In today’s post you’ll find 7 creative ways to use Christmas ball ornaments, besides using on your tree. Whether vintage or reproduction these ornaments are full of possible uses, and some of these tips you may not have ever seen before!
I just may have 10,862 Christmas ball ornaments around here, or so it seems. As a long time collector of vintage Shiny Brites, my love of ornaments goes deep. Fast forward some years and when non breakable Christmas tree balls came along, I became somewhat of a convert. But I still have my vintage glass Shiny Brites that have patina to love!
When it comes to decorating my Christmas trees, I stick with the non breakables for the most part. With 3 curious dogs running around it’s a necessity! So what else do I love to do with these splendiferous baubles that only come out for part of the year? So many things and today I’m sharing some of these ideas along with a few friends in our 20 Minute Decorating series.
Christmas Ball Ornaments – 7 Fun Ways To Use Them
Fill A Lantern
Whether inside our outdoors, I love and use my large lanterns year round. They are so versatile and add such a festive look filled with Christmas ball ornaments. You could also toss some battery operated string lights with remote inside on top of the ornaments. So fun for a night time holiday party with friends!
Gather A Grouping In A Bowl
Bowls come in all shapes and sizes and EVERYONE has at least a few bowls laying around. Fill and gather either an entire bowl or sprinkle a few Christmas tree balls along with pine cones and greens. Below is an antique beaded lampshade that I’ve turned upside-down to use as a bowl, so think outside the box (er..bowl) and see what YOU come up with!
Here is a garden pot that I brought inside and filled with pine cones, Christmas ball ornaments and vintage glass beaded garland. I LOVE the way that the vintage glass ornaments and garland shines and highly recommend adding some to your holiday stash.
Do you have a dough bowl? Perfect then…add some ornaments and elements from outdoors.
Hang Christmas Ball Ornaments In Unexpected Places
Find some branches outside and spray them white, or perhaps silver or glitzy gold. Place in a heavy pot and secure with crumbled newspaper. Then hang a few Christmas ball ornaments and you’ve made yourself an extra tree!
Every year I try to find some unusual way to hang ornaments. Why be the same…I enjoy being creatively different! Below is one of my vintage mannequins, dressed for the holidays and I hung some favorite Shiny Brites on her wire cage. Other hanging options could be to make a drapery pull from some holiday ribbon and add a few Christmas ball ornaments to the ends. Hang with ribbon from a chandelier over the dining table. You’re only limited by your imagination and I’d love to know what you come up with!
Add To A Festive Tablescape
My favorite time to entertain and create a festive table would be the holiday season. The weather is generally cooperative here then and we head outdoors after many months of oppressive Florida heat. Christmas tablescapes like this one are such fun and guests love them. Just a few non breakable Christmas tree balls are mixed in subtle fashion.
Indoors a simple table runner has been created with a pretty layer of tulle, greenery and a few ornaments.
Sprinkle Here And There
One of the finishing touches to decorating for Christmas is to sprinkle ornaments here and there. I have a few special vintage Shiny Brites that have meaning and add depth and warmth wherever they are placed.
Make A Christmas Ball Ornaments Wreath
Oh gosh…if you’ve been with me for years (and I know that some of you have:-) I used to make vintage ornament wreaths and sell them. I stopped when they became mass produced with reproduction ornaments, but they would STILL be fun to make! Use a grapevine wreath and hot glue, making sure to cover the wreath entirely. You can use new ornaments for this and it will be easier to store away.
Make Your Own Glitter
Oops, did you drop a glass Christmas tree ornament to have it shatter to smithereens? I have a tutorial here on – HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN GLITTER. It’s consistently been one of my most popular posts for years, so take a look!
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