Before I get into the project, I want to share that Miss Mustard Seed’s Glass Glitter (used in this project) is the Decor Steals daily “steal” today! They are offering Tiara Silver, Fallen Snow and 14 Karat. I’ve partnered with them for a long time, so it’s fun to see them carrying a product with my brand on it. As always, it’s offered at a discounted rate due to their savvy shopping skills, so this is a good time to buy…
I’ve been browsing Pinterest a lot over the past few weeks and have been pleasantly surprised to find a lot of glitter projects and products out there. Hmmm…is glitter trending right now? Some of the glitter went a bit too far for me, but it was fun to see all of the ideas. I love glitter, but I prefer it in small doses…as an accent that adds a little sparkle. Then, it looks elegant and not like a fairy princess party, in my opinion.
As I was browsing, I spotted several examples of glittered glass votives, vases, mason jars, etc. in different styles and I was really inspired to do my own version. So, while I was out shopping last week, I hunted for some glass jars/vases/bottles/something for me to glitter. (That’s actually what I wrote on my shopping list. “Stuff to glitter.”) When I spotted a short, squat vintage milk bottle, I knew that was it. Here’s what I made…
I bought three milk bottles in varying sizes, so I could make a nice arrangement with them for a photo shoot. They were about $3-4/each.
I taped off the top or bottom of the stripe I wanted to create with some Frog Tape. (I’m not on their blog squad anymore, but I still love and use their tape!) I made sure the lines were mostly straight, but wasn’t hyper about it. Glitter is forgiving.
I first brushed on a moderate coat of Elmer’s glue…
…and then sprinkled on the glass glitter (I used Tiara) and removed the tape…
I got a nice, clean line, but there was some glittery goodness left on the tape.
I don’t like to throw away glitter like that, so for the next two, I applied the glue, removed the tape…
…and then sprinkled on the glitter…
I liked that method better, so the excess glitter fell back into the bowl to be reused. One nice thing about glass glitter is that it’s chunky and has some weight to it, so it doesn’t fly away like traditional craft glitter.
I kept this version simple, but you could do all sorts of neat things with this idea.
- Apply letter decals for monograms, apply the glue, remove the decals and then glitter. If it’s a votive you’ll see the light through the letter(s)…great idea for a wedding, anniversary, birthday, etc!
- Apply one stripe of glue at a time to create stripes of different colors
- Draw a design or words with the glue, then apply the glitter
Anyway, the possibilities really are endless. I’ll have to try some of those!
This photo shoot was a really fun one, so prepare yourself for lots and lots of pictures.
A few notes on the styling, for those who are interested. I layered a grain sack runner on the dining table top, which is an old barn door. Then, I layered an antique bread board on top of that to act as a base for the centerpiece. I found some lovely hydrangeas at Wegman’s and pulled some blueberries and pears out of the fridge. I think fruits and veggies can make wonderful additions to arrangements. They are usually cheaper than flowers and they can be eaten when you’re done! It’s a two-fer. I pulled out some of my blue & white serving pieces to give the shoot a “buffet” kind of feel. Like, just out of the shot there must be some food and things set up for a party.
To mix things up a bit with the bottles, I put two of the stripes on the bottoms of the milk bottles,which I ended up liking better, and one at the top.
I loved how, quite by accident, the water line made another stripe. It really worked with the linear pattern of the glitter. The scattered blueberries add color and some texture.
The sparkle created by the glitter, even when it’s out of focus, is really pretty.
From a photography standpoint, I did most of the shots with a 50mm lens set on a 2.8 aperture. The ones that are closeup were done with a 60mm at a 3.0 aperture.
We bought these blueberries at a local farm stand and they were just the prettiest (and tastiest) blueberries. I put them in a couple of vintage sundae dishes I found at yard sales.
I couldn’t resist the opportunity to use the blue handled flatware I found a couple of months ago, but I snuck in some of my silver to coordinate with the silver glitter. You can see how the silver ice cream spoons lead your eye to the glitter on the milk bottles…
I told you…
…lots of pictures!
This is obviously just a decorative treatment, so they aren’t waterproof, dishwasher safe, etc. One thing I like about it, though, is if you ever get tired of the glitter, you can soak them in water to loosen the glue and then use the bottles for another purpose.
…And one last picture to keep it real. All of my finds from the shopping trip were still hanging out on the dining table. It’s not exactly a mess, but it’s real…
And while we’re keeping it real… my preference has been for glass glitter for a long time. Long before I launched this line. But, you can use any glitter you like for this project and any of my glitter projects, for that matter!
But, there is a reason I prefer the glass glitter and, if you see it and use it, you’ll understand why.