Glass Ornament

by Vickie Maduzia

Personalized ornaments are part of many family traditions. Why not make your own this year?


  • Outline stamps of your choice
  • 2 1/2" clear glass ball ornament
  • Sheet of laser transparency film (heat resistant; available at office supply stores)
  • Coluzzle® circle template, die, or other circle cutting system
  • White embossing powder
  • Heat tool
  • 1/8" Hole Punch
  • Small Sticky Notes
  • Black Stazon™ Ink
  • White Pigment Ink
  • Blender Pen
  • Silver Cording
  • Mini Glue Dots
  • Buffalo Snow, also called Iridescent Ice Flakes (available at craft stores)


  1. Step 1

    Using a Coluzzle cutting system, cut a circle from laser transparency film roughly ½" smaller than the diameter of the glass ball ornament.

    For this 2 ½" size ornament, this will be the 3rd ring from the center

  2. Step 2

    Punch a hole in the top of the transparency circle with a 1/8" punch.

  3. Step 3

    Stamp image with Black Stazon. Affix a sticky note “handle” to the top to help reduce fingerprints and prevent messy product combinations.

    This is Side A; write an "A" on the sticky note.

  4. Step 4

    Flip the transparency circle over, mark it with a "B" and color the image with Sharpie markers.

  5. Step 5

    Flip the circle back to Side A. Squeeze a little white pigment ink onto the lid of the ink pad and apply carefully with a blender pen. Stay within the black lines, and fill in the entire stamped image with pigment ink, until the back of the stamped image is wet and sticky.

  6. Step 6

    Sprinkle the wet surface with white embossing powder.

  7. Step 7

    Use heat tool melt the embossing powder. Do not overheat.

  8. Step 8

    If a sentiment is desired, stamp on Side B. Use Stazon write something memorable (like the year) with a Sharpie marker. Set the stamped transparency circle aside while the glass ornament is prepped.

  9. Step 9

    Take the metal hanger and cap off the neck of the ornament and set it aside. With a small funnel made of scrap paper, stuff about 2 tablespoons of Buffalo Snow inside the ornament.

  10. Step 10

    Thread a 6-8" piece of silver cord through the hole previously punched in the transparency.

  11. Step 11

    Roll the transparency circle into a loose tube, with the shiny part out, being very careful to hold onto the silver cord at the top.

    Stuff the tube down the neck of the ornament. Don't let go of that silver cord!!

    The transparency circle will pop open and will dangle and turn around nicely inside the glass ball.

  12. Step 12

    Apply a mini glue dot to the outside neck of the ornament. Adhere silver cord to the glue dot and trim excess cord with scissors.

  13. Step 13

    Carefully replace metal cap. Finish ornament with ribbons and a hanging loop.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Glass Ornament. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

I'm loving this 2 week holiday project blitz! It's an awesome idea and such a bonus to all of the other amazing stuff you provide daily to me! I feel like you should charge for such wonderful ideas--well, I support you anyway because of the joy and inspiration that is abundent every single day on SCS!! Thank you, for it all.
Linsey  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 7:09 AM
WOW!! This site is amazing!! The talent is increcdible, and the fact that you share it so freely is awesome!! Thank you!!
Judy  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 7:12 AM
ADORABLE!! I am making these for my MIL!!! Do you think two images could be made placed back to back so as the ornament turns you would always see the image?
Patti  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 7:19 AM
Cute ornament!! I've always wanted to try one of these. Thanks for a wonderful tutorial!
Rose Ann Reynolds  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 7:21 AM
WOW! Excellent tutorial! Some of the extra steps make all the difference in the world, and the sticky note handle is brilliant!! Wonderful job, beautiful ornament.
MSBetsyZ  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 7:23 AM
That is so stinkin' cute!!!!
Kim  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 7:23 AM
I love the part about the silver cord and post-its! I made similar ornaments last year with a lock of my daughter's hair from her Locks of Love cut and one for my son with a picture of him as Sky Materson in the school play Guys & Dolls.
Liz-Redapron  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 7:30 AM
Great tutorial. The best I've ever seen on this ornament. The sticky note idea is of those "why didn't I think of that!" ideas. Also the cord on the transparency is a great idea, too.

Can't wait to try these w/my beloved Frosty set. Hope it's not too big!
natlhol  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 8:12 AM
This was a great tutorial!! I "winged it" and already made mine and used a gel pen for my snowmen. It was a bit of a pain so this will be great for next time.

Thanks for sharing!!!!
LISA  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 8:56 AM
Great tutorial - thanks! Love the sticky note idea. Can't help but notice the sunshine and green grass in the background - sigh.
Irene  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 9:00 AM
OMgoodness - that is such a cool idea. I've seen other ideas to do with the clear glass ornaments but this one was new to me. Thank you for a great tutorial. Those tips will make it a fun experience.
Purpleflowers  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 1:47 PM
That was great! I have seen these before but never knew how they were done. Now I know what I'm going to be doing for the next couple of weeks. Thank you so much!
Melinda Meyers  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 2:32 PM
I have been using "wet" acetate, which is acetate designed to be able to be painted. My problem is that after stamping my outline design with Stazon black ink, the ink will NOT dry.....I waited 2 days, and it still rubs off. What am I doing wrong?
JoAnn Hite  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 2:35 PM
Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, Vickie!
Loved your extra tips - like using the post-it note handle and assembling the top using the silver cord and glue dot - very clever!
genescrapper  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 5:11 PM
Love these...a question about embossing...dryer sheet to prevent static cling and/or embossing buddy? That was my challenge trying to make a sample.
Lynnie71  |  Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 5:11 PM
Thanks! This is way to cool! I have a lot of nieces and nephews who will be getting one of these with their Christmas present this year! Again, thanks! :o)
Sue  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 10:43 AM
Thanks for a great tutorial! CanĀ“t wait to buy some glass ornaments to try to make one myself!
Yngla  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 11:13 AM
how do you do the two laaaaayer verson?
schoolie  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 3:05 PM
can't wait to find my transparencies and Coluzzle...thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial!
Mel  |  Wed Nov 14, 2007 at 8:24 PM
My Stamp Club made these last night and they loved them. I got the glass ornaments at Dollar Tree. They have 2 large size or 3 medium size for $1.00. We used crystal effects on the back side and then used Dazlling Diamonds. They turned out beautiful.
Kerri  |  Fri Nov 16, 2007 at 11:11 AM

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