Music Box Ornament

Hi everyone!  My name is Amber and I blog over at SaltTree.  Recipes, crafting, DIY projects and family moments are what you’ll find there.  I hope you’ll come for a visit!

I’m pleased to be guest posting here on Craft Snob and I’m very excited to be apart of the Ornament Parade with all the other crafty folks that are participating!  I’ve loved seeing all the creations so far!

Without further ado, let’s get to the ornament!

It may look like a normal ornament.  Glittering with utter lovelyness, granted… but what’s so special?  It’s a music box!  It is!  What a wonderful gift for someone (or yourself of course).  I will be making one for a certain someone in my life who seems to have ‘everything’ and is almost impossible to shop for.  I think most of us have someone like that in our lives.

Music box workings
Mod Podge / brush
Box cutter

Make sure your music box workings will fit into your ornament and that the wind up key will be able to come through the side with enough room to wind it up.  I chose to use a flatter style plastic ornament for this reason. I purchased it at my local craft store for super cheap.  Sometimes you can find them at the dollar store as well.

The music box workings I had was from Tuned Teeth, but you could recycle the workings from a music box rescued from the thrift store too.

Drill a hole in the ornament where you want the turn key to be.  Make sure the hole is a big enough that it wont interfere with the movement of the key.

Cut the ornament open.  I used a box cutter and it worked great.  I didn’t cut through the neck of the ornament.  Just cut around the sides enough to get the music box inside.

This is the ugly part!  Glue the ornament to the inside.  Don’t be skimpy.  I used E-6000 which is an awesome adhesive available at your local craft store, applied with an old paintbrush.  I then used it to glue the ornament back together.  Hard part over.  Go have some tea while it dries.

Coat the entire ornament with Mod Podge.  Load on the glitter!  Who doesn’t love a little glitter?  Especially during the holidays!  Once it dries, make sure there are no naked spots.  If there is, do another layer of Mod Podge and glitter it again.  I got my glitter from the dollar store.  Try mixing various shades of the same colour glitter together.  It will look even more awesome when the light catches the different shades.  PS, I took off the turn key before this step so it wouldn’t get covered in glitter.

I know, you’re thinking, ‘What the heck did she do to it!’.  Listen up, this is important.  Yes, we love glitter.  But do we love getting glitter all over the place?  On our hands, face, clothes?  Not really.  So this is my biggest tip.  Once you’ve got your ornament ‘glitter-fied’, give it a final coat of Mod Podge.  It will dry clear and it will still sparkle.  I promise!  And, no glitter transfer!  Once it’s dry, glue the ornament top on and screw on the turn key.

Serious.Glitter.  And it sounds lovely too!  This one plays, ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’.  And just in case you are wondering, the sound is clear and crisp, not muffled at all by being in the plastic ornament.

I hope you enjoy making your own!


  1. This is so amazing and adorable and glittery!  Thank you for sharing this!!!

  2. I love this! Such a great idea.

  3. I had an early Christmas present when I found your blog!!! I love your ideas!!!

  4. What a wonderful idea!

  5. Thank you all so much for your kind words!

  6. Gal, you are smart crafter,I bet those ideas in your head just go, go. go  ha,ha,Thank's another winner..

  7. This is absolutely adorable!  Thanks for the idea!

  8. What a pleasant and exciting surprise to see this excellent tutorial! I hope you don't mind if I cross-post this to the Plucked Pins music box blog?

  9. an adorable little music box…a very nice thing to put on the top of a gift!
    I linked to your tutorial on my blog  – thanks for sharing!
    doro K.

  10. I love it! And I love the way you explained how to make it – so detailed, and simple – thanks so much for sharing this!

  11. Just wanted to let you know I featured this project in my roundup of glass ornament crafts here too. : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

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