DIY Glue Paintings: Just Add Glitter!

DIY Glue Paintings: Just Add Glitter! Picture

I've come across the idea to make artwork with Elmer's glue several times on Pinterest and have long had it on my list to try it out, but with a twist – I wanted to combine the idea with glitter glue. 

It worked like a charm.

This DIY project is so easy, you might want your kids to get involved and have them make their own. 

You will only need a few, inexpensive craft supplies to make glue/glitter paintings:

               

  • Elmer's Glue-All – I opted for the stronger formula that isn't water soluble because I wanted to make sure that the glitter would stick for a long time. Another option is to seal your glitter if you're interested in ensuring your project stands the test of time is to seal the glitter design once the project is at completion.
  • One or several canvases in your preferred size.
  • Glitter in the color you'd like (I found my set with different colors at the dollar store).
  • Large piece of paper to cover your table, or a plastic table cloth.

How to Make a Glue Painting With Glitter:

     1. Get all of your supplies together and arrange them on the large piece of paper or the tablecloth on the table.

     2. Decide on your first canvas and start drawing your design on it with the glue. You could first outline the design with a pencil because the pencil marks would be hidden by the glitter eventually.

I made two little paintings just to give you an idea of the possibilities. My first one was a flower-inspired design (seen pictured in the main image), and the second one was a simple heart since Valentine's Day is around the corner and I plan to use it to decorate for that occasion.

               

     3. After you are happy with your design, open the glitter you'd like to use and start tapping it on the glue. I only used one color per canvas but you could use several colors on one canvas, it's just a little tricky to not have the colors mix.

     4. Let the glue dry a bit and shake and tap and blow off the excess glitter. I was able to get most of the glitter to stay on the large piece of paper, which made for an easy cleanup. The glue will dry in about 30 minutes.

Additional Ideas for Glue Paintings:

  • Use three or four small canvasses and create glue/glitter paintings that have a similar theme but look a little different from each other, and then hang them as a cohesive group together.
  • Buying an 16×20 or larger canvas to make a painting for the space over your bed.
  • Why end with glitter? You could do a watercolor or oil painting on the canvas first and then add the glue and glitter later. There are many options of combining all sorts of materials – just let your preferences guide you.
  •  Draw a design on the canvas with glue and instead of glitter, change it up with spray paint. Let the glue dry and then spray paint the whole canvas in one color. Based on my research into this particular project, the glue will dry pretty flat, so the design will be very subtle. If you're looking to add more dimension, go over your design several times until you get the desired height before going over the design with color. 
  • Buy a canvas with a design already on it at a discount home décor store and embellish just a few areas with glue and glitter to make it a one-of-a-kind art piece.

The beauty of this project is you can be as simple or as detailed as you would like. It's a project that can be done with your kids at the table or on your own when attempting to spruce up a space in your home. So, enjoy and have fun being creative with glue!

Would you tackle this simple project? How would you change it up to fit your style and/or decor? 

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DIY Glue Paintings: Just Add Glitter!

Dagmar tackles motherhood, thrifty home decorating, DIY projects, and green and frugal living on her lifestyle blog Dagmar's Home. She loves finding treasures in thrift stores and sells her handmade candles on Dagmar's Home Decor. Connect with her on Twitter (26,000 followers), Facebook, and Pinterest. ... More

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2 comments

  1. Jeanetta says:

    I hate glitter with a passion…

  2. Grace says:

    my children love playing with glitter

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