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6 Fun ways with glitter

For adding a little sparkle and shine to your makes, nothing beats glitter. It's no wonder crafters remain obsessed with it year on year, and we're getting more creative with it than ever. Try these 6 fab makes for a sprinkle of magic this Christmas...

6 Fun ways with glitter

1. Bathtime fun

Next time you make soap, try putting some glitter into the mix! Use eco-friendly, biodegradable glitter which will be softer on skin and kinder to the environment. You'll need some clear glycerin soap, a little soap dye, essential oils, a silicone mould, and of course, plenty of glitter. Start by melting down 2 lb soap, then sprinkle some glitter into the base of your moulds. Add a few drops of essential oil and dye into your melted soap, then simply pour into the mould and leave to set. Scrub-a-dub-dub!

2. Vintage postcard glitter art

At this time of year, birthdays can easily fall to the wayside with the excitement of Christmas. For an extra-special birthday card that's quick to make and still nods to the festivities, try creating one of these cute vintage greetings. Start by printing off or stamping a vintage scene – such as the Eiffel Tower or London skyline – then adhere this to a card blank of your choice and add highlights with glitter glue. Add a sentiment and any other embellishments that take your fancy. Simple!

3. Glitter champagne flutes

To give your fizz that extra bit of sparkle, there's no better way than embellishing a flute with glitter. Start with some glitter paint, clean champagne flutes, and a paint pouncer, then apply the paint to the glass, starting from the bottom and painting less towards the top for an ombre look. You may find you need to apply two layers to achieve the right level of glitteriness. If you wish to 'cure' the paint so that the glasses are dishwasher-safe, you'll need to leave them for 21 days to dry completely before using.

4. Sparkly shoes

We're hot on the heels of this gorgeous trend! Adding glitter to the soles of high heels is a great way to subtly incorporate some sparkle, and this project allows you to revamp a pair instantly. Start by gathering the following supplies: coarse glitter in the colour of your choice, Mod Podge, a foam brush, painter's tape and a pair of high heels. Mix some Mod Podge with glitter then paint onto the base of the shoe, sprinkling more glitter on top, and finally use a spray primer or Shellac to seal the glitter to the shoe. All that's left is to pop on a cocktail dress and you're ready to party!

5. Seashell decorations

If you want to spruce up your tree decs this year, look no further than this pretty project. You'll need a selection of seashells, fine glitter in two contasting colours, craft glue and a paintbrush. Start by combining the two glitter shades – such as gold and pink – in varying proportions, so that you have five different shades that will allow you to create an ombre effect. Next, paint a little glue onto one end of the shell and add one of the colours, then add the next gradient, working along the shell until it's entirely covered. Leave to dry, then drill a hole through the top and thread string through.

5. Phone cases

To add a little sparkle to your life, make one of these stylish phone cases. Start by gathering the following supplies: a clear phone case, some Mod Podge, glitter and coloured paint. Firstly, cover the inside of the plastic case with a thin layer of Mod Podge, then quickly sprinkle over the glitter. Leave to dry, then add a couple of coats of coloured paint. Once that's dried, add a final layer of Mod Podge and you're all set!