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)
- take the top off the ornaments to be able to hold with your fingers
- place glue on ornaments in desired design
- sprinkle glitter on glue over paper
- 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!