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Make this Stunning Light Up Christmas Display from Dollar Store Bowls

Get to the Dollar Tree and pick up some “crystal” bowls and you can have gorgeous light up decorations sparkling on your front porch this holiday season! One of the things I really love about these is that they glimmer like ice and can beautify your entryway all winter long. There is nothing particularly “Christmasy” about these, they say “WINTER” just perfectly. Let these twinkle for you all winter long!

I am so happy to be joining ten other bloggers today to each share their own “CHRISTMAS CHEER”! At the bottom of this post you will be able to see the links to each of the other participants!

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No matter if your Dollar Tree has already raised their prices to $1.25 as they are threatening, this is still a bargain project as long as you find a great bargain on the bowls. I was able to purchase these bowls for $1.00 each.

If you cannot find these exact bowls, I have some tips for you I will share at the end of this post. These are the bowls that I used to create these ornaments.

The larger of the two bowls is more ornate with designs in it. This one measures eleven inches across the top open part and is just four inches high. To recreate the same ornament that I did, you will want to buy four of this one.

The smaller bowl is simpler in design. There are just flared patterns on it. This bowl measures eight and a half inches across the top of the open bowl and is three and three quarters inches tall. You will want to buy five of these bowls.

You don’t have to have a tray for a base for your towering ornament, but I like to use one. Any dollar store tray will work. You will simply use that to hold your battery packs beneath the first bowl so you can lift and move the entire ornament without the battery packs from the lights pulling the strings back down out of your bowls.

The additional items you will need to make an ornament will be adhesive, sandpaper, battery operated lights, a glue gun, and “old” glue gun and some wire cutters.


The battery lights I use have a timer function so they come on each night for six hours and then go off for eighteen hours. They also have eight different light functions so you can pick what you like the best. YES, you can use one string of lights, but I like to set each one to a different display (see tips below).

Time to make your ornament:

Take each of your bowls and using an “old” empty glue gun and melt a circle of holes in the bottom of each of the bowls. DO NOT apply pressure to the glue gun. Allow the the heat of the gun to melt the holes.

If you apply too much pressure, you will cause your plastic bowls to crack. By melting a circle of holes, you will be able to gently push out the circle of plastic.

You would like the hole to be this large to make it easy enough to push a bunch of your lights through. Go ahead and put the holes in all of your bowls.

After you have melted your holes, you may have little sharp raised pieces of plastic as shown below.

Put on eye protection! Then use your wire cutters to snip off any of the excess plastic. Be careful not to get too aggressive, or you will crack your bowl. Wear eye protection, as these little bits are sharp and when you snip them off, they will fly off in any direction.

Place your first bowl upside down, set it on a tray and place your battery packs for your lights under your this bowl.

Pull your lights all up through the hole in that bowl.

Take your first large bowl and set it on top of your upside down small one. Pull the lights up through the hole in your large bowl.

Set the large bowl with the lights in it over on its side and apply a thin bead of adhesive all around the highest point on the upside down bowl. That would be that little ridge around the base of that bowl. It will take a few minutes for the adhesive to set up, so if you would like you can add a little bit of hot glue between the bowls to get them to set up more quickly.
Be careful not to get the light string in the adhesive. Next, take the second large bowl, turn it upside down and pull 3/4 of the lights through the hole on the top of that bowl.

After you have pulled 3/4 of the lights through that hole, line up the edges of the two large bowls and apply adhesive to those edges to secure them to one another. Add the adhesive all around the edge as shown in the photo below. Let the bowls sit for about five minutes to make sure they are secured to one another and the adhesive is set up.

After that, you will repeat the same process alternating the different styles of bowls with one another and leaving 1/4 of the the lights in each orb you have created with two bowls. Your ornament will look like this:

When you get to the top, you will want to finish it off in some way. For this one, I selected a candy dish from Dollar Tree.

I took the top from the candy dish and used LOW TEMP hot glue to secure a couple of lights, one from each of the strings of lights I used to the inside of the top of the candy dish. That will keep your lights from falling down through the tower you have created.

Then, use the same adhesive to top off your tower with the lid from the candy dish with the lights secured to it. AND YOU ARE FINISHED!!!


Display your ornaments wherever you would like! Add some mini tree skirts or faux snow to the bottom of your ornaments. You can add ribbons, garlands, Christmas greens or decorative picks to style your ornaments.

Tips and tricks:

  • You can use different things to top off your tower (see below).
  • You can enhance your bowls with snowflake ornaments (see below).
  • IF you cannot find these bowls, you can use plain ones with the snowflake ornaments in them.
  • Using two sets of battery lights makes it possible to have one on “steady” so your ornament is lit all of the time, and the second one can be set to flash or wave so you have some “action” inside your ornament.

Here I used a dollar store tree topper with lights glued onto it to finish off the top of my ornament. Notice the snowflake ornaments which were glued inside of the bowls on this one.

Below shows how I glued the snowflake ornaments inside of the bowl. They have a bit of an iridescent quality to them which makes the entire ornament shine even more.

What I would do different:

The one thing I would do different is to use lights with a clear or silver cord not the green one.

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  1. I am in love with this project, Chloe! I’m posting it on FB and I guarantee that my mom will be at the $ store today buying supplies to make it. I also plan to make this for my front porch urns to enjoy all winter.

    1. Thank you so much Paula!! Isn’t it the best that you can display it all winter? If your mom has trouble finding the bowls, have her get the plain ones and glue the plastic snowflake ornaments inside them for the same (or dare I say prettier?) look!

  2. Hi Chloe, What a wonderful project to light up Christmas. Loved the use of these bowls to construct the towers. They will really make a beautiful addition to outside or inside decor. Thanks for sharing.
    Lynne, Thrifting Wonderland

    1. Thank you so much Lynne! I am so happy with how they turned out, now I want to make an entire “forest” of them!

  3. These are such an elegant Christmas and New Year’s touch. pretty pretty!!

  4. Great idea! I never would have thought about breaking through the bowls using the heat from a glue gun. That’s so much easier. They look very festive. It’s fun hopping with you.

  5. These are so cool, Chloe! I can’t believe they were so easy to make and from the dollar tree too. You are always coming up with the best ideas. Love these so much and your creativity too, lady! Hope your holiday season is a special one. Loving and pinning, CoCo

  6. Chloe, I love these so very much!!! Thank you for sharing this beautiful and wonderful project that can be used in so many places and for so many occasions.

  7. These lighted Christmas Ornaments turned out so cute. And I love things when they are economical. Thank you for blog hopping with us!

  8. Hi Chloe, What a fun project! And who would have thought to use your glue gun to melt the plastic…..great idea. Merry Christmas, Penny

  9. OMGosh Chloe! Those are fantastic! I imagine the light just bounces off of them! So pretty! It’s been fun Christmas Hopping with you! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

    1. Thank you so much Kathryn! I always enjoy seeing what you are up to! Yes, these bowls do sparkle!

  10. Sandra Sweeney says:

    I love this – ice in Florida! Perfect! And those snowflake ornaments are such a great addition!

  11. Wow Chloe! This is amazing! It looks like towers of beautiful ice!
    You are so creative! Thank you for the inspiration!

  12. I know I sound like a broken record but I am always amazed by all of your creations Chloe. So beautiful and such a great idea.

  13. What an Awesome idea!!! I can’t wait to go shopping now.
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. My local Dollar Trees no longer carry any plastic dishes. Where can I find them?

    1. I would ask around to see if someone you know (or try me) can pick them up for you and send them to you!

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