Homemade Christmas Ornaments

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I was inspired by seeing all the Christmas craft supplies at Factory Direct Crafts to come up with something simple and fun to do with my kids with the clear glass Christmas ball ornaments.

Surely this is something that my kids could help me do that we could give as gifts and decorate our own tree.

Homemade Christmas Ornaments on tree I wanted to figure out a way to create pattern within the clear glass ball.

Kinda like building a ship in a bottle only the easy, kid version.

We ended up using the glass version because my boys are a bit older, but there are acrylic clear balls available that can be even easier when making Christmas ornaments with small kids.

We had done a marble painting project awhile back and I thought that might work inside the ornament.  If I could plop some paint in the bottom and then gently drop a small marble inside, I could create lines with the paint by manipulating the marble.

homemade christmas ornaments marble for painting I found some of the kids’ magnetic spheres that fit well into the top of the ornament.  Because of the weight of these, it is really important to roll them into place gently and then use a swirling motion instead of a shaking motion.

homemade christmas ornaments in goes the marble Homemade ornaments for kids


  • dozen or more clear Christmas ornament balls
  • small marble or ball bearing
  • paint
  • floor wax and fine glitter {if desired}
  • curling ribbon

We found that you could do multi-colors if you waited between layers.  We also found that you could mix the paint and glitter if patience was involved.  I used floor wax {which dries clear} with the glitter to adhere it to the inside of the clear ball if I wanted the glitter to be on the outside layer.

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She is the mom of three boys ages 7, 10 and 12 who partially homeschools. She believes that you shouldn't have to buy stuff to have fun when there is a kitchen junk drawer full of possibilities.

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