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How To Make Custom Glass Tree Ornaments

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 9 19

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What fun it is to give a special and completely unique gift to someone you care about. This glass, one-inch round ornament can be made with any image you choose and is simple to put together. Pick themes that interest the recipient, letting them know you put both time and thought into this gift. Maybe your ornaments will be family heirlooms to be passed down from generation to generation. Or maybe your creation will contain a one-time message for a particular person - "Marry Me!" The possibilities are endless and the person receiving the ornament will appreciate your effort. In addition, your creativity and thoughtfulness will be remembered again and again as the tree is decorated every year. Include the date with your image.

Things You Will Need

- 2 one-inch round, clear glass gems with flat bottoms
- 2 identical images
- 18-20 gauge jewelry wire
- wire cutters
- pliers
- E-6000 or other clear jewelry glue
- paper glue like Elmer's


Step 1

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Find a meaningful image for your ornament. Maybe it's a picture of a favorite sports team, the dog, an anniversary photo, a baby picture, a graduation, or a symbol of any milestone achieved by the recipient. The image can be cut from a magazine or it may be on your computer.

Step 2

Resize the image so that it measures one inch by one inch. Copy the image and print it out on card stock.

Step 3

The two image squares should be the exact size when placed back to back. Trim them if necessary. Glue the blank sides together with paper glue. Let the glue dry completely.

Step 4

Cut one-inch circles from the square with scissors or a craft knife. To make a perfect circle find something to use as a guide. It could be a circle printed from your computer, or a cap from a water bottle. Use whatever you need to trace and create a smooth circular image.

Step 5

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There should be no fingerprints, dirt or spots on the glass gems. Rub them with a soft dry cloth to be sure they are clean. To the flat side of one gem, apply a thin coat of E-6000 or other jewelry glue that dries clear. Use a plastic knife, pallet knife or other flat tool to spread the glue with as few strokes as possible. Try to make the glue layer as smooth as you can.

Step 6

Position the image on the glue with the image side down. Press in place.

Step 7

On the second gem, apply glue as you did to the first gem. Position it on top of the image matching up edges all around the circle. The image will now be sandwiched between the glass gems. Be sure to align the edges by sliding the gems, not lifting them, before the glue dries. This will take about 24 hours. Read the directions on the glue container.

Step 8

Wire Rests Between The Gems
To finish the ornament, wind wire around the gems letting it rest between the gutter formed between the joined glass pieces. Create a loop for hanging the ornament by twisting the two wire ends together at the top.

Alternate Finish: Wrap a thin red ribbon around the gems instead of wire. Tie a bow where the ribbon ends meet.

Large glass gems can be found at floral supply shops and online.


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Tips & Warnings

The glue may ripple the image if the image is printed on regular paper instead of card stock.


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Comments

Nov 3, 2010 6:34pm
Deborah-Diane
What an adorable idea! This sounds so easy to make, and yet it is a great way to give someone a truly personalized Christmas tree ornament!
Nov 3, 2010 7:49pm
vetochemicals
I'm going to try this idea next week - I love giving handmade Christmas gifts and these sound perfect. Great directions, thanks for sharing your crafty ideas:)
Nov 3, 2010 11:29pm
dreamaker
Excellent ideas to dress up christmas
Nov 4, 2010 1:11pm
Introspective
I love these!! Wonderful idea!
Dec 7, 2010 12:22am
dreamaker
Congrats on another well deserved feature good job for the front page.
Wish I could thumb this one up again.
Dec 7, 2010 1:03am
divaonline
Thank you! Forget the thumbs. Just realizing your support is enough.
Dec 7, 2010 8:33am
mommymommymommy
What a great idea! Great for Sunday School or youth groups! Congrats on being on page one!
Dec 7, 2010 8:38am
Sookie
This is a wonderful idea, would make a treasured gift. Great article!
Dec 7, 2010 8:57am
Deborah-Diane
Congratulations on having this as a featured article on InfoBarrel. It is absolutely perfect, and will spark some creative ornaments being created all around the world!
Dec 7, 2010 9:54am
footloose
What an attractive ornament and super article, front page no less!
Dec 7, 2010 2:47pm
writer009
Have to thumbs up this one even if I already knew/saw this.

Good job!
Dec 7, 2010 4:17pm
Lynsuz
Another awesome article. Congratulations front page. ^^
Dec 7, 2010 11:00pm
vetochemicals
Stopped by again to say congratulations on another feature!!
Dec 8, 2010 10:05am
Introspective
Congratulations! Another featured article!! Just goes to show that great articles (and writers) get noticed!
Jul 4, 2011 10:36am
SteveDoornbos
Great project idea. Thanks for sharing. This will be fun to try.
Jul 5, 2011 1:36pm
divaonline
Not many people thinking about these ornaments in July, so thanks for your comment.
Jul 26, 2011 4:58pm
ladybugblue
Love the custom ornament ideas!
Oct 27, 2011 12:49am
LLWoodard
This is a great idea--and economical too. Thanks for this idea and easy-to-follow instructions.
Oct 27, 2011 12:37pm
divaonline
Thanks for your comment!
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