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Glitter Ornament DIY

Happy holiday season! If you are looking for a quick, easy, and inexpensive ornament to make at school or home-- I am going to share one of my favorites! You can find another ornament idea (a wood slice photo ornament) HERE. (Please note this post contains some affiliate links)

Glitter Ornament DIY

Supplies: Set of clear glass ornament balls, bottle of liquid floor wax, glitter of various colors, small paper funnel (or plastic funnel if you own one), ribbon, letter stickers (or vinyl lettering if you own a cutting machine like a Cricut), paint pen or metallic sharpies
Step 1: Take the topper off the ornament and squirt in floor cleaner. Use thumb to stopper the ornament and shake/swirl the cleaner all over the inside (you want it coated)

Step 2: Dump excess floor cleaner out-- I have the kids dump it back into a cup and afterwards I pour it back into the bottle-- no need to waste any! I've been using the same bottle of floor cleaner for 3 years now! 

Step 3: Use a funnel (I make a paper one) to pour in glitter of choice.

Step 4: Use thumb to stopper the ornament and shake/roll the glitter all over the inside of the ornament. If there are bare spots you can always add more glitter. Do this until the inside is coated with glitter. 

Step 5: Put topper back on the ornament. 

Step 6: (Skip this step if you don't own a Cricut) The night before I use my Cricut machine to cut the first initial of all my students. I cut the letter at about 1 inch tall and use the font "Watermelon Script"-- as soon as the student is done with their ornament I apply the letter. I always use Oracle 651 vinyl in white
Step 7: If you aren't using vinyl on the outside, you can just as easily use sticker letters or a paint pen/metallic sharpie to add details like name and year. 

Step 8: Add a ribbon for hanging-- or hooks if you prefer.

Step 9: Put in small bags with tissue paper. I usually buy mine at craft stores when they have a sale! 

Step 10: Remind students to carry them home VERY carefully-- since they are glass!

This is one of my favorite ornament crafts! I've been making them with my students for over 5 years now! They always turn out beautifully-- and you can always save the extra supplies for the next year! If you want to save this idea-- please pin the image below: 


Wood Slice Ornament DIY

Hello! I know a lot of teachers look for relatively inexpensive ornaments/gifts to make with or give to their students! Here is one of my favorites! (Please note this post contains some affiliate links for Amazon)

Wood Slice Photo Ornaments
Supplies: Wood slices, ribbon, Mod Podge, Paintbrush, Pictures, Scissors, Pencil

Step 1: Purchase wood slices from a craft store or online. I bought these from Amazon, and they came with the hole already drilled! You can get Mod Podge at almost any store-- I usually buy the regular "matte" kind, but any kind should work. 
Step 2: Take photos of students-- use the "square" setting on your iPhone (Instagram sized photos) and upload them to your computer (sometimes I just email them to myself if my Dropbox is being slow!) I recommend taking the picture not super close up because you want space to trace around the person and not have to cut off pieces of their heads. (Or do a practice one first to see if you are taking it from the correct distance)

Step 3: Measure wood slice width and height (this helps you size the photos for printing)

Step 4: Open Microsoft PowerPoint (or whatever program you prefer-- PowerPoint is easier to move photos around/size them-- so I highly recommend it over Microsoft Word!) Change the slide layout to "blank" then you can open your files and drag/drop your photos onto the slide (or use the insert photo function). You can always add more slides if you have a lot of pictures. 

Step 5: Size your photos to be the same size as your wood slice. So if your wood slice is 2.5"-- make your photo that size. You can also make is slightly larger if you plan to trim it down a lot. To size your photo in PowerPoint-- right click the photo and select "size and position" from the choices. You can then type the size in and it will automatically adjust.

Step 6: Print photos. I think they look great in black in white, or sepia, or color-- it's really up to you!

Step 7: Lay wood slice ornament over photo and trace around the outside. Then use scissors to cut around your markings. You can always trim it down further to make it fit better. 
Step 8: Use paintbrush to apply a layer of Mod Podge directly to the wood slice (be sure to use the wood slice you traced with-- since each slice is shaped slightly differently). Put photo on the wood slice and rub it down on the glue. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge OVER the picture (don't worry-- it'll dry clearly)
Step 9: After the glue dries, use a pencil to poke through the hole-- and use thin twine or ribbon to hang. Add date, student name, class name, etc. on the back of the wood slice using a paint pen (markers may bleed)

Step 10: Let students create wrapping paper using butcher paper-- or buy some cheap bags and tissues paper from the dollar store. Have students help you wrap-- and you are all finished! 

Parents will love keeping these ornaments as years go by! I hope you enjoy making these with your students! Pin the image below to save it for years to come:

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