Hi everyone! I’ve got a fun DIY Silver Glitter Ornament for you today, complete with a hanging star in the middle of it!
It all starts with these laser-cut wood ornaments that I picked up at the craft store. (Mine are from Michaels.)
Here’s how to make these sparkly silver glitter ornaments!
Laser-cut, unfinished wood ornaments (3)
Silver metallic craft paint
Silver course glitter paint (Martha Stewart)
Small recycled plastic lid (to hold glitter paint)
Thread (in matching color)
Silver buttons (2 per ornament)
Silver adhesive-backed scrapbook stars (2 per ornament)
Glue Dots (mini)
Step One: Paint the ornaments – front and back – with one coat of silver metallic craft paint. The silver paint provides a nice sheen and will add to the sparkle of the glitter paint. Let dry.
Step Two: Paint each ornament with two coats of silver course glitter paint. Load up one of the flat sides of your brush…
…then tap the glitter paint onto the ornament in small sections. You want to coat the surface with the glitter, rather than paint it on. Let dry.
The “course” glitter paint has a look more like glass glitter when its dry. You could substitute regular silver glitter paint if so desired.
Here’s what the ornaments look like painted and glittered:
Now it’s time to add the hanging star inside the frame of the ornament.
You’ll need the adhesive-backed stars, thread and scissors for this step.
Step Three: Cut a piece of thread longer than you’ll need. Remove the adhesive back off one of the stars and gently place the thread onto the adhesive, leaving ample thread on either side of the star.
Note: I purposely wanted one of the star’s points to be pointing straight up, so that’s how I positioned my thread, as if it’s coming up through the top point of the star.
We’re going to make a sandwich with the adhesive stars. Take a second star, remove the adhesive backing, and place it adhesive-side down onto the adhesive side of the first star. (See photo.)
The adhesive sides will easily stick together, keeping the thread secured in between them.
Repeat this step for each ornament. When finished you should have three stars (one for each ornament) that have a thread in between them. One end of the thread comes through the “top” of the star, while the other end comes out in between two of the star’s points. (See above photo.)
Optional step: Apply the course glitter paint onto the white edges of your scrapbook stars if desired. Let dry.
Step Four: Cut the extra thread off from the bottom of the stars. Line up the thread with the center of the ornament’s frame. Decide how far down you want your star to hang within the opening.
Step Five: Take a silver button, apply a mini glue dot to the back of it, and attach it to the ornament directly on top of the thread. This step attaches the hanging star to the ornament. Cut off the extra thread sticking out from the top of the button.
Step Six: Cut a length of thread to make a simple ornament hanger. I tied mine into a long circle, then looped it through the top of the ornament.
(You’ll see some silver tinsel in the photo above: I had originally tried making ornament hangers using tinsel pipe cleaners, but I didn’t like how it looked. The simple thread is much better and enables the ornament to turn freely and capture the Christmas lights!)
Hang on your tree and enjoy!
I love how the silver star turns on its own inside the ornament!
Happy holiday crafting!
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