Decorative Ornament Cage




About: Mechanical engineer, Colorado State University alumni, and member of Alamance Makers Guild.

For my entry in 3D Printed Ornament Challenge I wanted to build off of a christmas decoration that most of us already own dozens of, glass ball ornaments. To make the ornament cage easy to print, I designed it in two halves that easily slide together and then swivel closed around the ornament.

If you'd like to see more pictures of the design and what it looked like on the print bed, check out the supplemental picture section.

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Step 1: Make It Your Own

My biggest hope is that this design will be used as a basis for more ornament cage designs. Due to the short time allowed for this contest, I only made one pattern, candy cane stripes, but I already have a couple more patterns in mind. If you have a couple ideas yourself, run with it. I'd love to see what y'all come up with.

Feel free to build on, change, or just have fun with this design, and if you're interested in collaborating on a new pattern, send me a message.

Step 2: Supplemental Pictures

Further Steps:

Looking at the first picture of this section, you can see that the cage looks pretty neat on its own. To show off the effect of seeing both sides at once, you could do one of two things.

  1. Use a clear ornament
  2. Remove the top of an ornament and use it to suspend the cage by itself.

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    Thanks Joseph,

    Honestly, I checked the list twice because I couldn't believe yours wasn't on there. Our ornaments might not get on the White House Christmas tree, but they'll definitely be going on mine.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you myrrhmaid. I like your microwave dyeing instructable by the way.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Hi seamster,

    Thanks for the kind words. It means a lot coming from a Community Manager like yourself.

    Hey Danger,

    Thanks for the comment. I didn't really think about until you mentioned it, but this would be a great protective item. It's funny when you just tunnel vision on a design and don't think about it's full potential.