DIY Glitter Clothespin Magnets

DIY glitter clothespin magnets

If you follow me regularly, you know that I have a small obsession with glitter. It’s one of my favorite craft supplies but I try to talk myself out of using it on everything because I’m aware that many people don’t share my problem. This week, though, I was looking forward to making these glitter magnets. They’re a fun way to spice up your fridge. They’re functional, too, which makes them twice as wonderful.

They take about 15-20 minutes to make and cost $5. Actually, you could buy all of the supplies except Mod Podge at the Dollar Store, so maybe $2?

glitter clothespin magnet materials

DIY Glitter Clothespin Magnet Materials

Glitter
Magnet
Scissors
Clothespins
Mod Podge
Paint brush
Hot Melt glue and gun (not pictured above)

clothespin magnet prep

Step 1

Cover one side of your clothespin with Mod Podge.

Move quickly onto step 2.

glitter clothespin

Step 2

Before your glue dries, cover it with glitter. Make sure to get the corners and edges. They’re easy to miss.

Tap the clothespin on the surface to remove any excess glitter.

Let the glue dry.

glitter sealant

Step 3

Add a thick layer of Mod Podge over the glitter to seal it so you don’t get glitter all over your kitchen.

Let it dry.

magnets

Step 4

Hot glue the magnets onto the back side of the clothespin.

glitter clothespins

Stick those beauties to the fridge! Get your business cards, reminders, pictures and anything else that’s important out in the open so you don’t forget about them. Not everything has to be digital, right?

I hope you liked my clothespin magnets and you try making a set of your own. They might even make a cute (and affordable) Christmas gift.

DIY glitter clothespin magnets

DIY Glitter Mug

diy glitter mug

I love glitter. No surprise, I know. You’ve seen my tutorials.

So, it was time to start glittering (yes, it’s a word… my word) up some mugs. This was my test piece and I enjoy it so much that I plan to make many more. You can pick up a mug at the Dollar Store for, yes, $1 and the glitter paint at a craft store for about $4. You might be able to find some at Walmart, too, but don’t quote me.

It’s really easy to make, is super cheap and can make a great gift.

glitter mug materials

Things You Will Need:
Scissors
Newspaper
Ceramic mug
Sponge brush
Masking tape (Duct Tape)
Ceramic-safe glitter paint

glitter-painted mug

Step 1
Tape off the area you want to glitterize (again, my word).

Then, start painting. I put about 3 layers of paint on my mug, letting it dry for about 10 mins between layers.

diy glitter mug

When the paint dries, you’ll have a beautiful glitter mug!

Oh, important tidbit: take the tape off when the paint is still wet so it doesn’t pull. If it’s already dry, pull very slooooooowly.

Make sure you follow the directions on the paint you chose. Mine says to let the paint air dry for 21 days. I know, that’s a long time. But afterwards it will be dishwasher safe, and I’m really excited about that. So, if you do plan to make this as a gift, make sure you give it enough time to dry out.

Hope you enjoyed this one! Happy crafting 😀

DIY Glitter Flats

DIY Glitter Flats

This weekend, one of my best friends is getting married. My other best friend (who is also a maid of honor) is taller and wanted to wear flats, but couldn’t find silver or nude. As a last ditch effort to get shoes for the wedding, we planned on making them. Well, she found shoes and got my hopes up, so I made my own silver shoes!

They were really easy to make and only took about an hour (not including drying time). So, if you’re looking for cute glittery shoes that cost too much in stores, just buy a pair of good flats and make them sparkle on your own.

All together I spent less than $20 on my glitter flats.

DIY glitter flats materials

Things You Will Need
Flats
Glitter
Sealant*
Mod Podge
Newspaper
Sponge brush

My sealant isn’t pictured in the image above, but it was a gloss spray that I found at Michael’s in the spray paint section. You can also buy waterproofing sealants that will hold the glitter in place. Just make sure you get some kind of spray or paint that you can layer over the glitter. Otherwise, you’re going to see it all over your house, clothes, boyfriend, etc for months. No joke.

Lay down newspaper before you start doing anything. Glitter is beautiful but it makes a huuuuuge mess.

mod podge flats

Step 1
Brush some Mod Podge onto the shoe. Make sure you work in small sections. You don’t want to cover the entire shoe with glue and it start drying before you can get the glitter on it.

If you’re worried about getting glitter in places on the shoe that you don’t want it on (like the inside or on the sole), you can use masking tape to cover those areas. Just make sure you remove the tape before the glue dries or it will take the glitter with it when you remove it.

glitter flats

Step 2
Sprinkle some glitter over the glue and shake off the excess. I shook it off onto the newspaper so that I could reuse the same glitter over and over again until I ran out. It makes the bottle last longer.

Let that dry for 5-10 minutes.

add glitter

Step 3
Put another layer of Mod Podge over top of the glittery layer. The right side of the image above shows where I started adding this layer (so you know what to expect). It looks scary and takes a while to dry, but I promise it will look pretty when you’re finished.

Let it dry for a few hours. Go clean your house, go to the gym, go grocery shopping, or something.

Silver glitter flats

When your flats dry, they’ll look something like this. The extra layer of Mod Podge really helps to seal the glitter and keep all of it from falling off, but it’s not a good permanent sealer when it comes to a project like this. We’ve used a lot of glitter. It needs a real sealant. Try a gloss spray, a clear sealant spray, or a waterproof sealant (similar to what gardeners use for their outdoor decorated plant pots). You can find these at craft and hardware stores. Walmart might have them, but don’t quote me on that.

Let me know what you think!! Do you like them? Would you have tried making them in a different color? Are you going to try it?

DIY Glitter Design Candle Jar

DIY Glitter Candle Jar

Those of you who read my blog regularly (or even semi-regularly) know that I love glitter. I also like making candles. I actually just bought 10 lbs. of soy wax to make candles for the holidays and this glitter mess right here is my first victim.

It was really easy to make. The design only takes a few minutes (outside of drying time). If you want to make your own candle, you can go through this tutorial first. It walks you through how to make a soy candle.

DIY glitter jar candle materials

Things You Will Need:
Brush
Glitter
Glass jar
Mod Podge
Rubber bands

** I highly recommend using a plain glass jar with no designs or impressions on it. I used an old pickle jar. It was a good size for experimentation, too!

rubber  band design

Step 1
Wrap your rubber bands around the jar. I used a few different sizes so that it would add some variety the design.

glitter and Mod Podge

Step 2
Get your glitter and glue ready. Prepare a mound of glitter that you can spread.

Go ahead and add a thin layer of Mod Podge to your jar. Make sure it’s thin or you will get some clumping.

glittery mason jar

Step 3
While the glue is still wet, roll your jar in the glitter. Make sure you get all of it!

Let it dry.

rubber band glitter design

Step 4
When the glue is dry, carefully take off the rubber bands.

You can see that I made my glue too thick in some places along the edges. If this happens to yours, use your finger nail to carefully peel those pieces off.

If you want to avoid getting glitter everywhere, clean off your brush and put another layer of Mod Podge over top of the glitter. It will seal the design and you won’t have to worry about additional clean up.

DIY Glitter Candle Jar

Now you should have a beautiful glitter candle holder!

You can give it as a gift or keep it for yourself. This one is for  experimentation for me, but there will be more to come!

Let me know what you think!

DIY Nail Polish

Yes, it is possible to make your own nail polish. It isn’t hard and only takes a few minutes.  Most likely, you will already have everything you need.

I rarely use eye shadow. Usually I drop it and break it before I get to use it and thankfully, this is what you are going to use to make your nail polish. For the first attempt I would go to the Dollar Store and buy clear polish in case you don’t get the results you want. Once you produce something you are happy with then, go get some good clear polish and repeat. The results are much better with quality polish but I’m sure you could’ve figured that out.

 

 

 

Things You Will Need:
Paper
Glitter
Eye Shadow
Clear polish
Old paint brush

 

 

 

Step 1:

Set your eye shadow on the paper. This can be messy and it will be a lot easier to clean up with paper.

If it isn’t already broken, break up the eye shadow and put it in the lid.

 

 

 

Step 2:

Pour some clear polish into the lid with the eye shadow.

 

 

 

Step 3:

Use your paint brush to mix it all together.

 

 

 

Step 4 (optional):

The color you have will be a matte color meaning, it will not be glossy. It is a flat color. Maybe that is what you are going for but I wanted something a bit more vibrant so I am adding some craft glitter. Make sure to mix well. Test it out on the paper to see if you like the way it turned out.

If not repeat steps 1-4 until you get a color you like.

If so, move on to step 5.

 

 

 

Step 5:

Make a funnel out of paper. to stick in your bottle of clear nail polish.

Crush up some more of your eye shadow and pour it into the funnel so it falls into the clear polish.

Add glitter if you wish.

Shake the bottle well!

 

 

 

Step 5:

And paint! Lovely!

I added a protective clear coat over top and the glitter popped out so much more than without it. So pretty! Who needs Sally Hansen anyway?

Happy painting!

DIY Glitter High Heels

I’ve seen so many tutorials for glitter flats and other glitter shoes and I wanted to try it myself. I think they turned out pretty well! I typically do not wear shoes like this so it will be interesting for others to watch me walk in them…

 

 

Things you will need:

Shoes

Glitter

Paint brush

Newspaper

disposable bowl

Mod Podge or other glue

 

 

Step 1:

Lay down some Newspaper and mix about 1/4 cup Mod Podge with a cup of glitter into a disposable bowl. I did not measure but I guestimated.

 

 

Step 2:

Start by painting half of the shoe with your glue mixture. Make sure to keep your lines clean or you will be having a hard time cleaning it up later.

 

 

Step 3:

Sprinkle some glitter over top of the painted-on glue mixture. Make sure you keep the shoe over top of the newspaper.

 

 

Step 4:

It gets quite messy. Use your fingers to tap the glitter into the glue. Don’t press to hard.

 

 

It is soooo glittery!

 

 

This is the final product, for me at least. I originally decided not to put a sealant over top of the glitter but after wearing them for a short while there was a ton of glitter on the floor. I plan to get a sealant to put over top of the glitter to preserve the appearance. I recommend you do the same if you try to make your own. Let me know if  you come up with a good technique. 🙂