As I mentioned in this month’s Décor post, Ornaments Used in Unusual Ways, ornaments are not just for the Christmas tree and they can be used in many different ways throughout the house during the holiday season. In this post I will show three examples on how ornaments can be displayed in some fun and creative ways.
The idea for the Ornament Snowglobe is to use an ornament that can create a winter scene and then be able to turn the jar upside down for the artificial snow to create a falling snow effect. The gingerbread house is a great example to use for this craft project, other ornament suggestions are: a Santa Claus ornament, a Snowman ornament or a single Christmas tree.
For this display I used a small glass container with a lid, a gingerbread house ornament, some artificial snow, and a glue gun/glue sticks. Craft Note: When purchasing an ornament for this craft project, be sure that the ornament is small enough to fit inside the jar with the lid closed, also check the width of the ornament so it can fit through the jar’s opening.
To start, be sure the inside of the jar is clean and remove any price tags or metal display loop from the top of the ornament. To remove the display loop, grab hold of the loop with a plier and then twist with an upward movement.
Secure the gingerbread house ornament to the bottom of the jar with glue. Optional step: For a permanent “snow base”, lay some cotton balls or batting onto the bottom of the jar after attaching the ornament OR paint the bottom of the jar with white paint and let it completely dry before attaching the ornament.
Next, add a small layer of artificial snow to the bottom of the jar. Then, to finish the ornament snowglobe, securely glue the lid onto the top of the jar so that the jar can be turned for the “snow effect”.
For this display it is important to use ornaments with flat backs, such as the deer or gingerbread ornaments seen below. I used a wallpaper remnant (but scrapbook paper can also be used) for the background, a frame that matches the ornament and a hot glue gun/glue sticks.
Disassemble the picture frame, separating the glass and back from the frame. Cut the wallpaper remnant (or scrapbook paper) to fit the size of the frame. Then, glue the paper to the glass. Re-assemble the glass and the frame backing inside the frame. To finish the display, center and attach the ornament to the paper.
Craft Note: The theme of this Framed Ornament is not specific to any holiday and would look wonderful on a side table or bookcase and can be displayed year-round.
Ornaments Under Glass
This project is similar to the ornament snowglobe but the difference is that this larger display can only remain stationary and uses multiple ornaments or accessories.
For this ornament display I used a large glass container with a lid, a boy and girl skater ornaments, four small artificial pine trees, artificial snow and a glue gun/glue sticks. The idea for this craft project is to have one or two ornaments and use accessories like trees and artificial snow to set a winter scene in soft pastels or whimsical with primary colors.
To start, be sure the inside of the glass container is clean and remove any price tags or metal display loop from the top of the ornament.
Next, position the accessories, such as the pine trees, and secure into place at the bottom of the glass container with the hot glue gun/glue. Be sure to leave room for the ornaments by positioning the accessories to the sides of the container and leave the area in the front clear to view the scene inside.
Then, secure the ornaments into place at the bottom of the glass container. To finish the Ornaments Under Glass display, add a small layer of artificial snow to the bottom of the container to look like fresh fallen snow.
So, next time you are shopping in the local retail or craft stores during the holiday season check out the Christmas ornaments and think about a different way of displaying them in fun and creative ways!