Easy Gift Ideas: How – To Make Mini Christmas Ornaments with Potted Plants

Give a gift that is from the heart with Christmas ornaments made from mini potted plants. This easy-to-make gift idea is the perfect way to bring Christmas cheer to your family or neighbors. Make your own to decorate your Christmas tree or adorn the trees in your Texas yard for personalized holiday décor!



To get started, you will need the following supplies:

  1. Small terra cotta or plastic pottery
  2. Mini varieties of seasonal color like poinsettias, succulents, fresh herbs, cyclamen, and more
  3. Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil
  4. Spray paint
  5. Ribbon
  6. Hot Glue


self watering system

Choose your pottery. Use a classic terra cotta container or try a plastic variety. Check out the variety of styles from Bloem and keep your plants extra refreshed with their self-watering systems.

red spray paint

Next, it is time to paint. Please use adult supervision when using spray paint. Paint your containers in holidays colors like red and green.

green spray paint

Add additional coats of paint if needed and allow the paint to dry completely. Once the paint is dry, it is time to start creating your ornaments.

green painted container



painted pottery for ornaments

Gather your painted containers and get your ribbon ready. Did you know Cornelius Nursery has a vast selection of holiday ribbon in many different styles and colors? Check out our selection today! Only available in Houston! Find the styles of ribbon that are perfect for your Christmas theme.

holiday ribbon

Next, you will need your hot glue gun to start gluing the ribbon to each container. Again, please use adult supervision when using hot glue.

glue ribbon for handle

First, glue ribbon on both sides at the top of each container to create the “handle” to hook your ornament to the tree.

glue ribbon on pottery

Next, glue ribbon around the container to cover the end of the handle and help to make it more secure.

pottery with ribbon

Add more ribbon as you wish for an extra touch and pop of color.

add more ribbon

Repeat for each container until they are all decorated and ready to hang.

green pottery with red ribbon



pottery with ribbon for ornaments

Now it is time to start planting! Make sure everything is dry, from the glue to the paint. Before you add your plant selections, keep in mind where they will be displayed and their sun and water requirements! Plant with Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil to keep your plants healthy and happy.

To plant, fill your container Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil. Make sure to leave room for your plant. Remove the plant from its plastic container and gently break up the root ball. Plant it in the potting soil and water in thoroughly, allowing the water to drain through the container. Add more potting soil if needed.



Poinsettias from Calloway’s and Cornelius Nursery are selected for their unmatched quality! Picked from premium growers to ensure that you receive the best of the best. Poinsettias can be grown indoors or outside and requires little light to flourish. Poinsettias work wonderfully in containers on shady patios and porches, or indoors. Poinsettias require well-drained soil and partial sun during the day. They grow best in cooler temperatures, but bring inside on those cold Christmas nights.

Did you know when you buy a poinsettia, you are helping improve the well-being of kids in need in our communities. At Calloway’s and Cornelius, 10% of all poinsettias purchased will be donated to Lena Pope. For over 90 years, Lena Pope has been investing in the well-being of children now to lead to happy, healthy, and successful adults later. They provide proactive services and support to improve the emotional, behavioral, and intellectual well-being of kids to keep them on a path toward success.


Cool Season Color

cool season color

For cool season color, choose from varieties like Cyclamen, Matrix® Pansies, or Dusty Miller. Explore all of our selections of cool season color at our store nearest you or online here!

Cyclamen features downward-facing flowers with petals at the ends of the stems. Its bold heart-shaped leaves remain green in color throughout the season. Cyclamen does best in partial shade and prefers evenly moist soil conditions.

Matrix® Pansies are known for their large blooms and consistent growth during the cooler season. They come in bold and vibrant colors in blotch and clear styles! Matrix® Pansies grow quickly and are best planted in partial shade to full sun. Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings.

Dusty Miller features soft white fern like foliage with silvery grey hairs. A perfect choice for a frosty touch in a sunny landscape! Dusty Miller prefers full sun and a well-draining soil like Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil.


Fresh Herbs

fresh herbs

Choose from our selection of fresh cool season herbs, like rosemary, thyme, basil and more! Your herbs need sunshine to grow and develop their flavor! For herb gardens, plants should be placed in a location that receives 6-8 hours of sun and afternoon shade.


Indoor Plants

succulent plant

Decorating indoors? Try indoor plants like succulents, cactus varieties, ferns, and more! These are excellent plants for indoor use or outdoor patio areas and prefer partial shade throughout the day.



mini potted plant ornaments

Now that everything is planted, it is time to hang up your ornaments! Display them on your porch, patio, trees, or Christmas tree!

poinsettia ornament

The bright colors and beauty of the fresh plants will give any space an extra splash of Christmas spirit!

herb ornament

Admire the gorgeous textures and classic Christmas details from each mini potted plant!

succulents in plant ornament



Gift your mini potted plant Christmas ornaments to a neighbor or family member with a personalized plant tag! Check out our FREE Merry Christmas Plant Tag! Simply, print it out and cut it out (with adult supervision). Then, make the hole for the ribbon and attach it to the ornament.


merry christmas plant tag

Make this Christmas merry with this thoughtful and easy gift idea!



cyclamen ornament

At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we have convenient ways to shop for all your holiday favorites! Shop our open-air stores, shop online, or call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup!

Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!






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