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!
Lindsay AFM says
The ornament is adorable!! Love that glitter!!
Laura / Pet Scribbles says
Love this tutorial! I always see these ornaments in the stores and you’ve totally transformed it so beautifully!
How fun! I am sure your son will love it!
This is so cute and I love the bit of sparkle!
Amy Anderson says
That’s super cute! I love the added touch of glue and glitter.
Laura Kelly-Walters says
This is darling Melanie! What a special ornament for a special boy!
Rachel Teodoro says
We do something similar too. That way my kids will have a tree full of ornaments when they move out. I love the fresh little sparkle on this one!
I love this idea! We collect ornaments from vacations and other family traditions and love to tell their stories as we decorate the tree. It’s a tradition my Mom started with us, and I’ve continued with my boys.
Debi at Life Currents says
This is so cute! And I could totally make it, it’s so easy!
You’re so creative, I love it! This is such a cute idea!
I did not know about the X-treme Glue! I think we need to pick some up. My kids are always crafting and looking for glue that really holds things together.
Such a fun tradition! Decorating the ornament yourself makes it even more special!
Love what youve done! So simple but it makes a big difference~ Love the glitter!
This is so cute, perfect for my grandkids!
Tina Dawson says
This has got to be the cutest Christmas tradition ever! I think I might try doing this too – an ornament for a memory! How much more special it would be – especially hand crafted beauties like the bear! 🙂
What a great ornament idea! My kids love all animals so this would be good for them.
What a fun Christmas craft!
Kim Lee says
This is so pretty!
Such a cute Christmas ornamanet!
These are too cute! I have to find that ornament.