Personalized Clear Glass Christmas Ornament Gift ~ Tips, ideas and instructions for how to make a special gift ornament for the special people in your life.
I have been eyeing clear glass ornaments in the craft store for sometime. There are so many possibilities for how to decorate them. But when I saw how my daughter’s best friend decorated them to use as table décor and keepsakes from her December wedding I came up with a perfect idea. I share some highlights from this wedding in the post Hand Stamped Silver Forks Wedding Gift. Erica was a stunning bride and where the wedding took place was a beautiful setting for an equally beautiful wedding. I may be slightly biased but my daughter Toni was one of the bridesmaids and looked gorgeous too.
When you scroll down to the tenth image you will see the clear glass ornament each guest received. Erica and her eight bridesmaids had a work party a few days before the wedding and had a lot of fun making these in assembly line fashion. Erica filled hers with German Glass Glitter, a few decorative beads and the initials for the bride and groom. It was this pretty keepsake that inspired me to make a similar version. But I added my own touches for an equally pretty personalized clear glass Christmas ornament gift.
My idea was to make keepsake gift that was unique and personal. I made several different kinds with different colours. It took a bit of trial and error to figure out which embellishments worked the best and created the most stunning appearance without spending too much.
I also want to mention that this post is extra special. I have teamed up with nine other talented Canadian bloggers to create a fun blog hop for you. There are a total of ten ideas for you to check out for loads more inspiration for DIY Christmas Gift Ideas! At the end of this post you will see all of the convenient links to each fabulous idea!
I had a lot of fun designing and creating these personalized clear glass Christmas ornament gifts and I am super pleased with how they turned out…
I made this one for my daughter Brittany. She was born in July and the red embellishments represent her ruby birthstone. I would have loved to use real rubies but that was significantly out of my budget. #ifiwonthelottery?
I made this one for my other daughter Toni. Interestingly, she was born in July too. Their birthdays are just a week apart. I chose to make one using her favourite colour.
This next one is for the daughter of very close friends. Georgia is a delightful little girl with a lot of spunk. She loves anything to do with pink, princesses and anything active like swimming, biking and skiing.
The last ornament is for Georgia’s older brother Ben who also loves his sports. I chose sapphire blue embellishments for this impressive young man and to represent his September birthstone.
Before I share the instructions for I do want to share some tips for making these personalized clear glass Christmas ornament gifts:
German Glass Glitter is stunning and over time the glitter will change colour to give it a more antique look. But it is pricey. I used Epsom salts instead and I am quite happy with how it turned out.
When deciding what embellishments to use look for items that are very lightweight and will not sink into the Epsom salts. I tried to use some heavier glass beads and they just sunk to the bottom. I bought inexpensive bracelets from the dollar store and took them apart so I could use the individual beads.
Other great options are shaped confetti and sequins. I also recommend looking for embellishments that are double sided so if they happen to flip over the undecorated side is visible. Here are some suggested embellishments. I found these at the dollar store and Michaels.
Large multi-coloured star confetti…
Small red star confetti…
Small gold star confetti…
Teal blue sequins and embellishments…
Pink sequins and embellishments…
I made the little name and birthdate tags using a label maker. I write about this label maker in the post Upright Freezer Organizing Ideas. It is really easy to use. Another option is to create them on the computer or use your own penmanship.
I mounted the name and birthdate tags on glitter washi tape. You can also use a pretty cardstock cut into narrow strips or patterned washi tape. What is most important is to do the same thing on both sides. This tip is important so that the name and birthdate are visible no matter which side happens to be face up.
Another important tip is to cover the name and birthdate tags with clear scotch tape. This makes sure the label stays on the glitter washi tape. It is important to use clear scotch tape because it has a clear appearance and better adhesive qualities. Invisible tape has a murky appearance when applied and comes off more easily. If you look carefully at Brittany’s personalized clear glass Christmas ornament gift you will notice that her name and birthdate tags are not taped. I made hers first and realized this was a good idea to do with the rest. It is all part of figuring things out through trial and error so my readers don’t have to.
I do admit that two of the ornaments were made of glass and two were made of plastic. I think both turned out beautifully. The plastic version was also easier to work with and will be more durable. The glass version seems to be a bit more stylish so it comes down to personal choice.
Here is how to make…
Personalized Clear Glass Christmas Ornament Gift
- clear glass Christmas ornament (or plastic)
- epsom salts
- label maker
- 6 mm (1/4 “) white label tape
- glitter washi tape
- clear scotch tape
- chopstick or similar item
- sharp scissors
- 3 mm (1/8 “) ribbon
Fill the clear glass ornament with Epsom salts to about 1/4 to 1/3 full.
Gently place bead embellishments, sequence and/or confetti inside the clear glass ornament. The amount is up to you. However, monitor that the ornament does not look to overloaded or becomes too heavy.
Make 2 name labels and 2 birthdate labels 6 mm wide.
Cut double the length of matching glitter washi tape for the name label and birthdate label with a bit of extra. Fold the length of glitter tape in half and press firmly to smooth out any wrinkles. Apply the 2 name labels to both sides on one glitter strip and 2 birthdate labels to both sides of the second glitter strip.
Cover both sides of the name and birthday tags with clear scotch tape. The photograph shows you how it should look. Trim the excess scotch tape but leave a little bit extra around both tags to ensure it is permanently sealed.
Gently place the name and birthdate label inside the clear glass ornament.
Attach a ribbon tied into a bow to the ring at the top of the ornament.
That is it! This is such an easy gift to make and yet it is truly a unique, personal and gorgeous gift to give.
Final Comments: There are many different ways to personalize your clear glass Christmas ornament gift. They can be personalized by the recipient’s birthstone, gender, preferences and special occasions. Not only does this make a fabulous Christmas gift but it would also be a very special baby gift!
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