DIY: Best Methods for Glitter Ornaments

Ok, lets get real for a moment. Sandy has officially made landfall just above the Maryland and Delaware shores in southern New Jersey. She has been beating my area with heavy winds and rain thus far and has been completely destroying shore landmarks along our coast. It’s been quite a crazy day and we are super lucky to still have power here inland! *KNOCK ON WOOD* All is still good in my area, except for one thing:

My sanity.

My thought process was to not go out into the craze after Friday night due to all the crazy people doing their last minute preparation. It’s now been three whole days that I have literally been in pajamas (I have changed and showered, I swear), watching ghost movies and shows on Netflix, and crafting. I’m getting the worse case of cabin fever you have ever heard. I literally have gone nuts… literally. I have stormed around the house for about 20 minutes complaining about our lack of kettle cooked barbeque chips and the fact that my mother brought home apple dumplings instead… I dislike dumplings… which thus led me to more distress.

I’m not one to be cooped up for long periods of time… and now my house has started to shake from such high winds. Good lord, lets hope my room, which happens to sit under some very large trees, makes it through the night!

To try and distract myself from my lack of escape (Maryland has literally forbidden us from driving… like at all) I decided to do a best methods post!

To say I have a ton of glass ornaments is an understatement. I blame Michaels for having all these deals where they are concerned and if you haven’t been taking advantage of the 25% off ornaments yet, you are a nutter and should go do so immediately. But now having done a fare share of glitter ornament, I have decided to share my favorite way of decorating them!

You’ve seen all of the methods for making glitter ornaments from the inside: mop and glo, mod podge, spray adhesive. But which is the best method?

I have used all three now and am ready to share with you how they’ve ranked.

1. Spray Adhesive

1. Spray directly into the bulb.

2. Twirl around excess spray.

(Oh dear, please disregard the awful appearance of my fingernails… I am appalled I let those be seen by people.)

3. Pour in a generous amount of glitter and twirl around the bulb. You can pour the rest out and back into the container once the inside is covered in its entirety.

4. WAH-LA!

Ok, so this is easy peasy. Just be sure to spray into the bulb and not to get it on the outside, because THAT is the most unfun feeling on your fingers ever. It’s like an aerosole version of super glue. But it’s easy as spray, cover, pour in glitter, twirl to cover, and pour out excess glitter.

And your done.

2. Mop and Glo

1. Pour a generous amount of floor cleaner into the bulb and swirl around.

2. Swirl and cover the inside entirely, pour out any excess.

3. Pour in a generous amount of glitter… again, pour the excess out and back into the container.

4. Again, WAH-LA!

Easy peasy!

3. Mod Podge

1. Pour a dollop of Mod Podge into a small container and mix with a tiny bit of water.

2. Pour the mixture in the bulb and shake to get the entire inside coated.

3. Let the excess mixture drain from the bulb.

(If you haven’t noticed, I have quite a habit of using containers in this fashion… it works well!)

4. Pour in a generous amount of glitter and coat the inside, pour the excess back into the glitter container.

The Verdict

  1. Adhesive Spray: I gave it 4/4 stars as it is the easiest to work with and the quickest method! It looks the cleanest too! If you don’t have a can of Adhesive Spray, I urge you to get one for your crafting, it has so many uses!
  2. Mod Podge: I gave this one 3/4 stars as it is also easy to use but it takes AGES for the bulb to dry. You can see that even letting all of them dry overnight, only the top was dry and the rest was still wet. In a few days it will look closer to the first and I expect might be a bit sturdier. But if you’re looking for that immediate effect, I’d stick with the first method.
  3. Mop and Glo: I gave this one 2/4 stars and I’ll tell you why. This method has taken the Pinterest world by storm and it is extremely easy! (It also smells pretty wonderful too). However, when I made these last year I noticed the glitter doesn’t stick after a while and the littlest drop will cause the glitter to fall off the side (see below). I was bummed by that. After dropping this one for demonstration, I attempted to do some adhesive spray to repair it, it just was not the same and looked messy.

Above: Pre-drop Mop & Glo bulb.

Below: Post-drop Mop & Glo bulb.

What a bummer, huh? 😦

I also made another with the adhesive method last night (pre-hurricane) and put my monogram on it!

Well, I await for my brownies to finish baking so I can divulge and continue to watch Doctor Who, because what is a natural disaster without the Doctor nearby. It’s starting to feel like the “Vampires of Venice” episode… I’m expecting fish people to pop out of no where.

To all those who are along the Northeast, PLEASE be safe!

For my other posts on ornaments, please see the following posts:

DIY: Painting and Staining Glass Ornaments

DIY: How to Paint the Inside of Glass Ornaments

Christmas In July


20 thoughts on “DIY: Best Methods for Glitter Ornaments

  1. Heather says:

    Soooo glad I found this! I purchased some ornaments this year with plans to make some fantastic glitter mickey and minnie ornaments for my mother-in-law…but I couldn’t find the Pledge stuff anywhere. Plus, I started thinking, what a big bottle for only a small amount needed for my ornaments! And I don’t even have wax-able floors! Other methods I found (ink and pump-style hairspray) would require additional purchase for which I would have no other uses… But adhesive spray? I have two stinkin bottles leftover from wedding crafts! Yesssss!!!! Heather, you’ve saved this Heather’s Christmas! Thank you thank you thank you!

  2. Connie says:

    Approximately how long did the modge-podge method take to dry? Did it dry nice and clear? I don’t have adhesive spray or pledge so I will try the modge podge! Thanks for your crafty instructions!

    • heyheyheatherk says:

      No problem, Connie! Glad they were helpful!

      It took a few days for it to fully dry, without the top, but once it did dry it was clear and sparkly 🙂 Still works, just takes a tad bit longer. I actually think it makes it sturdier too. A couple of my mod podge ones fell the other day and never shattered! I was extremely happy about that 🙂

  3. Shannon says:

    I just tried this with spray adhesive and had trouble getting the glue to coat the entire inside of the ornament. I didn’t use the same brand. Did you have any issues? I wonder if I add a little water if that would help or hinder the process.

  4. Kay says:

    I just did the modge podge with black glitter but the ball is pretty white. Will it dry clear and make the glitter shiny or will it stay white?

  5. Lisa says:

    I just tried the spray adhesive and it did not work very well. The first bulb had clumps of spray in it. The second one I tried to spray around the inside and it was better but I noticed it didn’t cover as well on the sides but was great on the bottom. I was afraid to spray too much in because I didn’t want to get the clumps. It looks a little splotchy but I’m hoping as it dries it looks better. I’m not sure of the best way to make sure the inside is coated evenly

    • heyheyheatherk says:

      Thanks for sharing your experiences! One of the things with the spray adhesive is twisting the liquid around to cover the whole inside after spraying and letting it dry just slightly before adding the glitter. You can also put it upside down for a few minutes to let the excess spray drip out before adding the glitter so it doesn’t puddle. That way it is a little more evenly distributed. It also depends on the type of adhesive spray I’ve noticed. Will have to update this post, thanks for letting me know how it worked for you! Let me know if you try it again and how it goes!

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