Glitter is one of the easiest ways to get your craft projects to sparkle, shine and stand out in a crowd, but chances are you may not use it often.
We all know why: who wants to be covered in glitter for the rest of the week, and there’s always at least one speck stuck on the floor that you can’t quite seem to remove. If you love to use glitter but hate the mess or are unsure when it’s appropriate, we’ll teach you how to keep the mess to a limit and when you should be using craft glitter.
Keep the Sparkle, Hold the Mess
Many people avoid using craft glitter because of the mess, but it doesn’t have to be messy. One of the easiest ways to apply glitter is pouring loose glitter into a plastic container and using a spoon to apply it. Others have found success putting a piece of paper under their project and applying the glitter as they see fit. Once done, you can fold the piece of paper and pour the excess glitter back into its original container. If you’re still concerned about a mess, try using glitter spray, tape or paint. These are some of the best glitter for crafts. Less mess, same amount of dazzle!
When to Use It
We’re big fans of craft glitter at Crafts Unleashed and over the years we’ve found ourselves using glitter for a wide variety of crafts, including:
- DIY phone cases
- Home décor items
- Glass vases and other glass décor
- House keys
- Scrapbooking projects
- Jewelry projects
Find these projects and get inspired when you browse all of our glitter crafts.
There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to crafting with glitter. It can be used on a wide range of projects and how much you use all depends on your personal preference and the project itself.
Do you subscribe to the thinking that glitter makes everything better? Then go ahead and add it to your projects in large doses. Not a fan? Add small amounts to your projects for a little something extra, but don’t go overboard.
Tips When Working With Glitter
- Always cover your work area with newspaper or a tablecloth. Spills are inevitable.
- Apply baby powder to your hands before using craft glitter and it will not stick.
- Use a glitter tray, paper plate or large plain sheet of paper to catch any falling glitter. You can then easily put the excess back into the container.
- Don’t touch the glitter on your projects until it’s completely dry.
- When your glitter dries, shake off or brush off any excess glitter to ensure you don’t trail it everywhere you go.
- Baby wipes work like magic when trying to remove glitter from tables and hard floors. For carpet and clothing, try a lint roller.