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!

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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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  • kelly October 26, 2016, 9:25 pm

    How have the ornaments you used Pledge on held up over the years?

    • Staci Ann Lowry October 31, 2016, 10:37 pm

      So far, very well! Most of them are several years old now, and I live in SW Florida, so it gets VERY hot up in my attic, where they are stored. I haven’t had any issues as of yet, but I will update again once I pull my decorations out this year. :)

      • Carlos November 26, 2016, 4:12 pm

        I have a question ? Some of my bulbs are have bald spots can I put a little more finish and glitter to fix or would it ruin the ornaments.

  • deb mowen October 28, 2016, 7:03 pm

    I just started painting ornaments and loved your idea on using the pledge floor wax..less messier then acrylic paint inside the plastic ornament..thanks for sharing. .I’m on FB and have a craft page under my name..

  • Leslie Cahill November 4, 2016, 9:40 pm

    God bless you for updating the name of the Pledge product. I couldn’t find it under it’s previous name anywhere! Can’t wait to try this now that I have all the supplies.

  • REV Kymm Blair November 5, 2016, 6:05 am

    Thanks for the tips, and you’re humor was WONDERFUL, I truely Enjoyed reading your l posting, I now just need to know how to our names on the ball, if someone isn’t great w a paint brush? I use stickers then paint over w that hidge podge in a bottle dries really clear n pretty, but I know YOU have a much better Idea, can you PLEASE share it? I’ll make you one, haha, okay I’ll give ya 5 bucks, haha, you’re so interesting I LOVE reading your How to and floor cleaner tip, B.T.W. how do your floors look?
    thank you again, im so pleased and will b looking for more of yours soon as I submit this msg. can’t wait to see more of your helpful hints/tips,
    GOD BLESS & warmest regards
    Rev.K.Blair

    • Tricia Latham November 15, 2016, 5:53 pm

      Use a paint marker

  • Michelle Croft November 6, 2016, 3:06 pm

    Thank you so much for the instructions on the glitter bulbs, this is exactly what I was looking for to do with my kids for a craft day this year. Awesome!!!!

  • Ann Boos November 9, 2016, 9:24 pm

    No, I missed the cleaning part. I will do that. And I went and got fine glitter, which was in another tutorial. Thanks for responding so quickly!!!!!

  • Steve Cook November 12, 2016, 12:44 pm

    I just wanted to say that your use of the word floor “wax” kinda confused me. I guess I just wanted to point out that maybe saying floor “finish” might be a better way of putting it since that’s what it says on the bottle and might prevent any possible confusion. When I saw “wax”, I was picturing something more like what we typically think of when thinking about wax, such as a candle. Maybe that’s just me though. Otherwise, very nice tutorial and I look forward to doing something similar other than the ornaments. Thanks!

  • Sarah Nesfeder November 12, 2016, 6:17 pm

    What size bulbs did you use?

    • Amanda Gossage November 24, 2016, 7:00 pm

      I used the 2.65 inch glass balls from Hobby Lobby, but I’m pretty sure you can use any glass (or plastic) ornament you wanted. I’m getting ready to make some more Ornaments using the glass light bulb ornaments, also found at Hobby Lobby.

  • dora November 16, 2016, 5:51 pm

    Hi. Was just wondering does the shimmer stay after? Or does it eventually fall off inside the ball? When the floor cleaner dries?

    • Amanda Gossage November 24, 2016, 7:02 pm

      I’m pretty sure that once the floor cleaner/finisher/wax dries, the rainbow shimmer dries up as well. My finished bulbs are at home (i’m at work now) and the bulbs that I just made aren’t dry yet.

      • Staci Ann Lowry December 1, 2016, 10:41 am

        They’ve lasted for several years now. I can’t say forever until it’s actually been forever lol, but so far, so good – and even after spending every off-season in a hot Florida attic. :)

  • Reina Stevens November 17, 2016, 3:55 pm

    Would this work with plastic ornaments…I’m thinking of making them with kids at a birthday party.
    Thanks!

    • Anonymous November 26, 2016, 1:21 am

      Yes!

  • Penny Mindham November 17, 2016, 5:22 pm

    I saw your Christmas ornaments with glitter. One question. Do you pour in the glitter, swish it around, then pour off the excess the way you do with the floor cleaner ? I would like to make these for our Christmas party for the organization that I belong to in a few weeks.

    • Amanda Gossage November 24, 2016, 7:05 pm

      Yes, you want to swish out or shake out the excess glitter, just like you do with the excess finish/cleaner/wax. Not all the glitter adheres to the liquid after it’s been swished around, so shaking out the excess helps save on glitter as well.

  • Karen Glover November 17, 2016, 10:38 pm

    I tried this tonight and my ornaments came out lovely! You are crafting goddess!

  • Anonymous November 18, 2016, 12:06 pm

    Does the smell go away?

  • barbara berger November 20, 2016, 6:42 pm

    I decided to go off the grid completely a few years ago and got a white christmas tree. (Everyone was pissed but had to admit it was beautiful). Made most of my ornaments by painting glass balls green, copper, gold. I spray them with Elmers Craft Bond, sprinkle them with a fine glitter. My question is: What is the best sealant to use over the glitter so that they last for many years? I am elderly but would like to know that they will survive years after me. Thank you in advance for responding to my question and I appreciated all of your other suggestions. bb

    • Anonymous November 26, 2016, 1:22 am

      Mod Podge!

  • Robin Barnett November 20, 2016, 7:06 pm

    Do you recommend cleaning the plastic ornaments with rubbing alcohol?

  • Lori November 20, 2016, 8:02 pm

    I needed pink sparkly Christmas balls and couldn’t find any. You inspired me to make them! They are beautiful. Thx! Can’t post a pic??

  • Donnie Van Wie November 21, 2016, 2:57 am

    I saw this link, which offers other ideas as well for adhesive inside the ornaments for the glitter.

    http://www.clumsycrafter.com/2015/12/diy-glitter-ornaments-what-should-you-use-to-make-them-polycrylic-or-floor-polish/

  • Ronny Howard November 21, 2016, 12:30 pm

    This looks like a really fun idea! I have a young daughter that would love making these for her mom this Christmas. I like that the glitter is inside the glass ball so that they can be admired without getting glitter everywhere. Thanks for the fun idea!

  • Amber Grosse November 22, 2016, 12:35 am

    I am curious (I looked back at all of the comments and didn’t see a previous answer) … what type of glue did you use on the cap?

    • Anonymous November 26, 2016, 1:23 am

      Elmer’s worked for mine!

  • Anonymous November 27, 2016, 5:51 pm

    Did u use anything outside the bulb to make sure the stickers stay on

  • Heather H. December 3, 2016, 12:36 pm

    Hi! Great idea and so much fun. Question.. do you happen to know how to remove the pledge cleaner if it gets on surfaces like counters, etc. ?

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