Easy DIY Glitter Ornaments with Polycrylic (tutorial & video!)

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Have you been wondering how to make those beautiful glitter-filled Christmas ornaments you’ve been seeing all over the place? I’ll show you how to make these easy DIY glitter ornaments with Polycrylic- it’s so simple!

glitter ornament with polycrylic

Recently, I was shopping for glitter on Etsy. You know, just normal everyday glitter shopping. (You do that too, right?)

I needed some pretty glitter for a snow globe Starbucks double-walled tumbler I needed to make and I didn’t want to use the boring old glitter I had laying around. Yes, I just said boring glitter, I don’t know what’s wrong with me.

Long story short, I found a shop with the most glorious glitter mixes and I couldn’t stop at just one. To justify the purchase of more glitter, I decided to give these DIY glitter ornaments a try since I already had the other supplies on hand.

I had leftover polycrylic from a wood-burned coaster tutorial I did last year (a little polycrylic goes a long way) and I also had a box of clear glass ornaments I bought several years ago when they were on clearance.

You could also use clear plastic ornaments for this project if you don’t want to use glass. Honestly, I was a little nervous about it because I’m a bit of a klutz and we have a toddler running around.

So far it’s been fine though and we put those ornaments at the very top of the tree, along with most of the other ornaments. In a few years we’ll finally get to decorate the bottom half of the tree again after almost a decade, lol. Gotta love toddlers!

Supplies You’ll Need to Make these DIY Glitter Ornaments with Polycrylic

DIY Glitter Ornaments // Tutorial

Step 1: Pour in the polycrylic

Open up your can of Polycrylic and give it a stir. You don’t want to add a bunch of air bubbles, so stir gently.

Carefully remove the little metal tops from the glass ornaments and set them aside.

Using the eye dropper, squirt some polycrylic into the ornament. I ended up using somewhere between 5 to 7 droppers of polycrylic, it ended up begin approx. a tablespoon or two.

My method was to put in a few droppers full, then move the ornament around and see if it was enough to cover the inside and if it wasn’t I added a bit more and checked again.

Once you have enough polycrylic inside, rotate the ornament all around to completely coat the inside. Then hold it upside down over the polycrylic can to get the excess out.

If you make several of these at once, you can get an old egg carton and set the ornaments upside down in the egg crate to drip while you work on the next one.

Step 2: Pour in some glitter

using a paper funnel to pour some glitter in the DIY glitter ornament

Now for the fun part! I made a little paper funnel by just rolling up a triangle of paper in a funnel shape and taping it. You could also use a small plastic funnel, I just didn’t have one on hand.

turn the ornament to evenly distribute the glitter

Pour in about a tablespoon of glitter (I eyeballed it) and then put your thumb over the hole of the ornament and carefully shake it all around to cover the whole inside with glitter.

If you didn’t quite get enough in, add a little more and repeat until it’s fully coated in sparkly goodness.

fully coated DIY glitter ornament

Once you get all your ornaments coated with glitter, set them aside to dry. This would be another good time to use an egg carton to keep them from rolling around.

Step 3: Reassemble the DIY Glitter Ornaments

put the tops back on the glitter ornaments

Once you’re sure the ornaments are dry (I let mine sit overnight), put the metal tops back in the ornaments, add a hook or a piece of ribbon to hang it, and they’re done!


I hope you enjoyed this tutorial for DIY glitter ornaments and try your hand at making some of your own!

If you want, you could cut out some holiday sayings or designs with adhesive vinyl with your Cricut and jazz them up a little more.

Personally, I just loved the glitter look on it’s own so I didn’t for these, but I might do that for the next batch. These are so quick and easy to make, you could fill up a whole Christmas tree with them!

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  1. I work in a paint department. I love my job btw lol. The guys normally send all the crafty ladies to me. I NEVER thought to use polycrylic this way! I’ve got tons of it at home so this isn’t something I’d have to shop for. Thank you for this one! I love Walmart glitter too lol.

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