Sunday, November 28, 2010

Handmade Glitter Ornaments

Want to make a mess free sparkly glitter ornaments for Christmas? Then buy clear ornaments and gently remove the hanging part. Then I added some Mop & Glo and swirl it all around and empty into a glass. Leave ornament upside down until all the dripping has stopped.




Add any color of glitter inside. I prefer Martha Stewart fine glitter. She has so many pretty colors, and you can mix them together to create a new shade as well. Shake out excess glitter, and place top back on. The glitter looks clean and sparkly in the inside. I even added a some tulle bows to give it a little something extra. You can decorate with buttons, ribbons, rhinestones and so much more.




PS- Last year I glued glitter on the outside and it was messy and hard to hang the bulbs to dry.


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33 comments:

  1. Wow! What a brilliant idea! I also tried gluing glitter to the outside of ornaments a couple of years ago and it was so messy! I had the same problem hanging them to dry! I found you via Pinterest! I am your newest follower! Would love for you to stop by my blog sometime!:)
    Crystal
    www.HomemakerinHeels.com

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  2. Can you use liquid glitter paint instead of the mop & glo with glitter or is the mop & glo better?

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  3. how much glitter would you say you used (per ornament maybe)? I am trying to figure out what sizes of glitter containers to buy. I don't know if I should get the .37oz containers or the 1.5oz.

    Thanks! Great idea

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    1. I suggest Martha Stewart glitter since it's so shiny. I bought 1.5 oz in 3 different colors and had plenty left over.

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  4. Would it work with clear plastic bulbs? Just wondering so, it will be more kids friendly. Love the idea!!

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  5. I went out and bought all the components to do this. So excited! But how did you know Mop & Glo would work?

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  6. If you want to recycle some of your ornament that are older and made from glass simply fill your sink with hot water (wear rubber gloves) Original DAWN Dish and 1/2 a cup of Clorax bleach submerge the ornaments (with the caps removed, of course)under the hot water and let them sit a 5 minutes or so then shake them to start removing paint it should slip off without scrubbing! Its a great way to recycle garage sale finds. I have only done this with GLASS Ornaments not plastic. I will be using your idea in the very near future to make some for my Christmas decorating! You are so generous to share this tut!

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  7. I LOVE this idea. Thank you. We've tried glitter paint before... no where NEAR as good a result. This is brilliant. I wanted to add that a) the Dollar Tree near my house has GORGEOUS hombre shades of ultra fine colored glitter, not as many shades as Martha, of course, but if this is to be an inexpensive church project or something, there's your cheap. One packet of one dollar glitter would probbaly make six to ten ornaments (they give you three or four variations of the same color, like four increasingly darker shades of royal blue, etc. I have the valentine's mix, the Halloween mix (who can't reuse black, orange, and white? Clearance!!!) and then the four tone ones in baggies that are blue, green, a gorgeous tan/golden combo, and a white/gray mix. Oh, and of course the red to pink mixture. All mix nicely, so if you wanted all the same and not variation, you could easily do that. I know they have a dollar store variation of the Mop and Glo also, but I haven't tried it with this project so I'm leery on recommending it yet.

    That said, here's my 2)- submit this to Dollar Store Crafts. It is EXACTLY what so many of us are looking for this season. a LOT of bang for the buck, completely customizable, and gorgeous results.

    And if anyone tries it with the plastic, PLEASE let us know. I'll try it (eventually) with the dollar store stuff, but I haven't found the plastic balls here yet. THAT would put this craft over the top with awesomeness if it works with the plastic clear balls as well! Let us know if anyone has tried it!! -carolinanightingale at gmail dot com

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  8. Hello, I done this project without reading your blog. I did plastic ornaments with hairspray from the dollar store!. And it works!. YOu gotta use the hair spray in the bottle not the can. I also use Mop and Glo from the dollar store!. I brough my ornaments from Michael's they are on sale for 3.49 for 6 glass. and 74 cents for plastic. I must admit, the glass looks a lot better.

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  9. Ohhhh, this sounds great and I can't wait to try it. I have some plastic bulbs already so I'll try them first. Thanks for the tips.

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  10. I made some last night and I'm in love with them! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I've been trying to do these and am having the worst luck. I'm using glass ornaments, mop & glo and martha stewart glitter. My mop & glo seems to be coating uneven and leaving patches of uncovered areas when I add the glitter...any ideas? I poured it in, swirled, drained, and glittered...ugh so annoyed right now!

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  12. I see a lot of questions but cannot write back without an email address.

    In regards to it not working, use a small amount of mop glo as seen in bulb above. Swirl it all around, hold finger on top and shake. Then I used a glass for drinking and hung it upside down for several minutes. Then sprinkled in MS glitter and swirled around and shook out excess glitter. I found them to be really easy.

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  13. just use hairspray the pump kind not aerosol. pump it like 10-15 times inside the ornament and then move it around and let it coat the whole ornament and pour the rest out then put glitter in & shake...seems to work better then mop n glow or floor wax. :)

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  14. Use Future floor polish instead of Mop and Glo and it doesn't streek. Looks much prettier not as cloudy.

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  15. I searched all over for Future but could not find it any where in San Diego last year. Is it an East Coast product?

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  16. I made these 4 years ago, found the idea on Martha Stewart.com . Futura us what she used. Walmart carries it.

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  17. I used mop n glo and plastic ornaments from michael's. They looked great...but alas, a week or so later, all of the glitter is falling off...so now we have bulbs with free flowing glitter in them.

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  18. Ok this may be a dumb question, but how did you get the color in? I see the other bulbs is the top pic, did they just fit in the glass ones? Thanks

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    1. I used a funnel to help guide the glitter in the hole.

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  19. I LOVE this idea!! I tried it with some type of elmer's glue and it turned out horrible! Hopefully this will work better for me!

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  20. Can you find the glass ornaments at michaels or ac Moore? I bought a few boxes at hobby lobby but where I live now we don't have one. Thanks for the help!

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    1. I am on the west coast and we don't have an AC Moore.

      I have purchased all my clear glass bulbs at Michaels

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    2. You can order these ornaments from Amazon for a good price if there's not any craft stores nearby. Also a lot of craft supply stores offer online ordering .

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  21. Aleen's makes a glue just for glitter ornaments.. glitter on the inside. Easier to find than the future floor wax and smaller bottle to store. Worked wonderful. Of course they have been in the attic in storage all summer.. so time will tell how well they hold up over time :)

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  22. do u keep the mop n glow in it while u add glitter?

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    1. No, make sure to swirl the mop n glo then drain it out, then you add the glitter.

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  23. How long do you let the bulb hang to dry. How long is the whole process?

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    1. Please see my response below. They are very easy to make.

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  24. I hung them upside down for a couple seconds...just long enough to have the majority drip out. The overall process is very short, under a minute. I would get multiple drinking glasses and do multiple at a time.

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  25. I have started to make some of these and some get lines going evenly around the bulb making it to appear as a rainbow effect. Kinda cool but not for what I'm doing. Do you know why this happens?

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  26. Wendy, are you using the same amount of Mop&Glo as I am in the top picture? That's all I needed. I swirl it around until it coats the entire bulb then I dump out the excess, then add glitter.

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