Ball Ornaments

Whether you're looking for a way to save money this Christmas, or you want to spend some quality time with your kids, making Christmas ornaments at home is a great way to celebrate the holidays. But rather than making figurines or paper stars, why not try something a little more adventurous? By making your own ball Christmas ornaments, your tree can have a professional feel with a homemade flair. Here were our top 7 choices for best DIY ball Christmas Ornaments:

What's Old is New Again
Our first tips are a great way to take the tired ball Christmas ornaments you use every year and turn them into something new and exciting:

1. Painted Ladies
This tip is a great way to jazz up your tired Christmas ornaments. Simply take a plain glass ball and paint designs over the scratches. You can use tempera paints for a dull matt finish, or glass paint for a more transparent, stained-glass look.

2. Disco Ball
Start with a plain glass ball and a can of adhesive spray--this can be purchased at any arts and crafts store. Shaking the can, spray the ornament, making sure to coat the ball entirely (it helps if you tape over the hook and stem). Then, while the adhesive is still wet, roll the ornament around in silver glitter, making sure to coat the ball evenly. Hang to dry. In a few hours, you'll have a bright and glittery ball Christmas ornament that will sparkle up any tree.


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3. Birds of a Feather
Take a ceramic or a crafts glue, and apply it to the surface of the glass ball with a sponge. Then, take feathers--either peacock or craft feathers, and stick them over the glue, making sure to cover the entire surface. Glue the curve of the feathers against the balls for a more polished look, or have them curl away for a curlicued, whimsical look.

4. Faberge Balls
Russian Faberge eggs are known for their intricate designs and their stunning jewels. Take a page out of the Tsar's book by decorating your ball Christmas ornaments with jewels and gold for a Russian flair. Take a silver or gold paint pen, and create a diamond pattern on your ornament. Then take some craft glue, and dab little dots around the circumference of the ball, gluing plastic or glass jewels as you go. Look up pictures of Faberge balls on the internet for inspiration.


A Style All Your Own
The DIY suggestions in this section are all ways in which you can create inexpensive, one-of-a-kind Christmas ornaments for your tree, or to give away as gifts. For all of these tips, make sure to pick up some clear, empty ball Christmas ornaments from your local craft store before starting.

5. Pearl of Great Price
Pour a handful of pearls into the empty ball Christmas ornament until it reaches the stem. You can use real pearls or imitation pearls, glass beads or shells, seeds or small pebbles. You may also wish to tie a champagne-colored ribbon around the stem of the ornament.

6. Best Lace Forward
Everyone always has bits of lace or pretty ribbon around--too little to use, but too pretty to throw away. Now there's an elegant solution. Simply insert the bit of lace and ribbon into the glass ball, then seal it shut. The resulting ball Christmas ornament is pretty as a picture!

7. Stained Glass Window Ball
Pick up some ceramic or glass paint at your local craft store. Drizzle a little bit into your empty glass ball, letting it run down the side. Add as many colors as you like. For added fun, try twisting the ball as the paint runs down , or shake it so the colors run together.