german glass glitter letters & giveaway

by | Jul 9, 2014 | crafts, german glass glitter, Holiday, Tutorials, Winter | 1,101 comments

I have been making German glass glitter letters for years.  See the old school watermark?

glass glitter letters | miss mustard seed

I was so excited when I finally found German glass glitter and some great chipboard letters in amazing fonts.  I made them for myself in the beginning and then started making them to sell in my retail space and it was a staple for several years.

glass glitter letters | miss mustard seed

Great chipboard letters have become harder and harder to find, though.  I am hoarding three sets of the original letters I used in the first picture, but otherwise, what I’ve found has been pretty run-of-the-mill.  I thought I found some great ones, but when they arrived, they were different than what was pictured.  Bummer!  So, I’ve been looking for some alternatives and I found a good option…

glam up kid's magnet letters with glass glitter | miss mustard seed

These plastic letters don’t come in the prettiest fonts, but they are simple, cute and already have magnets attached, so it saves some money and a step.  They are also really easy to find at yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores, etc.  I thought they would make great candidates for glitter letters.  (I bought mine off Amazon for $12.59.)

I started out by spray painting them in a satin white spray paint meant for plastic.  This makes sure there isn’t bright purple peeking out from my pretty silver glitter.

spray painted kid's magnet letters | miss mustard seed

When spray painting, it’s best to do two light coats instead of one heavy coat.  The paint will adhere better and dry faster.  Once they are dry, the glittering can begin…

glass glitter letter tutorial | miss mustard seed

I’m using Tiara Silver for this project…silver’s classic and it’s my favorite!

glass glitter letter tutorial | miss mustard seed

I brush the letter with a light coat of Elmer’s glue.  You can use any all-purpose craft or school glue.

glass glitter letter tutorial | miss mustard seed

Then sprinkle or dip the letter directly into the glitter. I like to pour my glitter out into a larger bowl when working on projects, so it’s easy to catch the excess.  I leave a little spot free of glue, so I have a place to hold.

glass glitter letter tutorial | miss mustard seed

Once the glued portion is covered with glitter, I carefully turn the letter, apply glue to the rest of it…

glass glitter letter tutorial | miss mustard seed

…and give it another dunk in the pool of glittery goodness.

glass glitter letter tutorial | miss mustard seed

I place the letters on a piece of craft paper to give them time to dry.  (This is also a good idea, so the excess glitter can be poured back into the jar.  Just roll up the paper and dump it in.)  The dry time varies, depending on how much glue is applied.  If a bit of the plastic is showing through, just cover it with glue and apply a little more glitter.

glass glitter letter tutorial | miss mustard seed

Make sure the glue and glitter isn’t globbed on the back of the letters or it may prevent them from sticking.  If you got excited and started this project before seeing this warning, no problem.  Just let them dry and gently peel or sand the dried glue off the back.

Glittered letters are the kind of thing that are just fun to play around with.  I always love seeing the words and messages people would create on the magnet board in my retail space.  Even though the glitter is made of crushed glass, I’ve never had a problem handling the letters and I know many of my customers have used these on their fridge, in kid’s rooms, during the holidays, etc.

glass glitter letter tutorial | miss mustard seed

glass glitter letter tutorial | miss mustard seed

glass glitter letter tutorial | miss mustard seed

glass glitter letter tutorial | miss mustard seed

glass glitter letter tutorial | miss mustard seed

And, I knew the glitter went a long way, but I’ve never actually tested how far it would go until today.  I was able to cover 26 letters with just under an ounce of glitter.  MMS Glass Glitter is sold in 4 ounce jars, so you could glitter over 100 of these letters with one jar!

 

glass glitter letter tutorial | miss mustard seed

In my afternoon of crafting for this tutorial, I made some glittered letters for my sweetie…

glass glitter letter tutorial | miss mustard seed

…because, let’s all be honest here.  What man doesn’t love seeing his name in glass glitter?

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Now, I’ve been talking a lot about MMS Glass Glitter and I think it’s time we had a giveaway.  Let’s spread the love around a little, here.  So, just leave a comment (make sure to fill out the e-mail address field) and you will be entered to win one 4 ounce jar of all five of the glitter colors in the new Miss Mustard Seed’s Glass Glitter line.

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The giveaway will be open through Friday, July 11, 2014, at midnight PST.  TWO winners will be randomly selected and notified by e-mail the following week.  You must be over 18 to participate, but the giveaway is open to international readers.

Good luck!

1,101 Comments

  1. Missy yanchuck

    I would love some glitter, to jazz up some sheet music wreaths I make for a church craft bazaar!

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  2. Christine Edwards

    Oh, how I would love to be the winner of your most beautiful glitters……your pictures made me want to glitter everything that doesn’t move!

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  3. Holly Newell

    This was a great post. Inexpensive and practical. Thank you

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  4. melanie

    Great post. Oh, but I love the blue glitter so much. Another idea for my ‘to do’ list.

    Reply
  5. Lisa Sommers

    Ooohhhh. Iove glitter & this is so beautiful. Oh, the things I could do!

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  6. Marie W.

    Oh, it would be sooooo much fun to try out your glitters. Thanks for chance to enter!

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  7. Christi

    Beautiful! ! I love silver glitter! !

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  8. Susie

    Usually I don’t like glitter- but these letters and those colors are remarkable! Thank you for having this giveaway.

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  9. Terri H

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  10. Toni

    I love playing with glitter and would love to try your glass glitter. What a great idea to use those letters!
    Thanks, Toni

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  11. Sharon mcelvain

    I love glitter projects. And I love the idea of using fridge magnets. My grand kids will love them. Really who doesn’t ? At the holidays I sprinkle the sidewalk with glitter , by the end of the day the house floor has glitter every where. It adds magic to the day. And I always wait a week to vacuum it up just because I love glitter! Thanks for the idea Sharon from landofprecious.com

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  12. Sarah

    My siblings and I made Christmas ornaments using German glass glitter when we were kids. I would love to have some to play with again. Sarah

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  13. TinaLou

    Your glass glitters are truly beautiful, and I saw some wooden letters just yesterday at Michael’s that would be perfect candidates. thanks for the awesome giveaway! Tina

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  14. Judy Rice

    WOW! What a fantastic giveaway. I love this glass glitter. It is so beautiful and shiny. Would love to play around with all these colors. Thanks for a chance to win.

    Reply
  15. Melissa W.

    I would use the German glass glitter on an old picture frame that needed a new look.

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  16. adele

    I would so love to win some of your beautiful glitter! How fun would that be?!

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  17. Pam

    I was just wondering where I could get some glass glitter. Christmas will be here before we know it! Thanks for the chance to win.

    Reply
  18. Kristen

    I’d certainly love some of your glitter!

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  19. Debbie A

    The glitter is awesome! Thanks for sharing all your great ideas!

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  20. Alicia

    Awesome giveaway! Your glass glitter is so pretty!

    Reply
  21. Jessica

    I LOVE glass glitter! I just discovered it this past winter via you I believe! I had planned to make ornaments to give as gifts with it & could not find any anywhere. Then proceeded to look online to find it was sold out everywhere ! I would love to win some! Does your silver tarnish like the old german glass glitter did?

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  22. maureen

    Oh would I love to win your beautiful glitter! TY for the giveaway.

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  23. Kerry Mayer

    I would love to win the glass glitters!!!

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  24. Dawn

    This is so pretty and creative. Thanks for the info on the glass glitter letters.

    Reply
  25. Jessica

    I love your glitter letters!

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  26. Nancy Weber

    Oh what fun it would be to create with this glitter!

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  27. Nicole

    I would love to win some glitter! I have an extra set of magnet letters waiting to be decorated.

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  28. Sharon Kelley

    Pretty glitter! Would love to try!

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  29. Dawn Rowe

    I haven’t used glitter in years, but after seeing this GORGEOUS glitter, I’m ready to use it again!

    Reply
  30. Larissa

    I’ve never used German glass glitter, although I LOVE the look. I’d love to try. Thanks for the opportunity of winning. 🙂

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  31. Sharon Rexroad's Bringing Creativity 2 Life

    Since these already have a magnet on the back, could you “hold” them with a steel rod as you apply the glue and then “nose dive” it into the glitter? If I win, I’ll be happy to test this idea out!

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  32. Maaike

    What a great idea!! AND a terrific giveaway! In my world, glitter is never wrong. 🙂

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  33. Aleshia

    I love glitter and would love to win some!

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  34. Wanita van Rhyn

    No glittery goodness here in South Africa… Not even Milk Paint! What’s up with that? LOL

    Reply
  35. Jeannie Gustafson

    These are so great! I love them! I live in a house with my three teenage sons and husband. Any way I can add some much needed sparkle to my home decor without being to foo foo is great!!! One of my most favorite Christmas ornaments is my tree topper that is made with German glitter glass. It’s absolutely stunning on the tree 🙂 Btw, I would LOVE to win this 🙂 what a great idea!

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  36. Maggie Mata

    I bet this glass glitter would make a perfect accent to one of my handmade cards!

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  37. Amy D

    I love German glass glitter and the colors in your line are gorgeous! Thanks for giving away a set!

    Reply
  38. Teresa

    Would love the opportunity to win so I can play, play, play with the glitter. Thanks for the ideas!

    Reply
  39. Karan

    thank for the give away, I love glitter glass. I love glitter glass. I love glitter glass. Great tutorial, btw

    Reply
  40. Janet

    I love your blog and glass glitter! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Reply
  41. Melissa Starr

    I have always wanted to try glass glitter but never have yet.

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  42. Patty Soriano

    OH. EM. GEE. This is great. Count me in please !

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  43. Susie

    great post! 🙂

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  44. Frankie Leal

    I would love to try glass glitter your results are so beautiful!

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  45. Kellye

    Love the glass glitter…my favorite are the glittered crowns!

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  46. Gail

    I would love to try at the german glass glitter. I have a silhouette cameo that can cut chipboard in any font on my computer. I must try that!

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  47. vicki

    Ooooooh! They are sooo pretty! Please, please let me win some german glass glitter.

    Reply
  48. Debbie Brown

    I love this glitter! Would love to try all of your colors.

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  49. Sandi Allen

    I would Love to try your glitter.
    I have a lot of these plastic letters that I have picked up here and there from thrift stores.

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  50. Jodie Robinson

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the inspiration and wonderful ideas!

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  51. Michelle Ginn

    As a teacher, I can think of many fun ways to utilize the glitter in my classroom, and as a home lover, I can think of another million ways to use it in my dreamy little cottage.

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  52. Dee Waters

    Love the original chipboard letters. There are some amazing wood letters at some of the craft stores and it seems like they would work as well. Love the glass glitter! I am new to your blog and I really enjoy being inspired by your projects and your positive outlook on life. Thanks for the daily inspiration! Love your blog!

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  53. France Fournier

    What a good idea to used what we already have at home !
    Thanks a lot, you opened my mind 🙂

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  54. Amy Crossley

    I love the glittered letters! And what a good idea to use the plastic magnetic letters! Very fun! My favorite color of your glitter is the blue one!

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  55. Hali

    This glass glitter is wonderful! I cut out snowflakes with a scroll saw out of oak for ornaments and I think this glitter would be perfect to cover them!

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  56. Patti Mullican

    Has anyone told you Target has the magnet letters right now in the Dollar Spot? The even have some cute script ones! Run quickly because once everyone sees this post they will be gone! 😉

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  57. Debi Blue

    Love the idea of using magnetic letters! Love the glitter!

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  58. Patti Mullican

    Has anyone told you Target has the magnet letters right now in the Dollar Spot? They even have some cute script ones! Run quickly because once everyone sees this post they will be gone! 😉

    Reply
  59. Amanda Z

    Love the look of these letters! I can’t wait to try some of this out! I’m already thinking of projects I could do with it. 🙂

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  60. Carrie Gunning

    Great idea! I use glitter on lots of Halloween
    And Christmas projects.

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  61. Mary

    Ii would share your glitter, to inspire others to transform the ordinary to the extraordinary!

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  62. Anna Rognstad

    Oh my goodness! I love your glitter and this tutorial is amazing! I would love to get some of your glitter and totally copy you…would be so cute on our fridge or chalkboard! 🙂

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  63. Carley M

    So beautiful!

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  64. Diana

    I had ordered glass glitter several years ago from a company in Germany. I am so glad to see that you carry this product!! I LOVE using glass glitter. The ideas are endless!!!

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  65. Tricia

    I didn’t think I was interested in glitter, but this post has changed my mind!

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  66. Ellen

    Sweet, I have used those plastic letters to make gold letters for a wedding I helped with.

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  67. Ellen

    Love these.

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  68. Robin

    Absolutely LOVE the sparkly goodness of these letters- they are awesome!!! Using the magnets is brilliant, of course 🙂 Got to make some!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  69. Lisa

    Can a girl ever have too much sparkle in her life? I think not.

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  70. Jacqueline

    I have been looking at all the beautiful colors and wondering which one I would order,but with this giveaway, I can try all of them! Thank you!

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  71. Argelia Brown

    I happened to have stumble to your blog and now make it part of my daily routine to check what new and exciting things you are creating, and you never disappoint me! Love the glitter idea, but most of all thank you for introducing MMS paint to someone that has been recycling furniture for the past 30 years.

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  72. Kimberly

    Love love love!!!!

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  73. Camille

    Great idea for using the plastic letters. One of my co-teacher’s favorite saying was, “Everthing is better with glitter!” I love your blog!

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  74. Lia

    I’ve never seen anything so cute! I have four grandchildren and we have a ton of these letters at my house. I now have a great craft project for them. This is going to be a fantastic way to spend time with them. Thank you for the idea!! Love it!

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  75. Kathy Staples

    i have been wanting to try your glass glitter, maybe this is my chance to try all 5!!!! Yay!!!

    Reply
  76. Karen

    I enjoy your site and your new slant on common items. I’m a pre K teacher and craft nut. Currently painting an old cupboard similar to one you did. Can’t wait to finish and get loaded up with my collectables. Thanks for all the great ideas.

    Reply
  77. Leesa Frech

    Just love how sweet these little letters turned out. Thanks for sharing!

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  78. Sue N

    I’m hoping my local MMS paint store has some of your glitter…Maybe i will get lucky today!!! Love your products!

    Reply
  79. Leah Fein

    Oh!! I love this look. Great idea using the fridge letters.
    I REALLY hope I win!
    Thank you.

    Reply
  80. Dianne Duncan

    Thank you for your e.mails everyday, just love them

    Reply
  81. Joan Fletcher

    Love the glitters and would love to win. Glitter letters would be a great birthday gift for a friend.

    Reply
  82. Maria

    Those letters look fun! I can think of many projects to use your glass glitter for! Thanks for the opportunity to win a set.

    Reply
  83. tricia lopez

    what simple way of adding to the season. I love seeing ideas for Christmas now; gives me lots of time to plan.

    Reply
  84. Leslie Brown

    I honestly have not used glitter since making ornaments with my kids at least 30 years ago. However, I just bought some cute letters the other day for a project, but had not decided for sure how I was going to finish them. I would love to try your glass glitter. Thank you for the giveaway and the opporrtunity to try real glass glitter, Marion!

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  85. Sherry n

    Please pick me! I would love some glass glitter.

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  86. Maria

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE glass glitter! What a great idea for a giveaway! Thanks!

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  87. Leticia

    I hope I am not to late! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing! Leticia

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  88. Sharon Duke

    How cleaver to use those plastic letters for this project. I ordered the glitter after seeing it on your website a couple of years ago. Like you, I could not find letters worthy of this gorgeous glitter, so it has sat unused. Thanks!

    Reply
  89. Sheryl

    WOw magnetic letters …whoda thunk…This is why I visit your site…Glitter is essential in every girls craft basket….

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  90. Joanna

    Glittery goodness is so right. I would love to get my hands on some of this beautiful sparkle !
    Thank you for the chance to win.

    Reply
  91. Ginger Marshall

    Hey Marian, how about a red glitter for Christmas, you could call it “ruby slippers”!

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  92. Terri

    I’ve never heard of glass glitter. Thanks so much for your blog. Have been following you for about a year now. You’re the best!

    Reply
  93. Cheryl Robertson

    HELLO! I am new to your site but have been reading so much about your fabulous products on so many other Blogs! The glass glitter looks to be another great addition to your line and something that I would like to experiment with. I like to make plaques for children’s rooms with their names and using this product would add “some Bling”. Who doesn’t love Bling.

    I look forward to going through your site so I can see for myself what everyone raves about.

    Thanks for being here!

    Cher

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  94. Mary Ann

    Love, love, love that glass glitter! My grandkids would be delighted if I glittered letters for them to use on my frig!

    Reply
  95. Ming

    Oh hope I am not too late…. missed this on my blog feed…. love this stuff/.

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  96. Dorothy

    Beautiful and classic!

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  97. Melissa Gibson

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  99. Debbie

    Ohhhhh I’m so excited to be chosen. Thank you for the opportunity Miss Mustard Seed!!! 🙂

    Reply

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