glitter ornaments using clear plastic bulbs

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The number one question I’ve been asked since I did my glitter ornament tutorial last year, is “Can I use plastic ornaments instead of glass?” I’m sorry it took so long, but I finally tried it, and they look great! I’m going to hang them on my tree and see how they hold up, but I believe they are going to be just fine.

I was worried they wouldn’t look as sparkly in the plastic bulbs instead of the glass, but they look awesome! And they’re unbreakable, which is always a plus, especially if you’ve ever had a Christmas tree topple over on you. (I have.)

glitter ornaments handmade with clear plastic bulbs

If you haven’t seen the glitter ornament tutorial yet, you can find it HERE. Happy glittering!

UPDATE: It’s now been a year since I made these glitter ornaments with plastic bulbs instead of glass… I just pulled them out of the attic (which gets HOT; I live in Florida), and they look perfect. It appears they hold up just as well as the glass ornaments. :)

70 Responses
  • Rachel
    December 11, 2012

    I have a silly question. Where did you get your clear plastic ornaments at? The only plastic ones that I’ve seen are the ones that snap together.

    • ornamentgirl
      December 11, 2012

      Not silly at all… I got these at Michael’s.:)

      • Rachel
        December 12, 2012

        Thank you! I only have a Hobby Lobby where I live and I’ve only seen those plastic ones that snap together there. The closest Michaels is about 45 miles away but now I have an excuse to go! Thank you for the information & I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

        • Anonymous
          November 11, 2013

          Just FYI, you can order right off of the michaels website :)

          • ornamentgirl
            November 11, 2013

            Awesome, thanks! They didn’t used to be available on the site… thanks for letting us know you can order them now. :)

        • Anonymous
          November 14, 2013

          They do have them at Hobby Lobby. I bought a dozen of them last week. Just ask a sales person.

          • Donna
            November 15, 2013

            Wal Mart has plastic ones now too. They aren’t hard plastic but almost rubbery. Clear and look like glass.

            • Renee
              November 15, 2013

              Yes, I just bought them at Walmart last night (11/14/13). They were .88 each. They also have the clear tear drop Christmas bulbs.

              • Renee
                November 15, 2013

                They also have the flatted bulbs that you can put a picture in. I’m going to have my grandchildren make a gift for Mommy and Daddy using the bulb and put a recent picture picture of their self in it.

                • Jessie
                  November 16, 2013

                  I found another glitter ornament design and luckily found this, because it didn’t say how to put the glitter inside. I also found the plastic bulbs on Oriental Tradings website when I was looking for them. The had both kinds (metal top & snap together). The metal ones were $10.50 for a dozen.

        • Anonymous
          December 2, 2013

          Hobby Lobby had them in 2012 in plastic boxes that had 8 clear plastic ornaments in them!

        • Cam
          December 11, 2013

          I was able to find them at Walmart if your walmart sells fabric and crafts it should have them.

        • Anonymous
          December 20, 2013

          I found some at Walmart in stores and online this year.

        • destiny
          June 5, 2015

          I got my 100 for 99.00 on alixpress!!!!

        • elizabeth
          August 22, 2015

          I get my plastic ornaments from hobby lobby!!! They come in 2 different sizes ??

      • Anonymous
        November 22, 2013

        I have recently found plastic ones at Walmart for 88 cents.

      • Anonymous
        November 19, 2016

        You can get big and small ones at the dollar tree if you have one. They come in a two pack for the smaller ones and single pack for bigger. Can’t beat two for a dollar

      • Anonymous
        November 20, 2016

        Or walmart

    • Anonymous
      October 10, 2015

      Dollar tree has them right now big and Med/sm

    • Caprice
      October 29, 2015

      I found them at Dollar tree

    • melissa
      October 30, 2015

      I just found mine at the dollar tree… Best buy yet

    • Jenny Howe
      December 23, 2015

      You can still glitter them and with the crack around the bulb what about a nice bow??

    • Rebecca
      November 19, 2016

      Dollar tree has them in a few different sizes. You can order them online by the box if you don’t have a dollar tree near you. It’s less expensive than Michaels.

  • Marisa
    December 11, 2012

    Hi!
    These are beautiful!! I think I will make them with my kiddos…have you tried using more than one color glitter in an ornament? I can see them wanting to do that :-)
    Thanks!!

    • ornamentgirl
      November 11, 2013

      Marisa, I haven’t tried yet, but see Debbie’s comment below…she did it and loves how they turned out. :)

      • theresa
        November 21, 2016

        Okay how do you make the glitter bulbs.

  • Carol
    December 17, 2012

    snip of baby’s hair w/snip of baby blanket, etc. Pic on one side/stats on the other. Great gift! or make 1 for your tree + 1 for baby when/leaves home has own tree to decorate….

  • Carol
    December 17, 2012

    snip of baby’s hair w/snip of baby blanket, etc. Pic on one side/stats on the other. Tie w/beautiful pink/blue bow for hanging… Great gift! OR make 1 for your tree + 1 for baby when/leaves home has own tree to decorate….

  • Debbie
    September 24, 2013

    I have a comment about mixed colors on the glitter ornament. We do the ornaments over water flats and get mixed colors in the bottom. Eventually we pour them in some of the bulbs and they are great. No two are alike, and you couldn’t reproduce them if you tried. We love them! We’re making them for my grandchildren and all of my mothers other great-grandchildren along with directions so they can make more.

    • ornamentgirl
      November 11, 2013

      That’s awesome, Debbie! :)

    • Elisa Ashley
      December 14, 2013

      Water flats? Huh?

      • Anonymous
        December 29, 2014

        That threw me for a minute too, but I think she means the cardboard “boxes” that cases of water are plastic-wrapped in. We use these in my 2nd grade classroom to contain glitter messes as well

  • Char
    November 13, 2013

    I love em and I need orange giltter so bad so I can do them how long do they last could u use the sugar gilter or not

  • Kelly
    November 16, 2013

    The pledge bottle has a new look. Here is a link: http://www.swannysmodels.com/TheCompleteFuture.html
    If you look on the top right, it will show you the 2013 label. Wish i had known this before i went to the store, as i was looking for the 2008 label. :) Love your decorations.

    • ornamentgirl
      November 16, 2013

      Thank you, Kelly! I really appreciate the link. I will update this post (and my other glitter ornament post as well)..thanks again! :)

  • Jenn
    November 21, 2013

    Soooo happy I found this site!!! In charge of the trim a tree project for my daughters 2nd grade class and really want to do this…
    Since it has been almost a year since you experimented with the plastic ornaments, I just wanted to see if they’ve held up.

    I only have 40 minutes to do this with 22 students…can we put the top back on as soon as they are finished spreading the glitter???

    • ornamentgirl
      December 3, 2013

      Hi Jenn… they held up perfectly! You’d be better off letting them dry as long as possible before putting the caps on, but perhaps you could put the caps on, along with instructions (maybe a little note for the parents) for them to let them dry a little longer once they’ve brought the ornaments home..? The only other thing would be that when you do put the caps on, put the little wire in AFTER you’ve got the cap on, so that the wire doesn’t scratch the inside of the ornament, especially if it isn’t dry yet.

      I hope that helps!

  • Anonymous
    December 3, 2013

    Did you unpack the plastic glitter ornaments yet…just wondering how they survived the entire year packed away.

    • ornamentgirl
      December 3, 2013

      I just took them from the attic this weekend, and they look perfect!

  • Anonymous
    December 4, 2013

    Walmart has plastic ones for 98¢

  • Anonymous
    December 4, 2013

    Just purchased 40 plastic ones @ Walmart:O) for 88 cents! happy crafting!

  • cuzinaddie
    December 15, 2013

    Ya know, try as I might Future floor wax of ANY type is not found in southern california. Is there a suitable alternative. I saw something called Anitas gloss finish or something like that. I couldn’t find that one either so I ended up buying Martha Stewarts high gloss finish. I tried the process last night but it doesn’t seem to be drying. I want to do this project with my granddaughters, but HELP…lol

  • Holly
    December 15, 2013

    What’s the best brush on acrylic sealer or glitter sealer to use over glitter on the outside of the bulb. I used a multipurpose sealer from Michael’s and it took all the sparkle out of the glitter. I’ve thought about using a glossy Mod Podge as well. Thanks in advance! I’m new to making ornaments and it’s so much fun!

  • Julie
    December 18, 2013

    Help! I am doing this project for 25 students tomorrow And I can’t find Pledge floor care multisurface? Is there another product I can use? Thank you!

  • sue
    December 19, 2013

    If you use plastic ornaments do you have to wash them with alcohol?

  • cuzinaddie
    December 30, 2013

    I really would have like to have done this project with my granddaughters this year but I will wait till next. I can not find the Future Floor Wax anywhere. WARNING: do NOT use the Martha Stewarts high gloss finish, it does NOT work. It will make the glitter break down, and when it dries it flakes. If any one knows of a suitable substitute, PLEASE let me know…..

  • Kim
    November 20, 2014

    Coca-Cola has the bottles that are shaped like balls. Do you think that these will work?

  • Ty's Huuny
    December 28, 2014

    These were so easy to make and I had so much fun I made 4 dozen in about 4 hours! Thanks for sharing this!

  • JL
    November 21, 2015

    how long does it take to dry before replacing cap?

  • Becky
    December 23, 2015

    I don’t think they make this pledge anymore. I just went to 5 stores none

    • Staci Ann Lowry
      December 23, 2015

      Hi Becky… The packaging has changed. Up in this post, I have a link to the original tutorial, and in that post I have a link to what the new bottle looks like. I hope that helps!

      • Anonymous
        October 17, 2016

        Couldn’t find the Pledge in any of the local grocery chains. On Amazon it is almost $12.00 plus shipping. Last resort was the hardware store ( Amercan Hdwe) as I remembered they sold cleaning supplies. Yessss! And under $7.00 !

  • Kelly
    November 5, 2016

    Love the ornaments. I recently changed from glass to plastic and the glitter isn’t sticking fully. What am I doing wrong?

    • Sue
      November 11, 2016

      I would love an answer on this also-did you figure out why Kelly ? and if there was an alternative to use? :)

  • Kelly
    November 8, 2016

    Any suggestions on where to get nice lettering for names? And how to transfer them?

  • Ann Boos
    November 9, 2016

    I made these ornaments by your instructions for my grandsons, as I make a different one each year for them all. They turned out great. One month later I got them out to wrap them and the glitter is not staying on the bulbs! Please help me! I did use the plastic balls. Thanks

  • Sue
    November 11, 2016

    Kelly above wrote-I recently changed from glass to plastic and the glitter isn’t sticking fully. What am I doing wrong? Mine are doing the same any suggestions please? :)

  • G Ramirez
    November 14, 2016

    Can I use regular glitter?

  • priscilla
    November 27, 2016

    I have plastic ornaments from dollar tree and fake snow. We mod podged the outside of ornaments rolled it in the fake styrofoam snow. Now how can we seal so snow beads dont fall off everytime its touched. Thank you

  • Ashland
    December 1, 2016

    OK I made 72 of these but did not realize till after I put glitter in all of them that I should have used wax to get the glitter to stick.. ERRR do you think I can put the floor wax in the ball with the glitter already ? I really dont want to dump 72 of these back out. Thanks for the advice

  • Anonymous
    December 4, 2016

    2 for a dollar at DollarTree

  • Dawn
    December 6, 2016

    You can find them on http://www.dollartree.com. up where you sign in on the top right there is a link for bulk sales. They are really inexpensive!

  • Jill Beaudry
    December 11, 2016

    I just started making the after coming across your diy glitter bulbs so easy and so pretty! I got the plastic bulbs at walmart for .98 cents in the craft department they also had the glass ones in there Xmas area but I have cats and glass wouldn’t be a good idea these are so much fun making. I also went to a Dollar tree they had the plastic ones too but they also had so many fun rhinestones and beautiful crafting stickers which look amazing on them once the glitter is inside or plain lol but just wanted to let you know that this is a great idea and it looks absolutely beautiful when there all done Thank you & Happy Holidays!! :)

  • Wendy
    December 12, 2016

    Can i use glitter paint instead of glitter?

  • Gina
    December 17, 2016

    I am having trouble with getting the glitter to stick. About a week after I made them, the glitter started coming off. I used Pledge Floor Care. Anyone else having issues? Do you need to wash the ornaments first?

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