This trick has probably been around since the dawn of time (or at least the 1960’s!), but it’s something that I only recently discovered, and I couldn’t wait to share it. It has seriously changed the way I feel about glitter. I’ve always loved some sparkle and shine on my craft projects, but I hate the mess that loose glitter leaves. My glittered projects inevitably wind up all over my fingers…and my face…and the table…and the walls…
When a fellow blogger told me about this tip I couldn’t wait to try it! I started with a metal ampersand that I purchased from an online craft shop. They don’t currently carry them anymore, but I did find similar items on Etsy from Langley Metal Works.
I forgot to take a “before” photo of my ampersand, so just pretend that it looks something like this W here – a plain steel letter.
In a small jar, mix together equal parts of Mod Podge and loose glitter. I used gloss Mod Podge and Ultra Fine glitter, but I’m sure that any combinations of formulas/sizes would work as well. Use a paintbrush to paint your object. Let dry and repeat. It took me four layers to get a solid coat of glitter on to my shape.
Look at all that sparkle, and the best part is that since the glitter is embedded into the Mod Podge it is totally touchable! It doesn’t rub off at all! If you plan on handling your glittered item frequently, I do suggest finishing it with a coat or two of clear acrylic sealer for extra protection and durability.