Make this fun and unique Pottery Barn knockoff feather and glass ball Christmas ornament DIY for a fraction of the cost in regular or mini sizes.
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Hello there friends! I'm back really quick before Christmas one last time to share this fun and easy Christmas ornament DIY that my daughter and I did last weekend. Every year we like to create at least one new ornament to add to our collection (you can see some of the past ornaments here) with these guidelines:
- easy-to-find supplies
- not time consuming
This year I was inspired by the Pottery Barn catalog (yet again!) and this feather glass finial ornament, since it seemed that simply gluing feathers on a pretty ornament was all that was needed. And that ended up being right - but this almost was a no-go because I did have a hard time finding supplies initially.
Of course, it was Amazon that came through again, coupled with a little bit of adapting, so we could craft away. And our total cost for making 20 mini ornaments was less than $10 in about one and a half hours of happy DIYing to Christmas music. #win
You only need three basic supplies:
- glass ball ornaments - we chose mini iridescent glass balls (plastic will work, too, of course)
- bag of small feathers
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
This is a fun Christmas ornament DIY that you can change up to use any kind of ornament you'd like - round, finial, clear, colored, regular size or mini. They also make fantastic gift-toppers, too!
Feather & Glass Ball Christmas Ornament DIY
Step 1: Prep the Feathers
You need to find the smallest feathers in your bag, so grab handfuls and pull out the small feathers in all the colors. In our bag, most of the white feathers were too long for our mini-balls, so we simply cut them shorter and it worked great.
Step 2: Prep the Balls
Carefully remove the metal top to the balls by pinching the looped hanger and pulling up. I say carefully because I have broken some before - either the glass ball opening or the metal cuff pieces.
Step 3: Apply the Feathers
Add a bead of hot glue to the top at the indentation between the ball and the neck of the ornament and press the end of the feather into it. Continue around the top, adding glue and feathers until you have a full circle of feathers. Alternate the colors as you go, so they are spread out evenly.
Step 4: Reattach the Ornament Top
Spread out the ornament top's tines a bit to go over the feather ends and push the metal loop back in the ball's neck. Press the tines firmly around the feathers ends.
Done and done! See how quick and easy that is? And they're just the cutest things, really! We did find that they tend to disappear in our big tree, so we display them on a mini tree where they can shine. And hanging from a holiday gift bag? Super cute!!
This article is part of the8 Weeks of Christmas Ideas series where you’ll find resources for cooking, gift ideas, time savers, recipes, traditions & more all November and December through the 24th.
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