Glitter Ornament Tutorial

Ok here goes, my very first tutorial. I've never written one of these before, but I had so much fun making these ornaments, that I thought everyone should know how! The 1st one is Night of Navy and the 2nd one is Cool Caribbean. I also made one with Marigold Morning, but the picture made it look orange and not very pretty, but it's gorgeous IRL!

First carefully take the metal hanger off your ornament. Then add about 20 drops of reinker. I used Cranberry Crisp for this tutorial. (see pic 1) Then you need to swirl the ink around inside the ornament until it coats the inside completely. (see pic 2) After you have the entire inside coated, turn the ornament upside down so that it can drain into something. I can't tell you how long to do this as it depends on lots of factors, how humid it is, how many drops of reinker you used etc... Just let them drain until there are no more "drips" when you turn it over. (see pic 3)

Ok now you need to use some sort of funnel to add the glitter. I just made one from scrap copy paper. (see pic 4) Add about 1 1/2 teaspoon of ultra fine glitter to the ornament. (see pic 5) Now here comes the fun part! Take your thumb and COMPLETELY cover the opening. (I have tiny hands and I can do this, so you should be able to as well.) (see pic 6) Now SHAKE the ornament. Shake it hard, but be careful not to hit it on anything. You want to shake it and not roll the glitter around inside, rolling it will create lines in the glitter, while shaking it will give a smoother look.

Now you want to have a plastic baggie ready to catch the excess glitter. This is the bonus of this technique. You now have custom colored glitter you can use on other projects! (see pics 7 & 8) Let the ornament dry for a few minutes and replace the metal hanger. Your custom glitter ornament is done! These are so much fun and SO easy to make!


Nancy said...

Beautiful. And an easy tutorial to follow!

Marie said...

What a great tutorial! I've seen them before on glitter ornaments, but all of your pics are so helpful. I'm definitely going to tell my blog readers about your tutorial/blog!!

Anna Wight (SweetMissDaisy) said...

Fabulous! I always use paint to make these (just bought ornaments and paint this weekend!) ... using ink is a great idea. It would dry much faster! You're brilliant!! ;) -Anna.

Keri said...

Hey now that is pretty snazzy!!!

Jessica/Faereygirl said...

Wow ok....I know what I was doing wrong now. I'll go to MIchael's this afternoon and get some more glitter and glass ornaments and try again! Thanks!

Renee said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial. It's wonderful and very helpful. Love the pictures too.
I can't wait to make a few of these for the holidays.
Thank you again!

Rubber Hugs,
happystamper05 scs

Jen said...

I had seen these before, but never tried making one. Thank you for the step by step tutorial!!

scrappersister said...

Your tutorial was very easy to follow. I intend to get some of thes ornaments so that I can try making them. I hope that you will put more tutorials on your blog.


love2Bcreative said...

Oh my goodness! What an awesome tutorial!! Thanks sooo much! I am a total 'visual' person so this is just right up my alley!! YEAH!!! I wanna do this now ~ ~ Thanks for the inspiration!

CMCAnne said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for the tutorial. I can't wait to try this!

Jennifer said...

Hi I just was wondering if you used craft or classic reinkers. Also, did you let the ornament dry first or did you just drain it and then put the glitter in it??? I tried it and mine didn't turn out like yours did.

love2Bcreative said...

Thanks again for doing this!! I am finally going to be able to sit down and do these - my SIL just picked up a few boxes for me while they were shopping out of town (we dont have any of these bulbs for sale near us!) I have remembered your tutorial this past year and knew I would be back to your blog for the deets ;o) Happy Holidays!

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