Welcome back to the craft room and today’s Flashback Friday Glitter Ornaments 2 post. Today we are going to continue with Christmas in July and part 2 of the glitter ornaments that I made back in 2012. Last Friday I shared how to clean and reuse older glass Christmas balls. You can check that post out here: Flashback Friday Glitter Ornaments 1. Let’s get right to it.
Glitter Ornaments Part 2
Welcome back to part 2 of my Christmas Glitter Ornaments!!
Over the last week, I cleaned out a few more ornaments with the bleach and salt mixture so when the glittering started, I’d be able to add a bunch of finished bulbs to my tree. Here is the supply list for this part of the process:
- Clear (and dry) ornaments
- Glitter – I used Martha Stewart fine glitter and WOW! Glitter from American Crafts
- Pledge Floor Care with Future Shine
- Paper funnel to help direct the flow of glitter from bottle to ornament
- Protection for the table top
- Scrap paper
- Paper towels – some damp, some dry
The first thing I did was tape down some butcher paper to my counter top. I know what kind of crafter I am…a very messy one…so protect, protect, protect, the counter top. LOL Have a piece of scrap paper handy and some paper towels for clean-up as well.
Squirt some of the Pledge into the ornament. This is where part of the mess comes from, full bottle + small opening = a bit of a mess. Have a damp paper towel handy to wipe any dribbles from the outside. (sorry about the blurry pic)
Gently swirl the ornament to completely coat the inside and then drain it back into the bottle, or in another little cup if desired. I liked to set the ornament on the top of the bottle as shown below while I opened the next color of glitter, then before starting wipe the outside with the damp towel.
With the paper funnel, add any color glitter into the ornament. I added a LOT of glitter to ensure a full coverage. At this point, there are two different methods to distribute the glitter, either swirl the ornament, or cover the hole with your finger and shake it. I did both techniques, swirling first to coat the majority of the ornament, and then shaking to apply glitter to the top.
After the glitter is distributed, dump the excess glitter out onto a piece of scrap paper, gently tapping the ornament to remove as much as possible. This excess glitter can easily be put back into the bottle, or into the next ornament.
The Finished Ornaments
There you Go!! You now have sparkly ornaments that will not shed glitter every time you look at them! I let them dry for a while before putting the tops back on and hanging them on my tree. It will be interesting to see how these ornaments hold up over the summer. If I remember, I will post some pictures of them next year to compare them with the freshly made. (As a little side note, I do not like the looks of the white glitter with this method. There are spots that did not get a full coverage, and with the white, they are very noticeable, at least to me.)
Here are a couple of pictures of some of the ornaments hanging on my Christmas tree. The first is with Wow red glitter and Martha Stewart Brownstone glitter.
I don’t really care for the color green, but this is a pretty shade!
This is one of the gold ornaments, and my little bird. My daddy bought this bird ornament for me the year I was born, it is hands down my FAVORITE ornament on my tree. (My second most favorite ornament is my ugly baby doll, I may add a post just about her before the holidays, because I love her so!!)
As always, thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial as much as I did creating it.
Thank you so much for joining me for today’s Flashback Friday Glitter Ornaments 2 post. Every year when I place these ornaments on our Christmas tree I am amazed at how beautiful they are after 10 years. I did notice this past year when I tipped some of the ornaments over, a little bit of glitter did fall out. I’m not sure why that is. It could be the temperature changes they go through from summer to winter as they are stored in the garage.
Have you ever made glitter ornaments before? If you have did you glitter the inside or the outside of them? Also, what did you use to adhere the glitter to the ornament? Let me know in the comments below! Until then, have a fantastic weekend and I will see you in the craft room again real soon!
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