How to make Glass Glitter

There are so many lovely posts going around right now, sharing beautiful Christmas ideas. It made me want to share some Christmas in July inspiration too, so I went down to my storage room to get some vintage ornaments. As I was carrying the ornaments upstairs, they started rolling around, two of them fell to the floor and shattered!I was a little disappointed for a moment, but then had the best idea! I was going to crush the broken pieces and make glass glitter. I carefully picked up all the little pieces, and put them in a plastic bag.Make sure to break the tops off and discard those pieces. The glass is a lot thicker at the top, and doesn’t crush as well.I started to roll the bag with the rolling pin. I rolled it over and over.Keep rolling the bag of glass, with your rolling pin, until you get the consistency you want. I suggest putting a towel or piece of cardboard under the bag that you are rolling, just to protect your work surface. My biggest concern was whether or not the glass glitter would be sharp. Although, the glass is VERY sharp before you crush it, the finished product is soft and smooth. As you crush the glass over and over, the edges are softened, even to the point that I ran my fingers through the freshly crushed glass glitter several times, and never felt a slight poke.

Can you believe it! You can make your own glass glitter!! I seriously did a happy dance when my experiment worked out!!! Yay, for homemade glass glitter!✨I also experimented using new silver glass ornaments vs. vintage. The new glass is on the left, and the vintage glass is on the right. Very similar, but slightly different color.

I would love to hear how the glass glitter turns out for you! Let me know!!!

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  1. This is the best thing I have stumbled upon! If only I had kept all the broken ornaments over the years because I LOVEgl glass glitter!! I’m sure I’ll break a few more this year tho! Thanks for this inspiration😍😍😍 so awesome😘

    1. Thank you so much!! Such a sweet comment!! I totally wish I would have thought of this sooner and put all those broken ornaments to use!✨

      1. So excellent.ty.

    2. Sweet!!!! Thank you for this. I’ve seen some commercial glass glitter and wanted it until I saw the price!!!! Holy $%#@!! I don’t do xmas anymore but I still have all my decorations. What a great idea! Thanks again!

      1. It’s so much fun to make!! And add the perfect sparkle to craft projects!!

  2. Oh, you had me at glitter and now I’m having a trillion ideas of what I can do with it! I love it!

    1. Thank you so much!! I would love to see what you do with your glass glitter!

  3. Hello
    I have a tremendous number of sheets of glass leftover from framing paintings. I am wondering if these can be transformed into glass glitter- what do you think?
    Appreciate any input.
    Thank you

    1. I’m not sure if it would work or not. When in doubt, I always give it a try, because you just never know. You might end up with something really cool!!

  4. Thank you for such a great idea!
    Can’t wait to try this…. after Xmas SALES ON ORNAMENTs!!!

  5. Hullo Emily
    I’m excited to find your post re glass glitter
    Iv been researching Glass glitter in Cape Town south Africa couldn’t find anything suitable so going to try your trick Thank you lorna

    1. Thank you so much!!!

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