by Sharon Tidwell

Slip a stamped piece of Polyshrink into a glass ball ornament and create a beautiful decor item.


  • Markers and/or Ink Pads

  • Shrinky Dink brand paper (frosted rough & ready used here)

  • Thread

  • Image Stamp

  • Glue Dots

  • 1/8” Circle Punch

  • Paper Piercing Tool

  • Glass Ornament

  • Preheated oven (325 degrees)


  1. Step 1

    Color directly on stamp with markers.

  2. Step 2

    Huff (breathe on image to re-moisten ink) and stamp onto the rough side of shrink plastic.

    Stamp an outline image, then apply color.

  3. Step 3

    Trim image as needed. Here, paper was precut using the Cricut Storybook cartridge.

    Punch a hole at the top center of the piece.

  4. Step 4

    Slip a piece of thread through the punched hole and tie.

    Cut the thread short at the image, and leave the other end long so it can dangle out of the ornament.

  5. Step 5

    Carefully roll the shrink plastic, shiny side in, being careful not to crack the plastic.

    Slide the tube into the glass ornament.

  6. Step 6

    Use glue dots to adhere the string of the images to the bulb, so they dangle.

  7. Step 6

    Rest the ornament on a cookie sheet and bake for about 3 minutes at 325 degrees.

    The image will shrink, curl, then flatten. When it has flattened, it is ready. Let cool.

  8. Step 7

    Add embellishments and finish your project.


Your Turn

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

This is so pretty... I love this idea!! Thanks for the great tutorial, Sharon!!
Rose Ann  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 4:40 AM
Good Morning,
Loved your tutorial. I am unable to find the clear, flattened balls. Where can I purchase them?
Jackie Mic
jackie mcmahon  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 4:46 AM
This is absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing smile
Amber B  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 4:55 AM
What a clever idea! This is wonderful!
Woody  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 5:02 AM
This is such a great project. Thanks for sharing smile
Denise  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 5:03 AM
cool!!! thanks =)
Dawn  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 5:54 AM
That's so cool - like a ship in a bottle. I've never seen those glass ornaments here, though, so I don't think I can try this.
Cook22  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 6:04 AM
What a great idea! I've got LOTS of these ornaments. I'm going to have to play. And then when my sister comes to visit in the Fall, we'll have another project to play with. TFS.
Cindy  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 6:10 AM
I purchased my glass bulbs at Michaels.
Thanks for all of your wonderful comments.
ladybug.820  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 6:18 AM
Very cute. I think I am going to have to try some of these.
Renie  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 6:28 AM
Very cool idea!
lacyquilter  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 6:44 AM
What a very cute idea! I am impressed - I have to try this for xmas gifts! Perfect for co-workers!
Vicki Dutcher  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 7:19 AM
This is lovely! Cant wait to try it....Have you tried it with round ornaments? [email protected]
Regan Denke  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 7:39 AM
Wow look at you girl! Your so cool i still want your autograph cause your so famous
Bekah  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 7:46 AM
This is the coolest! Thanks!
Leanne  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 8:12 AM
Beautiful and clever idea! TFS - 2 questions - any kind of thread? Since it's not in the oven very long, I am guessing that is why it doesn't melt/burn? #2 - the Cricut and cut thru the plastic? Is it with a different size blade? Thanks again...
Tree  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 9:04 AM
I've used punches with shrink plastic, but not the Big Shot or Cricuts. Cute idea!!
Linda Q  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 9:38 AM
What a great idea. I got so excited I ran out to get the glass balls - thinking MOTHER'S DAY! Come to find out none of my craft stores (Michaels - 2 of them, AC Moore & JoAnns) carry the glass balls except at Christmas! Gaaaaahhhhh!!! Now I have to wait until Christmas to do this awesome project.
Priscilla719  |  Wed Apr 22, 2009 at 11:45 AM
Wonderful project! I don't understand what you used the glue dots or the paper piercing tool for.
Rhonda  |  Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 4:44 AM
So glad I have to stop at hobby lobby today, bet you can guess what is hopping in my cart! Thanks for the great tutorial
Laurie W  |  Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 5:11 AM

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