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Christmas Craft Ideas…

Christmas card with decals and rose pink craft glitter.

We love the idea of getting crafty over the festive season. Turn the heating on, get a cuppa and get stuck into a new project. Take a look at some of our Christmas crafts to get you inspired for December.

Simple Reindeer Food – We love the idea of making up our own reindeer food to leave out for Rudolph on Christmas Eve. You can make up your own recipes and we add a little bit of edible glitter to ours of course 😉 . We love this free printable from How To Home.

Hand-made Christmas Cards – This is such a fun idea, well in theory – don’t make it too stressful for yourself. We love these ready made decals you can stick on. We love pastel coloured cards at Christmas, definitely a change from the usual colours. Hobbycraft have really good tutorials on how to make Christmas cards.

 

Christmas card with decals and rose pink craft glitter.

 

Paper Plate Snowman – A great one for the kids. Stick two paper plates together and then they can decorate them however they like. We like the idea of using old wrapping paper for the scarf or the buttons and you could even use a real carrot for a nose.

Mason Jar Tea Light Holder – Or empty jar would make a perfect tea light holder for your Christmas table. We use some Mod Podge on the inside of the jar and then shake some glitter around the inside to create a glittery frosted look.

Gift Tags – You can make your own gift tags from something as simple as brown craft card and some glitter. We like cutting some card out in a Christmas tree shape, hole punching the corner and covering in gold glitter. Glitter Decorations – We got these MDF stars to dot around our Christmas Dinner table, we used our different metallic glitters to make them really sparkle. You could even use them as place settings.

glitter mdf star decoration

Glittered Centrepieces – Get some MDF Letters, it could be your family name for a special touch and glitter them to place in the middle of your table, finish them off with a ribbon trim for a luxe touch.

Make your own Christmas Eve Plate – Kids love leaving Father Christmas a treat, it would be a really fun Christmas Eve craft with your little ones. You can buy lots of dishwasher safe pens, pair that with a plain white plate and you can create whatever design you like. We love this one from Lovingly Crafted 

Salt Dough Ornaments – We love this idea, such a good keepsake to go on the tree for years to come. Get the kids to press their hands into your salt dough and cover in glitter like these ones from The Best Ideas For Kids.

Open glitter filled baubles – We love these open glass baubles from Hobbycraft, we have filled ours with bottle brush trees and our White Christmas Tinsel Glitter. You can fix the glitter down with glue but we have left ours loose for a freshly fallen snow effect.

Do you have any favourite Christmas crafts you like to do?

 

CG x

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Creepy Crafty Halloween Ideas…

We have collected 10 of our favourite Halloween crafts for you to try out for the spookiest holiday around. Take a look at our creepy craft ideas…

  1. Glittery Pumpkins- We obviously are biased but glitter pumpkins just make the best decorations. Look at these that we made using some of our glitters. The Jack’o’lantern is in our gorgeous Copper glitter and we also made these little foam pumpkins from Hobby Craft in our Fuchsia, Rose Pink and Purple Grape.

    2.Glittery Skull – We love decorating skulls for Halloween they don’t all have to be super scary, we create a gorgeous Purple Grape glitter skull, keep an eye out for it on our Instagram. We also LOVE this terrazzo skull by Bliss Makes Blog

 

  1. Spider Webs made with lolly sticks – Just grab some lolly sticks, stick three together in a kind of star shape and paint them whatever colour you fancy, wrap some yarn around the sticks to create a web and decorate with spiders. We got this cool idea from Buggy and Buddy – take a look.

  1. Edible Glittered candy apples – Make some classic toffee apples, we love this recipe from BBC Good Food and cover them in edible glitter. You can get some really cool glitters from all over but the Cake Craft Shop have an amazing fully edible range of decorations.
  2. Hanging toilet roll bats – This is a really good craft to do with the kids and even young kids can get involved with the painting. Grab some empty loo roll cardboard and paint them black. Cut out the wings from whatever you fancy – card, or paper in black and then stick the wings to the back of the cardboard roll. Pop some googly eyes on the front and draw a mouth and fangs if you want a vampire bat 🙂 and hole punch two holes for the legs to go through. Use black pipe cleaners to go through the holes for the legs and make sure to hook the ends over so you can hang your bats around the house. Take a look at Buggy and Buddy’s tutorial for a more in depth look.
  3. Paper Plate witches – These paper plate witches from Non Toy Gifts are such a good idea for older and younger kids alike. Painting is such a fun activity and they can make their witches as wicked or wonderful as they want.

Paper plate Halloween witch

 

  1. Wax resist spooky art – This can be such a good activity for a Halloween party. Get the kids to draw their desired picture with wax crayons. Water down some black watercolour and watch as their pictures take on a spooky look. These ideas from Activity Village are what inspired us.
  2. Cotton ball ghosts– Create your own friendly ghosts to hang around the house just using some cotton balls! This awesome blog post by Housing A Forest, has a free print out as well so you don’t have to worry about the faces, just get sticking to create your own ghost shapes.
  3. Pumpkin jar lantern – If you’re anything like me, you have A LOT of scrap tissue paper laying around. We love these lanterns by Red Ted Art , all you need to have is some empty jam jars and some watered down PVA glue. Take a look at the link to see how it’s done.

 

  1. Yarn wrapped mummy – Grab some black card and cut out a mummy shape or like a gingerbread man shape I would say. Cut some white yarn into a decent length and just get wrapping. The beauty with this craft is there is no right way to wrap it so each person will end up with a different mummy. We loved this tutorial from I Heart Crafty Things. 

We love this collection of Halloween crafts and we think there is a little something for all ages to have a go at on the list. Let us know if you try any out for yourself.

 

CG x

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Autumn Craft Ideas…

We are so in the mood for Autumn here at Crafty HQ and we have collected 5 of our favourite craft ideas for this time of year.

  1. Glittered pine cones – Collect all shapes and sizes from your Autumn walks, grab some glue and throw some glitter on them. We love these ones we made with our green, red and gold glitter. Perfect for your Christmas tree or Autumn home decor.

 

  1. Pumpkin Apple Stamps – A brilliant one for kids, cut a large apple in half and use them to create pumpkin shapes. Once the orange paint is dry, they can make whatever scary or smiley faces they like with black paint.

 

  1. Painted Acorns – Like the pine cones, grab some acorns on your travels. We love the idea of painting them in pastel colours and using them as decor for the house.

 

  1. Glittered pumpkins – We got some foam pumpkin decorations from HobbyCraft and just used some simple PVA and our glitter to makes these beauties.

  1. Leaf Sun catchers – We love this idea for the kids to have a go at. Cut out the centre of a paper plate and fill it with tracing paper, simply glue some leaves to the tracing paper part of the plate for the beautiful autumn colours to catch the light, hang with some ribbon.

We are totally in love with this season and there are so many cool crafts to be done. What are your favourite Autumn crafts?

 

CG x

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Weekend Craft Ideas – Ready for School!

Now that the kids are all back to school, rainy weekends are on the way unfortunately – however we have some good craft ideas that will keep you all busy indoors – well for a couple of hours at least 😜

 

Take a look at these fun crafts to keep the little one’s busy on a grey weekend…

 

  1. Pencil Toppers – Get the kids involved in making some cool pencil toppers either to take with them to school or to keep at home for homework sessions. We love this pipe cleaner idea from Makes and Takes – and of course if you want to jazz them up grab your glitter and your glue to make them sparkle.
  2. Glittery Bookmarks – We love the idea of making reading really fun and you could glitter these in all kinds of colours for different books or subjects. We got some major inspo from Crafts by Amanda and her lightsaber glitter bookmarks.

 

 

  1. No-Sew Zip Bottle Pencil Case – Recycle an old plastic bottle and use it for a pencil case. The little ones will love getting involved making something to keep all of their new pens and pencils in – we love this one from Makeit – Loveit. Of course at Craft Glitter HQ we would defo be adding some glitter to those plastic bottles.
  2. A ‘Do not disturb – homework in progress sign’ – What a better way to get homework completed? Get yours to make their own homework in progress sign for that extra incentive. They can design it however they like and the best part is all you need are some lolly sticks and some card. We got our inspo from this Pencil Door hanger over at Activity Village.
  3. DIY Rucksack I.D tags – Get them ready to go back to school by creating some i.d rucksack tags together. Use some card and foam letters and of course, glitter to write their name, attach it to their bag with some ribbon and voila. You can pick up cheap vinyl luggage tag case like these to protect them.

Have you got any weekend craft ideas to keep the kids busy?

 

CG x

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5 Festival Craft Ideas…

Festival craft ideas, glittery sunglasses

Craft your way into the summer with these amazing festival craft ideas, we love going to a good music festival and it is always about being creative, fun and generally having a good time. So why not kick off festival season with these ideas.

1.Glitter some flowers and personalise some wellies – We all know England is pretty unpredictable with the weather so wellies are essential. We love these fake flowers from Hobby Craft and then cover in glue and sprinkle over some of our fab glitter. Make sure you stick them to your shoes with some waterproof glue and seal them.

 

2.Glitter your own sunglasses and add glue on some accessories – We love the idea of different sunglasses for a festival. This Buzz Feed article gave us some major inspo!!

 

3.Glitter your bum bag – Would any festival be complete without a bumbag, we love these cheap ones here. Smother them in fabric glue and shake over our sparkly glitter.

 

4.Glitter your own cool box – We saw an amazing tutorial here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiyR8NtePks – from The Crafty Chica across the pond. How amazing would this look rocking up beside you at a festival, a perfect way to keep all your goodies cool.

 

5.Glitter your own toiletry bag – Everyone has a bag with all of those essential bits and bobs. Save yourself a fortune and get a a plain one and sparkle it up yourself! Just grab some fabric mod podge and you’re away!

 

Have you ever created your own festival inspired crafts, let us know – we love hearing from you.

 

CG x

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Use Glitter and STILL be Eco-Friendly…

Our Top Tips for using glitter and ways you can still be a friend to the environment.

1. Always try and reuse your glitter. I mean, I never want to throw ANY of our sparkly stash away… but glitter excess is unavoidable when you are doing craft projects.

Try and put your glitter back into the bags you got them from or jars if you keep your glitter in pots. Some projects mean that different colours get mixed in together. I have mixed glitter ‘messy’ with different shades of pinks, blues, yellows etc and when I come to a project that I think may look cool with a mixed glitter I use those instead.

For example I used my pink and purple mixed excess jar for a kind of ombre glittered wine glass project and it turned out so well, it really helped the transition from bright purple to bright pink!

2.  Wear disposable gloves! I’m sure most of you already do when working with glue anyway but it is even more important when working with glitter. This stops any glitter getting stuck on your hands or under your fingernails, so you can have the peace of mind that none of your glitter is reaching the oceans.

Pop them in the bin when you’re done or if you are like me use them for another project if you haven’t done too much damage to them.

3. Use a dry cleaning process. At Crafty Glitter we always use a dry cleaning process after a finished project. Any excess glitter goes back into the plastic storage pots or bags and then I vacuum the craft project areas.

To wipe down surfaces I use a microfiber cloth which picks up the glitter really well. Again this stops the glitter from being washed down the sink as the cloth catches the glitter, I then shake these out and vacuum up what is left.

4.  Wash brushes in minimal water and use baby oil to soften them. As we don’t want any of our glitter being washed down the sink, I took time thinking about how I would look after my paint and foam brushes.

I fill a small ramekin with a little bit of water and washing up liquid and get as much of the glue out as I can by doing this. I mop up this water with heavy duty kitchen roll and toss that in my general waste bin.  I then rub my bristle brushes with baby oil to soften them up, once they are dry I fluff the brush up and the glitter just falls out.

With my foam brushes I have to wash them a couple of times in small ramekins to make sure they don’t go really hard. Once they are dry the glitter comes out of them fairly easy, I just give them a few taps to make sure none is on the flat edges I am using for my new project.

5.  Remove glitter from clothes with a lint roller. This is the best way in my opinion to get glitter off of your clothes. If you are anything like me and clumsy I end up with glitter all over my clothes. The sticky ones are the best for me; I even use them on my fabric shoes. If you don’t have a lint roller some cello tape will do the trick too.

We hope this guide is helpful, working with glitter can be messy we know, but it’s oh so fun and definitely worth the gorgeous sparkly outcome for your craft projects.

Give us a shout if you have any questions – we’re always here to help!

CG x

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Our Top 5 Craft Items…

We all have our favourite craft items, whether you are a paper crafter, crotcheter, sewer, embroiderer or a bit of an all rounder and willing to give most things a go. You have your go to items on your desk and these are ours.

1. Glitter – Obvs! We use glitter all day every day, we have the most super sparkly product so it’s so fun and inspiring to work with from glittering Easter eggs for spring decor or jazzing up our summer flip flops we are here for all the glitter.

2. Mod Podge – we use an obscene amount of this stuff here. One of our favourites is the dishwasher safe glue, it really works well for glittering glasses and tumblers.

3.Paintbrushes and foam brushes – We have a lot of paintbrushes and foam brushed, mainly for glue application; we usually get our brushes from places like Pound Shops, Hobby Craft and our local craft supplies shop.

4. Vinyl Gloves – Gloves are so important when working with glitter, not only protecting your hands from glitter and glue but at CG we advocate a dry cleaning process when it comes to disposing of glitter so we don’t want any on our hands that can be washed down the drain.

5. Spare paper and card – We do a lot of our crafts over sheets of card and paper, to protect our furniture but more importantly so we can save any excess glitter, so whatever falls on the paper when we are doing a particular craft we can pop it back in the bag or jar.

What are your favourite craft items to use? Let us know, we love hearing from you.

CG x

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20 Crafty Glitter Projects…

If you anything like us, then you love nothing more than getting stuck into a new project. We have put together some super sparkly ideas we think are really fun and that we will definitely be trying out. So grab yourself some glue and #getcrafty

1. Glitter tags for presents and gifts
2. Glitter your own mug or wine glass – we made these ones with our Rose Pink, Classic Blue and Grape Purple glitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Sparkle your shoes – We made these ones with slip on’s from Primark and our Brushed Gold glitter.


4. Glitter dipped pinecones

5. Glittery Cake Toppers or Cupcake Flags

6. Sparkly make up brushes or hair brushes

7. Glitter your own wine or champagne bottles – the perfect gift!

8. Sparkly decorative letters – We created our own from Hobby Craft and trimmed them with some gorgeous black ribbon! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Glittered Christmas ornaments

10. Sparkly miniature plant pots

11. Glittered Mason Jars

12. Sparkle your own candle holders

13. Glittery bookmarks

14. Sparkly office Supplies

15. Glitter your own phone case

16. Sparkly photo frames – We up-cycled some of our old photo frames with our Brushed Gold Glitter. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17. Sparkly fairy night light – using a mason jar and battery operated fairy lights

18. Glitter Easter Eggs – We made these ones with our Purple, Blue and Rose Pink glitter at Easter time!

19. Sparkly Bunting – We made this gorgeous, Union Jack themed bunting for the Royal Wedding.

20. DIY Glitter Globe

We hope you love these ideas as much as we do and we have already been getting to work on some of them ourselves, check out our Instagram.

If you do try any of these ideas out, let us know, we love seeing your work! You can get in touch with us on social media, all of the links are below.

CG x

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Wedding Glitter Craft Ideas…

With Harry and Megan’s today we have all of the wedding vibes were thinking about cool wedding crafts you could make using glitter.

1. Glitter Table Numbers – Instead of the traditional number header or name, you could get some mache numbers – like these cheap ones from Hobby Craft and glitter them using some of our fine glitter and mod podge.

Top Tip: Use an extra layer of mod podge to seal your glitter craft to stop it sprinking everywhere!

2.  Glitter Candle Holders – This is such a good idea for creating good lighting, glitter will make the candles on your tables seem even sparklier. Use a gloss Mod Podge or spray adhesive to get the look you want. These are a perfect example of gorgeous, understated glitter details.


Image : Julie Banner

3.Glitter Cake Topper – If you’re not into the traditional figurines as cake toppers, why not DIY a gorgeous glittered version. We love this one and One Fab Day have also provided a free printable you can use. So just grab your glue and glitter!

Image: One Fab Day

 

4. Glitter Heart Embellished Wedding Favour – You can get some really lovely cotton drawstring bags from the likes of Amazon and then all you would need to do is stencil on the heart shape and use fabric glue to stick the glitter to the bag. We have major inspo from these ones…

Image: Weddingstar.com

 5. Glitter Letter Bunting – As easy as it sounds, if you are handy with a pair of scissors you can create a Mr & Mrs or even a simple signage one for the ‘BAR’ There are loads available online, like these for example. However you could grab some card and string and make your own and choose whatever glitter colour you like for that personal feel.

6. Glitter Clothes Peg Place Card Holder – You remember the old wooden clothes pegs?
Well, you can buy them in bundles for cheap, imagine them jazzed up with some glitter! We have seen this all over Pinterest, just add some glue and sprinkle them in glitter for a stylish place card holder.

7. Personalised Glitter Bride & Groom Champagne Flutes – These are a great gift for the bride and groom, or you could make them for your beau as a surprise for your wedding day. We love these ones from Guest bookery on Etsy. However you could easily make your own with some dishwasher safe Mod Podge and your favourite glitter.

8. Glitter Mason Jar for Memories – Glitter a big mason jar and leave scraps of paper for people to write down a memory of the day or a memory you share for you both to look back on, on your 1st anniversary. This is an easy craft but can look so pretty and catch people’s eye so they are sure to sign it! This is where our original inspo for this idea came from.

Image: Pinterest

9. Glittery Photo Booth Props – Having a photo booth? Making some personalised props can be a fun way to inject your style into this wedding day activity. Cut out whatever you fancy, it could even be your wedding date, those photos would make an awesome collage of your big day! We love this table idea from Ruffledblog.com.

10. Finally… glitter some old tin cans to attach to the car you’re leaving in – This old tradition is one of the best, you make ALL the noise, because it IS all about you. Get family and friends to collect some tins or just save up your own as you go, cover them in glue and glitter and voila the perfect sparkling send off.

 

All the socials are at the bottom, so check them out, we love your sparkly happy content!

CG x

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Hello World…

Welcome to the first official blog post of Crafty Glitter. Just a small hello from us so we can get to know each other.

Crafty Glitter sells high grade, craft glitter. We care about you, the customer and what you need from a craft product and want to provide you with the best service we can. Here are some reasons why you should love us and glitter…

We love our product, we love sparkle, so you know love has gone into each parcel we pack

We have over 25 years of experience in the industry – that’s a lot of glitter folks!

We have an amazing range of glitter colours

Our glitter has a rich pigment and is super sparkly!

All of our glitter is safe to use and extremely high grade

We love coming up with new ideas, craft projects and generally mucking around with glitter

You can use glitter in pretty much any craft project you have

We have lovely packaging – who doesn’t love getting a pretty parcel in the post?

We are always happy to chat about the product or new idea for uses, so if you ever need us – give us a shout

To launch Crafty Glitter we are going to doing to do a couple of giveaways starting with one here on the blog. To enter and get a chance to win a free 100g pouch of glitter and accessories, comment below your favourite thing about glitter.

It can be anything at all, just comment on the post and you will be entered into the draw.

We are also running giveaways on our social media platforms; the links for all of our platforms are below, so check them out to be in with a chance to win some glitter!

CG x
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