How the Glitter Stole Christmas Posted on 18 Dec 16:07
Pinterest makes pretty look easy. But not everything on Pinterest is replicated seamlessly. I just read a piece in The Chive aptly titled, “Not everything on Pinterest is as easy as it looks.” So, when a I recently saw a pin of homemade glitter ornaments, I was determined to see if I could duplicate that kind of classy glimmer. The other advertized appeal was the ornaments don’t shed sparkle, so less mess...seemed worth the test. (This will be the first of many how-to posts on atly, which we are excited share with our readers.)
You’re going to want to give these Christmas bulbs a try, to add a little homemade shimmer to your evergreen. Here are the supplies you’ll need:
- Clear glass or plastic ornaments. (I bought mine at Michael’s, but Joann’s, Hobby Lobby and most other craft stores carry them. Christmas is the best time to stock up.)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Glitter fine or coarse will work, I used fine.
- Funnel, optional
- Floor cleaner, I used Pledge FloorCare multi-surface finish
First, remove the metal caps to the ornaments and save for later.
Second, pour some rubbing alcohol into the ornament and swoosh it around. Rub down the outside of the ornament too. This cleans off any dirt or dust that might be stuck to the glass. After dumping out the rubbing alcohol, I let the ornaments dry by resting them on the stems. The bulbs stayed put while drying, but you could also use an empty egg carton or small disposable cups to keep them from rolling around.
Once the ornaments dry, it’s time to bust out the glitter and floor cleaner. (Do one ornament at a time because the floor cleaner dries quickly and will stop sticking. And DO NOT put the glitter in first! We tried, it was a very messy fail.) Squeeze some of the cleaner into the ornament, a tablespoon should be enough, then swirl it around. Because it is a cleaning product it will get bubbly if you agitate it too much. After the ornament is liberally coated inside, pour the rest back into the bottle. Next, funnel glitter into the ornament; again, swirl around. Completely coating the inside of the ornament actually took more glitter than expected, but since I don’t have an exact measurement for you, I would suggest to continue pouring and coating until you are satisfied. Dump out the excess glitter and use it again later.
Let the ornaments dry for a few minutes before replacing the caps, but make sure to pull out the metal hook first. I didn’t want the caps to scrape the sides and loosen the glitter as I put the lid back on, so instead I inserted them afterwards. They snapped right into place. To secure the caps, apply a little glue before putting them back on the ornament. (I used hot glue.)
You could call it a day at this point, or you could add defining detail--it’s up to you. I decided to add strips of glitter tap to the caps, but I’ve seen ornaments with writing or stickers on the outside of the bulb as finishing touches.
For the two-tone ornament, I simply switched the color of glitter after circulating some around the bottom. It took a little effort to blend the colors together, but never underestimate the power of the swirl!
Go on, give this pinterest project a try. (It’s officially atly approved.) I had fun creating classy Christmas ornaments. Be prepared for a little mess, but these bulbs are bound to impress!