Adding glitter to glasses isn’t as difficult as it may seem. But, you will need to have patience and a few hours to spare. Learning how to add the glitter actually isn’t the hard part of the job, learning how to design is the difficult part. There are so many people on Etsy and Pinterest selling decorated glasses that it is important that you learn how to stand out. The best way to stand out is to plan your projects. I don’t mean grab a few different glitters and start. You have to actually figure out your design before you start to work. For example, will you add text or will you make multicolored glasses? Making a plan will also save money in the long run because you wont buy unnecessary materials. Starting a new business is scary, but spending money on things you may not use while starting a new business is even scarier.
So, lets get to the good stuff!
- Glassware ( Champagne Flutes, Glass Cups, etc)
- Mod Podge
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Paper Towels
- Dixie Cup
- Foam Brush
- Paper Plate
- Wash the glass with dish soap and water inside and out. If the glass has a tag on the bottom, this would be the best time to remove it. Once you peel off the tag, you may see glue residue. Continue to wash the glass until its free from dust.
- Dry the glass. You may still have glue residue on the bottom of the glass after you’ve dried it. This is a good time to use the rubbing alcohol. Use the rubbing alcohol to remove the glue residue. Once the glue residue has been removed, wipe the entire glass thoroughly with rubbing alcohol. I wipe inside and out and let the glass air dry.
- Pour a small amount of Mod Podge into your cup/container. Use your foam brush to lightly cover the glass with Mod Podge.
Note: As you add mod podge it will dry quickly during the first layer. Don’t Panic! Continue to add the Mod Podge, but quickly. It is also important to make sure the all mod podge coats or equal and not to heavy. You don’t want lumpy thick glitter, right?
4. Once you have a great THIN even layer of mod podge applied to your glass, you are ready to add your first coat of glitter. Use your paper plate to catch the loose glitter by placing it directly under the glass. Check out the photo below!
Note: Allow each coat of glitter to dry for at least 30 minutes before applying another layer. I typically allow 30-45 minutes to dry. Allowing the layers to dry will decrease the chance of clumpy, lumpy or uneven projects.
5. Your first layer has dried for at least 30 minutes. It is time to add another layer of mod podge. Using the foam brush, add a coat of mod podge over the glitter. Be sure to keep your strokes of mod podge going in the same direction to make sure that you’ve covered an entire area properly before you move on. Once you’ve coated the glass, check for any lumps or streaks before you apply the next coat of glitter.
Note: Your second layer of mod podge has to be really clean and even. This layer is really important to ensure that the finished product is FLAWLESS!
6. Add another layer of glitter and allow it to dry.
Note: At this point you should decide if you need to add more coats of mod podge and glitter. If you decide that you need to add more, do so until you are satisfied. Typically two coats is good enough for me.
7. If you are satisfied with how your glitter has covered your glass, allow the project to dry for 2-3 hours. Once it is completely dry, add one last layer of mod podge. This layer has to be streak free and even around the entire glass. Take your time with this layer, its the final step!
Glittering glasses really does take patience. If you rush any step, the glass will not look its best when it has completely dried.
I usually allow my glass to dry using a homemade turner. The turner also helps if you plan to use epoxy! I absolute love to add glitter to glass! It’s fun and it takes concentration. I hope you enjoy it!