15 DIY Christmas Ornaments You Can Make Using Clear Ornaments

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Two Rae Dunn Inspired DIY Christmas Ornaments

=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 $1.25 at Dollar Tree!

hand filling a clear ornament with glitter as part of our diy ornament ideas with clear balls

The options are endless when embellishing and filling clear ornaments!

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!

There are tons of DIY ornament ideas using clear balls. You can paint or glitter the inside, decoupage the outside, fill them with candy or faux snow, and personalize them with photos or vinyl decals. They’re a blank canvas for creativity and a fun holiday activity for all ages!

If you’d like to know how to make your own Christmas ornaments, try one of the easy tutorials on our list!

Here are 15 brilliant DIY Christmas ornaments to get you inspired:

1. DIY Snow Globe Ornament

A DIY Snow globe ornament depicting a winter scene from She's Crafty and She Knows It

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We can’t get over how gorgeous this DIY snow globe ornament looks on the tree! It’s the perfect DIY winter decoration and you only need a few items like Epsom salt, mini pine trees, and alphabet beads. Follow the tutorial to make your own!

2. Simple Snowman Ornaments

snowman diy christmas ornaments for 2023

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 fillable ornaments, pipe cleaners, and faux snow.

3. DIY Beach Vacation Ornament

beach ornament

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Next time you’re on a beach vacation, save some sand and seashells to make a fun vacation keepsake ornament for your Christmas tree. Filling a clear Christmas ornament with sand is one of our favorite easy DIY Christmas ornament ideas!

4. Baby’s First Christmas Ornament

this baby ornament is one way how to make your own christmas ornaments

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! You’ll have this ornament for years to come!

5. DIY Photo Snow Globe Ornament

how to make your own diy photo ornament using clear ornaments

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Photo gifts and keepsakes make the most thoughtful presents! Those are my favorites to put on the tree each year. Follow this photo ornament DIY tutorial to make an adorable Snow Globe Ornament of your own.

6. Grinch Ornaments

The Grinch DIY Ornaments

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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 and simple!

7. Melted Snowman Ornament

a melted snowman ornament which is one of our clear Christmas ornaments diy projects

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Grab a clear ornament, some Epsom salt, and peppercorns to make the sweetest melted snowman ornament ever! This one is a cinch to make!

8. Fabric Scrap Ornament

ornament on tree from a diy on how to make fabric ornaments

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Have you ever wondered how to make fabric Christmas ornaments? It’s so simple! Use fabric scraps and Mod Podge to embellish clear ornaments with your personal style. You can also use Christmas scrapbook paper instead of fabric.

9. Glitter Ornaments

glitter ornaments diy projectYou won’t believe how easy this glitter ornament DIY project is to make using glitter and household floor wax of all things! It takes less than 5 minutes to make one of these eye-catching ornaments! I made the ornaments pictured above using these easy directions.

floating photo ornament

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15. Easy Rae Dunn DIY Christmas Ornaments

A Rae Dunn DIY CHristmas Ornament that says "Noel" hanging on a tree

These farmhouse Christmas ornaments can bring a little warmth and holiday cheer to any home. Make them for yourself or give them away as gifts! Grab your Cricut and follow our easy tutorial for directions! For a more upscale look, try making them using white glass ornaments instead of clear!

Learn how to make an easy Christmas wreath using Dollar Tree ornaments!

About the writer:

Kaitlyn has a Bachelor's Degree from St. John's University with 2 years of writing experience for LinkedIn, Celeb Magazine, and other various publications.

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Comments 16

  1. Katy

    Such a cute idea. My kids would love doing some of these thank you

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome! I’m loving these too, Katy! 🥰 Thanks for the sweet feedback!

  2. Couponanimal

    So cute! Thanks for these ideas!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re very welcome! 🤗

  3. Amanda

    You can use polyurethane instead of floor wax for number 9. I made these this year and didn’t have floor wax. The polyurethane works well.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the tip! Good to know that works too!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Aww, Love it! Thanks for sharing! 💖

  4. jl2621

    Good ideas. For the gumball machine I’d use a red solo cup instead of a pot if you wanted to hang the ornament on your tree.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing that option, jl2621! ❤️

  5. Tammy

    I adore the idea for baby keepsakes! Such a fun way to display keepsakes. I love the book’s read ornament, too!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      I agree, Tammy! Such a super thoughtful way to cherish those items! ❤️

  6. Lora

    Such amazing ideas! Baby’s 1st Christmas tugged at my heart. You could do that for high school graduation, 1st communion, sports win, or any event that you can find miniatures to fit inside to remember the event. Thank you for the ideas!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Lora! Thanks for sharing your suggestions! 🥰

  7. damea

    another cute Idea, use holiday ribbon and meaure your kids height with it, each year they can see how much they have grown from the previous year

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Super cute and sentimental, damea! Love it! 🎄❤️

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