December 15, 2009

DIY Glitter Ornaments & Hurricanes

Two quick and easy projects to share with you today! First, we have some easy glitter ornaments. I love these because they look so pretty and since the glitter is inside the ornament, there is no real mess! (after the initial clean-up, of course.)

All you need is a box of clear glass ornaments, pump hairspray, and glitter. I recommend really fine glitter - it coats so much better. I used the Martha Stewart glitter on these, and it's my favorite by far.

Here are a few of the boxes of ornaments I purchased - Hobby Lobby or Michael's have them in a few shapes and sizes.
Take the ornament out of the box and remove the top. Then it's time to spray the hairspray in. I've found aerosol does not work near as well as the pump kind.
Give it about 15 pumps of hairspray, sometimes a few more or less depending on the shape & size of the ornament you're using. Then roll the hairspray around and coat every part of the inside of the ornament. Make sure to get the part by the opening! Pour any excess out.
Now dump your glitter in. I use about this much. I go light at first because you can always pour more in if you need to. You don't want to waste the precious Martha Stewart glitter...that stuff is like gold!
And then just start rolling it around. You'll see it start coating. If a spot is not sticking, give it a few more pumps of hairspray and you should be good to go.

Replace the top, and ta-da! Just like that.
I think these are really pretty on their own. Sometimes I tie lots of cute ribbons on the top, too. Just depends where you're putting them.
You can also embellish them with stickers or vinyl. I've made several of these for gifts and they're always a big hit!
The next thing I want to share is a project I saw on 320 Sycamore. I loved this idea, AND the cost is amazing! Basically buy a candlestick holder (I got mine at Dollar General for $1) and a hurricane. I bought some tall and some short ones at Dollar Tree, of course for $1 each.
Simply use hot glue or E6000 glue to stick the two pieces together. (I forgot to take a picture of this step. I used hot glue on all of mine and put glue directly on the rim of the candlestick and they turned out great.)
Here are 2 of them as finished products. I filled them with ornaments and they look so pretty!

And here are 2 of them with candles in them. I bought the candles at Dollar Tree for $1 each also, so the total cost was only $3. I love them because you can change the filler out with the seasons, too.
That's all for today...thanks for stopping by! :)


  1. These are GREAT! ideas!!! I love them! I can't wait to try both of them out. In fact, I think the ornaments just made my list to make for gifts for Ava's teachers next year! Your house looks incredible!

  2. LOVE this! I have made the ornaments before, but used some really sticky, messy glue stuff. Hairspray is AWESOME!! Thanks!

  3. LOVE the glitter ornaments. Those are even something this none crafty person can handle. :-D And they look great!

  4. So pretty... can't wait to give this a try.

  5. Sooooo cute!! And I love love love Dollar Tree and Dollar General!!

  6. oh my gosh those ornaments are gorgeous! i can't believe they are so simple to make! good work :)
    xo meg

  7. LOVE these ideas! Absolutely gorgeous!

  8. Great ideas....

    I love anything sparkly, and what a good idea on making a pretty pedestal for the hurricanes.

  9. Great ideas!! So thrifty, too. Love them- keep the tips coming. :)

  10. Wow - beautiful ornaments!! I want to try this.

  11. I love the ornaments! I am going to try this soon for some people who are hard to buy for! Thanks for the ideas!

  12. oh my goodness! I love the ornaments! I may have to try that :) thanks for sharing!

  13. Oh...I wish I was that creative...I will have to get these two items a try. Thanks for sharing them with the world!

    Lisa :)

  14. These are fabulous ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    I haven't heard from you in awhile and I hope you are doing well. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas.


  15. wow, how creative! love the hairspray and glitter idea and the candlestick jars!!

  16. I LOVE the ornament idea with the glitter and hair spray! Genious!!!

  17. Love the ornaments...but I LOVE your baby's due date even more! May 16th is my wedding anniversary. :)

  18. Great ideas! I love the glitter ornaments. I would have never thought using hairspray!

  19. wow what great ideas, so cheap but so nice.

    Just curious if there is a blog or website where you get all your wonderful ideas?

  20. i love it all!
    your homemade glittery ornaments in the wine rack is my favorite!!!

  21. what an awesome idea!! i have been trying to figure out what in the world i could do with my glass candle holders like that.. which i have sitting out with no candle or anything....

    thanks for the tip!!!

  22. Wow I love both of the projects!! Hairspray -- who would have thought it?!?! Oh wait -- you did!! Thanks fo the tips!

  23. such a great idea!
    I'm definitely going to have to use the vase/candlestick idea!

  24. Found your blog through the Card Carousel. Thanks for the ornament idea! I have plans for some for me and for Christmas presents. And congrats on the upcoming baby. I've got a May baby too!

  25. OMG I HAVE GOT TO MAKE these two projects before Christmas to put on my dining room table! i've not found anythign I wanted to put on it and my decorations from last year broke (homemade ornament trees made from the gardening foam). OMG I LOVE THE glitter ornaments b/c #1 THEY DON'T GET GLITTER ON YOU WHEN U DECORATE W/ THEM like the kind i have on my feather boa tree and #2 THEY ARE GORGEOUS AND UNIQUE! AND OMG THAT IS THE BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD makin the beautiful glass holders from hurrican gloves and candlesticks! omg! I'VE GOT TO DO THIS ASAP! YOU ARE NOW ADDED TO MY "BLOGS I LIKE" LIST FOR SURE !LOL...

  26. Thanks for answering my Q about how to do these ornaments!

    I'm obsessed with them!!

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity :)

    Merry Christmas!!!!!

  27. Those ornaments are beautiful. I love this idea, so I may get my mom to do some with me. :)

  28. You are so cool! I love those ornaments.

  29. I did it! And it worked! WOW!! Love them!


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