I have been making German glass glitter letters for years. See the old school watermark?
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.
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…
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.
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…
I’m using Tiara Silver for this project…silver’s classic and it’s my favorite!
I brush the letter with a light coat of Elmer’s glue. You can use any all-purpose craft or school glue.
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.
Once the glued portion is covered with glitter, I carefully turn the letter, apply glue to the rest of it…
…and give it another dunk in the pool of glittery goodness.
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.
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.
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!
In my afternoon of crafting for this tutorial, I made some glittered letters for my sweetie…
…because, let’s all be honest here. What man doesn’t love seeing his name in glass glitter?
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.
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.