Want a beautiful holiday home without spending a lot of money? Try some of these 10 creative Christmas balls decoration ideas!
Every year it seems I’m full of conflicting emotions when it’s time to decorate for Christmas.
I’m excited to create a welcoming home full of sparkle and glitter. (The kind that stays in place, not the kind you have to clean up for days!)
Yet I also dread dragging out boxes full of Christmas decor and trying to decide how to change things up so everything is not just the SAME OL’ SAME OL’.
Anyone else feel the same way?
And yes, I still need to do some more organizing and getting rid of stuff I don’t use (this post will help you, too!)
I started going through my pictures from years past and realized one of the easiest (and cheapest!) ways to decorate is probably also the most overlooked.
Christmas Balls. Ornaments. Whatever you want to call them! Those little balls and shapes that are almost always on sale dirt cheap or can be purchased at the dollar store.
They’re inexpensive, come in all different colors, shapes and sizes and are the perfect accessory for so many Christmas decorations, obviously including your Christmas tree!
I’m guessing you have a few, or tons like me, lying around and you don’t know what to do with them besides hanging them on your tree.
I’m here to help with some fun Christmas crafts and ideas for your holiday decor!
How can I decorate without spending money?
I believe in using what I have while shopping for the holiday season at thrift stores and yard sales during the year. Think outside the box, repurpose and get creative! Decorating doesn’t have to be a chore or cost a lot of money.
My Christmas gift to you this year is my tutorial of 10 creative ways to use extra Christmas ornaments and balls!
10 Creative Ways to Use Extra Christmas Balls
In case you want the comfort of shopping from your own home I’ve included some links to similar Christmas home decor items at the end of this post.
1. Decorate a mantel.
When you don’t have a mantel you might have to improvise! I just used the top of my piano and pretended!
All you really need is a flat surface and some imagination. Here I used a Christmas wreath on an old window and added greenery and some burlap balls and ornament stars for variety. I love the texture and layers and how easy this came together.
2. Create a centerpiece bowl.
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year for a beautiful holiday table. I don’t have a dining room so the kitchen table is it!
I used a giant glass bowl and filled it with greenery, pine cones and just about every type of ornament I could find, from vintage to dollar store.
By adding some gold lamé fabric, pine cone candles and my DIY wood chargers, I created a charming rustic tablescape. Make sure and use large Christmas ornaments as well as small.
3. Add to garland around a window frame.
This is one of my favorite uses for my $10 yard sale cathedral window. I bought the garlands dirt cheap after Christmas and intertwined both the green and white with some beads, ornaments and lights and the result was a show stopper!
4. Hang on an old window.
Even though I don’t have a mantel I borrowed one for a project! I love these burlap stars I added to my chalkboard banner made with wood slices and another old window display.
For this easy DIY think of all the elements you could add like ribbons, a tree ornament, candy canes or even a pom-pom or two to create holiday cheer in your home.
5. Use in a vignette.
What could be simpler than gathering some fresh greenery into an interesting container with natural elements such as pinecones and berries? Add some yarn balls and glittery ornaments for sparkle and you have a beautiful and cheap vignette!
Invite the kids to help and make it a family affair!
6. Collect different shapes and colors and display.
I’ve always been a red and gold ornament girl but in recent years I’ve added in aqua as part of my color scheme. I always buy my ornaments at after Christmas sales for the best prices and stash them away for the following year.
I mixed my Christmas china with a milk glass bowl of aqua and red ornaments and loved the result!
7. Fill a metal basket.
If you can’t tell, I love shopping yard sales (you can read some of my best tips here) and try to pick up interesting containers and baskets for my decor even if I don’t have an immediate need.
This metal basket was $1 and transitions through the seasons in my home.
8. Make an ornament nest.
Have you wondered about all the greenery in these pictures? My thrifty tip is to ask for cuttings when you go get your tree (if you have a real one.)
We use the same tree lot every year as part of our family tradition and I always take home an arm load of branches to use in different ways throughout my home.
Free and beautiful? Yes, please!
9. Layer in a cloche or small glass cake dish.
It’s taken me a long while to figure out how to arrange my chalk painted hutch. It still needs to store wedding china belonging to my mom and me but I also want it to look tasteful, not cluttered.
A few ornaments collected in a glass cake dish or cloche add a simple, elegant touch.
10. Use as a Christmas tree skirt.
This is one of my cheapest and most favorite decorations, a $1 yard sale ornament wreath with inexpensive glitter stars and snowflakes on a tree that was passed down to me from my mom.
These DIY Christmas decorations are a fun way to use up those after Christmas items you found at the craft store. Inexpensive, bright and meaningful! Love it!
Can you think of any other ways to use extra DIY Christmas ornaments that I haven’t thought of? I’d love to know!
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Ways to Use Extra Christmas Balls and Ornaments
Ways to Use Extra Christmas Balls
- Decorate a mantel.
- Create a centerpiece bowl.
- Add to garland around a window frame.
- Hang on an old window.
- Use in a vignette.
- Collect different shapes and colors and display.
- Fill a metal basket.
- Make an ornament nest.
- Layer in a cloche or small glass cake dish.
- Use as a Christmas tree skirt.
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