I’m not sure who first came up with the idea of using Pledge floor wax to make glitter ornaments but I’ve seen them on several blogs and they looked really pretty. So I thought I’d give them a try and give them as gifts for co-workers and friends.
Pledge floor wax with future shine (It has a blue cap)
Extra fine glitter
Clear glass ornaments
Rub ons or stickers (optional)
Look for the extra fine glitter in craft stores. It’s almost like a powder and with a coupon the price is reasonable. The clear glass ornaments can also be found in craft stores.
Gently pull out the wire and metal cap from each glass ornament and set aside. Clean the inside of the bulb by pouring some rubbing alcohol into the ornament and swirling it around. Empty the rubbing alcohol into a paper cup so it can be used for the next ornament and place the newly cleaned ornament upside down over a paper cup to dry.
Once the ornaments have dried, pour some Pledge floor wax into a paper cup. Squeeze the cup so that a little funnel forms on the lip and pour the Pledge into the glass ornaments. Swirl it all around making sure to cover the whole surface inside. Empty the Pledge back into the paper cup.
Now comes the fun part! Open the glitter tube and pour the extra fine glitter into the ornament. I generally used about a third of the tube because I found it is better to have too much glitter than not enough. Place your finger over the opening and shake the glitter so that it coats the inside of the ornament. Dump out any excess glitter. Wipe off any Pledge that may have spilled on the outside of the ornament.
Let the ornaments dry overnight and replace the wires and metal caps. Tie a pretty ribbon around the top. You can also use stickers or rub ons to dress up the ornament.
A few tips that may come in handy when making these ornaments.
The Pledge floor wax is sticky, very very sticky. It is best to make these ornaments near a sink so you can wash your hands off if the Pledge is spilled.
If there are bubbles in the Pledge after you swirl if around the glass bulb, be patient and wait for the bubbles to dissolve. The glitter will not stick to the bubbles and you will end up with a bare spot on the ornament.
If there is an ornament that didn’t cover well, don’t panic, it can be fixed. Pour some rubbing alcohol into the bulb and shake it around. That will take off most of the glitter and Pledge wax. Rinse the out with warm water. Treat the glass ornament again with the rubbing alcohol and begin the process again.