How to make glitter Christmas ornaments | DIY

glitter ornaments handmade with clear plastic bulbs

(You can download a free PDF file of this tutorial…just click HERE)


  1. I tried these with plastic bulbs, and they look great! Read about it HERE.
  2. The Pledge product I used in this project is now called: Pledge floor care multi-surface finish. One of our lovely readers contacted Pledge and found out that this is the same exact product…she didn’t leave her name, but I sincerely thank her for clearing this up for us!

I’ve had lots of people asking me how I made my glitter birthstone ornaments, so I thought doing a tutorial would be a good idea. This would also be a GREAT project to do with kids, for an awesome handmade Christmas gift idea, because they are so quick and easy.

And the best part? The glitter is inside the glass ball, so you can admire them all you want without becoming sparkly head to toe yourself.

Unless you want to be sparkly head to toe, and in that case, I can’t help you. At least not in this blog post.

You will need:

  • clear glass ornaments (Joann’s and Michael’s carry them during the Christmas season, or you can get them online right HERE).
  • glitter (this is my favorite glitter).
  • okay, are you ready for this one? floor wax. (sounds weird, yes, but this is the amazing secret ingredient.)

First, make sure you start with a clean ornament. I use rubbing alcohol to clean them, and I explain how and why in a previous blog post I wrote about how to make these glass Easter ornaments.

Now, about the floor cleaner…I read about this idea more than a year ago when I was reading a crafting forum somewhere, and I completely dismissed it. I had visions of bald-headed men and toxic looking yellow Lysol-like stuff, and decided that whoever had had this idea must have been a little cuckoo. Then one day I was shopping in the cleaning products section of the black hole of doom, oops I mean Walmart, and I saw this:

pledge floor cleaner glitter ornaments

I immediately realized that this was exactly what that person must have been talking about, so I decided to try it out…and I am so glad I did, because it works a-MAAAzing.

(ps. The look of the bottle has changed… you can see what it looks like now, right HERE.)

So pour a little bit into the ornament, and swirl it around. I don’t shake it, because then it gets kind of bubbly.

swirl floor cleaner around inside glass ornament

Then pour the excess back into the bottle. This stuff is a little bit expensive, but it goes a long way. In fact, this bottle is the only bottle I’ve bought…and look how little I’ve used. I might even use it to clean my floors one day.

pour excess floor cleaner back in bottle

Now pour in your glitter and swirl it around the same way as you did with the floor cleaner. You could shake it, but for some unexplainable reason, I don’t like to…I like to swirl it all nice and evenly around the glass. (I guess I’m weird.)

swirl glitter around inside glass ornament

And voila!

i love elvis

oops, sorry. You wanted to see the ornament…

glitter glass ornament

Let it dry for a little while before putting the cap back on…I always take the little wire out of the cap, and put the cap on first (put a little glue around the inside of the cap for security):

clear glass ornament lid

and then stick the wire back in…this will keep it from scratching off the glitter on the way in.

put cap back on glass ornament

All done!

But wait!

Look at what a few little scrapbook stickers and some rhinestones can do…

how to make glitter ornaments

There are endless ways you could dress these up…any other ideas?

(P.S. You can download a free PDF file of this tutorial…just click HERE)


  1. I tried these with plastic bulbs, and they look great! Read about it HERE.
  2. The Pledge product I used in this project is now called: Pledge floor care multi-surface finish. One of our lovely readers contacted Pledge and found out that this is the same exact product…she didn’t leave her name, but I sincerely thank her for clearing this up for us!


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  • Phebsiamyourfather December 10, 2013, 11:21 pm

    I have found glass and plastic ornaments at Big Lots, Wal-Mart, and Joann’s. My daughter and I have found that mixing two colors together prior to pouring it into the ornament is much more eye appealing, though the mess up was her first one so its not leaving her side! Great project for my 5 yr old. We found some snowflakes just like the ones in your pictures, should we apply something to help these hold better?

  • Linda December 11, 2013, 8:26 am

    I tried this using glass balls and the correct kind of floor wax. I used A very fine glitter. A couple of days later quite a bit of the glitter would come off and would be in a pile in the bottom of the ball. What did I do wrong?

    • Allison Wall December 12, 2013, 4:21 pm

      Linda – this Pledge product actually slightly melts the plastic because of how it reacts with it when drying, so when it dries, the glitter in the plastic ornament will stay much better than in a glass one. To be clear – it won’t hurt floors. It is also a self-leveling product, which is why it works so good on floors and much better than just a normal glue to use for this type of craft. I only know this because at my work (sign company) we use this cleaner to “polish” acrylic edges of signs because of what I just said.

    • Anonymous October 23, 2016, 10:34 am

      I use polyurethane. The Pledge cracks after a while. This last much longer..

  • Nicole December 17, 2013, 10:44 pm

    I did these and absolutely love them!! Another great idea is melting a candle with a candle warmer and pouring the candle wax inside to make it smell amazing!! (Don’t use it on white glitter unless you have a lot of wax and are really quick and even or else it’s patchy and not the prettiest) my mom did this when I was little. But with Elmer’s glue, not pledge lol

    • Anna September 12, 2015, 4:16 am

      Thank you. NOW i get it xx

  • Sue December 18, 2013, 10:25 pm

    I want to make these with 5th grade students for their holiday art project (this Friday). Is the floor cleaner safe to use with kids? I am going to use clear glass ornaments. I am going to experiment with both – watered down Elmer’s Glue and Modge Podge (I know these would be safe with kids). Also, the ornament won’t be able to dry until they take it home at the end of the school day. Is it okay to temporarily cap the ornament until they get it home?

    • Maria December 10, 2015, 2:52 am

      please let me know how the watered down modge podge worked!!!

  • Kelly December 21, 2013, 6:05 am

    Thanks for sharing your great tutorial! I have had a love for ornaments since I was a little girl! I had planned on doing this with my daughter’s class but school was cancelled on their last day! We are giving these as gifts since I have 24! :)

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  • Ashley September 23, 2014, 2:39 am

    I’m wondering how well the glitter stays in place from year to year? I’d hate to make these and they only last one year because the glitter became unstuck. Also which would likely last longer, glass or plastic ornaments?

    • Staci Ann Lowry October 23, 2014, 9:32 pm

      Ashley, the glitter on the glass ornaments has lasted on mine for several years now, and I live in Florida and keep them up in the attic, which gets SUPER hot…. so far, so good with those. This year will be year #2 since I tried the plastic bulbs. Last year they were still perfect, but I’ll update once I’ve seen them again this year. If I were to guess, I would say that the glass would be the ones that would most likely last the longest. I’ve gotten a few comments on here from others who have said that their glitter has fallen right off, but since that happened so quickly for them, I’m thinking they must not have let them dry enough before capping them. So far, mine have all been perfect! Hope that helps!

  • Denese October 18, 2014, 5:09 pm

    Instead of using floor wax, I just use a product called GlitterAll. They have it at Michael’s and it’s actual on clearance right now for $1.99. Works great, dries clear and one bottle will last me at least 65 ornaments.

    • Staci Ann Lowry October 23, 2014, 9:33 pm

      Awesome, Denese! I’ve seen other glittering products but never that cheap. I’ll have to give that one a try if I see it. Thanks!

  • Kelly Jacob October 30, 2014, 12:59 pm

    I found the wax at Menards, under$6 a bottle. You can also find larger jars of ultra fine glitter at Walmart now for $3.27 a jar. Lots of colors to choose from, including neons, orange and brown. Looks like a lot of fun, can’t wait to try them once I get the ornaments!

  • Kristin November 7, 2014, 11:33 am

    I just tried this and it works great!!!

  • Bill November 17, 2014, 5:06 am

    I want to make this ornament as a gift for someone, but I can’t find the right Pledge product anywhere. I’ve tried Target, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, and a bunch of grocery/drug stores, with no luck. Looking on the Pledge website, it appears they are still making the Floor Care Multi-Surface Finish (even though the label seems to have changed yet again… no more boot picture!) I even emailed Pledge, and they suggested I order directly from them – but their website doesn’t seem set up for ordering! Any ideas where else I can track down the Pledge? Or maybe another product I can use instead that will hold the glitter in place just as well? Thanks!

    • Susan December 5, 2014, 9:57 am

      I saw Pledge product on Amazon.

    • Staci Ann Lowry December 5, 2014, 11:43 am

      Bill, I’m so sorry for not seeing your comment sooner. Yes, what Susan said…Amazon does carry it, but also, a few people here have mentioned that using hairspray works really well. I haven’t tried it, but since several people have suggested it, I’d say it’s worth a shot!

      • MamaTess December 18, 2014, 5:01 am

        I used Mop and Glo and it worked just great!

  • kyrah b November 20, 2014, 11:27 am

    I was just wondering if you had the problem of the bulbs cracking? Most of mine have cracked around the top of he bulb…. :( how can I avoid that?

  • Leah November 26, 2014, 1:13 pm

    What about using hair spray instead of the wax?

  • Debbie D November 27, 2014, 7:52 pm

    Has anyone tried using two different colors (two tone)? I mean with the bottom one color and the top another? I wondered if you did the bottom half, let it dry and then used more wax and then a second glitter, would the first glitter be ruined…
    I also used glitter glue and drew Christmas trees on mine when the glitter was dried. I also make beaded hangers.
    Thank you for this gorgeous ornament.

  • Heidi December 1, 2014, 11:10 am

    Sweet idea! Super easy, too. =) If anyone wants a how-to guide on homemade Christmas wreaths, check out my latest post!

  • Natasha December 4, 2014, 11:35 pm

    I have done several with liquid hairspray and it works fabulous

  • Laurie Anglen December 5, 2014, 7:05 am

    I have a quick question. I bought the Pledge floor cleaner today but they only had CONCENTRATE. Do you know if that will work okay or do I need to dilute it as per the cleaning instructions and then use it? I did buy glass bulbs, not plastic.

    Otherwise I’m very excited to try these and customize ornaments for my family this year! Thank you for this post!

    • Staci Ann Lowry December 5, 2014, 11:41 am

      Laurie, you know, I really can’t say for 100% sure because I’ve never tried, but if I were to take a guess, I’d say try one first without diluting. I say that just because I’m afraid adding water would add bubbles, cause it to not cover the inside of the glass ornament as well, etc. It might be a little thick, but just drain it really well before you add the glitter.

      Please let us know how it turns out!

      • Laurie Anglen December 6, 2014, 1:52 am

        Okay, I will give it a shot! :) I’m tackling these over the weekend so will report back! Thanks for the reply.

        • Laurie Anglen December 9, 2014, 2:45 am

          The concentrated worked perfectly! :) Thanks for your tutorial!

  • Christie December 5, 2014, 10:30 pm

    Have you tried doing just half the globe?

  • Jill December 7, 2014, 4:26 am

    Have you tried doing this with Mop and Glow? I wonder if it would work the same?

  • Anonymous December 10, 2014, 1:17 am

    I am about to try doing this with Pledge floor finish and after reading through the comments here I was wondering if it would turn out better with something else like hairspray?? This is for my child’s preschool gift exchange and I want it to look good and not have the glitter piled on the bottom of ornament. How do I dry it before putting the cap on? TIA

  • Kendra December 10, 2014, 1:19 am

    Does it have to be the fine glitter or will any glitter do?

  • Kendra December 10, 2014, 1:24 am

    Also, would Quick Shine floor finish work instead of the Pledge? Im asking because I have 5 bottles of quick shine and looking to save a little if possible.

  • Vicki December 13, 2014, 3:26 pm

    This trick really saved my butt! I made a marriage propsal ornament on frosted glass. After I completed it, I sprayed it with clear coat to seal everything in place. The prob, it made the frosted opaque ornament, no longer frosted but, completely clear. I did this using iridescent white glittler. It turned out perfectly! I will have to get back to you about the proposal. Ha ha.

  • Debi December 17, 2014, 7:19 am

    I made these just as you said. Hung them on the tree. Beautiful. 3 days later all the glitter was on the bottom of the ornament. What went wrong.

    • MamaTess December 18, 2014, 5:04 am

      I used Mop & Glo and let it drain upside down for a couple of minutes before adding glitter. Maybe that would help?

  • Arlisa Bland December 24, 2014, 9:55 pm

    I discovered that spray adhesive works really well for these. Tried the pledge stuff and also tried Mop and Glow, but neither worked for me. Glitter just didn’t stay put so I tried the spray adhesive, no more problems, worked great. Just hold the spray can upright, spray inside the ornament and funnel glitter in and shake. Works great!!!!

  • Karla December 29, 2014, 9:45 pm

    I tried this to decorate my seasonal wall and LOVED IT!!! I’ve always love the glittery decorations but they are so messy… Will be doing my own decorations for my tree next year. Can’t wait…. :-D

  • Lynda Staffieri January 12, 2015, 8:00 am

    Question: Do you use an outside sealer on any of your ornaments, like Krylon clear sealer? I used it and it seems to take the shine away and the smell is irritating, I did use it outside (I am an asthmatic) . I was wondering what your opinion was on using a sealer as you have such beautiful ornaments that you sell.

  • Beth February 16, 2015, 7:44 pm

    Gorgeous, yet so simple, ornaments! Thank you so much for sharing them. I haven’t tried them yet & am excited about getting started.

  • Emily March 18, 2015, 7:44 pm

    I made a few and now the glitter is at the bottom. I used Pledge Floor Care Squirt and Mop for Hardwood floors, and didn’t leave the cap off to let them dry (not sure which (or maybe both) caused it?) I need to fix it, but don’t want to redo the whole ornament. What would you suggest? Is this possible?

    • Staci Ann Lowry March 23, 2015, 10:17 am

      Hi Emily…. it could have been either of those things! They definitely do need to dry completely before replacing the cap. As far as the Pledge you used, is it acrylic-based? That’s what makes it work.

      It does sounds like you’ll need to re-do the ornament, unfortunately! Sorry :( I’ve tried adding new floor polish and glitter, and it just doesn’t work out very well. However, if it all pooled to the bottom and didn’t stick, maybe you can get it all out and at least be able to re-use the ornament? Maybe some rubbing alcohol will do the trick.

      Sorry, I hope that helps!

  • Anonymous April 14, 2015, 1:41 pm

    First off….thanks for the tute on the glitter ball and the spring ball…..great ideas to do with my granddaughters…..Best of all…I LOVED THAT YOU INCLUDED ELVIS…..that was awesome! I’ve been a fan since ’56 and at 73 yrs young….glad to see young folks appreciate THE MAN… on to buy silk flowers, beads, pins and balls….
    Thank you for your inspiration….

    • Staci Ann Lowry April 15, 2015, 4:51 pm

      I’m so glad you like the tutorials! (and my Elvis reference, hee hee…. ) Thank you and have fun! :D

  • Debbi July 13, 2015, 11:46 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE these. I was wondering what to use on the inside and now I know — floor cleaner. You’re right – it serves 2 purposes but who has time to clean the floor when we’re crafting? LOL. I love your writing style too. Great site! Thanks for the tips.

    • Staci Ann Lowry July 30, 2015, 10:45 am

      haha exactly! I would MUCH rather use floor wax on an ornament than on my floors. ;)

  • shannon July 24, 2015, 2:11 pm

    I wonder if spray adhesive would work too?

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  • Diane August 20, 2015, 2:35 pm

    I read another one and they used Mop and Glow. I think any floor stuff that is sticky that leaves a layer and glitter would work. I have heard that fine glitter is better like Martha Stewarts. I am going to try this with a Christmas Glass candy jar. I hope it works….I am not going to use what I have because I want to be sure it turns out, so Mop and Glow I on my list to buy.

  • Jennifer Wolf September 1, 2015, 1:03 pm

    Not sure if I’m missing the point — do you use Modge Podge after you clean the ornaments but before you put the glitter in? or are you using “glue glitter”…?

    I tried to make “Ninja Turtle” ornaments with green paint inside the ornaments last year and it was a little trickier than I thought.

    Love your beautiful ornaments! Thanks for the tutorial.


    • Staci Ann Lowry September 20, 2015, 1:17 pm

      Hi Jennifer…. I didn’t use Mod Podge or glitter glue at all in these. I clean them first with rubbing alcohol, and then swirled a little of the Pledge floor wax around. After draining that out, you can then add the glitter. Hope that helps!

  • Bea Ramirez September 8, 2015, 3:04 pm

    I know how to make the glitter ornament that is used with wax. I have seen ornaments with rubbed on stickers. Do you know how to use this and if you do where can I purchase the rub on stickers? Your work is just beautiful.

  • Barb November 7, 2015, 8:42 am

    I used this method and there is a white residue that showed up on the glass hours later. Im supposed to be selling these at a craft show in 5 hours. Please help!

  • Anonymous November 10, 2015, 1:45 am

    I used Mop n Glo and the horrible smell seems to be lingering on the ornaments. Will this go away??

    • Staci Ann Lowry November 13, 2015, 9:10 am

      I honestly cannot say. I have never tried to use Mop n Glo. I would imagine that any smell will eventually dissipate though.

  • Alison studt November 29, 2015, 9:29 pm

    Is pine sol floor cleaner ok to use???

    • Staci Ann Lowry November 30, 2015, 10:18 am

      Hi Alison… No, I wouldn’t use that one. The Pledge is actually a floor polish (with an acrylic base) which is why it works so well. The Pine Sol is a cleaner and wouldn’t work the same. Sorry about that!

  • Susie December 2, 2015, 11:21 pm

    I just started making these with glass cubes! They look great, but the fine, light colored glitter I’m using is a bit see-through, even though I’ve coated it thoroughly. Any thoughts on how to get a thicker coat of glitter inside?

  • Kelly December 3, 2015, 11:18 pm

    I love reading your tutorials. I have completed a few ornaments this way and i noticed if you hit the ball slightly (im using plastic ones) the sparkles come off in clumps and then makes missing spots on the balls. Is this normal? Is it because its not dry yet? Did you encounter this problem? Im making for teacher gifts and dont want the glitter coming off for them. Please advise. Thanks!

    • Staci Ann Lowry December 13, 2015, 4:55 pm

      Kelly, this has not happened for me, but I do think that if it wasn’t all the way dry yet, that could certainly be the cause. Another thing, did you clean them on the inside first (and dry well) before adding the wax and glitter? If they are not clean, it could also cause an issue with the glitter adhering.

  • linda nelson December 8, 2015, 2:41 pm

    I found that you can add a little water to modge podge to make it thin and then pour and swirl in the glass or plastic ornament. There is a glue called glitter-it that is made for this purpose, you can get it at Joans online. It dries quickly, the modge podge takes longer to dry but the result is the same and its alot cheaper. Hope thhis helps.

  • Ashley Gaskill December 14, 2015, 11:57 pm

    I only have pledge squirt & mop does it work the same i dont want to go spend another $5 and pack up 4 kids to do so! Please i need feed back!

  • Bethany December 18, 2015, 9:22 am

    Girl, you are such a nut. I love this tutorial. You have a sense of humor and are not afraid to show it…I love it! Keep up the great work…you are inspiring us. Keep posting on FB, we love seeing what you are doing.

  • iulian December 22, 2015, 8:59 am

    So beautiful thank you for sharing with us these wonderful ideas..And if you want to make your own glitter, the real stuff not the salt glitter..You can check my video

  • Barbara MacKenzie October 6, 2016, 12:16 pm

    I want to use glitter sparingly on the inside of glass balls. I want them to sparkle but also to be able to see figures (Santa, Gingerbread House, reindeer, etc.) inside. I welcome any suggestions.

    • Staci Ann Lowry October 6, 2016, 6:02 pm

      Barbara, if you use a very light color glitter, like a pearl or white color, you may be able to achieve the effect you’re looking for. The white glitter is the only one I’ve had difficulty getting full coverage with – it sounds like that’s what you’re after. :)

  • Laurie Sharp October 8, 2016, 6:33 pm

    I read previous posts where they have lasted in your attic for a couple of years without the wax melting and causing the glitter to run. My husband is concerned that if one of the ornaments is hung near a light on the tree and it gets hot, it will melt the wax.. Thoughts? I bought a set of glass ornaments and some ultra fine glitter today at Hobby Lobby. Just trying to figure out what adhesive to use! Thank you for your tute!!

    • Staci Ann Lowry October 10, 2016, 8:03 pm

      Hi Laurie… You know, I really don’t know! I imagine it might be possible for that to happen. I can tell you that hasn’t happened to me yet, but that could very well be that I never had one close enough to the lights. I’m sorry for not being more help! I don’t want to tell you the wrong thing though..

  • Lisa October 11, 2016, 6:25 pm

    Do you know if this will this work with beach sand? I’m making a beach-themed ornament and sand would be perfect.

  • Vonne October 23, 2016, 10:36 am

    My cousin Debria turned me on to using Pledge. The Pledge cracks after a while. The polyurethane doesn’t..

  • Rae-Ann October 25, 2016, 8:58 pm

    I love this idea. I have been thinking about doing it to candle holders for makeup brushes? Do you think it will be the same Lol I am pondering the thought. =)

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