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Shiny sparkly glitter ornaments are so beautiful!

Creating DIY glitter ornaments is nothing new.

In fact, there are many ways to make them.

So, this year we decided to make some and share our easy step by step process with you!

You may also like these easy DIY personalized ornaments.


Common Questions

How do you make glitter stick to the inside of an ornament?

What glue do you use to make glitter ornaments?

Can you use clear Elmer's glue for glitter ornaments?

Can you use Mod Podge for glitter ornaments?

While there are certainly many questions about making glitter ornaments, the most commonly asked pertain to what medium is used for the glitter to stick to.

Multiple options are available from mod podge, Elmer’s glue, floor cleaners, hair spray, pledge, polycrylic and polyurethane.

Although, using too much mod podge can cause it to dry white, while other products are prone to yellowing over time.

Do your homework. Essentially you’re looking to use a medium that dries clear.

Supplies Needed

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DIY Glitter Ornaments Video Tutorial

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5 Simple Steps To Make Glitter Ornaments

Step 1: Add polyurethane to inside of ornament

use the funnel to spoon polyurethane into the ornament

Although glitter can be applied to the outside of an ornament this method is much less messy!

While there are several mediums that will work well for making glitter ornaments, we opted to use a satin polyurethane.

Poly is a staple in our DIY stash as we love refinishing furniture.

This water based formula is easy to work with and won’t yellow over time. 

Add 2 scoops of poly into the ornament using a plastic spoon.

Useful TIPS

make a disposable funnel

TIP 1: Use a small paper cup to hold the ornament in place while adding poly.

TIP 2: If you don’t have a funnel small enough, make one from a small paper cup.

Cut down the side and trim off the entire bottom of the cup.

Roll the cup to create a funnel and tape the side to hold its shape.

TIP 3: For an even quicker and cleaner approach, use a disposable syringe and squirt approximately 2t. poly directly in to the ornament.

Step 2: Evenly coat the inside of the ornament

swirl the polyurethane inside the ornament to coat entire surface

Now slowly rotate the ornament on a downward angle to disperse the poly evenly over the entire surface.

Once evenly coated, place the ornament upside down on the paper cup to drain excess poly.

Then allow to drain for a couple of minutes.

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Step 3: Add glitter with dry funnel

use dry funnel to add glitter to the inside of the ornament

Once the excess poly has emptied into the cup, pour any remaining poly back into the can.

Then using a dry funnel add a generous amount of glitter of your choice into the ornament.

In all we made several with fine black glitter, fine gold glitter and a chunky gold glitter.

Step 4: Shake, shake, shake

shake the ornament to evenly coat with glitter

Remove the funnel and hold the ornament with the thumb covering the opening.

Shake the ornament until glitter is visibly covering the entire ornament.

Remove any excess glitter by tapping ornament over the container of glitter.

Allow ornaments to dry before replacing the topper.

Step 5: Embellish & hang on tree

embellish ornament with rhinestones

Embellish ornaments any way you wish.

For these DIY glitter ornaments we’re adding a little more sparkle with these gorgeous Rhinestones.

We used a variety pack which included various shapes.

Some backs had a ring for a button. Trim off backing piece with wire cutters to make the back as flat as possible.

Use hot glue to form a mound in the center of the rhinestone and place on the ornament.

Completed Ornaments

DIY black glitter ornament with clear iridescent ornament

And here they are in all their glory!

The iridescent ornament gives a lustrous rainbow-like pearly sheen.

DIY gold glitter ornament with clear iridescent ornament

We hope you found this tutorial helpful. 

Which ornaments are you drawn to? The black or gold glitter?

Please share your thoughts and questions with us.

Be sure to visit again soon. We’ll be sharing more Christmas decorating ideas for the bedroom in the Mohawk Home Holiday Home Tour. This was just a small sneak peek!

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