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How to Make a Christmas Ornament Into a Lamp Finial

A quick and easy Christmas decorating idea for lamps where you will learn how to turn an inexpensive Christmas ornament into a lamp finial.

Today is 20-Minute Decorating day where I share a project that can be completed in under 20 minutes. Its Christmas themed this month.

I made a Christmas ornament finial for the thrift store lamp that I made over recently.

This little decorative detail can be made in 5 minutes with no DIY skills needed.

Holiday lamp finial idea. Close up of white table lamp with red Christmas ball ornament made into a finial above the lamp shade.

The ornament finial adds a festive Christmas touch to any lamp that has a finial that secures the shade.

Bronze floor lamp with white drum shade with a red and white Christmas ornament finial.

I liked how the finial looked on the table lamp so much that I decided to also make one for the floor lamp in the room using a different style ornament.

Holiday lamp finial idea. Close up of white table lamp with red Christmas ball ornament made into a finial above the lamp shade.

You can use any shatterproof ornament. They look like glass, but are plastic and bounce when you drop them. I bought mine at Walmart. They are usually sold in bulk by color in a clear tube or container.

Christmas lamp finial DIY idea showing a red and white ornament.

You also need a lamp where the lampshade is attached with a finial like the shade in the photo above.

Christmas decorating idea for lamps. Make a finial using an ornament.

How to Make a Christmas Ornament into a Lamp Finial

supplies needed:

  • Existing lamp finial that holds shade on lamp
  • Shatterproof Christmas ornament – Walmart
  • Sharp, pointy scissors or a craft knife
  • Cutting board
  • Optional – glue dot

Time needed: 5 minutes.


How Do You Make a Lamp Finial for Christmas?

  1. Remove Finial From Lamp


    Eyeball the top diameter of the current finial on your lamp.

    You are going to cut a hole around the top of the ornament to fit over this existing finial. You need to make a cut circle on the ornament that is as wide as the existing finial.
    Supplies needed to make a DIY Christmas ornament lamp finial.

  2. Place Ornament on Cutting Board


    Place the ornament on it’s side on a cutting board. Use a craft knife to cut off the hook.

    One way to cut a shatterproof Christmas ornament to make it into a lamp finial.

  3. Cut Hole Larger If Needed


    Using a craft knife, cut hole to size needed. The shatterproof ornaments are very easy to cut.

    How to cut a shatterproof Christmas ornament to make it into a lamp finial.

  4. Optional Way to Cut


    Another way to cut the top off the ornament is to use a pair of scissors.

    Use a Sharpie to draw a circle (to the size needed) around the top of the ornament to use as a cutting guide.

    Place the one tip of the scissors into the top of the ornament. It may need a gentle push. Once the scissor tip is through the ornament, start cutting the top off.

    Place it over the top of the finial, if it is too small, cut a little more off until it fits. As you cut, try to keep the hole even as much as possible.

    One way to cut a shatterproof Christmas ornament to make it into a lamp finial.

  5. Different Ways to Place Ornament Over Existing Finial

    Depending on the type of finial you have, you can cut the hole large enough to cover the whole finial or just a part of it as shown below.

    Two cut shatterproof ornaments and two lamp finials on a worktable.

  6. Optional – Place a Glue Dot

    If the ornament is wobbling or won’t stay straight, roll a piece of tape so the sticky part is out. Place on top of finial and then place the ornament on.

    If you have Glue Dots, use instead of the tape.

    Two shatterproof Christmas ornaments made into lamp finials.

  7. The ornament on the left is sitting on top of the existing finial allowing the bottom section to still be visible.

    The ornament on the right covers the whole finial.

Holiday lamp finial idea. Close up of white table lamp with red Christmas ball ornament made into a finial above the lamp shade.

A sweet little detail that makes any lamp part of your Christmas decor.

Rustic red and white corner of room decorated for Christmas. Text overlay says DIY Christmas ornament lamp finial

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7 Comments

  1. I never thought of doing that. Makes the house even more festive. Also, love the simplicity of your wooden bowl with jewelry and green. I just left my falling tray, but I’ll pull it out again and make it stand like you. If my neighbor was in the house, I would ask him to cut some greenery from the evergreen.

  2. What a charming idea, Diane! I would never have thought to do this. Makes the house even more festive. Thanks for this idea and ALL your great ideas!

  3. Very clever! And simple for even the craftily challenged person like me! LOL. Also love the simplicity of your wooden bowl with ornaments and a touch of greenery. I just put away my fall tray away, but am going to pull it out again and set it up similar to yours. Wish my neighbor was home so I could ask to cut a bit of greenery off her evergreen. :)