16 Creative Ideas for Clear Ornaments
Every year when the holidays come, I start wracking my brain to try to figure out a good gift for the kids to give their parents. There are so many great ideas out there but we all know how complicated and stressful some of them can be. I came up with the best idea with clear ornaments, and I love how versatile and simple it is. No stress, no frustration. Just something super cute that families will cherish for years.
Clear glass ornaments
There are so many ways you can make these ornaments. You can use plastic or glass, depending on what your needs may be. You can use a multitude of interesting fillers so they are never the same. There are a million different shapes as well.
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Every year my family and I made some ornaments together for that year’s Christmas memory on our tree. We have made many different clear ornaments because I love how they look so much.
Fillable clear ornaments, plastic or glass
I LOVE how clear ornaments look on the tree. They sparkle and glisten in the Christmas lights with such elegance. My clear ornaments are some of my favorites on my tree.
Clear ornaments can be balls or blocks. They can be angels, snowmen, nutcrackers or Santa. They can be Christmas trees. They can have only the top opening or have a peek a boo hole in the front. They can come apart in the middle as well. Oriental Trading has a ton of fillable ornaments. You can check them out here.
Plastic ball ornament decorating ideas
Oriental Trading sent me some ornaments and fillers in exchange for writing my honest opinion of them. All opinions are my own.
This time I ordered ribbons, beads, stickers, jingle bells, buttons and feathers. Your kids can make a ton of different things out of just these few things, but you can also use so many other things.
Glass ball ornament crafts
You can fill your clear ornaments with so many different things. There are many different styles and mixing things can look amazing too. Think about red and green feathers with some white pearls. That would look amazing!
Here are some clear ornament decorating ideas I have done.
Potpourri-There are some gorgeous types of potpourri out there. It’s full of interesting little flowers and leaves. These shapes look so romantic. You can glue some ribbons to the outside of the ball to really set off the look.
Ribbons-You can use small pieces of tiny ribbon or even curly ribbons for a really fun and festive clear ornament look.
Snow scene-Using a pair of tweezers, put some hot glue on the bottom of a tiny miniature Christmas tree, snowman or Santa. Once the glue has cooled and the figure is firmly attached, you can fill the ornament with a little bit of fake snow. It’s such a cute scene in your clear ornament. You could also make these with the open front ornaments, but you’d have to find a way to glue your snow down a little or it would all be gone after the first year.
Beach clear ornament-You can get some of the tiniest starfishes and small shells at the craft store. Place a few shells in the clear ornament and add a tiny sprinkle of sand. We made these one year and they are still some of my favorites.
Jingle bells-Get some tiny jingle bells like they have on the Christmas page at Oriental Trading and place a few in the clear ornament. We ordered gold, red and green ones this time and they are so adorable in the ornaments.
Feathers-Red, green and white feathers make a dreamy filling for clear ornaments. Tie a bow on the top to finish it off.
Stickers-Kids can decorate the outside of the clear ornaments with Christmas stickers like these we got from Oriental Trading.
Pinecones-Craft stores have some tiny pinecones that will fit in a clear ornament.
Spices-I have seen cinnamon sticks that would fit as well. I love how it looks to tie three sticks together like a stack of firewood. That would be cute if you could fit it in there. Star anise or cloves would make super cute clear ornaments too. You could even use red and green peppercorns for a festive flair.
Crepe gift filler-Clear ornaments can be filled with those crinkly paper fillers. The little thin sheets of paper that are folded back and forth like an accordion. They come in fun and festive colors but you could even make your own. Run a piece of construction paper or wrapping paper through the paper shredder and accordion fold it yourself to fill the ornament.
Raffia-Natural materials like jute, raffia or other fibers would make a super cute filler for a clear ornament. You could hot glue a few tiny pinecones to the top of the ornament to finish the look.
Pearls or other beads-I found these beautiful pearl strings on Oriental Trading that fill an ornament with style and grace. You could also use regular strings of beads or pearls, or individual beads or pearls. You can glue a few around the top of the ornament for finishing touch.
I found these ADORABLE snowman beads on Oriental Trading’s Christmas page and I am super excited about how they look in the ornament. Totes-adorbs! You could even decorate the outside of the snowman ones with snowman accessories like orange carrot shaped nose, and black coal face and buttons. You can even use pony beads to fill ornaments and those look cute as well.
Fuse beads-You can choose any art supplies you have in festive colors and put them in the clear ornaments. Fuse beads would make a great filler, as would small scraps of paper, confetti, hole punch circles or whatever you have that would fit your color scheme you want to use.
Glitter-Clear ornaments can be decorated with glitter. You can either let the glitter lay in the ornament and have some stick to the sides with static or you can put glue in the ornaments and swirl it around until it’s covered and then pour in the glitter and shake. Either way, they are gorgeous.
Paint-You can paint your clear ornaments in a number of ways. One way is to use acrylics and a paint brush to paint designs on the outside of the ornament. Another thing that can be done is placing drops of paint into the ornament and swirling them around.
Click here to see how you can hand swirl the outside of the ornaments with spray lacquer. This looks awesome!
One more painted ornament idea is dipping a child’s hand in white paint and placing the ornament in their hand so fingerprints go up the outsides of the round ornament. Then you can paint each finger with buttons and a face to make a family of snowmen. Super cute keepsake ornament.
Buttons-There are so many cute shapes, colors and sizes of buttons that can make an adorable filled ornament.
Photos-Ornaments can be filled with photos. You can take a small photo and cut out around the person in the photograph. Then simply roll the photo up and put it into the ornament. It will then unroll inside and the ornament makes a frame for the photo. These are great gifts from kids to their parents or families can give them to grandparents. They are very cute.
There are so many ways you can use clear ornaments to make a festive tree decoration. Click here to see even more.
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