Decoupaged Ball Ornament {Tutorial}

Last year I posted a day full of DIY ornaments. Some of the most popular ornaments were my Sheet Music Ornaments, German Book Ball Ornaments, and my Map Ball Ornaments. At the time I hadn’t posted a tutorial and since then I have had tons of emails, comments, and messages asking for one. So it is FINALLY a time to post my Decoupaged Ball Ornament TUTORIAL!!!!!
Here are the supplies that I started with:
Clear glass ball ornaments
Old maps, sheet music, and book pages
Circle punch
Mod Podge
The first step and maybe the secret to my decoupaged ornament success: circle punch. I use a 2in circle punch to cut circles out of whatever paper I’m using. Punch out a stack of circles to cover an entire ornament, the amount you will need depends on how much you overlap the circles and how large your ornaments are.
Now that you have your circles punched out, it’s time to decoupage!!! I cover the back of the paper circle with Mod Podge and stick it on the ball ornament. You will have to work with it a bit to get the entire circle to stick down. There will be little parts where the circle kind of folds in on it’s self, this is totally okay, just make sure that you press it all down as much as you can.
I start at the opening of the ornament and work my way around the top. Then I work down the ornament until I get to the bottom. I overlapped each circle enough so that there weren’t any gaps or ornament showing through.
Keep decoupaging until the entire ornament is covered. Let everything dry for a bit and then cover the entire ornament with a good coating of Mod Podge to seal and protect.
If you want to add a little sparkle like I do, you can decoupage some glitter onto the metal ornament cap. To do this, add some Mod Podge to the metal top then sprinkle some fine glitter onto it. Shake off the excess glitter and let it dry. Once it’s all dry add a coat of Mod Podge over the glitter to seal the sparkle in. When everything is dry, put the metal top back onto the ornament and it’s all ready to hang.
If you are doing the map ornament and you want a certain area to be visible, I would suggest covering the ornament with pieces of map from the surrounding areas and then go back and add the pieces that you want visible on the top layer.
I loved the writing in an old German book that I found, it just screamed Christmas to me. I used these book pages to create my German Ball Ornament. You can use any old book that you desire; dictionaries, children’s Christmas books, or any old book you can find at the thrift store.
I absolutely love the Sheet Music Ornaments. I am on the search for some old Christmas sheet music to make more of these beauties!!!
I hope that this tutorial has helped some of you out. Of course if you have any more questions please let me know and I’ll try to help you out! If you are loving these ornaments but don’t want to make them, please visit my Etsy shop to buy some of mine.
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  1. Courtney, those are wonderful! I would have never thought to use a circle punch – brilliant! Thanks for the tutorial; I can’t wait to try it.

  2. Your ornaments are so pretty! Really love the book paper one. I have a few leftover and I think I may have to copycat! Happy Thanksgiving!


  3. Fantastic piece, this is such a wonderful idea! I think I may have to do some of this myself! Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Karen, the Graphic Fairy, has tons of sheet music printouts. Here is a URL for an example. You can also type in sheet music under the search box, on the right.

  5. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at decoupage. I love the circle punch idea! Thanks for putting the tute together…I know it’s a lot of work!

  6. These are adorable!!! So pretty!

  7. How cute! What a clever idea:)


  8. Lovely project!

  9. Love the idea! Visiting from Tatertots and Jello linky party.

  10. Oh! These are fantastic. I’d love to make one using sewing pattern paper.
    Thanks for sharing! I found you via the Twigg studios linky 🙂

  11. Great idea – smart of you to use small circles as decoupaging a ball isn’t easy. I love the map ornament.

  12. Anonymous says:

    This is a great idea I just logged on the computer and my wife had this pulled up as we have lived all over the globe this is a really neat way to refresh memories etc… of days gone by.

  13. These are wonderful, and I LOVE MODGE PODGE!! It’s the best invention ever! I found you on the This Gal Cooks link up party and am now your newest follower! I’m new to blogging and would love a follow back and any feedback you can give! Your blog is really pretty and you have some great posts! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Oh I love this! What a great idea! The map one if my favorite!

  15. super cool idea – I tried the other ball ornaments you shared but never thought of doing that with maps – thanks for sharing – found you via the blog hop.

    have a crafty week
    one crafty mess

  16. Clever idea to use maps! I love using a circle punch – kind of addicting! haha!! What a great way to reuse old or scratched ornaments too!

  17. Oh I love your map ball ornament – so cute! I have this linked to my roundup post on ball ornaments too today, for inspiration {Happy Holidays!}

  18. I found you via Pinterest. I linked the pin I found that led me to your post entitled “Map Ball Ornaments” to this tute. Hope that is okay. Also, I love the spiral hooks that you use to hang the balls. Were those DIY as well? or did you purchase those somewhere? Much more elegant than the regular “fish hooks”.

  19. Hi! I saw your project on Pinterest and i’ve found it very cool… I will share it as a great Christmas idea on my website! See you soon! Lidia

  20. Where did you get the maps?? I’m wondering because I’m hoping to find maps of specific places.

  21. MJ Taylor says:

    Love it going to make and give to office worker. I work in aerospace and will do mine using airplane themes..

  22. I wondered if I could use glass ornaments that were not clear? or plastic ones?

    • It really won’t matter if the ornaments are clear or not because you’ll be covering them. It may only matter if the color of the ornaments are dark in color and show through the paper. Glass or plastic is fine.


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