Looking for a last-minute DIY gift idea? There’s plenty of time to make a meaningful ornament! Check out these 30 Ways to Fill Ornaments!
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30 Ways To Make DIY Ornaments
I just love how you can fill glass and plastic ornaments with memories, adapting them to your family’s personality! Making DIY ornaments is a quick, cheap, and easy way to create a thoughtful keepsake your loved ones will treasure for years to come!
DIY North Pole Ornament
Create a Scene-scape Use a straw and a snowman charm to re-create the North Pole with this sweet idea from Tatertots and Jello!
DIY Kids Christmas Ornaments
Paint the inside of your ornament red, and then add Elmo’s face to create a fun Elmo Ornament with this tutorial from Crazy Little Projects!
Neon Swirl Ornament
Disco Ball Ornament
Make a Disco Ball Ornament by gluing bits of a broken CD to the outside of glass ornament balls. This idea, from Creme de la Craft, isn’t just for Christmas! They can also be used to create a stunning centerpiece to leave out, year-round!
Create a time capsule of sorts by filling clear ornaments with a current family photo, along with a couple items to remember the year. What a fun craft from Fynes Designs!
Fillable Ornaments That Look Like Marbles
Use a marble to mix paint around the inside of your glass ornament for a marbleized look!
Kinetic Sand is one of my kids’ FAVORITE things to play with! Your kids will love to fill ornaments with the sand, and then dump it out and play with it after the holidays! This is also a cute way to “gift wrap” kinetic sand to the kiddos on your list!
What Can I Fill Ornaments With?
The possibilities are endless! My favorite ornament are clear plastic balls that I filled with the knit hat my daughter wore home from the hospital, and her little hospital bracelet.
It always goes close to the top of the tree, because she is the most precious gift I have ever received! This would be a really sweet gift to give to a new mom (if you have some help getting those precious items from her!).
DIY Ornaments Using Rubber Band Bracelets
My daughter loves wearing these rubber band bracelets. What a fun way to decorate the tree, and then Christmas morning, kids can dig the bracelets out of the ornament to wear, with this creative idea from Craftgawker!
Halloween Fillable Ornaments
Use glue dots to affix googly eyes on plastic ornaments–kids will love making these! You can also pour glow in the dark paint inside of them, coating the interior, for ornaments that can also be used for Halloween!
Water Color Ornaments
We are loving this idea from By Stephanie Lynn! Use alcohol ink to dye ornaments into a gorgeous mottled look.
Neon Puffy Paint Ornament Crafts
Oil Diffusing Ornament Crafts
Make Your Own Ornament That Smells Good
Give the gift of a soak in the tub this Christmas! Fill an ornament with Epsom Salt , and add a touch of your favorite essential oils. If you really want to get fancy, add a drop of food dye to color the ball!
Simple DIY Ornament Ideas
These diy ornaments are beyond easy to make. You just need some clear ornaments or fillable ornaments and you’re ready to go! There are even clear ornament ideas your kids can help with!
It would be a great way to spend time together as a family.
Hot Cocoa Fillable Ornaments
Looking for the perfect gift idea for a neighbor? Try out Sprinkle Some Fun‘s idea to fill an ornament with hot chocolate! Layer hot chocolate, sprinkles, crushed candy canes, and mini-marshmallows for a fun treat. Be sure to seal it and drink before the season is over, though!
Wrap Washi tape around your ornament! The easiest ornament your kids will ever make!
Glitter Glass Ornament balls
All you need is glue and glitter to make Brittany Makes‘ Zentangle Scribbled Ornament.
Ideas to Fill Plastic Ornaments
You can use so much more than paint to fill ornaments. Many of these ornaments use other things like cloth, candy, drink mix, rubberbands, etc.
Rainbow Loom Fillable Ornaments
Sprinkle Filled Plastic Christmas Ornaments
Ice cream is fun, but ice cream with toppings is even better. Gift an ornament filled with ice cream topping treats for your kiddos! This is such a cute thing for the family elf to bring!
8 DIY Ornament Ideas In 8 Minutes
Use vinyl letters to write a message on your ornament, and then fill it with glitter with this cute idea from Let It Snow and Brit + Co! How cute would it be to use this method to make a Mr. & Mrs. 1st Christmas ornament for the newlyweds on your list?!
Ornament Decorating Ideas
26 Clear Ornament Ideas
Like this collection of glass ornaments? Check out our other collection of homemade ornaments.
What Are The Best Ornaments To Use To Make DIY Ornaments?
Here are some of the most popular (and fun!) fill ornaments in both glass and plastic form. If you have little ones that aren’t ready for glass, there are several great plastic options to use!
These clear glass ornaments that were turned into snowflakes, filled with glitter, with ribbons and snowmen, are just such a class look and I love them!
I am loving the snowflakes and even LED candles in these ornaments. These plastic ornaments are still clear ornaments, but they open up from the side allowing bigger things inside them.
These clear glass ornaments look like Christmas lights! I think it would be fun to just add paint to them, especially neon paint, or even a lot of glitter!
I love these star ones. They’re so cute and kids will love them. Plus, I think it would be so much fun to fill them with: pink, purple, blue, and black paint and add lots of sparkles. Then they’ll have a galaxy feel to them.
More Easy Christmas Decorations
Fold a silk flower, and stuff it into an ornament. These look really cool on the tree!
Add glitter to a glass ornament to add some glam with this craft from Hello Glow.
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What is your favorite way to make DIY ornaments? Comment below!