Decorating with Ornaments

Can you believe how fast this 12 Days of Christmas Series is going? It’s already Day 10. Let’s start decorating with ornaments.


Today I thought it’d be fun to round up quick holiday decorating ideas. This year fellow blogger and friend, Laura of Finding Home created a series called 10 Minute Decorating. You saw of few those posts play out here on IBC over this past year. (Frugal Fall Flowers and Holiday Letter Bling) Well, today I’m back for my final 10 Minute post (Well, maybe not final. The future of the 10 Minute Decorating series is TBD.)

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The focus of this post is easy decorating with vintage glass Christmas balls. Many of us have ornaments that we no longer use and spots in our home that need a splash of holiday cheer. Or, if you’re like me, you have a strange obsession with glass Christmas ornaments and have totes and totes full of them.

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Yeah, it’s a problem.

If you don’t fit into either of those categories, but still want to play along, go to your local thrift shop. I can almost guarantee that you will find a box of glass ornaments for a dollar.

Let’s take a look at a few ways to decorate with Christmas balls, shall we?

Decorate a tree.
This is an obvious use of ornaments, but I really wanted an excuse to post a picture of my tree from last year.

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This tree is covered entirely in plain glass ornaments in various colors. Most were purchased at Goodwill, but there were also a few new ones.

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If you want to stick to a particular color palette, you can use my tree from this year as an example. Two colors (green and blue) can create a lovely tree.

Add them to a wreath.
This was another project from last year, However, it is still one of my favorites.

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I arranged leftover ornaments from my tree, hot glued them to a wreath, and added a bow. It was that simple. This wreath hangs on my door and really is a show stopper. It even looks amazing when viewed from the street.

Put a cloche on it.
If you have a collection of random ornaments, gather them up in a cloche (bell jar). This creates a beautiful and unique look in seconds. Literally.


Just make sure you put the cloche out of reach of curious hands or you could have ornaments rolling all over the place.

Dress them up.
If you have ornaments that you’d like to use, but they don’t quite fit your theme, alter them with a paint pen.



I find that drawing on basic geometric shapes is the easiest.

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Stars and snowflakes are also winners. This also allows you to make an ordinary ornament really special and unique.

Add them to a gift.
Speaking of writing on ornaments, why not use an ornament as a name tag for a package.


Mark on the ornament using paint pens or just write the person’s name. That way, the “tag” could later be used on the recipient’s tree..

Use them as place cards.
This is one of my favorite ideas, and one I shared with you in my previous post about 10 Minute Decorating Ideas. Just buy silver and gold metallic letters and stick them on an ornament.

christmas place card

I like using these as place cards, but again, you could simply hang them on a tree. I think the silver letters work best because they appear to be etched into the glass.

Hang them from a chandelier.
On Monday, I shared the first part of my Holiday Home Tour (If you missed it, you can check it out here.) One of the things I did to decorate my dining room this year was to hang a few smaller ornaments from the chandelier above my table.

festive light fixture

It was so simple, but it really helped to tie the holiday decor together.

Fill a bowl or basket.
And finally – probably the easiest of all of these ideas. Fill a bowl or basket with ornaments. If you want to add a pop of color or sparkle on a shelf or tabletop, this is the way to do it. I have a couple of bowls of ornaments scattered around my home.


My favorite container, however, is this old wood screw / nail sorter I’ve filled with ornaments in a gradient effect. It is the right shape and size to sit in front of my television. It adds the perfect amount of festive color, don’t you think?


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Have I convinced you to start hoarding glass ornaments? If so, please stay out of my local thrift shop. I’m calling dibs on any ornaments that are still there!

For more 10 minute decorating ideas, please head over to Finding Home and say hello to Laura. Her ideas will amaze you. While you are at her site, also check out her Holiday Home Tour. She has a gorgeous home!

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I hope you enjoyed (and use) a few of these easy decorating tips. What other ways do you use Christmas balls?

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  • Debra White at

    Michael absolutely LOVE these ideas for decorating with Christmas balls. I’ve never used them for anything other than putting on a tree. Definitely want to use some of your ideas now. Such color galore all through the house. Beautiful.

  • susan b at

    Love how you banded by color on the tree with the vintage ornaments!

  • Janet at

    Michael, I have just discovered and subscribed to your blog. Your home is amazing! I love your choice of color and mix of old and new. Your ornament projects are perfect. I too have old shinny brights and you inspired me to organize and seperate them for projects. I have much more than I thought! Of course I have a way to catch up to you! HA!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Janet – thanks so much for commenting and following along! Hope you find a lot of unique uses for your ornament collection!

      xo Michael

  • Elle at

    Your posts make my heart sing. So many wonderful (and doable) ideas! Thank you.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Awww! Thank you so much! 🙂

      xo Michael

  • Pam Smith at

    Hello! I just recently found your blog through Thistlewood Farms , and I wish I had found it sooner! I already copied your blue/green ombré tree! Love it! I too have been collecting those ornaments and had just enough to fill a small tree. Looking forward to many more ideas from you! Merry Christmas!,

  • Cynthia at

    Thanks for spreading so much joy!

  • Lynn DeGrave at

    LOVE your tree, the ribbon and ornaments. On my tree I use honeysuckle and have almost all handmade ornaments and fill the tree with glass ball ornaments, I’m a crafter and make alot of the ornaments and go to craft shows and get some, love all the different kinds you can find. And on your tree I love the colors. And I go to Goodwill also its a good place to find different kinds of ornaments and stuff to decorate with.

  • Sandy at

    Michael, your trees are gorgeous. I am planning to shop the after Christmas sales for my 2015 tree. I will try my hand at your shades of blue tree. I filled a lantern with ornaments and it sits high on top of our curio cabinet away from our young grandchildren. Merry Christmas. I enjoy your blog.

  • Laura Putnam at

    Michael – Seriously, you make me want to change all of my decorating and use all fun and bright cheerful colors! Actually, I take that back, that is too much work! Remind me next year to do all that! All of your ideas are perfect. Looking forward to figuring out the future of 10 Min decorating in 2015! I am off to go hang ornaments from all of my chandeliers!!!!

  • Casandra at

    Hi Michael. When is the best time to find ornaments at Goodwill? Year-round? Before Christmas? After? I never thought of getting them there before. Love the idea.

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Both my Goodwill and Thift Store have Christmas sections all year long. However, they get bigger as it gets closer to the holidays. So, I’m always on the hunt. Haha. eBay is a good source too. People sell them by the dozens sometimes. You just have to watch for the best prices.

      xo Michael

  • Anele @ Success Along the Weigh at

    LOVE it!

    I got 2 small lots of vintage ornaments a few years ago and was going to sell them but fell in love and kept them. This year, they are in a cloche with a strand of LED fairy lights and it looks amazing lit up at night!

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