Foliage Filled DIY Ornaments: An Organic Modern Holiday Decor Idea

An easy way to decorate for the holidays with natural foliage!

As much as I love shiny tinsel and metallic stars, this year I wanted my Christmas decorations to have a more natural feel. I started by making some geometric cinnamon stick himmeli ornaments, but still wanted to add a bit of color and pop. So I started thinking, where do you find the brightest colors in nature this time of year? Then it came to me — berries! All you need for this project are some inexpensive glass ornaments and the great outdoors.

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How To Fill Glass Ball Ornaments with Foliage, Berries, and Leaves



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When choosing the berries, the main things to keep in mind is size. You don’t want to fall in love with giant red holly only to find you’d have to mash it up to fit inside your bulb. Here’s the selection of berries I ended up going with:

I wanted to use local vegetation despite living in the heart of a city, so I purchased mine from the Seattle Wholesale Growers Market. They’re a farm-owner cooperative that carries products from the Pacific Northwest and is the source for all the beautiful flowers and natural elements on the blog (especially our Shoulda Been a Florist series).

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I knew I wanted to make an ornament that was just absolutely filled with berries, so I used a small glass bulb and started by removing the ornament cap. Next, is began to fill it will the bright pink peppertree berries, gently pushing them through the opening one by one. Once filled to your satisfaction, just replace the ornament cap and create a loop of twine to hang it from.

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I love the dark, misty look of the privet. The navy blue berries are offset by a rich brown stem and grow in perfect little clusters that seem so perfect this time of year.

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For this ornament, I wanted to keep the berries attached to the stem, so I began by trimming the ends of each branch and easing them into the larger glass ornaments. To lighten things up, I added some sprigs of budded waxflower for a pop of fresh, bright green. Finish with the ornament cap, a loop of jute, and you’re good to go.

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I love how this one turned out! Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix different colors and textures. More often then not, I’m pleasantly surprised by how well the unexpected combinations go together.

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This bright yellow holly caught my attention right away. Not only for the bright pop of berry color, but for the iconic shape of holly leaves, which feels so right at Christmas time. I will warn you, these leaves are very sharp, so handle with care!

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I added some flecks of moss to soften the look and a small sprig of peppertree berries. They look so cute with the piece of holly, I couldn’t be happier.

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Leave a comment and let us know what you think of this bright berries ornaments tutorial! And if you make some, be sure to post a photo and tag @jojotastic on Instagram so we can see.

Project and styling by Gwen McKenzie for Jojotastic.

Photography by Meghan Klein.

pssst… more DIY projects right this way!

Behind The Blog

Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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  1. 11.16.16
    Maryal said:

    These are SO cute and perfect. The idea of putting the holly inside is amazing – can’t wait to try this soon – thanks for sharing!

    – Maryal

    • 11.16.16
      joanna said:

      Glad you like them! If you make them, be sure to snap a photo and tag us on social :) I’d love to see how they turn out for you!

      • 11.16.16
        Maryal said:

        I definitely will!

  2. 11.15.16

    I love these for around the home, a really great way of bringing the outside in, in a super festive way – thanks for the inspiration!

    – Natalie