Fun Ways to Customize Your Christmas Ornaments

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The supplies for this project can vary based on your creative ideas! The items below are a guide, but the possibilities are endless.

  • Things you probably have at home:
    • Plastic cup
    • Cotton balls
    • Scissors

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Ideal Age Range:

Ideal for 3+

Mess Factor:

Low – Medium

Prep Time:

< 5 minutes – gather materials to put together with your child.


Transparent ornaments have so many options depending on how the ball opens. The options below are intended as starter ideas, but you can use your creativity to truly customize what you put on your Christmas tree.

Some of the transparent balls open in half and others have to be filled from the small hole at the top. The list of “fillers” is endless – pompoms, glitter, paint, rice kernels, cotton, items from nature, sequins, photographs, etc.

Use items that you already have around the house, or brainstorm with your child to see what they want to use!

This year, so many people are upping their Christmas décor. If you are putting a tree in your child’s room or playroom, this is a great way to customize ornaments to fit this special application (Lego ornaments anyone?).

(Personal tip from me to you: if you have tiny little toys that are always annoyingly scattered across the floor – THOSE would probably make fantastic ornament filler!)

Active Instructions:

Marbleized Paint Ornament

Materials: transparent ball with regular opening on the top, 3 or 4 colors of craft paints, plastic
cup or container that the ball can sit in for the excess paint to drip out when complete.

  1. Take the top off of the ball and use one color at a time, squeezing about a tablespoon of paint into the ball. Swirl the color around by tipping and turning the ball until the color covers part of the inside. (Any excess paint will drip out after all other colors are used.)
  2. Repeat step #1 until all colors are used. You may have to add more paint as you go depending on the coverage desired.
  1. Put the ball upside down over the cup to allow the excess paint to drip out. (This may take an hour or two).
  2. After the excess paint has dripped out of the ball, replace the ball top, and enjoy.

Filled Ornament

Materials- transparent ball that opens in half, decorative items to be used as the filler, cotton balls, mini pine cones, sparkly balls, holly and berries, scissors.

  1. Open the ball and place the cotton ball “snow” inside.
  2. Place the miniature items on top of the cotton. I cut my items off of the decorative stems that I found in the craft store.
  3. Close the ball- voila!

After your ornament is filled, you can write the year and your child’s name on the outside surface of the ball with a permanent marker or paint pen.

A great way to create an annual tradition is to create a personalized ornament with whatever items your child loves most that year!


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