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20 Ways to Dress Up Plain Christmas Ornaments

Wake up your Christmas tree with creatively embellished ornaments. Start with plain ball ornaments and deck them out with paint, ribbon, stickers, and more.


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    • Pom-Pom Piled Ornament

      Insert gold, silver, and white pom-poms in a clear glass ball ornament for a sparkly, energetic look for your tree.

    • Washi Tape Ornament

      Don’t let raised designs get you down. (Before, this ball flaunted a glittered dimension.) For a quick cover-up, stick strips of washi tape to the ball, overlapping and smoothing them as you work your way around. 

    • Ribboned Ornament

      Add ribbon stripes to an ornament for holiday flair. Remove the ornament cap and cut strips of ribbon. Hot-glue the strips, beginning at the base, to the ornament. Tuck the ends of the ribbons into the top opening and glue into place. Replace the ornament cap and tie a bow around the hanging loop.

    • Marble-Painted Ornament

      Blend a few colors for a marbled effect. To make, fill a large disposable tray with water. Spray two colors of coordinating spray paint into the water. (The paint will float on the surface.) Dip a clear glass ball ornament in the paint. The paint will adhere to the ball, creating a marbled effect 

    • Washi Strip Ornament

      Pretty strips of washi tape add color to the center of a plain ball ornament. Here's how to get the look.

    • Snowflake Ornament

      Raid your crafting supplies for interesting embellishments to adorn plain glass ornaments. This turquoise ornament was updated with a snowflake scrapbooking applique adhered with hot glue.

    • Wrap with Chunky Yarn

      We braided chunky yarn and wrapped it around this ball to hide a dated candy cane design. Secure yarn to the ball with hot glue, placing knots and ends toward the back.

    • Swirly Ornament

      Swirl paint inside a glass ball for a two-toned effect. Place the ornament on a disposable cup and rotate it every few minutes while the paint is drying to completely cover the inside surface. Finish with a strip of decorative paper printed with a seasonal message.

    • Chenille Stem-Stuffed Ornament

      Insert chenille stems in a clear glass ball ornament, bending and twisting them to make them fit.

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      Striped Ornament

      Add stripes to an ornament with paint. Mark off areas you don't want to paint using masking tape, then use a small paintbrush to carefully paint the stripes. Sprinkle wet paint with glitter for a touch of sparkle. Carefully remove the tape when the paint is dry.

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      Twice-Painted Ornament

      Spray paint provides an even finish and some extra flourish in this ornament craft. We lightly sanded the ornament and spray-painted it gold. After it dried, we added a coat of marbleizing spray paint in white.

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      Scenic Ornament

      It's easy to create this winter scene on an ornament. The trick is to paint in steps. First, paint the bottom of a glass ball ornament with two coats of white acrylic paint; let dry after each coat. Then use a small, round brush to paint white trees in different sizes. Once the trees have dried, add small dashes of red acrylic paint to the trees to resemble cardinals. After the red paint has dried, use the bristle tips to add small white dots for falling snow.

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      DIY Pom-Pom Ornament

      Here's an ornament the kids can help with! Pick your favorite yarn and wrap into a pom-pom. Fit inside a clear glass ornament. 

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      Tinsel Ornament

      Sparkle comes from within. Snip a piece of tinsel garland and slip it into a clear glass ball ornament. Voila! The tree is ready.

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      Knotted Ornament

      Simple knots and yarn create a structural DIY ornament. Using yarn or cord, tie four strings with a knot in the center. Center the ornament on the knot. Knot adjacent ends about halfway up the ball. At the top, knot the alternate adjacent ends. Glue in place.

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      Sticker Phrase Ornament

      Spell out a holiday message with glittery letters from the scrapbook aisle. Add a few more sticker embellishments and tie a simple bow around the ornament hook.

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      Melted Crayon Ornament

      Finally a use for stubby crayons! Unwrap and chop crayons into small bits. Place one inside a clear glass ornament. Melt with a hair dryer, turning to coat the sides. Repeat with additional colors.

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      Simple Painted Ornament

      Your color, your DIY ornament set. Drip a tablespoon of gallery glass window color (available at crafts stores) and a few drops of water inside a clear glass ornament, and turn the ball so the paint coats the sides for a watercolor effect.

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      Splattered Ornament

      Release your inner Jackson Pollock to make these swirled ornaments. Remove the caps from clear acrylic ornament balls. Rinse the inside with a mixture of three parts water and one part vinegar. Rinse with clean water; let dry. Drip one or several colors of acrylic paint into the ornament and swirl gently to achieve desired effect. Let the paint dry and add additional swirls in different colors. Once you've finished the painting, decorate the outside of the ornament with a band of ribbon or trim.

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      Glittered Spray Paint Ornament

      A few quick spritzes of spray paint directed inside a clear glass ball produce a cool mottled effect. Have fun experimenting; you won't get the same look twice!

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      Beautiful Handmade Christmas Ornaments

      Adorn your Christmas tree with beautiful handmade Christmas ornaments made by you and your loved ones. Hang our easy-to-make ornaments on your tree for generations to come, give them as gifts to friends, or use them to amp up your Christmas wrapping ideas.
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