I love glitter, but I hate how messy it can be. So follow my glitter tricks, and I promise a much less messy experience!
First, ditch the wet glue! I hate using wet glue with glitter. It is hard to get level, can make your glitter lumpy and you have to wait for it to dry. Besides, I always end up getting glitter into the glue bottle ruining it for future projects. Instead, opt for dry adhesive options like tapes, stickers and Glubers.
I love backing stickers, especially chipboard ones, with glitter. You can then glue down the printed side, or use both sides by making it into a charm or tag like I did with our Jolly Days chipboard Christmas tree.
If you don't have a sticker in the shape you like, recycle a cereal box by drawing your shape onto it. Before you cut it out, coat the whole area with adhesive tape.
I am using an AT gun, but any tape runner with solid adhesive will work. After it's coated, cut it out and glitter it up.
A few tips on how to "glitter it up." First, work directly over a garbage can. I am using Vintage Sparkle Glitter, that came with a little mini spoon (think doll house sized) for scooping it out of the bottle. I love it! If you don't have this, I really recommend dumping the entire bottle of glitter into a plastic container with a wide opening. That way you can just drop your item into the glitter and lift out with tweezers.
After you've got glitter all over your piece, tap it lightly over the garbage can. Then use another of my favorite tricks... a paintbrush. A soft paintbrush will sweep off all the extra glitter. Trust me, if you blow it off, it will be everywhere. If you only tap it off, the extras that don't fall, and there will be extras, will eventually end up all over your home. If you brush it off, you will get every loose piece.
My last trick is to just use Gluber dots or strips. I really love this because it's so easy and gives perfect results. You just stick them where you want and coat with glitter using the above tips.
I hope this helps you all add a little sparkle to your holidays. If you end up getting some glitz on yourself, no worries. It just means you're awesome!