Microscope Slide Ornament

by Sharon Harnist

Dazzle your friends and family with microscope slide ornaments.


  • Microscope Slides or Memory Glass – sizes vary: 1” x 3”, 1-1/2” x 1-1/2”, 2” x 2”, 2” x 3”
  • ¼” Sticky Strip (red liner double-sided tape)
  • Adhesive
  • Cardstock and Ink for stamping images
  • Rubber Stamps
  • Cord, ribbon or wire for ornament hanger
  • Microbeads, glitter or ribbon to edge and seal slides
  • Optional: Memory Glass Frames


  1. Step 1

    To position stamped image, draw a pencil line around the microscope slide and stamp within the lines.

    Color image.

    Note: This microscope slide glass measures 2” x 3”.

  2. Step 2

    Cut just inside pencil lines so image will fit perfectly beneath the slide.

    Don’t forget to either stamp another image or add decorative paper on the back side of the ornament.

  3. Step 3

    Apply adhesive to the back side of the ornament backing and place cord in a loop, making sure it is well secured with the adhesive.

  4. Step 4

    Place main image on top of the backing, sandwiching the cord in the middle.

  5. Step 5

    Place a microscope slide on top and bottom of the sandwiched images and apply double-sided tape to the edges of the slides, centering the tape so some will wrap around the sides, sealing the slides together.

    Peel off red protective film.

  6. Step 6

    Cover the exposed tape with micro beads or glitter. Memory Glass Frames may be used to hold your stamped images and slides.

    Variation: Instead of sandwiching cord between the slides for a hanger, place ribbon all around the tape in this step, tying it in a loop/bow at the top for a hanger.

  7. Step 7

    Finished Ornament.



  1. Turn it into a shaker ornament.

    1. Apply two layers of 1/4-inch red liner tape, folded in half, to the inside of the top microscope slide. Leave red plastic on the last layer of tape and put shaker material (micro beads, glitter, plastic snow, etc.) in the middle of the slide (liner on the tape prevents shaker material from adhering to tape).

    2. Gently peel liner off tape (try not to disturb shaker material) and place stamped image face down on top of tape, sealing the edges well.

    3. Continue with Step 3 above.

  2. Try sideways
    Experiment with slide orientation -- they can also be turned horizontally.

    Metal loop hanger
    If using Memory Glass Frames, tie ribbon through the provided metal loop to serve as a hanger, and your ornament is finished.

    Wear it
    Leave the ribbon/cord off and make it into a pin.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Microscope Slide 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.

I think this might make a neat project for me to personalize my Christmas tree...thank you.
durandconnie  |  Sun Jan 17, 2010 at 12:10 AM
Be VERY careful with the Vintage Glass Glitter. I strongly advise against picking it up with your fingers as shown in the video. I did that once and cut myself. I also wouldn't give this ornament to anyone with young children if glass glitter is used.

It is a beautiful ornament. I just thought that some caution was necessary.
Scrapjanny  |  Fri Nov 11, 2011 at 8:24 AM
I have some slides, only used them once a long time ago. How do you get the micro beads to stay in place? I know the red line tape is really good, but still.
I thought of clear nail polish maybe. cute way to make a festive holiday necklace on ribbon. Nice $10 gift if you have a gift exchange.
Ginny Pender  |  Wed Nov 2, 2016 at 6:41 AM
Hi Ginny! The red liner tape is good, but you're right - a protective coat of nail polish or even glossy accents would give some additional hold.
dina  |  Wed Nov 2, 2016 at 6:44 AM

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