This idea comes from our Digital Editor Alexandra Churchill. Glass baubles in a champagne color are given a sweet treatment: swirled in spackle "frosting," then decorated with microbead "sprinkles" and a pearl bead "cherry" on top.

Read step by step instructions after the video.

These were used to decorate our Nutcracker-inspired "Land of Sweets" Christmas tree.

Editor's Note:

To pipe "frosting" onto cupcake ornaments, we used an open star tip, which is ideal for producing a lightly grooved design. To decorate them, we used a mix of microbeads in pastel colors and metallic hues (to complement our tree's candy-colored palette). Yours are up to you: Decorate your own ornaments in any color or style you like.

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Snip off the end of the pastry bag and slide tip into the opening. Fill bag with spackle.

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Step 2

Spackle the top of the ball ornament, just as you would frost a real cupcake: Hold the decorating bag at a 45° angle, with tip lightly touching the surface of the ornament and the serrated side of the tip up. Squeeze, allowing spackle to attach to surface, then continue squeezing out a vertical strip of spackle around the metal cap. Stop squeezing; pull tip away. (Tip: Do not over-spackle — it will spread as it dries. We recommend piping 1 to 1.5 tablespoons of spackle per ornament.)

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Step 3

While still drying, coat spackled top with spoonfuls of glitter. Gently shake off any excess.

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Step 4

Decorate ornament with beads as desired. Let dry completely (3 hours up to overnight).

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Step 5

Secure ball ornament to a cupcake liner using hot glue. Let dry completely before hanging.

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