DIY Cricut Glitter Ornaments: How to make and personalize ornaments
These glitter ornaments are so easy to make and customize with your Cricut! But what is the best solution to use to get the glitter to stick? Is mod podge, polycrylic or floor cleaner like mop and glo better? Find out in this post!
Glitter ornaments are not only beautiful but so fun to make. You can customize the exact colours you like. You can make one for the whole family or as Christmas gifts. I’ve done all the testing for you, so now you can follow this fool-proof method!
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MATERIALS FOR CRICUT CHRISTMAS GLITTER ORNAMENTS
- Light Grip Cutting Mat (the 12″x 12″ size)
- Polycrylic, mod podge, or floor cleaner (see below for comparison!)
- Medicine dropper (found in the baby aisle at dollar stores)
- Egg tray
- Bottle cap (from water bottle or bottle of soda)
- My free SVG template if you choose not to customize it (you will need access to my free resource library below)
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HOW TO MAKE GLITTER ORNAMENTS
If you’d rather watch a video on how to make it step by step, take a look at this video here (highly recommended!):
OPTIONAL TO SKIP STEP 1: GET THE FREE SVG FILE
Get the free template from the Free Resource Library.
STEP 1: CUSTOMIZE NAME
Let’s customize our ornament! Head over to Cricut Design Space and click on the text tool.
Type in the name you are putting on the ornament.
Adjust the letter-spacing. You may want to ungroup the letters and move them around one-by-one manually.
In this tutorial, I am using the font called Salty Ocean. It is free for personal use or you can grab the commercial licence if you plan on selling these ornaments.
You can also grab my free cheatsheet for the best free script fonts to use with Cricut.
Once you are happy with the placement of the letters, make sure you Weld so Cricut doesn’t cut each letter out individually.
STEP 2: CUT IT OUT
Follow the prompts to cut it out. I used Premium Permanent vinyl and the premium vinyl setting on my Cricut Maker with more pressure.
STEP 3: WEED YOUR DESIGN AND APPLY TRANSFER TAPE
Carefully weed your designs. Make sure you don’t accidentally weed something you aren’t supposed to.
Cut a piece of transfer tape to size and apply that to your design. You can use Cricut Transfer Paper or other transfer paper for this step. Do not remove the backing yet.
Put this aside.
STEP 4: PREP ORNAMENTS
Take the top off the ornament but pulling it off.
Put your ornament on your egg carton. This holds the ornament still so you can work with it.
Which glue is best? The short answer is Polycrylic.
Mod podge goes on too thick and doesn’t dry clear. Floor cleaner worked well when wet but a few days later, the glitter started coming off.
Open up your can of polycrylic and put some in your ornament using a medicine dropper. Don’t worry about putting too much. We are going to drain it.
Take the cap from your water bottle/soda and screw that on top of the ornament. This will prevent it from making a mess.
Pick up the ornament and swirl it around to get full coverage with the polycrylic. Make sure you’ve covered the entire ornament or you will have glitter bald spots!
Once you are happy with your coverage, put it upside down on top of a baby bottle or on your egg carton to let it drain the excess.
Don’t drain too much, we still want our glitter to stick to it. Just drain it enough that it’s not pooling.
STEP 5: ADD GLITTER
Now, take a funnel and add your glitter to the ornament. Be sure to use fine glitter as chunky glitter doesn’t look as good. Put the cap back on from the water/soda bottle. Shake your ornament to get the glitter all over the ornament.
This is when you need to do a quality check. Check for bald spots and clumps.
If you’ve messed up, you can always rinse out the ornament with water and start again.
Flip the ornament upside down again and drain the excess glitter.
Put it aside to dry with the cap off.
STEP 6: ADD CUSTOMIZATION
Now that the ornament is dry, let’s add our customization.
Take the design you prepared earlier and peel off the backing.
Position your design and start from the middle of the ornament to add pressure to transfer the vinyl. You can also cut slits to help place it on the curved surface.
Remove the transfer tape.
Put the top of the ornament back.
You’ve just made customized glitter ornaments with your Cricut! I hope you had as much fun with it as I did!
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