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!

Questions and Comments

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

Just the tutorial I have been waiting for. I already have the ornaments and needed for ideas. TFS......Phyllis
Phyllis  |  Sun Nov 18, 2007 at 9:02 PM
Am I doing something wrong? When I emboss my snowman, and then roll him up to put him in, the embossing comes off. I have tried with less ink and it still comes off.
Kelli  |  Thu Nov 22, 2007 at 11:20 AM
I'm having the same issue as Kelli. When I emboss and roll the image, some of the white embossing powder/ink smears. I'll try waiting a little longer. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Bonnie Beal  |  Sat Nov 24, 2007 at 1:05 PM
Thank you for the step by step tutorial!!! I was referred to your tutorial from a fellow stamper. Just wonderful! Keep up the awesome projects!
Ann smile
Ann  |  Tue Dec 4, 2007 at 11:43 AM
These are so cute. I picked up a bunch of the clear ornaments on clearance thinking I would do something with them. This is just the answer. Thanks!
Granny Z  |  Wed May 7, 2008 at 7:01 PM
What part of the craft store do you find this buffalo snow ? I have tried to find it at HL, but must not be looking in the right spot !
Denise  |  Tue Nov 18, 2008 at 3:56 PM
This is adorable. Wish I had another 24 hours in the day to try it. Maybe next year!!!!
What a great gift!!!!

Paula Anne Smith  |  Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 2:13 PM
How do you put a photo of a person the in side .on the transparence paper?
judy Rohr  |  Sat Jan 2, 2010 at 8:40 AM
Wonderful! I am planning on these for next Christmas! smile Thanks so much for a clear and easy to follow lesson!
Kim Marie
Kim Marie  |  Wed Feb 10, 2010 at 9:52 AM
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.
Leather Bracelet  |  Sat Apr 10, 2010 at 12:48 AM
Just joined and am so excited to see all the great ideas. I have been feeling the need to create and am loving all the great ideas. Thank you.
shannon  |  Mon Nov 1, 2010 at 11:31 PM
Loved these and can't wait to try. Thanks so much for your generosity in giving such beautiful projects and instructions for same.
Diana  |  Thu Nov 18, 2010 at 1:11 PM
The tutorial was great. I'm just learning how to do all of this and find your website so inspirational
Valerie  |  Thu Nov 18, 2010 at 9:45 PM
I am very much interested in knowing where I can find coluzzle.

Thank You so much,
Valerie  |  Thu Nov 18, 2010 at 9:48 PM

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