DIY glitter ornaments are so easy to make! You will love how sparkly they look on your Christmas tree! Make these easy ornaments in any color to match your decor.
Looking for more ideas for DIY ornaments? Be sure to check out my other Christmas ornaments to make!
You might also like these easy ideas for filling clear ornaments.
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You can also use this method to make DIY galaxy ornaments!
Years ago, I made glitter ornaments by simply pouring glitter into the ornaments and it stuck to the sides like magic. Those ornaments still look great after many, many years.
However, I wanted to try another method for making glitter ornaments because I get the feeling that my original technique wouldn’t work so well now.
So I made glitter ornaments using polycrylic to hold the glitter to the inside of the ornaments and I love how they turned out.
Should I Use Polycrylic or Wax for Glitter Ornaments?
Before making my glitter ornaments, I did a lot of research to see which resulted in better glitter ornaments. It seems like most people are happier with the polycrylic method for making glitter ornaments.
If you happen to have floor wax on hand and not polycrylic, try it out and see if you like it. I always have polycrylic on hand, (floor wax, not so much), so it worked out well for me.
As far as I can tell, sheen doesn’t matter. A glossier finish may dry slower though. For reference, I used matte.
Make sure that you use polycrylic and not polyurethane. Polycrylic is water-based and will not yellow over time. It also has almost no smell.
Polyurethane, on the other hand, is oil-based and will yellow over time. It smells awful and shouldn’t be used inside without ventilation. I do not recommend using it at all.
How to Make DIY Glitter Ornaments
You can use plastic or glass ornaments. They both work fine, so if you have small kids or pets, go for the plastic. (I have an entire post about glass ornament blanks here.)
You can use solid colors of glitter or you can mix colors, which is what I did.
- Remove the ornament hanger from the ornament.
- Use an eyedropper to put polycrylic into the ornament. You could also use a tiny funnel if you have one.
- Swirl the polycrylic around to fully coat the inside of the ornament.
- Turn it upside down over a paper cup to let the excess polycrylic drain out. (Only leave it for a few minutes or it will dry!)
- After a few minutes, it’s time to add the glitter. Use a small funnel (or paper folded to make a funnel) to add the glitter.
- Move the ornament as you go to get full coverage.
- When you have full coverage, you can pour the excess glitter onto a piece of paper to be able to use it again.
- Flip the ornament upside down and let it drain into the paper cup.
- Let the ornament dry for a few hours.
- Replace the ornament hanger and hang!
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