I have admired those DIY fill-it-up clear plastic Christmas balls for a few years. But me being me, I like to add a bit of Catholic focus on all our Christmas crafts. So when we made these ball, we added a double sided picture of the Nativity or other religious picture to the inside!
Figuring out a way to add the image took a bit of testing and thinking, but I did figure out a way to do it. We glued two images of the same size onto a popsicle stick. They were glued onto it back-to-back. When the glue is dry, gently fold the image and push it into the ball. After that, we unfolded the picture. Voila! Beautiful Christmas ornament fit for the season!
We had a lot of fun filling these balls and adding the religious pictures! The possibilities are endless!!
Many of the images we used were Nativity stickers. They worked very well. Some of the images were small pictures which we cut from old cards or mission mail.
Here is a list of items we added to the inside:
- raffia (for hay) – cut-up in small 1 inch pieces (or smaller)
- small sprigs of fake evergreen branches
- sequins in many shapes:
- fake snow dust
- glitter in many colors: gold, silver, blue, red, etc.
- small stones
- any other small item we found and liked
After getting the plastic balls and finding images that fit the size of our balls, we dug through our craft boxes and pulled out anything that we thought might work or fit into the balls. (see list above).
NOTE: We still added glue when using the stickers, because stickers will not stay stuck together if they are stored in a hot or humid area – such as an attic or a basement. Because we store our Christmas decorations in an attic, I wanted to be sure that these stay stuck together, so we could enjoy them for years to come.
This sweet ornament is filled with fake snow and loads of multi colored glitter and sequins.
This ball was in honor of the Feast of the Holy Innocents.
The image depicts the Flight into Egypt. The ball holds sand, small stones, a little silver glitter and small silver stars.
It does have larger sequins which are not visible in the picture as well as silver glitter.
This adorable ball is filled with more fake snow, blue glitter and gold star sequins that are not very visible in the image.