament as well as several other holiday characters you will recognize.
A floating photo ornament has an image — like a family photo — that seems to hover inside a clear ornament like magic. They’re really simple to make if you know the trick: a piece of clear plastic to suspend the photo in the middle of your ornament!
I feel like unicorns have had a moment these past couple years, and I'm glad they're part of Christmas too! These ornaments are glittery and fabulous, and I love that the horns are made out of clay. So cute!
Take your acrylic paint pouring skills to the next level with this fun Apple Barrel paint poured ornament idea! Bring some color to your tree with cool paint shades - and the stencil on the front is a nice added touch.
I'm a big fan of aqua and turquoise shades of paint mixed with copper leaf. It's so striking and beautiful! These DIY glass ornaments were made with those two supplies, and are much easier than you might think.
Turns out that temporary tattoos aren't just for wearing on your body - you can also use them to create some pretty cool DIY glass ornaments for Christmas! They apply straight to the glass, or you can paint the ornaments first.
There's not really a tutorial for this ornament because it's simple - you simply cut a piece of tinsel garland stick it into a glass ball ornament. It's that easy, and the results are actually quite stunning.
Sometimes the easiest way to decorate glass ball ornaments is simply with spray paint! One of my favorite ways to do this is with complimentary colors that all look good together - like these shades of green. So pretty!
Learn how to make the easiest sea glass ornaments ever! If you like simple with beautiful results, this beach glass technique can be applied to a lot of glass surfaces for the perfect nautical themed Christmas.
If you're the kind of person who likes a themed tree, may I suggest fruit this year? Learn how to decorate glass baubles to look like a display at your local farmer's market! These would look beautiful on a white tree.
Did you have a wonderful beach trip this past summer that you'd like to remember? Grab some shells and put them in a glass ornament! It's fun to hang these on the tree and be reminded of a great vacation.
Craft projects at Christmas are always fun for the kids and they will love these character ornaments! They can make any character they would like, like Elmo or Minions, and hang it on the tree to enjoy for years to come.
Looking for some good fabric crafts to do with your scraps after sewing? Don't throw them away! Grab a bottle of Mod Podge and apply them to some Christmas ball ornaments. The results are fun and colorful, and the project is so easy.