Personalize your Christmas tree with DIY ornaments that you make with your friends or family. With these 35 DIY ideas for clear ornaments, you can add precious memories to your tree or lots of fun color to make the tree truly shine during the holidays.
Painted or decorated ornament ideas
A clear ornament is a great canvas to grab some paint, glitter, or other decorations to really give your ornaments some wow.
Ombre Glass Ornaments
If you’re still in love with ombre, these DIY glass ornaments will speak to you
Melted Crayon Ornaments
Melted crayons are so fun and they’re used in many kid craft projects, but have you ever thought of using them inside a clear glass ornament? The results are unexpectedly gorgeous.
Sea Glass Ornaments
Love the beach theme? You’ll love this DIY idea for sea glass ornaments that will add a beautiful and beachy touch to your Christmas tree.
Mercury Glass Ornaments
Make expensive looking ornaments for cheap with this tutorial and allow your tree to truly shine with these DIY mercury glass ornaments.
German Glass Glitter Ornaments
A fun and easy DIY Christmas ornament that you can do with a little (not too much!) glue and lots of glitter. Have some fun and get a little creative with the designs!
Glitter Filled Glass Ornaments
Glitter is another holiday favorite and this tutorial shows you how to DIY your own glitter filled glass ornaments!
Marbled Glass Ornaments
Marbling can look so elegant, even when DIYed. Make your own marbled glass ornaments in any color combinations you like.
Glass Float Ornaments
This is another beachy DIY idea for clear ball ornaments. Perfect for Christmas vacations at the beach! Those also make great gifts.
Stained Glass Ornaments
Stained glass is always a gorgeous and fun DIY project. Try it on a clear glass ornament!
Seed Bead Ball Ornaments
This is another great craft for the kids to do. Cover a glass ball ornament with glue and seed bead balls to add a whole lotta color to your Christmas tree.
Candy Cane Marbled Monogram Ornaments
Make these gorgeous candy cane marbled ornaments with nail polish. You could put the marbling at the bottom of the clear ornaments or monogram them with your favorite letter.
Metallic Swirly Ornaments
Grab a metallic paint marker and go to town on a clear glass ball ornament.
Scrap Fabric Ornaments
If you’re a sewer or a quilter, you probably have a lot of scrap fabric laying around. Put them to good use with this easy DIY idea for clear glass ornaments!
These fun leopard ornaments are very taste-specific, but you could do the same DIY approach with any wrapping tissue that you like. Check out a nearby craft store and have fun choosing your favorite tissues for this DIY idea for clear glass ornaments!
Alcohol Ink Ornament
Have you ever tried alcohol ink for a craft project? Create insanely beautiful DIY Christmas ornaments with this tutorial.
Want a simpler approach to DIY ornaments? These are super easy because you just have to fill the ornament with something special.
Glass Photo Ornament
Pop in a cherished picture of your family, a vintage photo of your grandparents, or a baby picture in a clear glass ornament.
Candy-Filled Glass Ornaments
The holidays are all about the candy, so celebrate that by filling your clear glass ornaments with candy! These would also work great as gifts.
Ribbon Glass Ornaments
It doesn’t get any easier than this. Just pick out your favorite ribbons and stuff them into glass ball ornaments.
Fun for kids to make or just to marvel at, these snowman ornaments will be a hit with everyone.
Melted Snowman Ornament
Add a little humor and levity to your Christmas tree with these hilarious melted snowman ornaments!
Pearls in a Glass Ornament
If you have a broken pearl necklace that you don’t know what to do with, fill a glass clear ornament with the pearls and you’ll have an elegant Christmas ornament. You can do a similar DIY project with other broken necklaces, pretty beads, or faux pearls. Even cheap plastic bead necklaces will look great in a glass ball ornament.
Baby’s First Christmas Ornament
Don’t know what to do with your baby’s hospital cap and hospital bracelet? Put them in a clear glass ornament for an instant Christmas ornament that will mean so much to you and your family.
Pom Pom Stuffed Christmas Ornaments
Let your kids take the lead on this one. Buy piles of fun pom poms and have them create their own DIY Christmas ornaments.
Time Capsule Ornaments
Create a truly meaningful DIY Christmas ornament by writing down the special memories of a year and add the year on the ball. Add small momentos or other items to the time capsule ornament, too. As the years go by, you’ll accumulate a nice collection of tiny time capsules.
Love music or literature? Find special pieces of paper, make copies, cut them into strips, and put them in your glass ball ornaments.
Wedding Bouquet Ornament
Still have your dried wedding bouquet or groomsman flower pin? Put them in glass ball ornaments and add your wedding memories to your Christmas tree.
Feather Glitter Ornaments
A single feather or two can look ethereal in a glass ball. Add some glitter just because it’s fun.
Snow Capped Ornaments
Whether you’re expecting a lot of snow during the holiday season or a lot of sun, your Christmas tree will come alive with the holiday spirit with these snow-capped ornaments.
Faux Flower Filled Ornaments
Craft stores are full of beautiful faux flowers. Grab those with tiny blooms and put them in your clear ball ornaments to add Mother Nature to your Christmas tree.
Graduation Tassel Ornament
Did someone just graduate or have you been holding on your graduation tassel for who knows what? Put them in a clear glass ornament and allow them to be useful instead of wasting away in a box in the attic.
Water Bead Ornaments
Water beads (affiliate link), or plant gel beads, come in all kinds of vibrant colors. Even clear water beads would still look great in a glass ball ornament.
Pine Branch Ornament
If you have pine trees outside, snip off a few tiny branches and decorate your clear ball ornaments with them.
Sequins are never tacky during the holidays, so try this fun DIY glass ball ornament idea.
Don’t let your souvenirs and travel mementos be abandoned and forgotten — showcase them in glass ball ornaments that you can take out every year and reminisce with. This DIY idea for a clear ornament includes shells and sand from a beach vacation, but you could stuff them with practically anything that will fit. Here are some more ideas for your travel mementos.
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Originally Posted 12.4.2014 // Updated 11.26.2019
I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.