DIY Glitter Scallop Ornaments

Learn how to make these pretty scalloped edge glitter ornaments! #12monthsofmartha

Every year, Kevin and I purchase an ornament or two for our tree. Our little collection has grown out of our travels and documents some milestones in our marriage, like when we bought a house and adopted Darcy and later Daisy. Since we downsized a lot before our move to L.A., I only packed one of our 3 boxes of ornaments. The box we brought with has some bright colored geometric ornaments and the special one’s we’ve collected. I wanted to add a little more color to our white tree this year, so I decided to make some simple colored ornaments that match our collection.

Using supplies I had on hand (including glass ornaments because when you’re a DIY blogger, ornaments are in your supply stash), I made these fun glittered scalloped ornaments. They add just the amount of color and sparkle our tree needed! Check out the tutorial below to make your own set.

Learn how to make these pretty scalloped edge glitter ornaments! #12monthsofmartha

DIY Glitter Scallop Ornaments

Supplies: glass ornaments / craft paint / assorted glitter / decoupage medium / foam pouncerlarge paint brush / small angled paint brush

Learn how to make these pretty scalloped edge glitter ornaments! #12monthsofmartha

Learn how to make these pretty scalloped edge glitter ornaments! #12monthsofmartha

Learn how to make these pretty scalloped edge glitter ornaments! #12monthsofmartha

Learn how to make these pretty scalloped edge glitter ornaments! #12monthsofmartha

Learn how to make these pretty scalloped edge glitter ornaments! #12monthsofmartha

  1. Remove the metal top from each ornament by pulling gently. Squirt about a tablespoon of paint into each ornaments and shake it around until the entire inside is opaque. See my step-by-step tutorial for making paint filled ornaments for tips on this. Allow them to dry completely, overnight is best.
  2. Pour a little decoupage medium onto a paint palette or paper plate. Dip the foam pouncer into the medium and then stamp it around the top of an ornament. Use the edge of the foam pouncer to also add decoupage medium around the top of the ornament.
  3. Sprinkle glitter over the areas you just stamped. Do this over a disposable plate for easy clean up! Shake off the excess and place it back in the tray the ornaments came in. Allow it to dry completely, at least 3-4 hours.
  4. Once dry, use a large dry paint brush to brush off the excess glitter.
  5. Then use a small angled paint brush to brush a thin coat of decoupage medium over the glittered areas. This will help seal it and prevent glitter from getting all over your hands when you decorate your tree.
  6. Allow the ornaments to dry completely (overnight is best) and then replace the metal toppers. Then they are ready to be hung on your tree, wreath or garlands.

Note: If you can’t find glass ornaments with gold toppers, you can easily make them gold! Just use a disposable foam brush to brush a thin coat of liquid gilding paint over the silver areas. Make sure to wear gloves when using this paint because it’s not water soluble but if you do get it on your hands, nail polish remove will do the trick!

The white ornaments have white glitter scallops, which look lovely and very snow-link in person! Unfortunately, they don’t photograph that well. If you are looking for a more traditional look, the white ones would amazing on a real evergreen tree.

Learn how to make these pretty scalloped edge glitter ornaments! #12monthsofmartha

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  1. These look absolutely lovely! I love glitter, especially for the holidays!

  2. So so cute! That sponge makes scalloping so much easier!

    • Sooo much easier! I tried doing it with a brush at first and it was so hard to apply the decoupage medium evenly!

  3. Oh my goodness – so pretty! I had no idea you could use a round foam pouncer to make scallops! Genius! I love it.

    • Thanks so much Heather! Those foam pouncers sure are handy!

  4. STUNNING, Sarah! Did you just fill your glass ornaments with paint to get the color? So clever to use your pouncer for the scallop shape. Pinned and love.

    • Thanks Amy! Yes, I used the multi-surface paint (in satin finish) to color each ornament.

  5. Well these are just the cutest. Love them!

  6. This looks like an easy craft for older kids. We just might have to try this with our Girl Scouts!