Get the kids in on the fun this year and make your own Glittered Ornaments for your Christmas tree!
This year I’ve decided that I’m not putting up our tall tree. I tried last year with a newborn and it stood completely naked all season long because I had no time to put ornaments on it. So this year I took a bit of the pressure off of myself and decided that a four-foot tree would work perfectly for our needs and small apartment.
Since I’m already going a bit off-book with a smaller tree I decided to also decorate it completely differently this year. Eventually it’ll be all Harry Potter themed (I cannot wait to share my plans with y’all!), but for now I’m doing some fun traditional glittered ornaments to share!
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Y’all know how much I love vinyl and how I use it for everything when it comes to making crafts with my Silhouette Machine. But guess what, that gold lettering on the ornaments isn’t vinyl! I really wanted to try something different for this project so I used printable foil instead. I think I like vinyl more, but the foil worked well for my needs too!
When it comes to Christmas I like having my tree and the decorations up for as long as I can. As a kid we used to put up our tree on Black Friday and I tried very hard to restrain myself and carry on that tradition when Chris and I got married. Yea, that didn’t happen. He’s not that into putting up the tree so I usually do it on my own, which means I usually can’t do all the decorating in one day. So I tend to start the week before Thanksgiving and slowly decorate the house. This year I started a tad bit early, but I’ll just blame it on blog projects. Really though, I just love Christmas and couldn’t wait! (shhhh….don’t tell Chris)
Want to make your own Glittered Ornaments?
- Empty Christmas bulbs (these are plastic ones from Michaels but glass works too!)
- Polycrylic (water based)
- Fine Glitter
- Printable Foil Paper
- Silhouette Cameo
- Transfer Paper
- Empty egg carton OR plate
- Small Squirt Bottle
Pour your Polycrylic into your small squirt bottle. Then pour a small amount into your ornament. Turn the ornament around in a slow circle until the entire inside is coated with the polycrylic. Then set it upside down in an egg carton (or on a plate) to let the excess drip out (I waited about five minutes).
Use a funnel and pour glitter into your bulb. Do the same thing and rotate the bulb slowly, making sure you cover every inch of the inside of your ornament. Fine glitter looks better for this type of project, but you can use larger if you like! Place the ornaments back in the egg carton until they are dry (I waited about 5 to 10 minutes).
PRO TIP: When you pour out the glitter, pour it back into it’s original container, you can use it for later!
While the ornaments are drying, cut out your designs with your Silhouette machine. I just used a font that came with my computer (called Jasmine) for the word “JOY”, traced the Deer Head from google, and bought the tree file from the Silhouette store.
PRO TIP: Don’t try to weed the foil, it was terrible! You can actually just pull the designs up off the backing with your fingers and that will leave the insides of the letters/designs behind.
All that’s left is to put the designs on your ornaments!
The best part about these ornaments is that they are plastic, so my little one can’t get a hold of them and hurt himself. Above all, that’s probably my favorite thing about them!
I’m definitely ready to get in the Christmas spirit now and want to spend the next few weeks making glittered ornaments in every color! They’re so fun and easy, what more could you want out of a craft?
What designs would you put on Glittered Ornaments for your tree?
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