Personalized DIY Glitter Christmas Ornaments

Craft holiday magic with our Easy DIY Glitter Christmas Ornaments tutorial! Dive into a world of sparkle and personal touch—perfect for festive memories.

If you want to make your Christmas tree more special, you’re in for a fun surprise. Today, we’re going to make beautiful Christmas glitter ornaments that sparkle and have a special touch from your family. Get ready to make your home feel festive with these special glittery Christmas ornaments.

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The Easiest Way to Make Glitter Ornaments Personalized

These DIY Glitter Christmas Ornaments are super special because I’ve wanted to make them for a long time. It was inspired by my bestie from Living and Crafting who make them every year and they are absolutely adorable.

One of my biggest goals for my Christmas trees every year is to gather my family to keep them present in a more significant way. This year my parents and brother are away and my mother-in-law is with us. So I decided to make these super cute homemade ornaments with all my family members’ names on them.

3 Personalized DIY Glitter Ornament on the table with faux fur and greenery

I love how they turned out and it really feels like we are all together present this Holiday.

This is definitely a great Christmas craft for all ages and can even be done with kids.

How to Make Custom DIY Glitter Christmas Ornaments

Supplies:

  • Clear plastic ornaments – You can use clear glass ornaments too.
  • Glitter (in your favorite festive colors) _ I used extra fine glitter.
  • Vinyl sheets (for the names in your favorite colors that contrast with the chosen glitter)
  • Transfer tape or contact paper.
  • Polyurethane varnish
  • Small funnel or paper funnel
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Syringe
  • Paper towels
  • Glass or plastic cups
  • Patience (the most important ingredient!)

Tools:

  • Cutting Machine – Silhouette or Cricut will work
  • Weeding Tool
  • Squeegee or scrapper
DIY Glitter Christmas Ornaments supply list

Instructions:

A few notes

I tested a few different glues before starting this project. I used white glue, clear glue and polyurethane. Although I got similar results with all 3, the very best one was achieved with polyurethane.

The white and clear glue were too dense so it was taking forever to cover the ornaments and then to dry, the white one took forever to get clear so I could see the glitter. The clear glue was fine.

With the polyurethane, my challenge was that because it was denser than the Minwax brand, I had to let the ornaments sit for almost 60 minutes so I could add the glitter. However, the final result was absolutely amazing and way long-lasting.

I lost around 3 ornaments because I was letting it set enough time. So when I poured the glitter, it would run to the bottom opening cracks in the glitter and sucking up way too much glitter.

Talking to my bestie, we compared her timing using Minwax in the USA and she let it sit for around 5-10 minutes while I tested 10, 30 and 45 minutes. In Spain, the brand Isaval required 45-60 minutes sitting.

Step 1: Clean the Ornaments

Start by cleaning the inside of the clear plastic ornaments with rubbing alcohol. This ensures a clean surface for the glitter and polyurethane to adhere to. Let it dry completely

Remove the ornament cap.

me holding a clear ornaments and removing the cap

Step 2: Apply glue

Place your ornament on a plastic or glass cup so it stays put.

poliurethane ornament and cups ready to start

Load the polyurethane glue into a syringe. This allows for precise application without making a mess.

Carefully insert the syringe into the ornament and inject the polyurethane. Depending on your ornament’s size and your polyurethane density, you might need more or less glue. I added 5 syringes to the large ones and 4, to the smaller ones. Your should test to see how much you need.

injecting poliurethane into the ornament with the syringe

Rotate the ornament to ensure complete and even coverage.

Rotating the ornament to cover the whole ornament inside

Step 3: Drip Excess Glue

Allow the excess polyurethane to drip out by placing the ornament upside down on the polyurethane can (hold it with a knife) or on a paper towel.

dripping excess of poliurethane back to the can

You can use a plastic or glass cup with the paper towel inside to let it drip while you apply polyurethane to the other ornaments.

Rotating another ornament to cover the whole ornament inside

This step prevents clumps and ensures a smooth application.

Step 4: Let it Set

Allow the polyurethane to sit for a few minutes. This brief waiting period allows the glue to reach the right consistency for the glitter application.

Then you can move on to the next ornament while the others drip and set.

the ornaments sitting to let the excess of polyurethane drip and sit

Note: Each polyurethane brand in each country may vary in density. So make sure you test with one ornament to figure out how long you should let the polyurethane sit. In my case, in Spain with the brand Isaval, I had to wait for an hour before adding the glitter. The brand Minwax in the USA, it takes around 5-10 minutes.

Step 5: Add Glitter

Use a funnel or paper funnel to pour the glitter inside of the ornament. Add abundant glitter to make sure you cover it all and the excess glitter can go back to the container.

pouring glitter into the ornament with a paper funnel

Swirl and shake the glitter around, covering the entire interior. 

swirling and shaking the glitter inside the ornament.

Adjust the amount based on your desired level of sparkle.

You can make them all in the same color or color combinations. I made mine some in pink and some in gold.

Pink and gold DIY Glitter Christmas Ornaments drying

Let all the ornaments dry.

Step 6: Prepare Vinyl Names

Open your design software (like Silhouette Studio). Type the names using your chosen font and size. Adjust spacing and alignment as needed.

silhouette studio app screenshot

Step 7: Load Vinyl

Choose your vinyl colors that would match and contrast with your glitter color. I used white because my Christmas theme this year was white, pink and gold.

Place a sheet of vinyl onto the cutting mat making sure it’s the right size for all the names you are cutting. Smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles to ensure accurate cutting.

In the software, select the material settings for vinyl. On the machine, use the recommended settings for vinyl or consult your machine’s manual.

Load the cutting mat with vinyl into the Silhouette Cameo. Align it properly and secure it in place.

Step 8: Send to Cut

Send the design to cut. The Silhouette Cameo will precisely cut the vinyl, creating your personalized cute names.

The Silhouette cameo cutting the white vinyl

Step 9: Weeding and Transfer Tape

Carefully weed (remove) the excess vinyl around and inside the letters. A weeding tool is handy for intricate designs.

me peeling off the excess vinyl from the design

Cut a piece of transfer tape slightly larger than the vinyl names. You can also use cheap contact paper like I did. It works perfectly!

Peel the backing off the transfer tape and carefully place it over the vinyl names. 

applying transfer tape to the vinyl name

Use a scraper tool to ensure good adhesion.

Using a scraper tool to ensure good adhesion

Step 11: Applying Vinyl Names on the Ornaments

2 vinyl names ready to be applied on the ornaments

Make sure the exterior of the ornament is clean and dry. Wipe it down with rubbing alcohol for optimal adhesion.

Lift the transfer tape with the vinyl names attached from the backing. 

Position it on the outside of the ornament where you want the names.

applying the Emma vinyl name on the pink ornament

I recommend starting with the center of the name and then smoothing it out to the right and then to the left. This helps avoid distortions, wrinkles, and bubbles.

applying the Emma vinyl name on the pink ornament from the center right
applying the Emma vinyl name on the pink ornament from the center left

Use the scraper tool to smooth out the vinyl, ensuring it adheres well to the ornament’s surface.

Using the scraper tool to smooth out the vinyl on the pink ornament

Slowly peel off the transfer tape at a sharp angle. This leaves the vinyl names securely on the ornament.

removing the transfer tape

Gently press down any edges or corners that might need extra attention. Ensure the vinyl is securely applied.

Step 12: Let it Dry Completely

Let the ornament sit for several hours to ensure everything is completely dry. If possible leave them near a window or where fresh air flows. 

the Emma glitter ornament finished

Patience is key!

Step 13: Put the Cap back on

Once the ornaments are completely dry, put the ornament cap back on. This step completes the process.

Step 14: Add Ribbon or Twine if needed

Tie a festive ribbon or twine around the top of the ornament for hanging.

Step 15: Hang your adorable Ornaments

We couldn’t just make the ornaments and leave them around! It’s time to hang them on your tree and make it magical and gorgeous!

Personalized DIY Glitter Christmas Ornament on the table with faux fur and greenery

Crafting Tips

  • Mix a pinch of glow-in-the-dark glitter with your festive shades for a cosmic surprise when the lights go down.
  • Swirl two or more colors of glitter together for a marbled effect. Each ornament becomes a unique work of art!
  • Place your glitter in the freezer before using it. Cold glitter sticks to the glue more effectively, giving you better coverage.
  • Create a simple drying rack by poking the ornament cap through a piece of cardboard. This way, excess glue can drip away freely.
  • Place a small packet of silica gel inside the ornament before sealing. It helps absorb any residual moisture, keeping your glitter intact.
  • To avoid air bubbles in the polyurethane, rotate the ornament slowly and continuously while the glue is setting.
Personalized DIY Glitter Christmas Ornament with Emma name on the tree.
Personalized DIY Glitter Christmas Ornaments on the tree, 2 Pink ones and one Gold
Closeup of the Personalized DIY Glitter Christmas Ornament with Camila name on the tree.
Gold DIY Glitter Christmas Ornament with Jonathan name on the tree.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need any special tools for making glitter ornaments?

Nope! Just grab clear ornaments, glitter, polyurethane glue, and your creative spirit. Easy peasy! If you want to personalize it with custom font names, then you would need a cutting machine.

Can I use different types of glitter for this project?

Absolutely! Choose fine glitter for an elegant finish or go bold with chunky glitter for extra sparkle. It’s all about your style!

Is the vinyl name application difficult?

Not at all! Cut the vinyl, peel, and position it on the ornament. Precision is the key, but it’s easier than you think once you get the hang of it.

How long does it take for the ornaments to dry completely?

It can take a few hours to ensure everything is perfectly dry and secure. However, I recommend leaving it for 24 hours or more depending on your glue.

Can I personalize these ornaments as gifts?

Absolutely! These glittery ornaments make fantastic personalized gifts to make your loved ones feel special. 

Where can I find clear ornaments:

You can find both plastic and glass clear ornaments at your local craft store, Michaels, JoAnn, Dollar Store, and also online on Amazon.

More Christmas Projects to Try

If you like this DIY Glitter Christmas Ornaments tutorial, you might also love these other Christmas Project ideas too:

✂️ Tutorial

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Personalized DIY Glitter Christmas Ornaments

Camila Rojas
Craft holiday magic with our Easy DIY Glitter Christmas Ornaments tutorial! Dive into a world of sparkle and personal touch—perfect for festive memories.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Crafting Time 45 minutes
Setting Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours
Category DIY & Craft
Topic Christmas craft, christmas project, Silhouette Cameo
Pieces 1 Piece

Tools

  • Cutting Machine – Silhouette or Circuit will work
  • Weeding tool
  • Squeegee or scrapper

Supplies
  

  • Clear plastic ornaments
  • Glitter in your favorite festive colors
  • Vinyl sheets for the names in your favorite colors that contrast with the chosen glitter
  • Transfer tape or contact paper.
  • Polyurethane varnish
  • Funnel or paper funnel
  • Ribbon or twine
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Syringe
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic or glass cups
  • Patience the most important ingredient!

Instructions
 

STEP 1: CLEAN THE ORNAMENTS

  • Start by cleaning the inside of the clear plastic ornaments with rubbing alcohol. This ensures a clean surface for the glitter and polyurethane to adhere to. Let it dry completely
  • Remove the ornament cap.

STEP 2: APPLY GLUE

  • Place your ornament on a plastic or glass cup so it stays put.
  • Load the polyurethane glue into a syringe. This allows for precise application without making a mess.
  • Carefully insert the syringe into the ornament and inject the polyurethane. Depending on your ornament’s size and your polyurethane density, you might need more or less glue. I added 5 syringes to the large ones and 4, to the smaller ones. Your should test to see how much you need.
  • Rotate the ornament to ensure complete and even coverage.

STEP 3: DRIP EXCESS GLUE

  • Allow the excess polyurethane to drip out by placing the ornament upside down on the polyurethane can (hold it with a knife) or on a paper towel.
  • You can use a plastic or glass cup with the paper towel inside to let it drip while you apply polyurethane to the other ornaments.
  • This step prevents clumps and ensures a smooth application.

STEP 4: LET IT SET

  • Allow the polyurethane to sit for a few minutes. This brief waiting period allows the glue to reach the right consistency for the glitter application.

STEP 5: ADD GLITTER

  • Use a funnel or paper funnel to pour the glitter into the ornament. Add abundant glitter to make sure you cover it all and the excess can go back to the container.
  • Swirl and shake the glitter around, covering the entire interior.
  • Adjust the amount based on your desired level of sparkle.
  • You can make them all in the same color or color combinations. I made mine some in pink and some in gold.
  • Let all the ornaments dry.

STEP 6: PREPARE VINYL NAMES

  • Open your design software (like Silhouette Studio). Type the names using your chosen font and size. Adjust spacing and alignment as needed.

STEP 7: LOAD VINYL

  • Choose your vinyl colors that would match and contrast with your glitter color. I used white because my Christmas theme this year was white, pink and gold.
  • Place a sheet of vinyl onto the cutting mat making sure it’s the right size for all the names you are cutting. Smooth out any air bubbles or wrinkles to ensure accurate cutting.
  • In the software, select the material settings for vinyl. On the machine, use the recommended settings for vinyl or consult your machine’s manual.
  • Load the cutting mat with vinyl into the Silhouette Cameo. Align it properly and secure it in place.

STEP 8: SEND TO CUT

  • Send the design to cut. The Silhouette Cameo will precisely cut the vinyl, creating your personalized cute names.

STEP 9: WEEDING AND TRANSFER TAPE

  • Carefully weed (remove) the excess vinyl around and inside the letters. A weeding tool is handy for intricate designs.
  • Cut a piece of transfer tape slightly larger than the vinyl names. You can also use cheap contact paper like I did. It works perfectly!
  • Peel the backing off the transfer tape and carefully place it over the vinyl names.
  • Use a scraper tool to ensure good adhesion.

STEP 11: APPLYING VINYL NAMES ON THE ORNAMENTS

  • Make sure the exterior of the ornament is clean and dry. Wipe it down with rubbing alcohol for optimal adhesion.
  • Lift the transfer tape with the vinyl names attached from the backing.
  • Position it on the outside of the ornament where you want the names.
  • I recommend starting with the center of the name and then smoothing it out to the right and then to the left. This helps avoid distortions, wrinkles, and bubbles.
  • Use the scraper tool to smooth out the vinyl, ensuring it adheres well to the ornament’s surface.
  • Slowly peel off the transfer tape at a sharp angle. This leaves the vinyl names securely on the ornament.
  • Gently press down any edges or corners that might need extra attention. Ensure the vinyl is securely applied.

STEP 12: LET IT DRY COMPLETELY

  • Let the ornament sit for several hours to ensure everything is completely dry. If possible leave them near a window or where fresh air flows.
  • Patience is key!

STEP 13: PUT THE CAP BACK ON

  • Once the ornaments are completely dry, put the ornament cap back on. This step completes the process.

STEP 14: ADD RIBBON OR TWINE IF NEEDED

  • Tie a festive ribbon or twine around the top of the ornament for hanging.

STEP 15: HANG YOUR ADORABLE ORNAMENTS

  • We couldn’t just make the ornaments and leave them around! It’s time to hang them on your tree and make it magical and gorgeous!

Notes

Note: Each polyurethane brand in each country may vary in density. So make sure you test with one ornament to figure out how long you should let the polyurethane sit. In my case, in Spain with the brand Isaval, I had to wait for an hour before adding the glitter. The brand Minwax in the USA, it takes around 5-10 minutes.
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