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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)

 UPDATES:

  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)

UPDATES:

  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.

  • 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

  • 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?

  • 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! :)

  • sara February 17, 2014, 12:49 pm

    Pretty

  • 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!

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