ARTS & CRAFTS
I made these glitter ornaments for an adult arts & crafts program, but they are so simple and “no-fail” that I think they would be a really fun project to do with school-age children. And the best part is that the glitter is INSIDE the ornament! Once they are finished there is no mess! Hooray!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
1. Clear ornaments. I used glass, but I think plastic would work too. I purchased mine at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon.
2. Glitter. The cheap craft stuff that comes in the huge jars is just fine. I actually liked it better than the crazy-expensive glitter that comes in an itty-bitty jar.
And the super secret ingredient…..
3. Pledge floor wax. Yes you read that correctly. This stuff is cheap and comes in a huge bottle at Walmart. You could make hundreds of ornaments using just one bottle. Craft stores sell expensive ornament glue. Don’t buy it. Pledge works just as well!
**December 2013 Update: The product formerly known as Pledge® Tile & Vinyl Floor Finish with Future Shine is now Pledge® Floor Care Multi-Surface Finish. If you’d rather try to the product made specifically for ornaments, it is called Glitter-It, made by Beacon Adhesives.
4. Optional: Rubbing alcohol, ribbon for hanging the ornaments, scrapbook stickers & glass glitter paint for decorating the outsides of the ornaments.
1. Rinse the inside of your ornaments with alcohol to clean out any dust and debris. Let them dry out for a few minutes.
2. Pour some Pledge floor wax into your ornament and swirl it around. Make sure you coat the whole inside of the ornament.
3. Dump out the extra Pledge. (It’s good to have a bowl to dump your pledge and glitter into as you go.)
3. Pour a healthy amount of glitter into your ornament. Having a funnel makes it much easier. If you don’t have a funnel, roll up a piece of paper and use it.
4. Swirl your glitter around the inside of the ornament, coating the entire inside. Add more glitter if needed. And if you don’t want to swirl – Shake!
5. Dump out any extra glitter.
6. You are finished! Admire your work of art 🙂
Add pretty ribbon to hang your ornaments.
Purchasing scrapbooking stickers is a very easy and mess free way to decorate the outside of the ornaments. I found some snowflakes that I really liked to use on mine. If you choose stickers, children will be able to carry their ornaments home with them that day – no need to let them dry!
If you want to get a little bit more involved, you can purchase glass paint to decorate the outside of the ornaments. I bought some Martha Stewart glitter glass paint (This paint was most expensive part of the project!) To make polka dots, dip the eraser of a pencil in the paint and dot away.
Martha also makes glass paint with a tip that you can write with. You can write individuals names, the year, “first christmas,” etc. on the ornaments to make them personal. (I made ornaments for all of my co-workers this year with their names on them.)