HD Glitter Ornament Video Tutorial

Blue Glitter, October 2015 Pink Glittered

It’s actually been many years since I’ve made a glitter ornament but I still get a lot of questions about making them. My glitter designs are some of my most popular on YouTube. In this new tutorial video I will show you everything you need to know to make your own beautiful glitter ornaments. My techniques haven’t changed much over the years. Watch this first and my old time lapse-videos will make much more sense.

Combination 8 Glitter Ornament

Update:
When I originally posted this I didn’t realize I was doing an 8 division wrong. I now have 2 types of 8 division instructions. Alyx’s 8 division and Normal 8 division. This one uses Alyx’s 8. You can find videos for both on the Combination Divisions Page.

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Several weeks ago I posted my “Flower Garden” Kimekomi Orament Video which showed you how you can create interesting kimekomi designs with the temari combination 8 division. These combination divisions are not just reserved for temari and kimekomi ornaments. You can also create great sequins and glitter ornaments.

Tools & Materials Needed:

  • ballpoint pen
  • tape measure
  • glue
  • drafting compass(optional)
  • paint brush
  • one 60mm smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm green sequins
  • light blue glitter paint**
  • 9mm wide green satin ribbon
  • 16 pearl topped corsage pins
  • 16 hot pink metallic plum blossom sequins

*purchased at Cartwright’s
**homemade, using loose glitter and clear iridescent glitter glue. See FAQ page for more info on how to make glitter paint.

Directions:

  1. Draw combination 8 division lines on the foam ball. You can find directions on drawing the combo 8 division in Suess’ book Japanese Temari, or online at TemariKai.com. Rather than using pins and string to mark your ball, use a measuring tape and pen and draw your lines and dots directly onto the foam ball.
  2. Trace all lines drawn with green sequins, except leave about 1.5cm without sequins at each point where more than 2 lines intersect.
  3. Prep your glitter paint.
  4. Fill in all exposed foam with glitter paint and let dry.
  5. At each point where more than 2 lines intersect, pin a plum blossom sequin with a corsage pin.
  6. Finish your ornament by placing a bow and hanging ribbon at the top where you left some exposed foam. Thread a plum blossom sequin onto the corsage pin, then the hanging ribbon, then the bow, in that order.

The most time consuming part of this ornament is waiting for the glitter paint to dry before moving onto the next step. You may need several coats of paint to get an opaque look.

I wasn’t completely happy with the color of the bow when I was finished so I removed it and added a purple bow.

For an even more interesting design change up the colors or use more than one color of glitter paint. Use star or holiday shaped sequins instead of flowers. There are so many possibilities.

Red Velvet Ornament

I love the red velvet ribbon I used in this ornament. It give the ornament a beautiful texture.

Materials Used:

  • 3 inch smooth foam ball
  • 1/2 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 3/4 inch silver sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm black sequins
  • clear iridescent glitter glue
  • 8mm red velvet ribbon
  • 6mm silver ribbon
  • 9mm silver ribbon
  • 5 dark green hologram sunbursts*
  • 5 silver embossed metallic kaleidoscope sequins*
  • 6 pearl topped corsage pins
  • 5 pearl beads
  • glue

*Purchased from Cartwright’s

Directions:

  1. Pin red velvet ribbon in two perpendicular lines around the foam ball, sectioning the ball into 4 equal parts.
  2. Pin 9mm silver ribbon in two perpendicular lines, between the red ribbon, sectioning the ball into 8 equal parts.
  3. Trace all ribbon with 5mm black sequins.
  4. Paint the remaining visible foam with glitter glue. You may need several coats.
  5. Once the glitter is dry, add the hanging ribbon and bow on the top of the ornament. Thread a large silver sequin onto the corsage pin, then the hanging ribbon and then the bow, in that order. I used both 6mm silver ribbon and red velvet in the bow. Alternate two loops of red, then two or silver, and so on.
  6. Next, thread a green sunburst onto a corsage pin, then a pearl bead, then a silver kaleidoscope and pin to the center of the red velvet ribbon.
  7. Repeat step 6 on remaining 3 sides of ball and on the bottom.

Pittsburgh Steelers Ornament

Need a perfect Christmas gift for the sports fanatic in your life! Why not make them an ornament with their favorite team’s logo and colors?

This one is for my Grandmother.

Materials Used:

  • 3 1/4 inch smooth foam round ovals**
  • 1/2 inch sequin pins*
  • 15/0 clear iridescent seed beads*
  • 5mm sequins in gold, silver, red, blue, and black*
  • clear iridescent glitter glue
  • black glitter paint***
  • black ribbon
  • 1.5 cm gold star sequins*
  • gold bead cap
  • pearl topped corsage pin

*Purchased from Cartwright’s
**Made by Plasteel Corp.
***Glitter paint can be made by mixing black glitter with clear glue. See FAQ for more info about making glitter paint.

Round Ovals from Plasteel Corp.

Directions:

  1. Find the team’s logo online. Save the picture on your computer and re-size it so it fits your foam and then print it. For this ornament I needed to put the team name on one side of the ornament and the logo on the other. The letters were too small to outline with sequins on the logo side of the ornament. If the letters are too small you won’t be able to make a good outline. The spaces in between the letters should fit your 5mm sequins. So, I made one print out of the logo that would fit one side of the foam, and then enlarged it so that the team name was large enough to outline on the other side.
  2. Cut out the logo and pin it to the center of the foam.
  3. Trace the outline of the logo with a sharp object onto your ball. An imprint of the logo should be left on the foam. I used a needle to punch tiny holes to create the outline on the foam.
  4. Fill in the diamond outlines of the logo on the foam with the proper corresponding colors of sequins, as well as the silver circle.
  5. Next, turn the foam shape over and pin the enlarged team name to the foam making sure it is centered and straight.
  6. Trace the outline of the letters with a sharp object onto your ball. An imprint of the letters should be left on the foam.
  7. Outline the letters you traced with gold sequins. See my previous post “Astros Ornament” to see a video of this technique.
  8. Paint the inside of the letters with black glitter paint and let dry.
  9. Once the logo and lettering is done, paint the remaining exposed foam on both sides with clear irridecent glitter glue and let dry. You may want to use several coats.
  10. When the the glitter glue is completely dry, trace the mold line that bisects the ornament with black sequins.
  11. Place the 1.5 cm gold stars at random around in the team name.
  12. To finish, thread a bead cap onto a corsage pin and then the hanging ribbon, in that order, and pin it to the top of the ornament.




I also made a Twilight inspired ornament back in March 2009 that uses the same lettering technique. Check out my Twilight Ornament video on YouTube.

Happy Ornament Making!