Do you want to change your life with sparkle? Try one of these glitter crafts – all you need are the sparkles and Mod Podge!
If you love glitter crafts, I’m about to make you very happy. I’m going to be honest, I’ve never loved glitter that much. Have you heard the saying “glitter is the herpes of the craft world?” Haha! Well, I kind of thought the same until a few years ago.
Tips for Glitter
I started using a lot more bling along with Mod Podge, especially in my holiday crafts. I can honestly say that after using it for awhile and seeing the amazing “shparkle” on all of my craft projects, I now LOVE it!
There are tricks to using glitter in craft projects – tricks that I’m going to share with you below.
Using Glitter and Mod Podge
You may be wondering where to start. Before you begin a project, you need to consider the two options for application:
Apply Mod Podge to your surface and then sprinkle glitter on top
Mix the glitter and Mod Podge together and brush onto the surface
As you can imagine, the first option doesn’t seal the glitter in – some of it will flake off. But the glitter will remain sparkly! The second option seals in the glitter but yes, Mod Podge does dull it a touch (very slightly!). Read more in the “Sealing” section below.
In terms of brushes, I personally like using a spouncer (which is a little sponge on a stick) for more even application. You can use a soft bristled brush, but it’s harder to apply evenly as you’ll be brushing the glitter around a bit. It’s not impossible to use a regular brush, I just prefer a spouncer and find it easier.
Painting the Surface
A little trick I learned a long time ago that I wanted to share: it helps to paint your surface first with a paint color that matches the glitter. You’ll see that in a lot of the projects in the list in this post.
It fills in the area between glitter particles and helps the glitter pop off the surface. It’s not required, but it does make a big difference!
There is also a Sparkle Mod Podge (a little less glitter), and Mega Glitter Mod Podge (three shades of intense glitter). Let’s just say, if you aren’t into sprinkling or mixing glitter, these formulas are great options!
IF YOU’RE PLANNING ON WASHING THE ITEM – like a mug or glass – use Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge (along with regular glitter). You’ll see a few tutorials in the list below where you can learn more.
How to Seal Glitter
One of the most common questions I get is how to seal glitter. Should you use Mod Podge? Or something else? Here are the two best options I’ve found after consulting with all of my crafting friends:
Mod Podge over the top of the glitter with a formula like Sparkle Mod Podge or Super Gloss.
Spray with a clear acrylic sealer made for glitter. The consensus is that Krylon makes the best, the favorite being their Glitter Blast clear spray. Use something shiny!
Just my personal advice: if you put an acrylic product, spray or otherwise, over the top of glitter – you should expect that it might dull a little. It’s never been an issue for me.
I personally prefer a slight dull (and it’s not bad in my opinion) over a bunch of loose glitter everywhere. That’s just me though. You’ll need to try it out and make sure you’re happy.
What are your favorite glitter colors? Just for reference, mine are black, orange, and purple (Halloween). Id’ love to hear yours in the comments. Now it’s time for you to check out the 40 crafts I promised, that I know you’ll love. Get them below.
Make it your goal to incorporate one of these glitter projects into your crafty repertoire and then share it with me. I'd love to see it! Grab a bottle of Mod Podge. All of these crafts are easy and perfect for beginning crafters.
I'm not sure that life is complete without a little glitter and a little bit of leopard print. These are perfect for a bathroom or makeup table . . . but I can imagine them in a safari themed nursery as well.
There is glitter in nail polish - so why not use it to make magnets? This is such a smart idea, and you can replicate it with Mod Podge and glitter if you choose (or nail polish if you have it on hand!).
Whip up two different versions of these glitter vases, both of which are quick and easy. They’re perfect for parties, weddings, or just to add a touch of sparkle to your dining room table. You'll seriously love how they turn out!
I forgot to tell you how nice I think these ideas are! I would love to make something like this, once I´ve cleared what mod podge really is!
Jutta Krause Morsing
Monday 29th of September 2014
Hello! I would like to ask about mod podge. As we do not have such thing called mod podge in Denmark, please tell me, if I could use any other glue made for decoupage? I also wonder if I could use a dutch product called "Paverpol" instead? I really want to know what mod podge might be. Kind regards Jutta