Ideas for Filling Clear Plastic Ornaments

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Around Christmas time you can purchase these clear plastic ornaments, often on sale. Then the fun begins, as you choose from the many items that can be used to fill them, such as buttons, beads, pearls, gems, basically anything that will fit inside of them.


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I recently brought tons of things to do a craft day and I was the only one to show up. So, being a person old enough to remember making foil chains for the tree, I am amazed at how many cool crafts there are now and how inexpensive it is to make really cute things out of new and used supplies.

So, I have a lot to share. There are six shots of the supplies; I tried to show it all.


Total Time: 10 hours but only about 30 minutes for each ball.

Yield: 20

Source: saw some on Pinterest and Hometalk


  • 20 clear plastic balls ($10.00)
  • 5 lb beads, pearls, gems, anything that can fit in the openings ($5.00)
  • glue gun
  • tape
  • scissors
  • G hook
  • scrap yarn the color of your ball ornament
  • ribbon


  1. Choose your medium. I have old lights I have taken apart, green and red sand, gems, pearls, broken jewelry, yarn, bells, ribbon, and more. For this one I cut up a second hand bow to look like pieces of gold flecks.
  2. Red and green sand from the Dollar Tree gives you the best of both colors. Simply get a funnel and pour in what is small enough to fit through it. Sometimes you will have to fill by hand what you can't pour.
  3. This one was faux pearls. Small gems fit, too.
  4. Some things will need to be stuffed in, dropped get it. These were roses, candy, and mini lights.
  5. Some are kind of funky and some are "oh hey that would work" kind of things. These are the stickers you get at the Dollar Tree. One example is of them stuffed in the ornaments. For that one I took it apart, put in a smaller ball and closed it off keeping the trees tight against the walls of the ornament.
  6. Some have buttons, bows, ribbon, and bells.
  7. For the one with the yarn, you use a size G hook, chain 6 and join. From there, chain 6-8 and make a slip stitch in each of the 6 chains. Join and break off, working in the end. This will make you a nice little "floral" affect on the top.
  8. Some have balls taken off a branch I got for .49 at Goodwill and some have broken jewelry. Please note that if you see a duplicate top it's because I often had to fill, photograph, empty, and reuse the ball. Money was tight so there you go.
  9. You can use any medium you want to make these. If it fits in the top or can be used with the ones that open, you are golden. I hope you enjoyed these and they gave you some inspiration. I am sorry I didn't get them on sooner, it is what happens when you're busy making other plans. N-JOY!
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July 16, 2003

Does anyone have any cute ideas for making Christmas ornaments using the acrylic ball ornaments that pull apart?


By Marsha P (Guest Post)
December 15, 20040 found this helpful
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I used to make ornaments out of approximately 3" styrofoam balls. You cut squares approximately 1 1/2" by 1 1/2" and start at the top and work to the bottom and then you turn over and start again and meet in the middle. You place a straight pin in the middle of the square and then fold over and fold again to make a triangle. I cannot remember the exact instructions. If someone does please let me know. My email address is Thanks much!!!!!!!

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By Kerk33096 (Guest Post)
December 1, 20050 found this helpful
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Last year I used these clear balls and filled them with potpourri, and then used fishing line to hang them in the windows. Not only did they look lovely, but also when the Sun was shining on them it really brought out the beautiful fragrance.


Another idea is to use little silk flowers.

Or you could spray the inside with spray adhesive and then sprinkle glitter all over the inside.

Or you could stuff them with tinsel.

You're possibilities are endless.

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By lovesgerberadaisies (Guest Post)
November 11, 20070 found this helpful
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Put metallic shredded paper inside (like you use to line gift baskets). On the outside use vertical strips of narrow velvet ribbon and use glue gun to adhere. Place a tiny satin rose on the top. Can make in all colors.

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