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Monday, December 7, 2009

DIY Ornaments

I’m joining Centsational Girl for her DIY Ornament Party today, as well as a few other parties listed at the end of this post.

A few years ago, I started seeing these personalized glass ball ornaments for sale for $10 or more each.  I knew I could make them myself for much cheaper!  Here are the ones I did a couple years ago:

DSC02438 I made several for friends and one for myself, here it is on the tree:


So when my mom requested I help her make some for her co-workers I was happy to oblige so I could show you all how I made them as well. 

These make great gifts for co-workers, neighbors, and teachers because you can give a personalized gift without spending a lot of money.  Here are the supplies we used:

~Box of glass ball ornaments (usually 50% off now at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, so you can get 6 for about $3.00)

~Cute polka dot or holiday ribbon (grosgrain works best)

~Paint pen in desired colors (use a 40% off coupon to get one for a couple bucks)

~Martha Stewart glitter (optional)

~Stick-on rhinestones (optional)


Simply use your paint pen to write on the initial (or name) and give it a few minutes to dry.  You can look at some fonts on your computer to get inspired.  I just free-handed these, but you can write them on with pencil first for practice. IMG_3499

You can either leave the letters plain or go back and use the white paint pen to make little polka-dots on them.  IMG_3501Use a contrasting color paint pen to draw on polka dots.  While the paint is still wet, sprinkle on a little fine glitter if desired.

IMG_3502Once they’re dry, you can add stick-on rhinestones for extra bling if you like.  Tie on your ribbon and you’re done!  These are so cute tied onto a gift, or perhaps on a bag of holiday candy or goodies.  IMG_3505 IMG_3506Together, we made twelve ornaments and I’d say it took us about an hour or so.  And you can’t beat the cost, probably less than $1.00 per ornament!


I’ve got another type of ornament for sale in my Etsy Shop now.  These handpainted wooden ornaments look great on your tree, but they’re also cute little tags to accent a gift, bottle of wine, or any area in your home that needs a little extra holiday cheer.

Click on the photo for more info and pictures.

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Be sure and visit all the fun linky parties for more handmade ornaments ideas and Christmas inspiration!


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  1. These look great! I had thought about doing a couple of monogram ornaments, but I don't trust my hand to do these. I'd probably have to use stickers or stencils.

  2. All of your stuff looks great. I love the black with the polka dots.

  3. Wow, all those are beautiful! Such inspiration!

  4. Oh my goodness, these are gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous ! What a steady hand and stylish taste you have ! Come on over and link up and thanks for joining the party !

    Merry Merry

    Ms. Kate

  5. Those turned out great and you make it sound so easy. My freehand would not turn out as good as yours :-)
    Great gift idea.

  6. What a fabulous job on both the ornaments & the tags! Homemade gifts mean a lot more!...Don't you think? Stop by and see my creation this week and let me know what you think! Stop by and see my creation this week and let me know what you think!

  7. you did a great job on all of those ornaments!
    freehand! yay for you! I couldn't do that! :)
    love your tags, I like the be jolly by golly
    I've got some people who need that tattooed on their heads!

  8. LOVE the tags and the ornaments!!!! Such great ideas!!!

  9. Christy you are so talented! I really like personalized ornaments...never can get enough. Love those tags too....

    Thanks for linking to Mi4M!

  10. I LOVE them. They are sooo adorable. I know why your mom wanted to give some away. I think bright apple green and red is so adorable together. I would love to have you do a give-a-way on my blog sometime--you are so creative.


  11. I also wanted to let you know that I love the Cross Embellishment for Candles.

  12. Those ornaments are too cute! And the tags!!!!Love "Em!! Thanks for looking! I can always count on you for great links!

    Becca @BCD

  13. Wow! How I love a polka dotted monogram. Now if I could just figure out how to draw the letter as well as you! :)
    thanks for linking up.

  14. And another round of applause! These are fabulous!Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday, sweet friend!

    Tales from Bloggeritaville

  15. Your stuff looks great! Love those polka dots, thanks for sharing.

    .....have a great day!

  16. I'm off to buy some make it look so easy, we'll see :-)
    Happy Decorating!

  17. Those ornaments and gift tags look great! You did a great job painting those letters on the ornaments, they look so crisp and neat.

  18. The Heaux, Heaux, Heaux etsy offering is just the coolest ever.

  19. Those ornaments are so cute. I just love the red and green. I buy my Grandkids a new ornament for my tree every year. I think I'll be making these for them this year. It reminds me so much of my granddaugter.

    Merry Christmas & Hugs....Tracy :)

  20. Great idea! I love the paint pens... I need to get a few for myself!

    Your ornaments turned out WONDERFUL!

    Thanks for linking! :)

  21. I am very impressed with your free hand initialed Christmas ornaments. You must have a very steady hand...I am jealous! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Ball ornaments are not easy to paint, great job with the initialed ornaments.

  23. The monogrammed ornaments are GORGEOUS!! Did you use oil based paint pens? Thanks so much for the tutorial!

  24. SO cute. I love those ornaments! And the polka dots are FABULOUS!

    SO So terrific! Thanks for linking up!


  25. Fabulous ornaments!!! God's blessings, Sarah :D

  26. LOVE this idea! Could you tell me what font you used for your lettering?

  27. Hi Erin,
    I just kind of free-handed/made-up that font. I guess it is similar to the Pottery Barn font.

  28. I just found you on 24/7 Moms and I love your personalized glass ball ornaments. Love where you added the dots to the letters. Thanks for the instructions! I just signed up to follow your blog. :-)


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