A few months ago I got called to work with the 12-18 year old girls in my church. The other leaders and I wanted to give them a little Christmas gift from all of us, but since there are quite a few of them, we wanted to keep the gifts simple and inexpensive. 
We decided on these beautiful handmade marbled ornaments. It’s a simple project (although it does take some time), but it has a wow factor, especially when it’s personalized and then paired with a pretty ribbon and tag. 
Also, the gorgeous dress I’m wearing is from Piper Street, and they’re generously giving away $50 to their shop — enter at the bottom of this post!

  • glass ball ornaments (I found mine at Michaels)
  • acrylic paint (not metallic — it will not permanently stick to the glass)
  • gold leafing pen, ribbon, and gift tag (optional)
Step 1. Take the metal top off your ornament and then squeeze some paint inside the glass ball. 
Step 2. Gently tap it into your palm, rotating as you tap to evenly coat the entire inside of the ornament. Do not leave any spots uncovered. 
Step 3. Turn the balls upside down for 10 minutes, letting all the excess paint drip out. 
Step 4. Return the balls to the original container, laying sideways, as shown below. Rotate a quarter of a turn every 10 minutes until the paint inside is dry. 
And you’re done! 
Put the metal cap back on (carefully so it doesn’t scratch the paint), then personalize with a paint pen, ribbon and tag!
Don’t forget to enter to win $50 to Piper Street — use the Rafflecopter widget below!

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dress: c/o piper street
jacket: gap
necklace: c/o groopdealz
  • The Jenni dress is perfection!

  • love all the dresses!!

  • Love the Halle cardigan!

  • like the diy
    but love the dress!!


  • I love the Sarah dress!

  • This may be my new fav online boutique; I have been on the hunt for a cardigan exactly like Taya!

  • I love that dress! And I think I will try the marbled ornaments!

  • Love the Allie dress. Just seems so perfect for well, just about everything!

  • Zoe

    I love their clothes and think your decoration is super cute πŸ™‚

  • What a gorgeous dress!! I was just on their website last night looking at the Emily Maynard cardigan!

  • I would be thrilled with any of the dresses!

  • I love the cable-knit infinity scarves and the Taya cardigan!

  • Love this shop! I own the Sarah dress and I just recently bought the same exact dress you are wearing for Christmas!

  • Oh the Sienna dress is lovely!! πŸ™‚

  • I love the Harper dress!

  • Blair or Vivian dress, Emily cardigan, and the Olivia top… πŸ™‚ Love them all!!!

  • GREAT PHOTOS! Those bulbs/balls/ornaments are amazing. Great idea.

  • Love Love Love the Bailey dress! Thanks for the giveaway! Also those ornaments are adorable!! β™₯

  • LOVE the dress you are wearing!

  • I love the Noel skirt !

  • Great DIY. And your dress is beautiful.

  • this dress is super cute! but seriously dying over the dress named Harper on there sight.

  • I love the Aztec Cardigan!

  • Wow, they're all so pretty! It's a tie between Sienna, Lexi, and India for me.

  • These turned out so cute!! I made my own ornaments this year with clear glass ones too.

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  • Love the Aztec cardigan – Cardigan – Halle. Gorgeous!

  • Nice! The Cable knit Infinity Scarf is very pretty. I'd get that.

  • What a great DIY idea! I love homemade ornaments.
    And the Noel skirt is my favorite. πŸ™‚

  • I really like the Pant – Andie

  • I love the Harper Dress!

  • Love the Lexie dress!

  • Love the dress!

  • I love the Roxy jacket

  • I love the Lexie dress!!!!

  • Hey Merrick, I'm a big fan of your dress as well πŸ™‚ On a different note, since you changed your webpage, there have been some less than desirable adds featured on your blog. I really enjoy coming to your site, but I really don't appreciate those inappropriate Victoria Secret adds. Any way you can change that? I love your blog but would rather not have to see some suggestive material to get to it!

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Rachel. As far as I know, I don't have any control over which ads are run, but I will look into it and see if I can get those Victoria Secret ones blocked. I'm not a fan of them either. Thanks for saying something!

  • Ann

    Love the dress you are wearing and the other dresses on Piper Street.

  • I love the Emily cardigan!

  • Your dress!!! In love with it! I also love the ornament idea, super cute.

  • I love the Chloe skirt!

  • I love love the bella top!

  • Kind of obsessed with the Joy Skirt πŸ™‚

  • I love the maxi dresses, probably something like the Ruby

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  • I like the Roxy jacket and Sabrina cardigan1

  • I like the Kayla Top, as well as so many other items.

  • That dress sure is lovely on you! I love their Noel skirt – can't go wrong with red and lace, right?


  • Eil

    I love the Taya Cardigan!!

  • Love the Dress – Holly! So adorable! Thank you for introducing me to this fabulous place!

  • Love that dress… in all the colors!

  • I love that dress you are wearing. I'm tempted by the black version, because I ALWAYS love black clothing, but the red is really lovely too.

  • I'm an accessory junkie, so I really like the cable infinity scarf!!!

  • the Sienna dress your wearing is amazing!

  • The Harper dress… the Jenni dress… oh my goodness the dresses!

  • I like the Halle Cardigan!

  • I love the Sarah dress and the Emily cardigan!

  • Cardigan – Camryn

  • I love the Kate, Allie and Ruby dresses!!

  • The black maxi dress is lovely!


  • I love the Sienna dress!

  • I love the lace detailing on the sleeves! πŸ™‚