Give Old Holiday Decorations an Easy Glittering Makeover

Inexpensive plastic figures and papier mache houses can become sparkling Christmas decorations with just some basic glue and German glass glitter. This glitter sparkles like no other glitter and will make these simple objects look high-end.  

Glittered Animals

Glittered Animals

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Materials Needed:

plastic or plaster miniature deer figurines
papier mache houses
white school/craft glue
German glass glitter
1/2" – 1" flat artist's brush

Apply Glue

Using a flat artist's brush, apply glue to deer or house in small sections. Glue should be applied liberally, but not so much that it drips.

Apply Glue

Apply Glue

Photo by: Marian Parsons

Marian Parsons

Sprinkle With Glitter

Pour glitter over wet glue until coated (Image 1). Shake off excess glitter, allowing it to fall into a container to reuse. Repeat both steps until the entire surface is covered in glitter (Image 2). Allow glue to dry for about an hour before handling. Creatively display your completed creation (Images 3 and 4). Tip: German glass glitter will tarnish over time, so wrap your completed decoration in tissue and put it in a lidded box when the holidays are over, so it stays sparkly for years to come. 

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