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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.Β  These are great options for inexpensive handmade gifts!

[All supplies are linked to multiple sources in the thumbnails at the end of this post. Multiple stores are also linked in the parentheses following the product name. Compensated affiliate links may be used at no cost to you.]

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

GLITTER ORNAMENTS

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! πŸ™‚

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 ORNAMENTS

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.

ALCOHOL INK + GLITTER ORNAMENTS

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.

ADDITIONAL INSPIRATION

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.

12 TAGS

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.

SUPPLIES

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


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116 thoughts on “Glitter & Alcohol Ink Ornaments”

  1. I’ve made ornaments with glass paint, but these look so much easier and just as beautiful. Can’t wait to try these techniques.

  2. Absolutely incredible! You’ve done it again, my crafty/stampin’ friend! These will be perfect for my little homemade gifts for next year! I made decoupaged fabric glass plates this year before my shoulder surgery…have a few more to make but hubby will finish up! He’s my craftin’ assistant! LOL Thanks so much for helping to make my recovery more “do-able”…gonna be 4-6 wks in sling (dominant side)! You are such a blessing!

    ‘do-able

  3. Love that you share all of these ideas!!! These ornaments are beautiful. This is a perfect project to do with my grandsons. May the holidays bring you much joy as you spend time with family and friends.

  4. This is a great project! My daughters and I were thinking of trying something new on Christmas Eve this year. This might just be the project we’re searching for!

  5. These ornaments are so elegant and pretty!
    I do like the glitter inside-less mess.
    The combo of glitter and alcohol inks
    are amazing!

  6. Jennifer, you are a wonder! These are so beautiful, and not so hard to make with supplies we mostly have on hand! Each year I have a craft night with friends to make Christmas tags and/or ornaments – now I know what we’re going to make next year!

  7. Jennifer,
    Theses ornaments are fantastic. Using floor polish to coat the insides of the ornaments works great so to add the glitter but never thought to use an air spray to move the glitter or alcohol in is ingenious. Thanks for all the great tips.

  8. I think I have some clear ornaments in my craft closet–you have motivated me to make some of these–just gorgeous!

  9. I’ve done glitter ornaments and paint ornament, but never even though of using alcohol ink. These are beautiful! You’ve definitely inspired me to try this technique.

  10. You never cease to amaze me. The bulbs are so beautiful, the last one (purple with Glitter inside) is my favorite and I hope to make some for gifts this year. Thank you for sharing your talent with us!

  11. I would never have imagined stamping on a round surface like that! They came our beautiful! I thought it was vinyl, but this is better! Thank you!

  12. This is such a cool idea! And I already have 6 plain glass ornaments (that I haven’t been putting on my tree because they are too plain).

  13. These are absolutely gorgeous! What a beautiful yet inexpensive gift to make for friends this year! I can’t wait to try and do some! Thank you so very much for sharing, Jennifer!

  14. Your ornaments are stunning!!! The colors you chose make me happy too! I would never have consideted that heat embossi g would work on ornaments. Thanks so much for the time you spend teaching and inspiring–just want you to know you are loved and appreciated.
    Praying a blessed Christmas for you and your family.

  15. I could write a book on this blog entry. I have made the alcohol ink ornaments before but mine did not look near as pretty as yours. I am swooning over the white snow and teal peace glitter ornaments. I checked out Chari’s you-tube-so darn cute. I checked the the links to your shaker ornaments.-I have to make them. I have spent much of my hip replacement recovery watching your you tubes on the Big TV! Now I need to shop. Wishing you and yours a blessed,safe Christmas.

  16. Wow! These are fabulous Jennifer! You blow me away, time and time again. I’d love to try these… a brilliant way to stretch supplies. Thank you for sharing with us, hugs to you xx

  17. Wow! This is one fantastic way to start a hop! Your ornaments are beautiful and inspiring. Of course your examples are amazing, but your video walking us through all the steps is so helpful. I can actually see my husband and I making these for our annual “surprise ornament” that we leave with everyone we visit by hiding it on their tree. We have been doing this for 34 years, so most people know to look for it by now, but it is fun to do anyway.

  18. These are so beautiful Jennifer. My friend made something similar to these last year and they were lovely too. I would love to try your technique with my grandsons. TFS.

  19. The ornaments are gorgeous.
    I’ve done something like these – mine
    never turned out this fantastic – and
    they are fun to do and great to give.
    Love the added sentiments on the
    outside. thanks for sharing
    txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  20. These are gorgeous! I especially love the glittery ones – I keep meaning to make these every year, but this year we are in tiny temporary housing waiting for our house to be built so all of my precious crafty supplies are packed up! Sniff sniff!

  21. Those are beautiful. I made a simple version of these a few years ago with acrylic paints and still love them. I made some snowman ornaments with battery tea lights this year. Can I send you a photo?

  22. These are absolutely amazing and a super fun craft that I will be doing with my kids this year! Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas! I’ve bookmarked these instructions for later. Chari’s animal versions are super cute and I just received my Lawn Fawn Woodland Critter Huggers and Winter add-on in the mail. Yay! New toys to play with! πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‰πŸ˜

  23. Wow these ornaments are SO SO beautiful!! I just love how unique each one is with the varying looks of the alcohol inks πŸ™‚ so creative!!

  24. Oh these are all so beautiful! I’ve done a lot of ornaments with glitter and alcohol inks, have applied vinyl, but never thought of doing embossing on them. What a fabulous idea. I’ll have to give that a try this year. I love to make ornaments for my family and these would be so nice. Thanks for all the great inspiration!

  25. These ornaments are amazing! I kept thinking ‘how in the world did she stamp on those ornaments?’ When I saw how you did it, I thought , I’m so grateful for people like Jennifer! I would have tried to make it so much more complicated. Thank you!

  26. I tried the glitter and alcohol ink ornament last night. It was so fun and addictive! I’m definitely making some more for co-workers tonight.

  27. Wow!! These are GORGEOUS and simply stunning decorations!! You’ve done it again, Jennifer. Your creative ideas are so above and beyond. I love all 3 styles but don’t know if the glitter ones or the glitter and alcohol ink combination are my favourites. Those last 2 are A set of 4 of these would make a lovely handmade gift for friends. I think I’ll have to look into getting some of that canned air!

  28. Amazing ornaments! Jennifer, you are so creative. Both kinds of ornaments are so pretty! I am especially in awe of the glitter ornaments and want to try my hand at making some. I am a “glitter” magnet though….so will get out the
    vacuum cleaner before I even start….and even then will probably sparkle for years! πŸ˜‰ Happy holidays!

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