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Learn How to Make Personalized DIY Glitter Ornaments!

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Love seeing all those cute DIY glitter ornaments?  Learn how to make glitter ornaments with a step by step and video tutorial.  Glitter ornaments make a perfect gift for kids, family, coworkers, teachers, etc. This post was updated on September 10, 2020.

They say when in doubt, just add glitter, right?  Amen!  I would add glitter to everything if I could.  That extra sparkle just makes me smile.

Except I’m not really loving glitter all over my floor, in my hair, and on my dogs (well, maybe I secretly do!).  

When I started seeing the glitter ornaments pop up on Pinterest, I knew I had to make some.

diy glitter ornaments

They were super easy to make and these would be amazing gifts since you can personalize them in so many different ways!  They are also perfect ornaments to make at a holiday craft party.

glitter ornaments diy

If you like crafting during this time of year, make sure to browse through my other DIY Christmas decor tutorials!

Let’s get started… this project is pretty quick!  I also made a quick DIY glitter ornaments video tutorial if you prefer to watch rather than read. Make sure to watch it at the top or the side of the post.  There are also printable directions for the Christmas glitter ornaments at the bottom.

**Instructions for the Grinch ornament is closer to the bottom.

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Materials for DIY Glitter Ornaments

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materials needed for glitter ornaments

There are also printable instructions at the bottom of the post if you love to print everything to have it on hand like I do!

How to Make Glitter Ornaments with Polycrylic

Take the lid off the ornament and add a bit of polyacrylic inside.  It doesn’t have to be a lot, maybe about 1/4 of the ornament. I like to use a funnel that is specifically dedicated to this project (from Dollar Tree!).

glitter ornament tutorial
pouring poly into ornament
polyacrylic glitter ornament

Gently rotate the ornament all the way around so the polyacrylic covers the entire inside of the ornament.  I keep rotating it while I turn it upside down.

how to make glitter ornaments with polyacrylic
dumping extra polyacrylic from clear bauble

Then let the rest of the solution drain out back into a container.  Gently tap the sides a few time and try to get all the extra solution out – it can take 30 seconds or so.

If you are making a bunch at one time, I like to put the ornaments upside to drain in an egg carton or even back in the ornament container. I will pour the polycrylic in about three in a row and then start pouring glitter in them in the same order.

Adding Glitter in Clear Ornaments!

Then turn the ornament over and add a bunch of glitter into the ornament. You can pour some in from the container or use a funnel.

Again rotate the ornament around so the glitter covers the entire inside.  You will see it stick to it.

adding glitter to clear ornaments

Just rotate while slowly turning it to the upside-down direction.  Then I put my finger over the opening and gently shake the glitter inside towards your finger upside down so it covers the whole top part.

gold glitter inside ornament

I put a piece of wax paper underneath and then dump the extra glitter on it.  Tap the ornament to get the extra out.  

Then make sure to pick up the paper and use it to pour the glitter back in its container.  Never waste glitter!!

making a gold glitter ornament
putting back extra glitter into container

Again I turn them upside down and place them in an egg carton and let them drain for while until they are dry.

glittering ornaments

Glitter Ornament DIY Decal Application

For the vinyl decals, I design mine in Cricut Design Space and use my favorite tool, my Cricut Explore.  I cut them all out of adhesive vinyl, weed them, and this is what they look like.

If you’d like to find out what more you can make with a Cricut, hop on over to my Cricut projects page.

vinyl decals for glitter ornaments

To apply the vinyl, make sure you clean the outside of the ornaments with rubbing alcohol to get all the grease off.  Put transfer paper over it and line it up where you want it.

for unto us a child is born vinyl decal

On a curved surface, it’s best to cut a bunch of slits on the sides so you can lay them down easier.  You can find my full tutorial on applying vinyl by clicking here. Pull the transfer paper off and you’re done! 

applying vinyl to glitter ornaments diy
tips for applying vinyl on curved surface

You can also use Cricut’s print and cut function to print out any picture you’d like to add to an ornament.

Finished Glitter Ornaments DIY with Vinyl Decals

I love the way this one turned out!!  I used embossing powder instead of glitter and it adds cool glitter specks throughout it!

joy to the world glitter ornament
diy glitter ornament tutorial embossing powder

That’s it!!  There are so many things you can design and make for glitter ornaments DIY.  You can use stickers on them or paint.  Even using your child’s fingerprint.

You can even make glitter ornaments that light up and get a FREE Joy to the World cut file (click the link for the tutorial!).

dollar store ornaments that light up

I’ve also made some cute personalized floating DIY Christmas ornaments for my kiddos.

Make sure to check out my roundup of over 150 DIY Christmas ornaments to make using all different kinds of crafting supplies!

These are what I’ve come up with so far!

 DIY Glitter Ornaments with Believe vinyl decal

Learn how to design something like this in Cricut Design Space by using extra glyphs and characters on my tutorial here.

soccer ornament
personalized glitter ornament
ravenclaw ornament glitter
be the light glitter ornament
diy personalized glitter ornament tutorial
faith hope love red ornament with glitter

Grinch Ornaments!

diy grinch ornaments tutorial

I made two different sizes of Grinch ornaments.  One was a large plastic ornament from the Dollar Tree and the other one was one of the flatter glass ornaments listed above.  I used a regular green glitter in the ornament instead of an extra fine.

Then for the Grinch DIY glitter ornament, you get a green feather boa from a craft store and hot glue it around the top. (It’s long so you can cut it to make a bunch!) I also have a FREE Grinch face SVG file. 

DIY grinch ornaments with fluffy hair

If you like The Grinch ornaments, you’ll probably love my roundup of Grinch crafts and my Dollar Store Mr. Grinch decorations made out of glass bowls.

for unto us a child is born gold glitter ornament

Make sure to watch the video tutorial at the top to see the whole process in action!

Do you love glitter as much as I do?  I could add it to everything!  If you’d like to see a roundup of how to add even more glitter to Christmas go here.

If you want to learn all sorts of ways to use a Cricut, make sure to check out my Ultimate Resource guide for the Cricut ideas that you can read here.

If you like glitter and easy Dollar Store crafts, hop on over to my easy glitter light-up snowman tutorial and free SVG by clicking here!

DIY light up snowman

If you want to save this tutorial for later, simply hover over the top left of the image below and PIN It now!

diy glitter ornaments with vinyl pinterest

Here are printable directions if you’d like!

grinch decor and craft

DIY Glitter Ornaments

Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Make your own DIY glitter ornaments! Create your own personal vinyl decal or paint on whatever you'd like. Adding glitter inside the ornament is super easy!

Materials

  • Glass or plastic clear ornaments
  • Polyacrylic Water Based Protective Finish
  • Extra Fine Glitter – I used Ruby, gold and green but you can use any color. For the white ornament, I used white embossing powder.

Instructions

  1. Take the lid off the ornament and add a bit of polyacrylic inside. It doesn’t have to be a lot, maybe about 1/4 of the ornament.
  2. Gently rotate the ornament all the way around so the polyacrylic covers the entire inside of the ornament. I keep rotating it while I turn it upside down.
  3. Then let the rest of the solution drain out back into a container. Gently tap the sides a few time and try to get all the extra solution out – it take can 30 seconds or so.
  4. Then turn the ornament over and add a bunch of glitter into the ornament. Again rotate the ornament around so the glitter covers the whole inside.
  5. Just rotate while slowly turning it to the upside down direction. Then I put my finger over the opening and gently shake the glitter inside towards your finger upside down so it covers the whole top part.
  6. I put a piece of wax paper underneath and then dump the extra glitter on it. Tap the ornament to get the extra out. Then make sure to pick up the paper and use it to pour the glitter back in its container
  7. For the vinyl decals, I design mine in Cricut Design Space and use my favorite tool to cut them out, my Cricut Explore
  8. To apply the vinyl, make sure you clean the outside of the ornaments with rubbing alcohol to get all the grease off. Put transfer paper over it and line it up where you want it. On a curved surface, it’s best to cut a bunch of slits on the sides so you can lay them down easier. 
  9. Pull the transfer paper off and you’re done! 

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