Glitter & Alcohol Ink Ornaments

Welcome! I gotta tell ya – I am so excited about today’s projects and I hope you like them. I show how to take regular ornaments and change them into mini masterpieces with glitter and/or alcohol inks.  These are great options for inexpensive handmade gifts!

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There are many ways to decorate simple ornaments to turn them into little masterpieces. Today I share my favorites. A few of the ornaments were made with glitter… and few with alcohol ink… and a few with both.

For all of these ornaments, I started with inexpensive, clear glass ornaments I had on hand. (HERE are a few options to check out


The first type of ornaments I show are glitter ornaments. I start with the clear glass ornament and cover the inside with a small amount of Minwax Polycrylic Clear Gloss. (You can also use floor polish for this.) After I drained out the excess, I added fine glitter… shaking like crazy to coat the inside before pouring the excess out. I let it dry overnight before moving on. The nice thing about these glitter ornaments is that all of the glitter is on the inside… protected for years to come. And you can decorate the outside however you want! (I know there are now environmental issues with glitter. I personally decided I won’t buy more but will use up what I have.)

On my first ornament, I white heat embossed snowflakes from the Hero Arts Stacking Snowflakes Stamp Set (EH | HA) and added gemstones with strong liquid adhesive. I also added a small Hero Arts Infinity Tag Dies (EH | HA) tag stamped with a “be merry” sentiment from the Hero Arts Winter Holiday Messages Stamp Set (EH | HA). I plan to write the recipients name on the back and then tie this to their gift for a fun keepsake tag!

Here you can see it on a tree. I will be honest – this is the only photo I took on my real tree outside. It was SO cold that I set up a mini fake tree inside to photograph the rest! 🙂

My next ornament show a mix of fine and not-so-fine glitter on the inside. This adds to the sparkle! I white heat embossed the “Peace” and green heat embossed the pine images from the Hero Arts Peace Love Joy Stamp Set (EH | HA). I added red berries with Tonic Nuvo Drops.

I also added a tag using the Hero Arts Infinity Tag Dies (EH | HA) and Hero Arts Winter Holiday Messages Stamp Set (EH | HA).

I really like the look of white snow glitter inside of the ornaments. This one has pines from the Hero Arts Peace Love Joy Stamp Set (EH | HA), Nuvo Drop berries, silver gems, and a red ribbon. (All of these ribbons are old ones from my stash. Nothing fancy!)

Here you can see the white snow glitter inside.

You can also mix different colors of glitter inside of ornament. Here I used teal glitter, silver glitter, and star glitter! Swoon. I again added a white heat embossed “peace” and gems.

My last glitter ornament is super simple… and I think I like it that way! I again used silver and teal glitter inside… but this time white heat embossed “blessed” from the Hero Arts Winter Holiday Messages Stamp Set (EH | HA) on the outside.


Alcohol ink is a lot of fun to use on ornaments because you get different looks every time. For most of the ornaments, I applied the alcohol ink to the outside. Once dry, I sprayed it with a clear protective spray so it wouldn’t be damaged over the years.

For my first few examples, I first coated the inside of the ornament with white acrylic paint and let it drain and dry. This gives me a white glass ornament that I can add color to. You could instead buy white glass ornaments and skip this step!

This ornament shows the wonderful colors you can get with alcohol inks. (Be sure to watch the video for more info on how to apply the inks.) And it only took a minute or two! Once it was dry, I sprayed on a protective coating and heat embossed “blessed” from the Hero Arts Winter Holiday Messages Stamp Set (EH | HA) .

This really will stand out on the tree!

On this one, I added metallic mixatives to the alcohol inks for a bit of silver.

Those colors make me so happy…

I think it would be fun to stamp a person’s initials on one of these – what a great gift…

Here, I rolled my inked ornament onto an inked Hero Arts Figure Eight Stamp (EH | HA) and gold heat embossed it.


My last few ornaments combine alcohol ink and glitter together.

This green ornament actually has glitter on the inside. I filled it with white glitter as I mentioned doing above. And then I applies alcohol ink to the outside. This may be my favorite technique yet!

Look at all that shine…

My last ornament is another favorite. Here, I put a few drops of different colors of alcohol inks into the empty ornament and sprayed a bit of canned air inside to move it around. I then put it clear glitter while it was still wet. The glitter sticks and you end up with a lovely ornament. And everything is protected inside.


Looking for more ornament inspiration? Check these out:

  • Recently my friend Chari Moss made glitter ornaments that she turned into cute critters. Lila and I will definitely be making these! Check out the video HERE.
  • Check out THIS video to see how to make paper ornaments that you can include on a card.
  • HERE I show how to make shaker ornaments.
  • THIS video shares more on the basics of alcohol inks.


Today’s project is part of the Ellen Hutson 12 Tags of Christmas With a Feminine Twist! This is an annual 12-day event with two crafters participating each day. Today is Day 1 and Carolyn Peeler and I are both using alcohol inks. (My projects are ornaments that I plan to use as tags on gifts.) You can see her project HERE.


Want to find the products I used? I have listed them below. (Compensated affiliate links used at no cost to you. Thank you for your support! Affiliate and product disclosure can be found here. All products were personally purchased except the products Hero Arts and some of the alcohol inks which were received from the company with no expectation. As always, this post was NOT paid for or sponsored.) Click on the icons below each product picture to go to a favorite store.

Hero Arts Peace Love Joy Stamp Set
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Hero Arts Stacking Snowflakes Stamp Set
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Hero Arts Winter Holiday Messages…
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Hero Arts Figure Eight Stamp
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Hero Arts Infinity Tag Dies
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Clear Glass Ornaments
Tonic Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter
Tonic Nuvo Glitter
[ ELH ]
Lawn Fawn Chunky Glitter
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White Acrylic Paint
Clear Protective Spray
Minwax Polycrylic Clear Gloss
Canned Air
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Mixatives
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Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution
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Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Applicator Tool
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VersaMark Ink
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Hero Arts White Embossing Powder
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Ranger Fern Green Embossing Powder
[ ELH ]
Hero Arts Heat Gun
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Tonic Nuvo Drops
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128 thoughts on “Glitter & Alcohol Ink Ornaments”

  1. It never occurred to me to try stamping/embossing on glass. I love this idea & luckily have about 1/2 box of glass balls left from making glitter ornaments several years ago. Thank you for the idea.

  2. I made several glitter ornaments last year, it never occurred to me to decorate the outside. Lol!!!! I will have to spruce them up this year. I am excited to try the alcohol inks technique too!!
    I can’t wait to watch the video! I love your videos and I am beyond thankful that you are willing to share and teach us your techniques!!!

  3. WOW! What great ornament ideas. Can’t wait to see your upcoming video on how to. Can’t wait to try this as well

  4. I love these ornaments. Putting the glitter on the inside is such a wonderful idea. No flaking off. Perfect for gifts. Thank you!

  5. WOW!! These are amazing…love the ‘modern’ and ‘fun’ colors on these too and look so much fun, now I have to check out my alcohol inks and see what colors I have!!

  6. Love these ornaments!! My son has a tree with a Texas Tech theme – I can’t wait to try the black and red with these ornaments!!

  7. Looks like so much fun. I too like to use my card making supplies to make other crafty projects. I am going to try and make some of these. Thank you for sharing.

  8. These are stunning! You sure make it look easy. It’s something I never thought I would do. But you may have changed my mind!! Thank you!!

  9. This is so gorgeous Jennifer, I love these ornaments and I know for sure that I would surch for a few clear ornaments so I can make a few as awesome as yours. I think I am going to work with glitterpowder. Thank you for this great idea, tips and all the beautiful examples.

  10. These are genius, Jennifer! If I can get some small clear plastic ornaments, I may replicate these ideas for gift tags this year. I can just see how it would make a package even more special. Thanks so much for sharing these! 🙂 ~ Andrea

  11. These ornaments are fantastic! I love the play of color and the beautiful design! This is an amazing idea!

  12. Thanks for showcasing new ways to use alcohol inks. Using them to stamp on the outside of the ornaments as well as using them inside are great inspiration. I love the marbling affect they give.

  13. This video brought back so many memories for me. Years ago there was a crafting show on HGTV hosted by a lady named Carol Duvall. One of her frequent guests was Tim Holtz and he made these ornaments using alcohol ink. I dashed out and bought some alcohol ink (think I still have some of that original purchase in my stash!) and some glass ornaments and spent several fun hours making them. They really are beautiful and such fun to make.

  14. Uh oh. I’m in trouble and it’s all your fault!!!!!! (Kidding!) I HAVE to try this idea. I just love it and am looking for a different craft project to work on. This looks perfect … and like it could be “addictive”!!! I just love the glitter and alcohol ink together. Thanks SO much for sharing this idea, Jennifer. Much appreciated.

  15. PS: Tim Holtz did a video recently where he colored the rock candy glitter with alcohol inks! I wonder if that would work with your ornament idea(?). Will have to give it a try (because then I wouldn’t have to buy more glitter). Am curious why it’s not good for the environment and want to respect that. Thanks again.

  16. What an incredible collection of hand-crafted ornaments, Jennifer. I’ll be sharing this idea with my family and friends who love making ornaments. The possibilities for a personal touch are endless. tfs

  17. So lovely, Jennifer! We have made the glitter ornaments in the past and loved the look. We’ll have to try out the glitter and alcohol ink technique.

  18. Jennifer, enjoy your glitter! There will always be people who complain about something. You can’t please everyone. Glitter is glitter; it’s not a nuclear bomb. These ornaments are absolutely beautiful and the glitter really adds beauty to them. Thank you for taking the time to share how to make these beautiful ornaments – glitter and all! Keep up the good work. You make the world a better place.

  19. Funny, I was looking at some
    other glitter ornaments on a
    different blog and then came
    to your blog! These are just
    gorgeous and so doable.
    Carla from Utah

  20. I love these so much! I’m wondering if the alcohol inks would work the same on plastic ornaments. I have many left over from making glitter ornaments and would love to try this method.

  21. These are wonderful. I may have to go buy some glass ornaments so I can play. And of course my husband just loves glitter projects because he gets to wear glitter to work ALL week! 🙂 Thank you so much for the video.

  22. Hi Jennifer. I actually saw this on YouTube and also left a comment(RobynLovesPedroSilva is my name on there) that name was an accident and I can not figure out how to change it on there. The ornaments are SO beautiful and you gave us so many wonderful techniques to try. The way you used your hand to cup the stamp is genius. Thank u so much for the inspiration. The question I asked on your channel was if u thought I could try to emboss on a plastic clear ornament if I don’t heat it to much. 💕❤️

  23. These ornaments are absolutely gorgeous! I love the different combinations with the glitter and the alcohol inks with their swirls just make me happy! Thanks for the inspiration!

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