how to make glitter ornaments {a tutorial}

diy glitter ornaments

In the midst of the busy holidays, it’s always nice to take a crafty time-out . . . and if your craft time produces cute ornaments that can be used as gifts or even gift toppers, all the better! These glitter handmade ornaments also do really well at craft fairs and there are so many ways to customize these cuties. Let’s get started!


Mod Podge Gloss
Glass Ornaments
Extra Fine Glitter
Foam Brush or Paint Brush

ornament tutorial

Step 1: First, you’ll want to take your Mod Podge, pour a little bit onto a piece of parchment paper or foil, and create your design on your ornament. I did simple dots, as well as free-form lines. Just don’t let this step take too long–Mod Podge dries fast!

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Step 2: Gently sprinkle your glitter all over the painted parts of your ornament. Let dry.

mod podge
Step 3: Once dry, use a dry foam brush to gently remove the excess glitter. You may have to go back and touch up some spots (I know I did!)

mod podge ornament

mod podged initial ornaments {a tutorial}


It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner, but don’t worry, these glittery and fun initial ornaments come together quickly and easily. They would make great gifts for all the little people in your life and would also be adorable as gift toppers!

Mod Podge
scrapbook paper
wooden or paper mache initials

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Step 1: First, you’ll need to trace your letter onto scrapbook paper and cut out. I got these letters from Michaels, but any craft store will have something similar. Don’t forget to cut a piece for the back side of your letter as well!

initial ornaments

Step 2: Next, use your Mod Podge to attach your paper to your letters. For the back of each letter, insert a halved piece of twine or ribbon for hanging before Mod Podging your paper down.

Once you’re done, you’ll have this…

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Add 2-3 coats of Mod Podge to seal, making sure to let your letters dry completely between coats.

Step 3: Now for the fun part! I used extra fine gold glitter for this, but whatever you have on hand will work. What worked best for me was to lay a small pile of glitter on a piece of paper, add Mod Podge to a portion of my letter, and dip the letter in the glitter. I was able to Mod Podge and sprinkle glitter in the circle part of the “O”, but couldn’t easily get in the nooks and crannies of the “E” or “A”. That’s okay, though, I don’t think anyone will notice:)

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And there you have it! I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did.

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linking to:
ladybug blessings

the jenny evolution

tatertots & jello

25 creative handmade ornaments

Happy Monday, friends! As most of you know by now, I’m a contributor over at Mod Podge Rocks, and I was so excited to share my photo ornament tutorial over there last week…be sure to check it out if you are looking for a {positively} adorable craft to make this year. Here’s a peek to tempt you to click over…apologies to both my mom and my mother-in-law for the Christmas gift spoiler:)

photo ornament tutorialNeed more ornament inspiration? Here are 25 creative handmade ornament tutorials to kick-start your holiday crafting…enjoy!

christmas crafts

partridge ornament from retro mama

photo christmas ornament from scrapper girl

mod podged ornaments from simply kierste

scrappy stocking ornament from stumbles & stitches 

reindeer thumbprint ornaments from little bit funky

vintage clothespin snowflakes from happy together

juice top ornaments from the crafting chicks 

sewn bird ornaments from the purl bee

paper ice cream ornaments from how about orange

map kissing ball ornament from maryjanes and galoshes 

yarn wreath ornaments from christopher & tia

jingle bell flower ornaments from the crafty crow

personalized hoop ornaments from burlap+blue 

glittered ornaments from vitamini handmade

pear ornament from a pumpkin and a princess

bell jar ornaments from my so called crafty life 

striped paper ornaments from how about orange

silhouette ornaments from rust & sunshine

salt dough ornaments from design editor 

embroidered ornaments from studio diy

ribbon candy ornaments from crafty staci

modern paper ornaments from curbly 

painted ornaments from fancy house road

metallic snowflake ornaments from bhg

typography heart ornaments from burlap+blue