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16 Jul '15

Glittered Ornaments

Posted by Kari Kraftgineer

Hello crafty friends!

Here is a tutorial on how to glitter a plastic or glass ornament.
In this tutorial I will be using the Mistletoe Wreath design which can be found here: Mistletoe Wreath

Materials to Glitter the Ornament:
- Plastic or glass ornament
- Glitter-it! by Beacon™
- Extra fine glitter (Used Recollections™ signature extra fine glitter
-Paper towel roll (or any other item to hold/drain your ornament, like a disposable cup)

Materials for the Design on the Ornament:
- Electronic cutting machine (I used the Cricut Explore Air™)
-Weeding tools
-Low tack transfer tape
-Application squeegee

Step 1. Collect all your materials and have them ready to use. See Figure 1. Make sure to protect your work area. You can use a craft non-stick Teflon mat. I used the Tulip 9x9 craft mat. Have your glitter ready, after you have applied the glue you do not want to be running around looking for glitter. 

Figure 1

Step 2. Create your ornament holder from the paper towel roll. Cut off about 1"-1 1/2". For the flat ornaments squeeze your cut piece a bit. Make 2 small slices on each side and bend them outwards. You can also use a plastic Solo cup or anything else that will allow you to hold your ornament and drain it when needed. See Figure 2.

Figure 2

Step 3. OPTIONAL STEP-Pour in a little bit of alcohol to clean out the inside of your ornament, drain the alcohol and wait for it to dry.

Step 4. If you do not have a funnel handy or do not want to be cleaning the funnel when using multiple colors of glitter you can create your own. I made mine using regular printing paper. Cut off a rough 3x3 square and wrap to create the funnel. Use tape to hold it in place. Make the opening slightly smaller than the opening of the ornament See Figure 3.

Figure 3

Step 5. Pour in a good amount of Glitter-it! adhesive into the ornament. Swoosh/whirl the adhesive around. Don't worry about adding too much adhesive since you will be pouring the leftover back into the bottle. Do this step next to a good light source so you can see that all areas of the ornament (including the top) have been covered with Glitter-It. Note: Some people use polycrylic or floor finish but I preferGlitter-It. See Figure 4.

Figure 4

Step 6. Pour in the glitter into the ornament and swoosh/whirl. Make sure you cover the entire ornament including the top of it. See Figure 5.

Figure 5

Step 7. Pour out the extra glitter. Flip your ornament over, place it on your holder (or cup) and allow to dry. See Figure 6.

Figure 6

Step 7. Apply your vinyl design and you are done! See Figure 7.

Figure 7

 Seahorse design can be found here: Mistletoe Wreath

1 Comment

Thank You! I have been wanting to try this. Can I buy glitter it and local craft stores?

Posted by Tami R on July 17, 2015

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