3 Easy Ways to Decorate with Glitter

Use glitter to add some glitz and glamor to 3 decorations with our simple instructions.

Brighten up your next dinner party, New Year’s Eve celebration or outfit with easy DIY projects made prettier with glitter. And don’t worry, we know glitter can get everywhere, so we’ll give you some tips for cleaning up that beautiful, glittery mess too.

1. Sparkling Candles
Light up the night – or at least your dining table – with candles dressed in glittery stripes. 

Wax pillar candle in desired colour
Battery-powered pillar candle (optional)
21.75-by-28-centimetre (8 1/2-by-11-inch) piece of paper
Cellophane tape
Spray adhesive made for glitter (such as Design Master Glue for Glitter)
Extra-fine or fine metallic glitter in desired colour(s)


  1. Wrap a piece of paper around the pillar candle, leaving the area exposed that you wish to cover with glitter. Secure the paper to the candle with a piece of cellophane tape
  2. Working in a well-ventilated room, set the candle within a cardboard box (to catch the overspray) and cover the exposed surface with a light, even coat of spray adhesive
  3. Holding the paper-covered end, extend the exposed area of the candle over a piece of newspaper. Rotating the candle as you work, sprinkle glitter over the area covered in spray adhesive. Keep turning and sprinkling glitter until the coverage looks solid and evenly distributed
  4. Let the candle dry completely before removing the cellophane tape and attached paper

2. Twinkle Toes

 Add some sparkle to your (or your child’s) shoes by revamping them with glitter!

Pair of shoes
Masking tape
Decoupage medium
Small foam brush
Fine or extra-fine glitter in desired colour(s)


  1. Before you paint your shoes, use masking tape to cover the areas you don't want decorated, such as the soles or the inside of the shoe
  2. Mix glitter with decoupage medium, and paint on your shoes
  3. Allow them to dry, and add a few more coats of the glitter mixture until shoes are as glittery as desired
  4. Remove tape and enjoy!

3. Glitzy Glassware

Any type of stemware, glass bottle or jar will look amazing when covered with shimmering glitter!

Clear glasses with stems
Cotton balls
Rubbing alcohol
Thin cardboard
Painter’s tape
Paper plate
Decoupage medium, glossy
Small foam brush
Fine or extra-fine glitter in desired colour(s)
Plastic wrap
Clear acrylic sealer


  1. Set up your work surface with a newspaper topped by a thin piece of cardboard to catch excess glitter
  2. Clean the outside of the glass with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. Let dry
  3. Using painter’s tape, mask off the area of the glass that you do not want to cover with glitter. For example, if you want to cover the stem and base with glitter, use painter’s tape to cover the bowl of the glass to prevent it from coming in contact with decoupage medium

Safety Tip: You should not put glitter on or near the rim of the glass where it might flake off and be ingested.

  1. Pour decoupage medium onto the paper plate. Using the foam brush, apply a generous coat of decoupage medium to the area of the glass you want to cover with glitter
  1. Slowly shake glitter over the decoupage-medium-covered areas of the glass. Occasionally tap the glass to remove excess glitter. Repeat steps until you have achieved an even coat of glitter. Let dry
  2. Optional: If desired, add a second coat of decoupage medium and then glitter to make the glitter coverage more opaque. Let dry thoroughly

Tip: Fold the cardboard piece in half in order to pour excess glitter back into the bottle.

  1. Make the stemware hand-washable by spraying one or two coats of clear acrylic sealer over the glittered area. Using painter’s tape, attach a piece of plastic wrap to the part of the glass not covered in glitter. Spray the glitter-covered area with a light, thin coat of clear acrylic sealer. Repeat steps to add a second coat of sealer. Let dry
  2. Gently hand-wash the glitter-covered glass before and after using it
  3. Repeat all steps to create more decorative glasses

Tip: Use a different colour of glitter on each glass to help party guests remember which one is theirs.

Cleanup Tips: Glitter can be awfully difficult to clean up, especially when it gets all over the floor!

  • For minor spills, use a lint roller or make your own with double-sided tape and a Bounty paper towel roll
  • For a more thorough clean, try using Swiffer WetJet. Its absorb + lock technology traps dirt (and glitter) deep into the pad so it doesn’t get pushed around your floors

Which of these sparkling crafts will you try this season? Let us know in the comments below!


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