How to Easily Make Amazing Large Outdoor Ornaments

Are you looking to spice up your outdoor decorations this year with some large outdoor ornaments? Well, when I came across Home Stories A to Z's step by step instructions on how to do so, I just had to share. (For Home Stories A to Z's post, click here.) Turns out making large outdoor ornaments is as easy combining some light globes, used tuna cans, eye hooks, stencils and paint, and voilà, you have beautiful large outdoor ornaments.

Step 1: Clean light globe and used tuna cans.

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Wash the tuna can and remove the label. One of the best ways to do this is with a vinegar and alcohol solution/mix. This will help make sure you get rid of any fishy tuna smell and sanitize the can in the process. A neat little trick, you can remove any glue that’s left after removing the label with WD-40 and a paper towel. Of course, you’ll want to be in a well-ventilated area when spraying.

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Step 2: Drill a hole in the center of the tuna cans.

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Using a drill bit that is one or two sizes smaller than your eye screw, drill a hold in the center of the tuna cans.

Step 3: Screw in an eye hook into each can.

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Step 4: Remove writing from bottom of tuna cans

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Each of the tuna cans will have writing on the bottom of them. You can use Silver Rub ‘n Buff to cover them up, or you can even just spray paint them the color of your choice.

Step 5: Decorate Ornament with Stencils and Paint

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You can use any stencil you like from your local craft store, and we recommend silver or gold paint. This will make your large outdoor ornaments look just as beautiful as your indoor ones.

Step 6: Place lights inside of globes

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Battery powered lights, that is. Or you can even do candles if you wish, (just have to remember to replace them as they go out.) And there you have it! You’ve just made your very own large outdoor ornaments!

Displaying your new ornaments

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Since these are essentially large glass balls, you’ll need to secure the base so they don’t go rolling and shatter. An easy fix for this, which also looks great, is using small wreaths as a base for each. Other ideas are using strips of silicone caulk on the bottom or furniture pads to both pad the glass and grip the surface. We don’t recommend securing the tuna cans to the light globes just to make it easy to turn the lights inside on/off. If you liked this article, check out Check out our 8 Favorite Outdoor Nativity Scene Ideas. Nothing shares the true meaning of Christmas quite like an outdoor nativity set.