Upgrade inexpensive glass ornaments with these genius hacks using basic crafts store supplies.

November 21, 2018

The glass bulb is the classic Christmas ornament. Put your own personal twist on this timeless Christmas tree decoration by using our go-to DIY glass ornament hacks. All four of these simple designs for clear glass ornaments can be made with basic crafts store supplies. Get creative with a melted crayon ornament that will add an artistic element to your Christmas tree. Or add a feminine touch with a floral temporary tattoo clear plastic ornament. A gold-leaf ornament brings a pop of vibrant color to the greenery of your Christmas tree. And you can never go wrong with a sparkling glitter glass ornament—maybe the most classic of all Christmas ornaments. Whichever you choose, these DIY Christmas ornaments are sure to impress guests at your holiday party and provide a personal touch to your tree.

How to Make DIY Glass Christmas Ornaments

Supplies Needed

Melted Crayon Ornaments

  • Clear glass ornament
  • Crayons
  • Crafts knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Heat-safe gloves
  • Hair dryer or heat gun
  • Spray paint (optional)

Temporary Tattoo Ornaments

  • Clear ornament
  • Acrylic paint
  • Masking tape
  • Small disposable cup
  • Temporary tattoo
  • Sponge
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Gloss decoupage 

Gold-Leaf Ornaments

  • Clear ornament
  • Acrylic paint
  • Masking tape
  • Small disposable cup
  • Gold, silver, or copper leaf adhesive
  • Paintbrush
  • Bristle brush
  • Spray sealer

Glitter Ornaments

  • Clear ornament
  • Glitter glue
  • Small disposable cup
  • Glitter

How to Make Melted Crayon Ornaments

Step 1: Remove Wrappers

Choose a variety of crayons to create your DIY Christmas ornaments. Pick about 3-4 colors that will create a pretty design or color scheme when mixed together. Using a crafts knife, remove the wrappers from the crayons on a cutting mat.

Step 2: Cut and Melt Crayons

Cut 1/4-inch pieces of crayon with the crafts knife. Place 3-4 crayon pieces inside the clear ornament. Wearing heat-safe gloves, melt crayons with a hair dryer or heat gun. The heat gun has a more targeted stream of air that helps you melt specific areas within the clear glass ornament. Swirl the glass ornament around to create your desired design. Repeat with more crayon pieces as needed.

Step 3: Spray-Paint Hanger (Optional)

If you want your ornament cap to match the crayon design, spray-paint it with your desired color and let dry before reattaching. Hang your new DIY glass ornament on your Christmas tree.

How to Make Temporary Tattoo Ornaments

Step 1: Paint Ornament

Paint the inside of a clear glass or plastic ornament by squirting 1-2 tablespoons of acrylic paint into the bulb. Seal the opening with a piece of masking tape and shake to distribute paint evenly. Let paint dry by placing the DIY Christmas ornament upside-down in a small disposable cup overnight to drain extra paint.

Step 2: Apply Tattoo

Trim the edges of the temporary tattoo with scissors. Apply temporary tattoo to the ornament by pressing it down with a damp sponge. Remove the tattoo paper and let dry. Seal your design by brushing gloss decoupage over the ornament.

How to Make Gold-Leaf Ornaments

Step 1: Paint Ornament

Paint the inside of a glass Christmas ornament by squirting 1-2 tablespoons of acrylic paint inside. Seal the opening with a piece of masking tape and shake to distribute the paint evenly. Let paint dry by placing the DIY Christmas ornament upside-down in a small disposable cup overnight to drain extra paint.

Step 2: Apply Adhesive

With the clear glass ornament still upside-down in a disposable cup, use a paintbrush to apply adhesive to the part you want to cover with gold leaf. Let it dry for 30 minutes.

Step 3: Apply Gold Leaf

Tear out a sheet of gold leaf, including the separating paper. With the paper side touching your hand, press the gold leaf onto the adhesive-covered part of the glass Christmas ornament. With a clean, dry bristle brush, wipe away the extra gold leaf.

Step 4: Seal Design

To prevent the gold leaf from flaking or scratching off, spray the glass ornament with a clear sealer and let dry.

How to Make Glitter Ornaments

Step 1: Add Glue

Squirt 1-2 tablespoons of glitter glue into a clear glass or plastic ornament. Swirl the ornament around to distribute the glue evenly.

Step 2: Add Glitter

Pour colored glitter into the DIY Christmas ornament and shake until glitter covers the inside of the ornament. Let it dry overnight before attaching the cap and hanging on your Christmas tree.

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