Fun, Easy Glitter Christmas Ornaments

DIY Glitter Christmas Ball Ornament

The kids and I decorated these glitter Christmas ornaments a couple of years ago and they are still one of our favorites. They sparkle and look a lot like store-bought ornaments, although they were super easy to make and something we could make no matter what our skill level (mine were just a bit more fancy than the kids is all – but it’s glitter and glue, how can you go wrong?) We use them everywhere- on the tree, in bowls, and on greens down the table with candles.

To make, you need:

  • Plain ornaments-we used silver, frosted white ones, and a silvery-gold color
  • Fine glitter found at craft stores (they will not look nearly as good with regular, children’s glitter)- we used gold, white, and silver
  • Craft glue with a small tip (like Aleen’s)


  1. take the top off the ornaments to be able to hold with your fingers
  2. place glue on ornaments in desired design
  3. sprinkle glitter on glue over paper
  4. place the ornament, top-down, in a vase or small cup to dry

In addition to the spiral design above, here are some other designs to get your creative juices flowing:

Round circles. I did the outside circle first, then filled in the center with glue and a white glitter.

Individual spirals. See how they don’t have to be perfect?

Thick and thin lines. I was trying to mimic some vintage balls I had with this one. I used some narrow tape I had and applied it to create a pattern for the glitter. Then I applied the glue where I wanted the silver glitter and sprinkled the glitter before gluing and glittering the center stripe.

This is one of the kids ornaments, and while not a precise as mine, they look fabulous on the tree and decorating the table.

Here’s another child ornament. It’s really something that 6+ year-olds can do on their own using their own creative ideas.

We gave these away as gifts the year we did them, too, packaged in a clear cellophane bag with a ribbon. The grandparents loved them!



  1. says

    Hi Jami, just wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying reading your blog. We live in Salem and can relate to all you include about all things! The gardening area is my favorite. You have also got me cooking bread for the first time. Something I have wanted to try since I retired a year and a half ago. We hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas season!

  2. Jenelle says

    Jami these ornaments are beautiful! And such a great and simple idea. I’m trying to instil the value of hand made gifts in my children so ever year they make a craft to give as gifts. This one is going on my list to do in a few years when they are a little bit older.

    You are a constant source for inspiration. Thank you! and have a Very Merry Christmas! :)


  3. Jami @An Oregon Cottage says

    Welcome, Daniel and thankyou for the lovely comment! I’m so glad you’ve found somethings here that you can use. :-)

    Jenelle- I’m glad you will try these, I’m sure you will like them as much as we do!

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