While I was making a batch of jewel toned DIY alcohol ink ornaments (check out the YouTube video here), I had the idea for this easy DIY starry night ornament! This is so perfect for my Mom’s new Midsummer Night’s Dream Christmas tree theme – but it also works with the Taylor Swift Inspired “Midnights” tree theme I shared here. It would look just as gorgeous on a blue, gold or colorful Christmas tree. Or you can change the alcohol inks to match your own tree theme and holiday decor. I love DIY ornament ideas because the customization options are endless.
- Clear ornaments (I used glass – or buy indigo ornaments to skip a step)
- Alcohol inks (I used Indigo & Mermaid primarily – this 3-pack has both)
- Hair dryer
- Cricut Joy Smart Vinyl (Permanent) – Shimmer Gold
- Cricut Joy
- Cricut Weeder Tool
Step 1: Make Alcohol Ink Ornament in Midnight Hues
I started by making some alcohol ink ornaments (see the tutorial here) in a collection of inky blues. I used Indigo alcohol ink, along with some teal, to make these particular ornaments. You can definitely experiment and try different color combinations – or layer more colors in with the Indigo for more depth. I really wanted to try black alcohol ink but I couldn’t open the lid, lol.
I experimented and made some a little more sheer, and some deeply opaque, and I can’t wait to see how these look on the tree under the lights! You could start with already inky ornaments (these could work!) or coat the inside of a clear glass/plastic ornament with what you have on hand (paint, nail polish, glitter, etc).
Step 2: Cut Out the Stars
Next, I cut out a bunch of different star shapes, in different sizes, using my Cricut Joy and a glittery gold permanent vinyl. In hindsight, I wish I had made pretty arrangements so that I could have used the leftover design on a different ornament (the reverse). But I just tried to cram them on there as closely as I could. I mixed up the styles and sizes – and even added some tiny circles – so the ornaments would have a more magical starry night feel – as opposed to a 4th of July vibe!
With Cricut designs, you typically use transfer tape to “pick up” and apply designs (see that in action here), but for these DIY starry night ornaments, I just used my weeder tool to gently peel up the edge and then I applied each star randomly to the ornaments, gently pressing down and smoothing the vinyl when I was happy with the placement.
Cricut Alternative Ideas
If you don’t have a Cricut, you could buy pre-made star stickers or – and this is my Mom’s genius idea, which I might still try – glue on little dollar store rhinestones (or something like this) for a twinkling night sky effect!
I can’t wait to show you what this DIY starry night ornament idea looks like on my Mom’s tree!