Turn plain glass ornaments into fabulous DIY Hot Glue Embellished Ornaments. In just a few easy steps, anyone can make stunning holiday décor.

DIY Hot Glue Embellished Ornaments up close.

DIY Hot Glue Embellished Ornaments

I’m so excited to share this super easy and fun Homemade ornament idea. We used hot glue to “jazz” up our plain ornaments with a little spray paint too.

In just a few easy steps, you can make one of these fancy homemade ornaments. This is a great idea if you are trying to add new ornaments to your tree on a budget.

You can easily stock up on glass ornaments and transform them into gorgeous ornaments with several different designs. It is so simple to make using hot glue and spray paint.

The results are fabulous and the cost is minimum. This is definitely a frugal DIY.

All you need is a pack of ornaments, some hot glue, and a can of spray paint. Plain, clear ornaments can be bought at the craft store in a multipack for just a few dollars. You can even buy colored ones at Dollar Tree.

This ornament is nearly fool proof and mistakes are easily fixed. Let’s get started making these fun ornaments.

Glass ornament hanging on tree.

Supplies Needed:

  • Large clear glass ball ornament
  • white spray paint (or any other color you like)
  • painters tape
  • hot glue gun/stick
  • alcohol/paper towel

How to make Hot Glue Embellished Ornament

Step 1: Wipe the ornament down well using a paper towel soaked in alcohol. This will remove dirt and oils from each ornament so the glue and paint adhere properly.

Hot glue on ornament.

Step 2: Draw patterns on glass ornament with a glue gun. It is ok if you make a mistake. Just wait a minute for it to cool and peel it right off.

Cover the ornament with as simple or as ornate a design as you prefer.

Step 3: Wrap the hanger and top in painters tape. Then tie a string through the hanger.

Hanging ornament ready for paint.

Step 4: Paint the ornament. The simplest way to paint a hanging object is to hang it from a tree or hook. This will enable you to access all sides at once. This will also help it to dry faster and more evenly.

Paint a very light tack coat to create a primer layer on your ornament and dry for 5 minutes. Spray 12 more coats until you reach your desired shade. Make sure to let it dry for 5 minutes between each coat.

Step 5: Dry for 24 hours. After the final coat of paint, allow the ornament to dry for 2­4 hours.

Step 6: Add a ribbon. The final step is to add some twine or pretty ribbon to each ornament. The ornament is complete and ready to hang in your tree.


  • Hot Glue Designs. You can decorate with the hot glue using various designs or even names.
  • Different colors. We used white to spray paint the ornaments. Feel free to use any color you prefer.
  • Ribbon. Any color and type of ribbon can be used.
DIY Hot Glue Embellished Ornament up close.

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