Ideas for Filling Glass Ornaments

Have you been eyeing up those Fill Your Own Glass Ornaments all over Pinterest? Have you FINALLY decided to give making your own clear ornaments this season? Filling your own clear glass ornament is easy and fun and they make for a lovely keepsake decoration for the Christmas Tree!

Well here is all the inspiration you need with lots of Ideas for Filling Glass Ornaments this season, as well as a quick guide to the different clear ornaments available to fill!

Easy ideas to fill clear ornaments for Christmas

Types of Clear Ornaments to Fill

Pop down to the craft store and stock up on your craft basics.

First you need to choose what kind of clear bauble you would like to make and fill! There are a number of different options (and sizes!) available to you. And each is fantastic for different reasons! So really, it is just a matter of choice!!

There are three main types of fillable clear ornaments for you to fill

  • The glass ornament
  • The clear plastic ornament
  • The glass ornament with an opening

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Once you have decided on the type of ornament you want to fill and decorate (see all the ideas outlines below), fill up your shopping trolley at the craft store with plenty of ornaments, acrylic paints and any fun bits and pieces – maybe some marbles, candy canes or “melted snowmen” accessories. Add that personalized touch to that Christmas decor!

The classic clear glass Christmas ornaments/ baubles

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Glass balls are my favourite as they are the most “classic” decoration of all. However, they are a little trickier to fill than the other ornaments and of course, if you are crafting with kids, are more fragile. Maybe use thse for a grown up Christmas craft evening in December! There are lots of creative ideas using glitter and nail polish that would be suitable for an older audience!

The plastic ornament that can be opened

These plastic ornaments may not be as whimsical as the classic glass bauble but they are fantastic for three main uses:

  1. When working with younger children and you worry about breakages
  2. If you want to use the ornament as a GIFT BOX
  3. If you want to make a bauble keepsake that are larger than the opening in a classic bauble – e.g. add baby’s first shoe or a lego ornament

Buy some here US/ UK (check for size 8-10cm is good for filling!)

The fillable clear ornament with an opening

These make for a nice hybrid between the full sphere glass baubles and the plastic ornaments that you can open. As you get the whimiscalness of the glass, but you are able to “access the content”. They are in fact often made out of plastic.. but because you don’t get the “seam”, you won’t notice this. Glass ones also available. But overall, the open front makes it easier to fill whether you are working with younger kids or on your own, but can also be used as gift ideas.

Buy some here US/ UK (check for size 8-10cm is good for filling!)

Great Accessories for decorating

Whatever you make the gorgeousness is in the detail, these are three key accessories that will make your DIY Fillable Clear Ornament JUST PERFECT:

1 Ideas to fill a glass bauble

Easy ideas to fill glass ornaments for Christmas
  • For large glass ornaments, you can make these fabulous DIY Terrarium Ornaments – a living ornament that is beautiful!
  • Harry Potter Potion Ornaments – Lemon Lime Adventures – these really are a MUST for Harry Potter fans! And with the free printable potions labels, these really make for a super easy ornament craft!
  • Reindeer Ornament – Reading Confetti – another favourite – the shredded paper is so easy to add and the final reindeer bauble is so very cute!
  • Making this modern and funky with these gorgeous Neon Puffy Paint Ornaments from I Love to Create! Vibrant colours that will pop when hanging in the Christmas Tree
  • Glass Popcorn Ball Ornament – The Ornament Girl
  • Pom Pom Christmas Bauble Ornament – Tinkerlab
  • DIY Sprinkles Ornament – Gimme Some Oven
  • Easy Snowman Ornament from a Clear Plastic Ball – Happy Hooligans
  • “I Spy” Christmas Ornament – Busy Kids Happy Mom
  • Butterfly Terrarium Ornaments – Design Sponge
  • How To Make Seashells Ornaments for Christmas – Busy Kids Happy Mom
  • DIY Melted Crayon Ornaments – Heathered Nest
  • DIY Glow in the Dark Ornaments – The Swell Designer
  • DIY Simple Snowman Christmas Ornament – Hip2Save
  • DIY Glitter Unicorn Ornaments – Hello Wonderful
  • Melted Snowman Ornament – My Creative Days – this one must be one of the most popular and easy glass snowman ornaments to make – ones you can keep out and decorate for January with too!
  • Simple Candy Ornament – 30 Minute Crafts

Clear Ornament Keepsakes Ideas

2 Openable Bauble Ornament Gift Ideas

Where suitable, add fake snow or moss for that special detail!

  • Fill with hot chocolate ingredients
  • Fill with a favourite toy (e.g. a Steiff collection animal)
  • Fill with stationery mini supplies – e.g. washi tape, erasers, beads
  • Fill with money
  • Fill with candy and chocolate (here is a lovely example from
  • Use it and give it as a bath bomb mould (check our Bath Bomb Recipe here and here)
  • Fill with luxury tea
  • Fill with coupons – e.g. a holiday or small promises such as a foot massage 30 Minute Crafts!)
  • Christmas Ornament Time Capsule – one that you can re-read every year – The Farmer’s Nest
  • Display of keepsakes – e.g. shells and seaglass
  • Can be used as an Advent Coundown Calendar

3 Fillable Glass Oranment

Fillable glass ornaments

Add fake snow or moss for that special detail!

  • Mini fairy garden
  • Add an ornament in an ornament – e.g. for LEGO or fairy doll
  • Display of keepsakes – e.g. shells and seaglass
  • Add electric tealights (just gorgeous)
  • Living plants
  • Insert ANYTHING your child has made throughout the year!

I hope you feel inspired today! Good luck with your crafting fun this holiday season!

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