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Christmas Table Decorations | Christmas Balls Tree

Updated on March 29, 2013

DIY Christmas Decor | Christmas Balls Tree

Looking for a new idea for DIY Christmas Centerpieces or Christmas table decorations? Why not try a Christmas Balls Tree made of glass Christmas balls, topiary or cone style?

Christmas craft ideas are abundant but finding just the right style to match your holiday decor is not as easy. An Ornament Tree can be made in a variety of colors and is a beautiful addition to any table, buffet or mantel. Christmas lights or candles play off the glass balls to create ambient lighting that adds to the festive holiday mood.

Put an Ornament Tree on your list of Christmas decorations to make.

Image credit: Mandee Sears

Here's the "list" of items you'll need to make one (1) Christmas Balls Tree:

  • White Foam Cone (size is up to you though the 9" or 12" is perfect!)
  • Pillar candle holder
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Assorted sized ball ornaments in your choice of colors (see below for size suggestions of ornaments)
  • Filler for the holes between the balls - small wired holly berries, "stamen" bunches in a complementary color (see supplies below), or floral picks. At a craft store I use, they have small, double-headed beads on a wire (sometimes called "stamens") that I like to use to fill with.

Christmas Ornament
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Crafting Tips for Your Ornament Tree

Christmas Table Decorations

Through the years of making handmade Christmas table decorations, I have discovered a few tricks.

With this Christmas craft, I have found that the glass ball ornaments work much better than the shatterproof. The nozzle or opening on the glass ornaments is thinner and doesn't gouge the foam as deeply as the shatterproof ornaments. A thin layer of hot glue on the mouth or nozzle of the glass ornament will hold it in place.

Green is Popular for an Ornament Tree

These "elf suit green" glass ball ornaments are perfect for a green Christmas balls tree. Try mixing up different shades of green or matte and shiny finishes for more depth to your tree. Remember to get different sized glass ball ornaments too!

Green Glass Ball Ornaments - for Making Ornament Trees

I like to use a combination of 1", 1.5", 2" and 2.25" to 3" glass Christmas balls (depending on the size of foam tree you use). The variety in size lets you "fill in". Where a larger ball may not fit, one of the smaller sizes will. This also gives you depth in your design.

I also like to use ornaments called "stem balls". These are usually small glass ornaments with floral wire attached. A lot of people use them for decorating wreaths. They are usually sold in a dozen. I cut the wire down to about an 1" past the ball, peel the paper away to expose the mouth of the ornament, dab some hot glue and stick into the foam. The wire adds just a bit more security.

Another tip is to use Christmas balls with different finishes, especially if you are using only one color. In today's market, you can easily find matte, shiny and pearlized finishes. The combination adds interest and the illusion of texture.

Image: Club Pack Of 120 Matte Bordeaux Glass Ball Christmas Ornaments 1.25"

Red, green, white and silver Ornament Trees.

Set of Glass Balls and Tree Topper

This is a set of 14 1" glass balls and a tree topper ornament you might could use on the top of the foam. Small 1" glass balls are great for fitting into the small spaces the larger glass balls leave behind.

Hot Pink, Purple, Lime Green, Platinum and White Ornament Trees.

How to Make a Glass Christmas Balls Tree

DIY Christmas Centerpiece

1. Take the hanger off the ornament ball so the mouth to the inside of the ball is exposed. Starting at the bottom of a cone, place hot glue around the mouth of the ornament and stick into the foam cone.

2. Continue up the cone until you as close to the top as the ball ornaments will allow. Using hot glue, attach a topper of your choice on the flat, top part or the cone. (I have used bows, mini tree toppers, a large ball ornament, stars, etc...)

3. Now, go through with your filler (stamens and bead picks) and fill in any areas where your cone is showing.

4. Hot glue your cones to the pillar candle holders.

5. To save for next year, wrap well in bubble wrap and store standing up in a tight fitting box.

Photos and drawings by Mandee Sears

Filler Suggestions for your Ornament Tree

Use accent colors for your ball ornament tree. For instance, if you want to match your red and green decor, use only shades of green for the trees and accent with red stamens. If you normally use red, green and white in your holiday decor, consider red and green ornament balls and use white for the filler stamens.

Any color combination is possible! Complement your room decor or existing holiday decor colors or go completely different. After all, it's the holidays -- anything goes!

Gorgeous Holders for Your Ornament Trees

Christmas Table Decorations

What you place your ball ornament tree(s) on is important to the overall effect of the centerpiece. They can be placed on almost anything. I, personally, prefer a set of pillar candle holders.

I have also placed them on flat candle holders letting the different size cones be the variety in height. You can also display them in a cluster of 3 on a pretty charger plate or on top of martini glasses turned upside down. The options are endless and totally up to you and the look you are striving for. Below are some suggestions to get your creativity started.

The only difference here is the shape of the foam.

A great tutorial for this Christmas table decoration is available at

Christmas Table Decoration | Topiary Christmas Balls Tree.


The Topiary Ball Trees are top heavy so make sure you weight the container appropriately or the first time you place it on your table it will topple and break.

Happy Holidays to Everyone!

Would you make a glass balls ornament tree?

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      Merry Citarella 4 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Very cute and offer such variety. I'll have to try some. thanks for sharing.

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      These look beautiful and easy to make. Pinned to my Christmas stuff board, thanks!

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      These are beautiful table decorations for Christmas.

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      psiloveyou1 6 years ago

      very pretty!! great lens

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      I love this idea. Looks easy to do too. Must visit my craft store now.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fabulous lens, love the ball topiary trees , Blessed * :)

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      like the way How to Make a Glass Christmas Balls Tree? its nice.

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I really like the Glass Ornament Topiary idea, that seems like it would be easy and is really cute.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very beautiful ornament.Great lens. Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 12/12/2010.Have a great day and wonderful holiday!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago


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      noobeegin 7 years ago

      Beautiful centerpieces. Great instructions as well. Think I will try to make one.

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      Linda Pogue 7 years ago from Missouri

      These a wonderful and will make a lasting family ornament to use for years. Thanks for the warning to weight the bottoms, though. It would be an awful lot of work and expense to allow them to topple over and break.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      These are really beautiful! Great directions! You make them seem very easy to make.

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      These are so lovely. I've added this as a featured lens to my Handmade Christmas Lensography Lens. :)

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      Dee Gallemore 7 years ago

      An ornament tree is a beautiful craft idea and you make it so easy with your clear instructions. Wonderfully presented!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      What lovely ideas you have given us to ponder in making an Ornament Tree for our Christmas decorating. Your directions are clear and easy to follow. Bravo!

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      sheilamarie78 7 years ago

      You are so talented! Your directions are clear and the page itself is beautiful!

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      tssfacts 7 years ago

      You have done it again. Just beautiful and directions are easy to follow. I like the Christmas trees but also like the Topiary Tree. Such great suggestion for decorating our homes.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Very beautiful. I may try to make one of these Glass Balls Ornament Trees. I especially like the Topiary Ball Trees

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      Christmas Balls Tree would be a great Christmas craft idea to do as a family.

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      pkmcr 7 years ago from Cheshire UK

      What a super idea and very nicely put together - blessed by a passing Squid Angel :-)

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I'd like to try. You make it look easy.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Yes, I would.