I love collecting ornaments and giving them as gifts. But let’s face it—those things can be expensive! Hand painted, bejeweled, lined with the excavated clothing of an ancient civilization—there’s no end to the whimsical things we’ll trim our trees with. And don’t even get me started on this crazy contraption.
Luckily I’ve discovered about a million ways to take the most humble of holiday ornaments and turn it into a DIY work of art!
The best part about those classic clear ball-shaped ornaments is that you can pop off the top and fill them with pretty much anything your heart desires. (I say “pretty much” because my heart often desires a penthouse apartment and a lightning-speed metabolism—but hey, we’re talking ornaments here, not magic lamps!)
One of the best (and simplest) ideas I’ve seen is filling up a clear ornament with paper cutouts—just trim some pieces of sheet music or a couple of lines from your favorite book, and voilà! Instant festive homage to your passion or hobby. You could even distress the paper or use jagged-edge scissors for a vintage look. From Better Homes and Gardens
If you’re feeling a little flashier, coat the inside with varnish, let dry for about 15 minutes, and then pour in multicolored sprinkles for some decadent décor. (Just make sure to keep them out of the kids’ reach!) From Little Gray Fox
For the truly ambitious, here’s an idea for decorating an ornament that has the added benefit of repurposing all those old boy-band CDs you have lying around (you know you do!). You’ll need scissors and a glue gun—and a hefty dose of nostalgia. From Creme de la Craft
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Too many crafts, too little time? Pick up a one-of-a-kind hand-painted ornament designed by SMP’s creative director Michael Storrings! And while you’re at it, get your hands on his beautiful book of unique watercolor paintings celebrating Christmas in New York.