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15 Inspiring Ways to Dress Up Dollar Tree Clear Ball Christmas Ornaments

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Will you be making Christmas ornaments this holiday season?

Consider personalizing clear ball ornaments as a fun DIY project!  They come in both glass or shatterproof plastic varieties and are so easy to personalize and craft with. Score a 2-pack for just $1 at Dollar Tree!

The options are endless when embellishing and filling clear ornaments!

You can paint or glitter the inside, decoupage the outside, fill them with candy or faux snow, personalize with photos or vinyl decals. They’re a blank canvas for creativity, and a fun holiday activity for all ages!


The good news is Dollar Tree carries clear plastic ball ornaments as well as other craft supplies to compile some of these examples on the cheap!


Here are 15 brilliant ideas to get you inspired…


1.) Reindeer Ornaments 

Grab some brown pipe cleaners, and googly eyes to make these fun reindeer ornaments. They are so perfect and adorable for kids to help with!


2.) Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

How great is this keepsake with a baby’s cap and hospital bracelet?! Such an adorable idea to display a memory of the day your child was born!


3.) Simple Snowman Ornaments

Do you wanna build a snowman?! This is such a fun ornament to make with the kids and the best part is most of the supplies can be found at your dollar store including the clear fill-able ornaments, pipe cleaners, and faux snow. Get the directions HERE.


4.) DIY Photo Snow Globe Ornament 

Photo gifts and keepsakes make the most thoughtful presents! Those are my favorite to put on the tree each year. Go HERE to learn how to make this adorable Snow Globe Ornament.


5.) Grinch Ornaments

If your kids are fans of  The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, consider making some easy DIY Grinch ornaments! This fun example uses green colored candy, but you could always use green beads or strips of paper for a non-edible version. So cute.


6.) Melted Snowman Ornament 

Grab some epsom salt and peppercorns to make the cutest melted snowman ornament ever! Looks super easy to make too.


7.) DIY Beach Vacation Ornament

Next time you’re on a beach vacation, save some sand and seashells to make a fun vacation keepsake ornament for your Christmas tree.


8.) Fabric Scrap Ornament

I LOVE this simple and pretty idea of using fabric scraps and Mod Podge to embellish clear ornaments. Christmas scrapbook paper would be nice as well.


9.) Glitter Ornaments 

You won’t believe how easy glitter ornaments are to make using glitter and household floor wax of all things! It takes less than 5 minutes to make one and glitter ornaments are SO PRETTY! I made the ornaments pictured above using these easy directions.


Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.


Lina has 8+ years' experience in content creation across lifestyle, decor, recipes & DIY. She has a Bachelors in Business Management. Connect with Lina on LinkedIn


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  1. Mdalton

    Thanks for the great ideas! Just saw these today.

    • Lina D

      You’re welcome 😉

  2. 9harlow8

    *HTH* heads Up: i just bought a 4 foot white Christmas tree plus 20 ball ornaments, candy canes, and red-silver star topper for 14.00!!! at FAMILY DOLLAR. check snail mail ad for 5.00 off 15.00 holiday decor coupon… the items are high quality and not sparse. the tree is on display there and on back of the price tells you all you need to set up the pretty tree:) 🙂

    • Lina D

      Wow! Sounds great! Thanks for sharing 👍🏻

  3. Erika

    LOVE these ideas so much! Thanks Lina!!

    • Lina D

      Oh good! You’re welcome 😉

  4. Just passing through

    Thank you!!! I was just. Googling this

    • Lina D

      You’re welcome!

  5. Tracy

    We just did broken crayons inside and melted with hairdryer with my kids and nieces and nephew. So pretty! And interesting to see all the different designs from the different colors they chose.

    • MCouzens

      The hairdryer didn’t melt the plastic ornament?

    • Lina D

      Oh that’ sounds very fun!

  6. L.G.

    These are great ideas. I will have to try some of these. My daughter and I painted some with nail polish and I used a glue gun with glitter glue to write our names on them. They were fun to decorate.

    • Lina D

      Oh that sounds fun 👍🏻

  7. J

    I love this, would anyone happen to have any ideas or suggestions on what I can do incorporate these for a Jesus bday craft for preschoolers?

    • Just passing through

      Maybe find a star to go inside and print off a bible verse like Luke 2:11.

      • J

        Thank you so much! That’s a great idea!!

        • Just passing through

          Or we always just say Jesus is the reason for the season

  8. as

    Thank you, so many cool ideas!

    • Lina D

      You’re welcome!

  9. Teah

    For my sons first Christmas I put multiple colors of paint on his hands (blotted them on paper) and had him grab the ornament. Then I painted the year on it. Once it dried I mod podged it. I love that we have it for his “First Christmas” ornament and also a keep sake with his tiny hand prints.

    • melissa

      I did that too with my daughter

  10. Litsa

    We made acrylic filled ornaments like these this week in first grade! Love the fabric ornaments! Modge podge fun!

    • Lina D

      Oh how fun!

  11. Nina

    Michaels also sells bags of these clear balls for like $5 on sale.

    • Lina D

      Oh neat – thanks for sharing!

  12. Nancy

    Love all these ideas and look forward to trying some out when my daughter gets older.
    Lina, can you save this post for next year and keep adding to it? The other comments have also given me some
    new ideas as well. This will be a new tradition at our house!

    • Lina D

      Oh cool idea! Yes I love Hip2Save reader ideas too 👍🏻

  13. Dragonfly121204

    My son and I made personalized ornaments with finding cheap charms at Michael’s that we attached with fishing line around the top part of the clear ornament almost like a small bracelet. The inside of the ornament we used the styrofoam filler to make it snow like. We tried to put the chars inside first, but they sunk and were not as enjoyable to see.

  14. LET

    Someone had given us a clear ornament with our wedding invitation shredded up (I know this sounds weird, but it was nicely displayed) and a ribbon that coordinated with our wedding colors and it was really sweet and elegant. I thought it was a really good idea. No one expects you to keep the wedding invitation and it was a great use of it.

    • Lina D

      Yes how wonderful! I still have extras of ours and I’m gonna do this! Maybe put the date on the outside. How fun thanks for sharing 👍🏻

    • Holly K

      What a brilliant idea! So fun for the adults, and for kids could do any dark red juice like cran-pom

  15. Ashley

    Love these ideas!

    • Lina D

      Thanks Ashley!

  16. Rita Darnell

    Adorable & so quick & easy!! My kind of crafts!!

    • Lina D

      Thanks Rita! 🎄❤️

  17. Kristy

    It’s a year later, but I only just found this post. My friends and I have done an ornament exchange for years now, but every year it gets more difficult to pick a new ideas. However there’s a few here I’ve never seen! Last year I used old light bulbs, painted them like a hot air balloon, and used twine for the basket. I think those might be my favorite that I’ve made so far.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh how cute! Love that idea Kristy ❤️

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