In today’s tutorial, you’ll learn how to make Glitter Ornaments.
Today we are making glitter ornaments for Christmas! So easy to make and the glitter stays put and on the INSIDE of the ornament, instead of floating all over the place as you handle it each year.
I’m also including some free svg files so you can create decals to customize the ornaments even more. The free files are available in my Resource Library. You can get the password for the free files by filling out the form at the bottom of this post.
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I made a big batch of these with my grandson when he was 8. He had an absolute blast! We did get glitter all over his Aunt Erica’s dining room, but we’ll just keep that between us, ok? (She was away at work and didn’t catch us.). And now three years later, they still look great! All the glitter is intact, no flaking, no yellowing.
So are you ready to get started on this fun project? Let go!
Here’s What You’ll Need
- Clear ornaments. Either glass or plastic will do. Round or disc shaped. I used plastic discs. You can grab some at your favorite hobby shop or get some here.
- Glitter. Any glitter will do.
- Disposable cups, such as Solo Cups
- Coffee filters to hold excess glitter, so you can reuse it. And contain the mess. Scrap paper works fine, also.
- Polycrylic, in a clear gloss finish. Grab some at a local hardware store or here.
Here’s the video tutorial for the Glitter Ornament
If you’d rather see a video than read about it, I created a video for you.
First Step for the Christmas Glitter Ornament
Remove the top of the ornament. It just pops off easy-peasy. Put it aside for now.
We need to put something inside the ornament to make the glitter stick to the sides. Some folks have used liquid hairspray or Mop and Glo, but those always yellow or flake off in a year or two. You really need to use Polycrylic. It stands the test of time and is really easy to work with. And somehow, with all our constant home remodeling, we always have some on hand. If you must go out and buy some, you only need the smallest amount available. You can grab some or just read about it by clicking here. Be sure to use the clear gloss finish. My glitter ornaments have withstood Pennsylvania winters and South Carolina summers in the garage. So I’m confident this method will work for you as well.
I find it easier, and more kid-friendly, to put some Polycrylic in a dollar-store squeeze bottle. It pours into the ornament much easier. And less messy! You can also use a disposable cup for this if you don’t have the squeeze bottle.
So just use the squeeze bottle to pour some Polycrylic into the ornament. Rotate the ornament to ensure it’s completely covered on the inside. The product looks milky, but it will dry completely clear. The cloudiness at this stage actually helps you to see if you missed a spot. Don’t forget to cover the opening at the top.
Once it’s coated, turn it over, rest it in a cup, and let the excess drip into the cup. You can save and reuse the excess.
Let it drip for about 2 or 3 minutes. When you pick it up to put glitter in it, look it over to be sure there are no drips. Those drips will simply glop up your glitter. If it’s dripping or running, let it drain upside down another minute.
Now for the glitter
You can use chunky glitter, extra-fine glitter, or whatever special shaped glitter you like. Pour some glitter into the ornament, stop up the hole with your finger or a paper towel, and shake, shake, shake. The glitter will cling to the Polycrylic and coat the inside of the ornament.
Empty out the excess glitter and save it for the next Christmas ornament.
Let the ornament dry overnight
It’s super important to set it aside to dry well before putting the top back on. But you can go ahead and add decals while it’s drying.
Aren’t they georgous?! They really catch the light. They will look great on a tree.
And that’s really all there is to making glitter ornaments!
Here are the ones my grandson made. He took great care in selecting the exact color of glitter and exactly which design to use for each person on his list. Actually, I think that took longer than the actual crafting! What do you think?
FREE CUT FILES & PATTERNS
So are you ready to do this? I’ve made some free designs for you if you want to cut some vinyl to decorate the outside. The files are in my FREE Resource Library.
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