Super Simple Christmas Ornaments

I am beyond excited that this year {being that it's our third Christmas as a married couple} we finally got a Christmas tree! You see, our first Christmas we were living in a dungeon. Not only was there ZERO room for a Christmas tree, but I had a moral issue with placing something so iconic and tradition filled into a place that was so dreadfully heinous. Thankfully we got out of said hell hole for our 2nd Christmas, but because we were spending a good portion of the holiday season out of town, we thought it was kind of silly to get a tree when we wouldn't even be in the house to enjoy it.

THIS YEAR... thanks to the little bun I've got cookin', we are doing Christmas at our house and a tree was a must. And none of that fake tree with built in lights nonsense {no offense if that's what you prefer}, we wanted a real tree with a real tree smell and a real need to be watered! And that's exactly what we got.

The biggest problem with going two Christmases without a tree is that we haven't had a chance to stock up on ornaments. Wee've gotten a few here and there but I've done a pretty good job at resisting the urge to spend my entire paycheck on bows, bells and whistles to really make our first tree glow. Needless to say, I was worried that our current collection wouldn't be enough to fill up the tree... and a baren tree is a sad tree. So I decided to add another DIY project to my list and make some unique and inexpensive ornaments myself with the help of a major sale on plain glass ornaments from JoAnn Fabric!

Style #1: Baby Shower Leftovers! Along with a plethora of fantastic gifts from family and friends, my baby showers also brought me a ton of pastel colored tissue paper and fun party decorations. While I can use the tissue paper in the future, there's little that I can do with the decorations... or so I thought.

Step 1... Tear and crinkle pieces of  colorful tissue paper, and fill the ornament.

Step 2... Use a WARM or HOT glue gun to scatter party decorations along the outside of the ornament. Finish with a boy and VOALA!

Style #2: Ribbon runners! In the months surrounding the Christmas season, it's great to keep an eye out for sales on decorative ribbons. You neer know what inspiration might hit and a DIY project is born...

Step 1... secure the ends of decorative ribbon to the inside of the glass ornament

Step 2... Pull the ribbon tight, securing along the way with a hot glue gun, to stretch across the outside of the ornament and secure the opposite end.

My favorite part about this particular style is that you can be as plain or as busy as you'd like. Here are a few different options that I really love. They look great hanging on the tree too... especially since the shimmer in the ribbon catches the the sparkle from the lights!

Style #3: Glitter globes It's been a while since I did a DIY project with glitter... I've truly missed it! You can really get creative by adding various shapes and colors to the outside of a plain glass ornament.

Here I applied the hot glue in circles around the ornament, and rolled them in glitter.

Diamond dust... to be specific. I LOVE this stuff... it kind of looks like tiny pieces of glass but is great for Christmas because it almost gives the appearance of glistening snow!

Style #4: Mix and Match Once I dabbled in ribbons and diamond dust, I thought I'd let them combine forces!

After deciding that the ribbon alone wasn't cutting it for me on this one, I added a touch of sparkle to make it pop!

This one started off as only glitter, but Z said it didn't look finished, so I added the ribbon afterwards. I think it was a good decision! Point for the hubs!

And another... for fun. The same pattern is actually on the opposite side of the ornament as well!

FYI... I did purchase a value pack of cheap-o ornaments from Costo to act as temporary fillers until our collection can really grow. I figured 50+ ornaments for $20 was worth it!!

Until next time...

What do you think? Have you added any personal touches to simple glass ornaments? TELL ME ALL ABOUT IT!