Christmas ornaments make me happy. Which is kind of weird, considering I've never had a tree to hang them on (as an adult). Oh well, they're still fun and pretty and sparkly and...that list could go on forever!
I saw this post at Little Gray Fox and tried them all. I couldn't get the painted ones quite right, even after multiple tries, but was thoroughly satisfied with the way the sprinkle and flocked ornaments turned out. Plus, the experience got me thinking about how to make glitter ornaments. I've seen dozens of posts floating around about using floor polish or hairspray or [insert random product here]. However, I had a whole bottle of varnish, so I decided to give that a shot instead.
Result? Success! The moral of the story here being that varnish is an indispensable product when making ornaments. And, now that we all know that, we can move on to the instructions!
- Clear ornaments
- Small funnel
- Glitter, flocking powder, or nonpareils
- Remove the top from the ornament and pour in a bit of varnish.
- Swirl the ornament until it is completely coated with varnish and then let dry, upside down, for roughly 45 minutes (or until slightly tacky).
- Place the funnel over the top and pour in your coating of choice.
- Remove the funnel and place your finger over the top. Shake until the inside of the ornament is completely coated.
- Dump out any excess and let finish drying.
- Replace the top and hang on a tree (or, if you don't have a tree, just admire it)!
Not only is this an easy project that you can do with little ones, it also allows you to completely customize the ornaments you hang on your tree. Like glitter? Go to town! Prefer subtlety? Use flocking powder to your hearts content!