Easy DIY Apple Ornament

Well, I did it again!  I lost track of time.  I woke up Sunday morning and realized that this is Lil’ Man’s last week of school for 2017.  Yikes!  That means I have just a few days to to put together gifts for his teacher and the class instructional aide.

I’ve been braving the stores the last couple of days, only to find that much of the holiday stock at my local craft store has been depleted.  Luckily, I have some clear glass ornaments that I purchased during the after Christmas clearance last year and tons of paint.  Here we go, custom apple ornaments!


  • Clear Glass Ornaments
  • Acrylic paint (Green, Yellow, and/or Red)
  • Brown Spray Paint
  • Brown Pipe Cleaners
  • Green Cardstock
  • Hole Punch
  • Optional:  Die Cutting Machine and Vinyl OR Paint Marker
  • Disposable Cups
  • Scissors


  1. Remove the top of the glass ornament.  Squirt desired paint color inside ornament and roll it in your hands to disperse the paint.  Repeat the process until the entire inside of the ornament is evenly coated.
  2.  Place the ornament upside down in a disposable cup to allow paint to drip.  Allow paint to air dry for at least 24 hours.  Once there is no more excess paint dripping out of the ornament, you may use a hairdryer to help speed up the drying process.drying apple ornament
  3. Use brown spray paint to paint the ornament tops.  These will be the bottom of the apple stem.  (Note:  I was unable to spray paint mine due to inclement weather.  You can use brown acrylic paint, but I recommend sealing it with Modge Podge or varnish to help keep the paint from scratching off.)
  4. Once the inside of the ornament is dry, gently attach the top of the ornament back ornament
  5. Cut the brown pipe cleaner into 6 inch lengths.  Run one end through the loop on the ornament top and twist to secure.
  6. If you have a Cricut, here is the leaf I used for the ornament.  Otherwise, you will need to cut out a leaf from green card stock.  Use a hole punch to create a hole at the ornament leaves
  7. Run the pipe cleaner through the hole in the paper leaf.  Optional:  After placing the leaf, I added a bell to help make sure the leaf would stay in place.  You could also add a bow or other decoration of your choosing for the same purpose.
  8. Curve the top of your pipe cleaner to create a hook.
  9. Optional:  Personalize your apple ornament using a paint marker or die cut machine and vinyl.  Apple Ornament DIY

Mix it up:  If you don’t wish to paint the inside of the ornament, you could always fill it with buttons, crinkle paper, red or green M&M’s, pom poms, or even rubber bands.  Get creative with your kids and have some fun!

We also make a personalized tote bag for Lil’ Man’s teachers every year.  It’s a great alternative to a gift bag that will just end up in the waste basket!

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