DIY Glass Ball Butterfly Ornament

Jill Staake

I created a new butterfly ornament for my tree the other day, and it was so easy and turned out so well I knew I had to share! You can replicate this yourself with items from the craft store, and it’s fairly inexpensive too. Depending on your floral choices, this is easily a gift that can be displayed year-round.

Butterfly Ornament

What You Need:

  • Glass terrarium ball, the kind with an opening in front. These are available in most craft stores in the floral section.
  • Artificial flowers – I used white poinsettias with silver edging, and some evergreen garland
  • Artificial butterfly – Get the kind on wire, not on metal clips. Check the floral section for these.
  • Small piece of styrofoam
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Ornament Hook

What To Do:

  • Start by cutting a piece of styrofoam that will fit into the bottom of the ornament. Don’t glue it into place yet, though.

Butterfly Ornament

  • Take the styrofoam back out and use it as a base to hold your arrangement of flowers. If the stems are stiff enough, you can stick them directly into the foam. If not, use a little glue. I arranged some evergreen garland around the base to hide the foam. Glue it into place in the bottom of the ornament and allow to dry.
  • Add your butterfly wherever you like. You may need a little glue to hold it in place, or you may be able to push the wire down into the arrangement.

Butterfly Ornament

  • Tie a bow around your ornament hook, and slip it through the loop on the top of the glass ball. You’re done!

Butterfly Ornament

You can personalize this easily with any colors you like. You may want to try a bird instead of a butterfly, or some other small accessory. This craft is easy enough for little hands, too, so get the kids involved and create special butterfly ornaments for friends and family this year!


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