An Ornament Party

December 8, 2009

For me, there is no such thing as too many ornaments during the holidays, especially ones that are handmade, heartfelt, or historic in one’s family.  I just love to deck the halls at Christmastime and having plenty of ornaments on hand is the key to a fa-la-la fabulous season.  My girls and I had a ton of fun in the last few days creating new ornaments this year. 

Welcome one and all to my little parade of DIY ornaments !

ornament party

This year, I came up with a medley of merry décor, from a boxwood kissing ball to glittery cookie cutters to kid friendly peppermint letters to several variations of glass ornaments. 

ornament collage

All of these projects are incredibly simple !  The step by steps are so easy, they can’t even be called tutorials, but I’ll share the ingredients just the same. If you’ve got something creative you’d like to contribute, or a host of family ornaments you’re showcasing, then please join the party and link up at the end of this post!   MckLinky is active through Wednesday to encourage plenty of holiday blog hopping.   

First up, this charming boxwood kissing ball I crafted in about an hour.  I’ve noticed quite a few boxwood spheres popping up in high end stores this year, so I was inspired to create one for this season with clippings from my own hedge. 

boxwood kissing ball final

Supplies:  a 4” Styrofoam ball, long pin with circular top (I used a leftover turkey lacer), 40+ six inch boxwood clippings, hot glue, red berries, decorative ribbon. 

Steps to create:  pierce your Styrofoam ball with your turkey lacer and secure top and bottom with hot glue.  Trim boxwood to form 2 inch clippings and insert into your Styrofoam ball.  Add berries and ribbon.  Solidify ribbon with more hot glue. 

boxwood steps

Here it hangs in our kitchen to encourage my family to kiss the cook !

boxwood kissing ball in kitchen

From what I read online, these should last about a month even without a preservative. 

 boxwood kissing ball rectangle


I kept the kids busy making these peppermint candy letters.   

peppermint letter ornament

You can create these with some $1 dollar craft store letters, craft glue and soft peppermints.  To create, simply cut peppermints in half, shave with fine grater to make perfectly flat on rear, then secure with craft glue for a whimsical monogram. 

The girls and I had fun making these simple glitter ornaments out of cookie cutters. 

Silver & white star

white glitter star

Silver & white snowflake

white glitter snowflake

To create, paint craft glue onto inexpensive set of cookie cutters then shake inside a plastic bag filled with colored glitter. 

glitter ornaments steps

Allow to dry overnight, then secure ribbon to top with hot glue. 

Pink angel

pink glitter angel

Pink mitten

pink mitten

I also bought a few sets of clear glass shapes at Michaels to create some other original ornaments.  I swirled craft paint mixed with a few drops of water on the inside of the glass ornaments to color them from the inside. 

paint inside glass ornament

Once the paint was dry, I added some seasonal sayings sent to me by my friend Sandy, a rep for Uppercase Living.

blue peace ornament

blue believe ornament

A little hot glue and a small feather boa adds a bit more glam to this 5 inch glass ball. 

wish with feather boa

Some frosted glass spray paint and more vinyl letters convey this simple message. 

create ornament

These are all on display in our guest space, hung from some cherry blossom branches.

blue glass on branches 

blues and browns in guest space

If you’d like to order some rub on vinyl applications from Uppercase Living, visit Sandy’s site right here

Some more craft paint and metallic glaze swirled inside more glass balls and embellished with snowflake stickers, we created a set of these for our pink, silver and gold themed tree.

pink and gold snowflakes

Finally, with some of those boxwood leaves and berries, I made this mini terrarium inside a simple glass ball.


All of these creations came from minimal effort and a great time making memories and spending time crafting with my girls. 


How about you?  Do you have a set of special ornaments that you’ve created for your family, or some sentimental reminders of Christmases past ?   Join the party and share your link !  

Minimal criteria friends !  If you’ve added some great décor to your home with some ornaments, handmade or not, click below to link up and share your creativity !  

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