Christmas Project #7 : Initial Ornaments

A few weeks back I was flipping through Pottery Barn's holiday catalog and came across some very simple, beautiful initial ornaments (can't seem to locate them online). What can be easier than rubbing on a single letter or two and calling it good? I used a combination of rub ons from Fontwerks and letter stickers from American Crafts and will use a little piece of ribbon to add them to our tree.

These plain glass ornaments can be picked up at any craft store and they come in a variety of sizes. There are all kinds of cool things you can do with them other than just doing a rub on + letter sticker on the outside. I loved these ones and  these ones (quilled paper rolls - also a great use for any extra ribbon) and these too that I saw during a quick search for "ornaments" in the gallery on Two Peas.

These make great little gifts.

And I also wanted to let you know that Creating Keepsakes is having a big sale starting this Friday, November 23 with up to 65% off of books, special issues, and other products.

43 thoughts

  1. suetreiber

    2007-11-20 08:28:17 -0500

    these are really cool. Of course, you made them!

  2. Penny

    2007-11-20 08:38:36 -0500

    Love those balls. I've also seen the clear, red glass balls with white letters on them and white ribbons on the top, which was very pretty too. Thanks for the sale tip.

  3. Alice

    2007-11-20 08:55:50 -0500


  4. Lan

    2007-11-20 09:23:15 -0500

    Loving all the holiday crafts you are coming up with! I finished two button trees with my 2 year old, now I'm planning on making some of these clear ornaments. It'll be perfect for my secret santa gift for my co-worker. Thanks Ali!

  5. Angie

    2007-11-20 10:15:20 -0500

    What a fantastic idea! I love it! I can't wait to get started on some.

  6. Margie

    2007-11-20 12:33:38 -0500

    Thanks for the links. I have a bunch of those glass bulbs waiting to be decorated. There are also some cute ideas for them in the latest Simple Scrapbooks.

  7. Doris

    2007-11-20 12:42:31 -0500

    I just came back from Michael's and they have the ornaments on sale for half off.

  8. Ashley Schultz

    2007-11-20 13:55:08 -0500

    I love the simplicity of these! Thanks for sharing Ali!

  9. Lindsay

    2007-11-20 15:37:59 -0500

    THANK YOU ALI!! I am in love with this idea! I've collected supplies tonight and plan to make them as place holders for our Christmas dinner as well as for my 20 darling Grade 1 students as their little holiday gift from me. Thanks for the inspiration- it's so frosty here in Vancouver, Christmas is coming!!

  10. Lyric

    2007-11-20 16:02:36 -0500

    Just love your site! I made a button Christmas tree with my grandson this weekend. It was fun and it's adorable. You can see a picture of it on my blog.
    I'm going to make these ornaments next!!
    Thanks so much,

  11. Michelle Simmons

    2007-11-20 16:09:53 -0500

    woohoo! these are awesome!!! (I think you just helped me figure out what to give to coworkers for Christmas...)

  12. Nicky Anderson

    2007-11-21 00:37:44 -0500

    You are amazing!! Thank you so much for your every inspiring Xmas ideas. We are getting revved up for the season and always looking for new craft ideas.

  13. MariaM

    2007-11-21 00:48:41 -0500

    They sparkle!! Another beautiful idea you shared!! Thank You!

  14. Jen

    2007-11-21 02:28:45 -0500

    great idea! i had been eye-balling lots of ornaments myself out of PB. i am going to attempt the ribbon balls!

  15. terribradford

    2007-11-21 09:47:11 -0500

    I am SO excited to see that you linked to my glass ornaments on 2Peas. VERY honored... thanks, Ali! Love your versions!

  16. Lynn

    2007-11-21 09:57:36 -0500

    Very cute! A fun one that kids love is to put unpopped microwave popcorn into a clear ball, put it in the microwave and it pops! I used to be a teacher and did this with my 6th graders and they loved it! Every so often, a kernal will break the ball so be sure to supervise!

  17. Debbie

    2007-11-21 11:44:05 -0500

    I got the glass ornaments for 50% off today too but am having trouble finding the stickers in the larger monogram. I found smallish monograms at Michaels. Has anyone used those satisfactorily?
    I really like the size of monogram you used! I live in a small town and we have one scrapbooking place that I have not tried yet.
    Thank you again for another wonderful easy project!

  18. Lisa M

    2007-11-21 14:38:01 -0500

    These balls are so adorable!! I had to try making one tonight and it looks pretty good! Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful ideas!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  19. tchou

    2007-11-21 19:24:26 -0500

    these balss are beautiful! great idea!

  20. erin yamabe

    2007-11-22 14:48:06 -0500

    omg you've been busy, and oh so creative as ever!!! from your cute boxes on the wall, to these simple and so cute ornaments, wow!!! love your style and your stuff. such good stuff goin on.
    happy thanksgiving!

  21. Julie Howard

    2007-11-23 15:48:36 -0500

    These are wonderful ornaments! I am loving the Christmas ideas you share here.. We have also picked up some styrofoam trees from Joann's to make the button christmas trees - though I think I might make a ribbon one too (goodness knows I have enough ribbon!)
    Love your work!

  22. valerie

    2007-11-28 15:09:27 -0500

    and to tag onto Doris' post...Mike's has them in SQUARE ornaments...something totally cool and completely different!

  23. Tif

    2008-11-25 00:39:50 -0500

    Thank you for these wonderful ideas!!!

  24. Jennifer Hallissy

    2008-12-01 12:20:06 -0500

    I LOVE this idea. I've had a set of clear glass ornaments in the craft closet for about 10 years now (Yikes!) waiting for the right design inspiration. This is it! Who knew I was actually waiting for the "write" inspiration!
    Thanks for the brilliance!

  25. Michelle @Everyday Celebrating

    2008-12-03 01:46:36 -0500

    Wow! Fabulous idea and so easy! If you don't mind, I'd like to link to it on my blog.

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