Simple Rustic Clear Ornaments

Okay, I saw a Christmas commercial this past weekend and I’m taking that at the green light to slowly start posting some of the Christmas projects I’m working on. I’m already thinking about how I want to decorate our home this Christmas and I’m thinking about going for a rustic country Christmas. We do, after all, live in the country. And I am in love with the simple, rustic, vintage, country look.

There are going to be a few first, starting with getting rid of the multicolored lights on the tree and only using white ones. If you know me, mainly if you are my mom or my husband, you would know that I’ve vowed to always have multicolored lights on my Christmas tree. Well, I guess old dogs can learn new tricks because I’ve grown very fond of the look of white lights. I love the tone it brings to the room and the soft light it emits. Maybe when we have kids I’ll revisit the sparkly, colorful ones but for now, I am stepping outside of my comfort zone and trying something different.

Since we are sort of on the topic of  Christmas trees, I have also been giving a lot of thought on how I want to decorate the tree. Keeping my overall theme in mind, I hope it turns out how I have it pictured in my head. I’m sure with these simple yet rustic clear ornaments I made last week hanging on our tree it will turn out perfect.

 These are so easy to make and you could really put anything in them you’d like.

1. I started with purchasing these plastic ornaments from JoAnn’s Fabric and Craft Store.

2. Then I chose what material I wanted to stuff them with. I wanted to add rustic elements so I used twine, rope, brown yarns  and then added in red and white checkered ribbon.

3. Then you just start stuffing each ornaments with the material you are using. Simple as that!

This is a very inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your tree or you could put them in a wire basket or bowl and have them sitting on a table. Either way, I love them and I’m excited to hang them on my tree.

Do you have any Christmas projects started?

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  1. Sandra Kohlmann says:

    I love those light bulb shaped ornaments and all the ways you’ve put your spin on them! I have about a thousand ideas swimming in my head, now. I must get to Joannes asap!

    • Bullfrogs and Bulldogs says:

      You could really do ANYTHING to them! I think I’m going to have to make more myself. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. Teri Capalby says:

    very cute hon….a fun idea

  3. Jacque @ theDIYvillage says:

    These are adorable – I’m going to have to make some for our house this year!!!
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I love this look. Now I know what to use my joanne’s coupon on:) Following you now. Follow me at I posted crafty clothes pin and chalk board table to the ginger snap party!

  5. Love the simplicity and use of natural elements! Lots of inspiration here! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Love it! Totally my style. Hugs from Belgium.

  7. Crystelle says:

    How wonderful… They are so pretty. I love how they are plastic.. You can’t even tell, and you don’t have to worry about them being fragile….

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    hugs ~ Crystelle

  8. I was thinking about doing a rustic country christmas this year and this is a great idea! Love them!

  9. Very cute. Simple but adorable!

  10. Gail @ says:

    Simple, yet elegant. They look beautiful and allow for so many options. Thanks for the idea.

  11. Anonymous says:

    So cute! I love that you could add so many different trims and items to personalize.

  12. These are absolutely adorable! I love the country/rustic look and these will be fun to make for our tree….thank you for the inspiration!
    Visiting from Craftberry Bush Happy Hour Linky Party!

  13. Homa Style is having a Simple Holiday Gift Idea Link Party.
    Your bulb idea would be perfect as a holiday gift. Please join the link party at Homa Style. Hope to see you there!

  14. I love these! Pinning them to my Pinterest!

    Greetings from Germany!


  15. Simplee Sue says:

    Wow, that’s easy and cute and simple. Thank you for sharing . Partying from Six Sisters Stuff.

    We may have met by chance…but we become friends by choice.

  16. I’ve never seen the lightbulb-shaped ornaments. So very sweet!

  17. Love. Love. Love! Pinning, Stumbling and MAKING :) Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Leslie Stewart says:

    Cute and simple idea! I’d like to invite you to link it up to my Twirl & Take a Bow party at Hope you can stop by!

  19. Very cute idea! I’ve pinned this.

  20. Hani Shabbir says:

    cute idea.. Pinned it! :)

  21. Katie Drane says:

    Too cute! Love this idea!

  22. Very cute ornaments! I too have always had colored lights. I have some clear lights I bought for my daughter’s wedding on clearance. We never used them, maybe I’ll try to switch this year and see if anyone notices. :)

  23. Love the ornaments. I did some similar ones last year, but I was cheap and bought cheap colored glass ornaments and soaked them with bleach to remove the color
    and get them clear again, then filled them. (I got the colored ones for like $1 a box and the ones that come clear were about 8 times that price!)
    I will say one thing on the lights though. Traditionally colored lights are more ‘country’. I love colored lights because they just say Christmas to me. However, I was starting to lean toward going with white lights as well because they give off more light and show up your ornaments so much better. Well, my hubby came up with the best idea ever.
    He says to me “Why don’t we use the colored lights, but all strings of white lights with the colored lights?” We tried it and we LOVE it! The best of both worlds! We’ve done this for the last 8 years and everyone that sees our tree comments on how gorgeous the lights are. Just an idea for you to try. You still get the color and cheer of the colors, but the soft illumination of the white.

    • Add strings of white lights. Spell check is going wild tonight!

    • Bullfrogs and Bulldogs says:

      Hey Kim! Thanks so much for stopping by! I agree with you. I love colored lights but I love the soft glow of white lights. Maybe I will try doing both as well. That could be fun! Thanks so much for the suggestion.

  24. Thank you for joining Homa Style’s Simple Holiday Gift Idea Link Party. It’s hard to come up with new ideas for gifts and you helped with your awesome ornaments. Thanks! Mark you calendar for the No Red Holiday Decor Link Party on Nov. 28. Plus the 12 Days of Christmas link party December 1st ~ 12th.

  25. What a simple and clever idea. I love the country look. I think the ornaments look just as good in the basket as they would on the tree! I’m visiting from

  26. LOVE this idea! So much fun and creative!!

  27. I love how the ornaments turned out! Saw you featured at Live Laugh Rowe.

  28. Debra@CommonGround says:

    What a great idea, love how you’ve chosen the ribbons and cording. they look natural and organic, really fun and fresh. Thanks for linking up to Vintage Inspiration!

  29. These are just great – have to definitely do this!!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  30. [email protected] says:

    Featuring YOU today! Thanks for linking up to {wow me} wednesday!

    Ginger @

  31. Kelly@ Here Comes the Sun says:

    These are very creative! The possibilities for these are endless. Thanks so much for sharing at Fabulous Friday. I’m pinning to my Christmas Board now!

  32. Stopping in to pin these, I love them.


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