Martha Stewart Glitter Ornaments

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Nothing says “winter” and “holidays” like glitter, and nothing says “glitter” like Martha Stewart. When I was asked by our sponsor, Martha Stewart Crafts, to decorate some ornaments using her glitter, I jumped at the chance. Look at all the beautiful colors! It makes me want to glitter up everything in the house. I got the sampler pack and three kinds of glitter glue: the fine tip dispenser, the little tub with the brush included (for large areas), and the ballpoint glue pen. I ended up not using the pen, as the fine tip dispenser did everything I needed it to.

I bought some very inexpensive ornaments at my local craft store and decided to see what a little glitter could do for them. I started out with a little wooden snowman. Using the fine tip applicator glue, I added plenty of glitter, and look how dapper he is now! To make the colors of the glitter pop, I coated the wood with a light coat of white acrylic paint before I began. Once he was glittered, I couldn’t resist using some of Martha Stewart’s crystals as little buttons. If you use inexpensive ornaments like this, make sure you replace all the string hangers with ribbons to make your ornaments even prettier.
Here’s another wooden ornament. I used a few of the beautiful blues in this snowflake design, and again used some of the crystals. You can never have too much bling.
Here’s a winter friend that your favorite child will love. I took a cheap flocked polar bear, brushed the glue from the little tub all over him, and then heavily coated him with glitter. He’s so festive; I love the way he sparkles! He looks like he just took a walk in the snow.
This started out life as a plain brown paper mache star. I glued an image in the middle, and using the fine point glue dispenser, made patterns for several of the metallic tones of glitter. This one takes a little patience (it works better if you allow each section to dry before moving on to the next), but the end result is worth it.
Being a Craftster, I was not happy to just glitter store bought ornaments; I wanted to make one of my own. I used a mega bottle cap (2 inches across) for this one, plus other supplies I already had. I love the way the green glitter and the red tinsel make the image pop!

Martha Stewart glitters are sold individually, or in several different color combination sets. Be careful if you buy a set; you are going to want to give everything a dusting of sparkly glitter. Trust me, I know.

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18 Comments

  1. FANTABULOUS! I want to eat all of those they are so pretty Racky!

  2. Arimethia says:

    The last one is my favorite. Great job, Racky!

  3. Lilli says:

    I absolutely love Martha Stewart glitter, but the retail prices drive me crazy. Unfrtunately, too, my wholesaler doesn’t carry the Martha line so I can only buy the glitter when I have coupons. I realize that it’s superior in quality so it should cost a few extra dollars more, but it doesn’t constitute such a ridiculously higher price.

    I’ve also discovered that the Martha line has some of the best wet glue around. My only complaint has been with the pen. It has a metal ball in the tip, just like a real pen, which doesn’t write well on some surfaces.

  4. kat says:

    i LOVE her glitter colours fanatically….however, i am having a hard time figuring out what to seal them with. any ideas?

  5. Leah says:

    Kat — I wonder if a light spritzing of clear acrylic sealer (like Krylon) would do the trick? I’d love to know this as well. I love glitter but I don’t like it when little bits of glitter fall off of the item after it’s all dry. It seems like even with really good glue, some of the glitter comes off.

    Martha Stewart Crafts also sells their own sealer: http://shop.marthastewart.com/Decoupage-Glue-Sealer-With-Brush-Applicator/A/B002BTSML2.htm

  6. Krafty_Karasu says:

    I use a lot of the Martha Stewart glitters for various projects and I LOVE them.

    I typically use clear coat spray paint to seal what I’ve put glitter on. well, except when it’s on paper. it would probably curl paper. that’s how I seal altered puzzle pieces that I’ve used glitter on. if you don’t make sure ALL of the excess has been knocked off, you can have the glitter spread to other areas while spraying, but as far as staying on after being sprayed, it works.

  7. kat says:

    leah–i’ve tried that sealer, and..alas!! i ended up with kind of a huge mess. i blame user error, personally. ha! i’ve got some various spray sealers lying about, so i’ll give those a try.

    thanks!

  8. Heather says:

    I just got the sample pack and I love it! I glittered all my Christmas cards but I had the same problem with sealing them. Oh well, hopefully the recipients don’t mind glitter everywhere!

  9. Pam says:

    Those are wonderful!

  10. gingerquilts (Jenni) says:

    Must have GLITTER! Beautiful ornaments Racky!

  11. Leah says:

    Heather — It’s interesting that you raise the issue with glitter on paper and how to seal it. I think the Krylon acrylic sealer would be great for 3D objects but I wonder about paper. One idea that comes to mind is that 3D glaze that a few different companies make for paper crafting. Maybe you could paint that over the glittered parts. It dries nice and clear but also rubbery so maybe the rubberiness would keep the glitter in place.

  12. Amy Rozeboom says:

    Fantastic Racky!!

  13. I Sew Cute says:

    I love the Martha glitters! It is hard to keep from glittering everything in the house! Great ornaments Rackycoo! I love the polar bear!

  14. Christina says:

    I just bought Martha Stewart glitter this winter. I have to say, shelling out the cash for it was painful (“It’s just glitter!” I wanted to scream.) but it was worth the money. So fine, and you can use it for SO MUCH!

    Oh, glitter. :)

  15. Tina says:

    I got the sampler pack for Christmas! Is it too early to start on ornaments for next year? Ha ha. I think not. These are very inspiring ideas. I think I’ll see what leftover ornaments I can find in stores tomorrow (that are no doubt marked down 70% by now!) to glitter. Fun!

  16. Meryl says:

    I agree that Martha’s glitters are very expensive, but do a terrific job. I just had to silver glitter 15 large styrofoam stars for a party. I bought 1 tub of the cheap, usual silver flake glitter and 1 small bottle of Martha Stewart sterling silver fine glitter. I mixed the 2 together so that it would go further. Great results – the silver stars are much brighter and shinier than if I had only used the cheap version. Plus, the larger flakes of the cheap glitter really added dimension. If you have large areas to glitter, i think mixing is the way to go – at least dollar-wise.

  17. sweets4ever says:

    Wow, Meryl! That’s a great idea. It definitely gets the best of both worlds and stretches the dollar a little further. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Those are so cute. This is such a fun, creative and inexpensive way to spruce up your ornaments. I especially like your dancing snowman.

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