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Easy Glittered Ornaments

by Permanent Posies on November 3, 2010

I decided to do a craft today.  I know it may seem early to you but I am decorating for Christmas next week.  I used to decorate the week before Thanksgiving when the kids were in college so that they would have more time than just the week before Christmas to enjoy the decorations.  It just became a tradition

But this year, I will not be available to decorate that weekend so it has to be the weekend before.  Well, shockingly, that is next week.  Seriously?

So, to help me get in the mood, I decided to make some ornaments and since today at Alphabet Thursday the letter to write about is the letter “G”, I decided to make one of my favorite birds with glitter. I have a couple of Cardinals that have taken residence in my backyard and I went to a high school with a Cardinal as it’s mascot.  So, I chose a Cardinal….that and all I had was red glitter.

First I had to draw a Cardinal.


Then, I traced it to make the template and cut it out..


Then, I traced the template on cardboard and cut them out.  I put one on a paper plate so that I wouldn’t get glue on the cabinet (duh) and I covered it in Elmer’s Glue.

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Then, I covered it in red glitter.


I forgot to poke a hole in it for the ribbon until I had glittered it so, with the rest, I did that before the glue step.  Also, I shook off the extra glitter and saw that I had some empty spots, so I re-glued those areas and poured the extra red glitter over the spots.  I’ll glitter the back when it dries.  Also, I think I will do some green glittered Christmas trees and some silver glittered bells and maybe some blue glittered Christmas balls.  I love vintage looking Christmas decorations.  I’ll try to get some templates uploaded that can be printed…..later.

Jenny Matlock

I am hooking up with Alphabet Thursday.  Also, with some other blog parties.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Ames November 3, 2010 at 11:34 PM

These are so pretty! My girlfriend loves Cardinals. I will show her your post. I know she will fall in love with the glittery birds! ~Ames

jfb57 November 4, 2010 at 3:08 AM

I loved it when we had glitter at school. The only trouble was. it was with us for weeks after! Thank you for the idea!

JDaniel4's Mom November 4, 2010 at 5:37 AM

I love the look of glitter. I really don’t like cleaning it up off the floor for days.

Paige November 4, 2010 at 5:48 AM

Cute! Glitter reminds me of being a kid – I was really obsessed with it. Fun memories!

tracy November 4, 2010 at 9:12 AM

How fun – I will do this craft with my kids this season for sure! Thank you for the great instructions!

Emily November 4, 2010 at 9:56 AM

Love it! Can you give us your template in .jpeg? We can’t all draw a cardinal, you know!! ;)

Rocky Mountain Woman November 4, 2010 at 11:40 AM

You amazingly talented people seriously make me sick!


Sue Anderson November 4, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Wow. That looks great! I am not crafty at all, but I sure do appreciate it in others.


Cindie Vaughan November 4, 2010 at 6:08 PM

These are great! Since we had the same mascot…I just might have to make some of these in memory of my mother-in-love! She truly loved cardinals and everything about them! Thanks, can’t wait for the templates, I can’t draw a stick figure…Blessings!

Jessica November 4, 2010 at 8:45 PM

when the crafting gene came out, God just skipped me altogether. Well done

Christy November 4, 2010 at 9:07 PM

Wow, Christmas already?? I know my sister is already getting her stuff out – I wish I liked it and had the talent to make it all so beautiful! I was a cardinal in grade school – they always have a spot in my Christmas!

Permanent Posies November 4, 2010 at 10:54 PM

I am just crazy about Christmas and though I hate putting up the decorations….I love it when they are up and shining with lights. It makes me feel homey. Glad you liked my cardinals.

Permanent Posies November 4, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Ok….but you have mad creative, funny talent….

jo November 5, 2010 at 10:31 PM

omg, love that cardinal … if you ever do get a template up please let me know, i would love to use it … i cant draw stick people … let alone birds.

kathleenl November 5, 2010 at 11:31 PM

Beautiful. Love the color and especially all that glitter!!!

Su-sieee! Mac November 6, 2010 at 11:31 AM

Easier than I thought it might be. That would be fun to do a couple of glittery things. Thanks!

Pondside November 6, 2010 at 5:17 PM

I love Christmas ornaments with glitter – especially red glitter, for some reason. Thanks for the little lesson.

Jenny Matlock November 7, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Glitter. Christmas. Red.

Wow. What a GGGGGreat link to Alphabe-Thursday’s letter “G”.

I love anything glittered, too. It is so happy and festive.

Thanks for this great craft tutorial. I’m thinking I might do this with cacti for our Grands to give away at Christmas. I love the idea!


Pat November 7, 2010 at 10:14 PM

This is such a nice idea and I bet all the glitter ornaments look so nice on a Christmas tree. I love Martha Stewart glass glitter…it really sparkles!

I get a real tree every year so I have to wait until a week or two before Christmas to put it up and decorate. It can get hectic! :)

Amanda @ House Revivals November 9, 2010 at 4:23 PM

I love these! How can you go wrong with glitter?

Ames November 12, 2010 at 12:28 PM

I love these!~Ames

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