Make a glittery ornament to shimmer on your tree this year. Thank you to Elmer’s Products for sponsoring today’s crafty Bear Glitter Christmas Ornament.
Each year, I buy my kids a Christmas ornament that reflects their interests for the year. This has been one of my daughter’s favorite traditions. She likes pulling her ornament box out each year and reminiscing.
“Oh, look!” she’ll exclaim. “That was the year I liked Dora!”
Or Minnie Mouse. Or the Abominable Snowman. Decorating her tree is a fun afternoon of memories and giggles.
I’ve decided to continue this tradition with the triplets. One of my boys is obsessed with bears. He wears bear shirts. He sleeps with two stuffed bears. He has asked for a bear for Christmas (not real, I hope!). When I saw a blank wood bear ornament at a local craft store last week, I wanted to make it just for him.
I’m using a bear ornament, but this technique will work on any plain ornament that you may find.
- Elmer’s X-TREME School Glue
- Plain wood ornament
- Several small craft paintbrushes
- Assorted acrylic paint colors
- Newspaper to protect work space
Paint the ornament with the acrylic paint. Let it dry completely.
If the ornament is double sided, go ahead and paint the other side, as well.
Using a small paintbrush, “paint” a coat of Elmer’s X-TREME School Glue on the section of the ornament that you want to glitter. In my case, it is the bear itself.
Use your fingers to sprinkle the glitter on the glue, pressing down the glitter into the glue as you go. I use my fingers rather than shaking it from the bottle so that I can control where the glitter goes.
If glittering both sides, let one side dry completely before applying glitter to the other side.
Once dried, gently shake the ornament over a trash can or newspaper to release and loose glitter specs. I also used a small straight pin to remove the glue and glitter from the open lines in the bear.
Other ideas: Use glitter and glue to create a sparkly monogram on a blank ornament or to make glittery stripes on a wood ball ornament!