Creating a Snow Ornament from Upcycled Clear Ornaments

Creating a Snow Ornament from Upcycled Clear Ornaments

By now, just about all of us have tried the glitter-on-the-inside ornaments. It’s a great craft, wonderfully easy and inexpensive. Well, I decided to apply the same principles but with slightly different media- in this case, sea salt! Crazy? Not if you want to create a gorgeous, “no mess” snow ornament !

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I had stumbled on this partial set of clear ornaments at Goodwill for $0.50. Either someone made them for a gift and the recipient didn’t care for pom-pom filled ornaments OR someone didn’t like their own craft and tossed it in their donation pile (been there, done that).

Clear ornaments or clear glass ornaments from the thrift store for repurposing Christmas crafts by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Undoing someone else’s craft project…

To create these super simple winter-y ornaments, here is a list of the materials I used. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Using coarse sea salt in clear ornaments to make a no mess snow ornament by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Crazy, I know…

Using coarse sea salt and crystal glitter in clear ornaments to make a no mess snow ornament by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

And for that snowy sparkle…crystal glitter!

I poured some of the Pledge into an ornament and swirled it around several times to ensure a good coating, including the neck of the ornament.

Adding Pledge Multi-Surface Floor Care Finish inside clear ornaments to create a no mess snow ornament for Christmas by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Crafting > Housework!

Then, using a funnel, I poured in a bunch of sea salt.

Adding Pledge Multi-Surface Floor Care Finish and coarse sea salt inside clear ornaments to create a no mess snow ornament for Christmas by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I promise you…it’s weird but it’s worth it.

Now, unlike the glitter ornaments where you shake the glitter vigorously, salt requires a far more gentle approach. Slowly turn the ornament to coat- shaking lets the salt work against itself and will end up as a clump in the bottom…trust me, I know! Take a Tai-Chi approach as you methodically turn the ornament of salt.

When you’re done, tap out excess salt on the paper plate (for more crafting- NOT EATING!).

Using coarse sea salt inside clear ornaments to create an upcycled snow ornament Christmas craft project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I like it, I like it…

To fill in the open-ness left by the salt, use your funnel again and add some glitter. You don’t need a ton- just dump in what seems right. And if you apply the same slow turning (don’t forget the neck), it should resemble an icy, frosty snowball! (And gently tap out the excess glitter to use again.)

Using coarse sea salt inside clear ornaments to create an upcycled snow ornament Christmas craft project by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Better than I had hoped!

Time to put the cap back on my snow ornament . One of my favorite tricks is to take the cap apart into its two pieces. That way, you don’t have to squeeze the hanger part so much AND it won’t scrape off glitter/salt on its way in.

First, remove the hanger wire and just set the cap on top of the ornament.

Putting the ornament cap back on decorated clear ornaments without ruining the glitter inside for Christmas by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Just like so…

Then squeeze the wire and place it in the cap.

Putting the ornament cap back on decorated clear ornaments without ruining the glitter inside for Christmas by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Step 2…

And finally, carefully squeeze it and push it gently inside your snow ornament.

Putting the ornament cap back on decorated clear ornaments without ruining the glitter inside for Christmas by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Done! And no messing up the glitter/salt finish inside.

And there you have it- a no mess snow ornament that won’t get glitter on everything it touches. And update, I’ve had the same one for years and it looks as good as it did when I first published this Christmas craft project tutorial!

How to make a no mess snow ornament using floor polish, sea salt, glitter, and clear ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Frosty & pretty…

How to make a DIY no mess snow ornament using floor polish, sea salt, glitter, and clear ornaments by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da! A no mess snow ornament …

Make sure you check out my full collection of repurposed and upcycled Christmas project ideas for more festive inspiration.

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. These are so cute!!

  2. And really easy!! I love the normal glitter ones, but the salt really adds something special!

  3. twokeckgirls says

    This is so clever! I would have never thought of using a cleaning product to adhere glitter/salt! And I agree with the whole doing christmas projects early…people think I’m crazy for preparing for Halloween in July! Thank you for sharing!

    • It’s has COMPLETELY revolutionized my ornament-making skills!! I love glitter, but I don’t love it all over my house during the holidays…so “Glitter/salt on the inside” is like an answer to my crafting prayers! 🙂

  4. This is a great idea! I find that glitter only sometimes looks a bit too kitsch but the salt really balances it out. Thank you for sharing! Visiting via Inspire Me Wednesday Linky Party

  5. These look great and I will definitely be pinning them to my Christmas 2014 board… Although I have no idea yet what theme we’ll be using, I’m sure I can fit these cuties in!

    I’ve seen the glitter technique for these before, but never the salt – brilliant and thank you for sharing (found you at Kathe’s party today).

  6. These are beautiful! I love how it looks like snow, but it won’t be messy!

  7. When I saw the name “frosty balls” I had no choice but to pop over and have a look! I am allergic to Christmas in the summer but for this fun idea I have made an exception!

  8. Those frosty balls are great! lol, I love your writing it’s great. And I agree those pesky pom poms do leave a trail of fuzz! Cheers!!

    • Thanks, Jen!!! What a wonderful compliment!! And hello, I love that you’re the cocktail lady. Did you see my cocktail umbrella wreath blog post? Clearly we are meant to be blog-friends. 🙂

  9. these are beautiful and seem so simple. thanks for sharing!

  10. What a great idea! Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on Kitchen Dreaming.com ! I hope to see you there!

  11. These will be a great project to do with the boys at Christmas!

  12. These will look so pretty on your tree! Every year I tell myself to start working on my Christmas projects before the snow falls, and every year I miss my deadline. I’ve got a couple of more weeks to see if this year will be any improvement. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

  13. balmtomysoul says

    Very cool. I just love Christmas!! I remember I did this one year with different colors of paint. It did take a gentle hand, but is exciting. I love the salt idea. Thank you for stopping by Merry Monday. Pinned to my Christmas board!

  14. First just let me say that I love Christmas, and love the fact that you make Christmas ornaments all year long. Most of the time I find that I am most inspired to create Christmas Decor right after Christmas but end up forcing myself to wait until November, but then by the time November hits I’m so busy making gifts and wrapping presents that I don’t have the energy to make decor. Now I’m thinking that I’m just going to embrasure my inspiration and create in January like I want to. Thanks for the inspiration.

    PS I really love the Frosty Balls.

  15. Love this!

  16. Dee Hackathorne says

    Have you tried putting a sticker or some sort of mammogram on the inside? If so does the Pledge take it off or do you have another suggestion for this besides putting it on the outside? Thank you!

  17. Ha! The title of your post gave me the giggles! Thanks for sharing! Also wanted to let you know about a new linky party starting this Saturday at 8pm called “Found & Foraged” Can’t wait to party with you at http://www.houseofhipsters.com

  18. These are so pretty! And easy! I’m adding it to my “Christmas” board. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Wind-Down party!

    Nicole =)

  19. These are really nice!
    Thanks for coming and linking up at our Happy Holidays Link Party. We’d love to see you back next week starting Saturdays @7pm ET on The Midnight Baker from now until Christmas!
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  20. I thought after letting them dry, adding colorful rice lights and making a garland for either your tree or use as a decorative piece. Love your ideas! Keep up the great work!

  21. Hmmmm, wonder what results I will get with colored glitter? I wold think beautiful—gonna have to go try this.

  22. Can you use plastic ornaments ????

  23. stephanie bailey says

    These are so cute and seem very easy to make. Question though…I’d like to create some that include the year inside, do you have any tips or advice on how I could do that?

  24. How long do I need to “let these dry” before I put the “cap & wire” on top? SO anxious to make these! Thank you for sharing this great idea!

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      Hi, Clara- I actually can’t recall how long I waited (this project is several years old now). But I’d probably recommend about 30 minutes or so!

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