Hi Friends! I have been loving all my glitter projects lately! Except I’m not really loving glitter all over my floor, in my hair, and on my dogs (well, maybe I secretly do!). I’ve been seeing the DIY glitter ornaments pop of everywhere so of course I had to make some. These would be great to give out as gifts since you can personalize them in so many different ways!
Let’s get started… this project is pretty quick! I also made a quick DIY glitter ornaments video tutorial if you prefer to watch rather than read!! Scroll down to bottom of post to watch it!
Materials for DIY Glitter Ornaments
- Glass or plastic clear ornaments – I got mine here and here. Craft stores sometimes will carry them too.
- Polyacrylic Water Based Protective Finish
- Extra Fine Glitter – I used Ruby, gold and green but you can use any color. For the white ornament, I used white embossing powder.
- Optional – Vinyl decals or stickers
I’ve heard of other ways to do this with pledge or mop and glow but from what I’ve heard the glitter doesn’t stay stuck as long with those so I recommend using the polyacrylic protective finish. There are also a few different ways to add it into the ornament – you can use a funnel or a dropper or even a nose suction thingy!
Step by Step Instructions for DIY Glitter Ornaments
- Take the lid off the ornament and add a bit of polyacrylic inside. It doesn’t have to be a lot, maybe about 1/4 of the ornament.
- Gently rotate the ornament all the way around so the polyacrylic covers the entire inside of the ornament. I keep rotating it while I turn it upside down.
- Then let the rest of the solution drain out back into a container. Gently tap the sides a few time and try to get all the extra solution out – it take can 30 seconds or so.
- Then turn the ornament over and add a bunch of glitter into the ornament. Again rotate the ornament around so the glitter covers the whole inside. You will see it stick to it. Just rotate while slowly turning it to the upside down direction. Then I put my finger over the opening and gently shake the glitter inside towards your finger upside down so it covers the whole top part.
- I put a piece of wax paper underneath and then dump the extra glitter on it. Tap the ornament to get the extra out. Then make sure to pick up the paper and use it to pour the glitter back in its container. Never waste glitter!!
- For the vinyl decals, I design mine in Cricut Design Space and use my favorite tool, my Cricut Explore. I cut them all out, weeding them, and this is what they look like.
- To apply the vinyl, make sure you clean the outside of the ornaments with rubbing alcohol to get all the grease off. Put transfer paper over it and line it up where you want it. On a curved surface, it’s best to cut a bunch of slits on the sides so you can lay them down easier. You can find my full tutorial on applying vinyl by clicking here. Pull the transfer paper off and you’re done!
I love how the way this one turned out!! I used embossing powder instead of glitter and it adds this cool glitter specks throughout it!
That’s it!! There are so many things you can design and make. You can use stickers on them or paint. Even using your child’s finger print. These are what I’ve come up with so far!
I’ve always made some cute personalized floating ornaments for my kiddos. Click here to find out how to make them!
Here’s a quick video of showing live action!!
If you make some please share your pics! If you’d like to see a roundup of how to add even more glitter to Christmas go here!
I made an Ultimate Resource guide for the Cricut ideas that you can read here.
If you like glitter, hop on over to my easy glitter light-up snowman tutorial by clicking here!