DIY Christmas Series: Glitter Ornaments

Thursday, November 20, 2014

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is decorating. Maybe it's silly that decorating the house is my favorite part, but I love the mood it puts you in. Once I've gone Black Friday shopping and decorated the house, I feel like it's finally the Christmas season.

This year I'll be adorning my Christmas tree with these adorable handmade glitter Christmas ornaments. This is a very cute DIY that the whole family can join in to make. My grandparents helped my mom and I make these ornaments.

What you'll need:

Clear glass/plastic ornaments (between $6-$10 depending on style)
Clear floor wax
Glitter (around $3 per color)
Vinyl for sayings or stickers

Out glitter choices
So to start off, I would get some paper plates to catch all the excess glitter that doesn't make it into your ornament. Let me tell you, glitter grows faster than bacteria! It gets everywhere and you'll keep finding it for weeks. If you don't believe me, you can ask my grandfather who's still finding glitter on his kitchen floor.

Okay, after you've tried to glitter-proof your house, you'll want to spoon a small amount of floor wax into the ornament. Swirl that around so it coats the inside of the ornament fully. After you've covered it, dump out the excess. (If a little wax is left in the ornament, that's okay. Just swirl it around before adding glitter.)

Add the glitter of your choice to the ornament. Turn the ornament around and around until you have it completely covered with glitter on the inside. Dump the excess glitter into your paper plates. The excess can be used again as long as you don't mix the colors (or if you do, the mixed colors turn out pretty as well).

My grandparents helping to swirl the glitter in the ornaments
Sit your ornaments down to dry a bit. While they are drying, you can cut out your saying (I would recommend no bigger than 1.5 inches tall and 2 inches wide. Otherwise it is very hard to get a good placement on the ornament.) If you decide to use stickers, have fun and go nuts with your fun stick on decorations.

Add the vinyl/stickers to the outside of the ornament. The possibilities are endless as to what you can do with your ornaments. Here are a few of the ones we created.

And this next one doesn't actually have glitter, it has small "snow balls" which can be found at Hobby Lobby.

Replace the caps to the ornaments and find the perfect spot on the tree to hand them.

Yes, they are hanging on a lit up, decorated palm tree. It's beach style Christmas in my room... all year long.


  1. Love these! They turned out really nice :)

  2. I love making ornaments! They are so fun.