How to make DIY glitter ornaments with the biggest sparkle and prettiest graphics in this tutorial! I put three popular adhesives head to head to find the best one… PLUS I show you how to layer vinyl around a curved surface!
I will confess right up front I’m not a fan of glitter. It’s not that I don’t think it’s pretty, it’s that the darn stuff gets everywhere! My Snow Globe Top Mason Jars taught me that! But I will admit that a glitter ornament is a sight to behold, and worth a little glitter mess. I personalized these DIY glitter ornaments with my Cricut and I couldn’t be happier with them!
DIY glitter ornaments are a fun, if messy, craft that is perfect for the holidays. A glitter ornament is a little less scary than it sounds. Basically, you put glitter INSIDE a clear ornament. That way the glitter stays put and doesn’t get all over the place… at least one can hope.
Now despite what it may look like, this ornament is NOT completely filled with glitter. Instead, we coat the inside with something that allows a little bit of glitter to stick to the sides. There are three schools of thought on how you can get your glitter to stick. One is to use Minwax Polycrylic finish, another is to use Beacon Glitter-It Adhesive, and the third is to use Mop N Glo. (I know, weird, right?)
Now if you’re anything like me, you might be wondering … well, which one is the best to use? So I’ve tested it for you! I glittered nine glass ornaments using these three options. I compared each one based on how long it took, the availability and cost of the product, and (most importantly) the final glittery product. Here’s what I found:
- Minwax Polycrylic: Takes longer to coat, but fastest to glitter, inexpensive and readily available, and BEST coat
- Beacon Glitter-It!: Fast to coat but bubbles may form, must wait longer to glitter, harder to find and more expensive, and OK coat
- Mop and Glo floor wax: Fast to coat (no bubbles detected), must wait longer to glitter, easy to find and inexpensive, and OK coat
So the best glitter ornament adhesive in my book is Minwax Polycrylic. But if you had to do a lot of them, I’d probably just go with Mop & Glo floor wax, since it’s the least expensive and it worked just fine.
I’ve also prepared nine different ornament designs for you to play with, too! I have three different cams — a Santa Cam, Grinch Cam, and an Angel Cam. Plus three seasonal ornaments for Christmas, Hannukah, and New Years, and three different snowflakes that you can personalize with a name!
One of my readers, Dana Shields, made one of the personalized snowflake glitter ornaments on the first day this post came out! You rock, Dana!
Now let me first show you how to glitter your ornaments, and then I’ll show you how to layer and apply your vinyl around the curved surface of this ornament. Key concepts taught in this tutorial include how to glitter glass ornaments, how to move objects from one mat to another (to gorup cuts), how to sharpen a knife blade with a ball of aluminum foil, how to put vinyl on a curved surface, and how to layer vinyl.
See exactly how to make my DIY glitter ornaments with layered vinyl in this tutorial video below:
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Materials for the DIY Glitter Ornaments with Layered Vinyl
How to Make DIY Glitter Ornaments with Layered Vinyl
First, you need to glitter your ornaments! They’ll need at least 24 hours to drain and dry, so best to get started as soon as possible. Begin by removing the aluminum cap from the top of the ornament (it pulls right off).
Now pour in your adhesive — just a bit — and gently swirl it around so it coats the entire interior surface. DO NOT shake it vigorously, as this just adds bubbles and uneven coating. I swirled it from the bottom to the top.
Set the ornament coated with adhesive upside down in a plastic cup to drain.
Now give the adhesive some time to drain out of the ornament. The polycrylic ornaments were ready almost right away, whereas the Glitter-It and Mop & Glo ornaments took about 10-15 minutes. Don’t wait any longer than is necessary, though, or your glitter won’t stick. Just wait until you see now more adhesive draining out.
Pour a small amount of glitter into your ornament. If your glitter container doesn’t have a good way to pour it, you can make a small funnel from a piece of paper.
Just like you did with the adhesive, gently swirl the glitter inside your ornament so it coats the entire thing. Again, it’s best to work from the bottom to the top, then tip the ornament into a cup upside-down.
Look at how pretty this DIY glitter ornament is!
Be sure to let your DIY glitter ornaments dry for 24 hours before putting the little caps back on. You can layer them with vinyl before that, however, so let me show you!
To get my nine free ornament designs (Design #115), download them from my free resource library (you can get a password for it at the bottom of this page). If you’re going to cut the vinyl out on your cutting machine, upload the file to your design software. If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG cut file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.
If you’d like to personalize the snowflakes, add a name in and resize it before you cut out your vinyl.
Note: My designs have a lot of different colors and Design Space will separate these out into many different mats.
If you end up with just a few things on each mat, consolidate them into other mats by clicking the three dots in the upper left corner of an object when you’re in mat preview mode and choose “Move to another mat.”
I put all of my various cuts onto one mat as you can see here:
And then I just make a note of where I placed each thing on my mat preview and do the same on my mat. If I have to use the Maker on the other side of the room instead of the Explore next to my computer, I take a photo of the mat preview screen with my phone and take it over to my Maker to line everything up properly. It takes out the guesswork!
Once your vinyl is cut, you’ll need to remove the excess vinyl and WEED everything!
Do not put transfer tape on all your designs yet! As these are all layered designs, you first need to know the TRICK to layering vinyl. The key is to layer things before you put them on your material and use just one piece of transfer tape for the whole design!
So look at your vinyl layers and determine which is the TOP layer of your design. For the Santa Cam and Grinch Cam designs, the top layer is the white layer. So cut out a piece of transfer tape large enough for the entire design and place it on the white layer.
Now remove the backing from the white vinyl so the only the white vinyl is on the transfer tape.
Now position your vinyl and transfer tape over the next layer — in this case, it’s the red dot that is supposed to be the “ON” light of the cam. Once it’s positioned, burnish it and remove the backing.
Repeat for each successive layer of vinyl.
And here you have a layered vinyl decal for your DIY glitter ornaments!
Check back later today to learn how to apply this decal around the curved surface of your DIY glitter ornament (or watch the video!).
Get my free SVG cut files and patterns for the DIY Glitter Ornaments
These glittered ornaments are a fun way to give a personalized gift or create a keepsake for your Christmas tree. One thing I do want to point out is SIZE. I used a standard 2.5″ ornament size, but in retrospect I wish I’d gone with a larger ornament. It would have been easier to apply the vinyl and the designs would have shown up bigger.
If you make one of these sparkly glitter ornaments, please share a photo in our Facebook group, email it to me at [email protected], or tag me on social media with #makershowandtell.
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