How to DIY Glitter for an Extra Touch of Sparkle

DIY Glitter

There’s something extra special about seeing glitter on a card, and it’s easy to give any paper craft an actual touch of sparkle. If your glitter stash has run out, don’t worry — making your own is fast and fun, and there’s a good chance you already have everything you need right in your kitchen.

DIY Glitter

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Sea salt (ground or in rock form, depending on the texture you want in your glitter)
  • Food coloring
  • Baking dish


1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.

2. Put a couple drops of food coloring in a bowl and mix in the sea salt, creating as many color combinations as desired.

3. Spread out the colored salt onto a baking dish and bake at 350 F for 10 minutes. Remove and let cool before using.

It’s that easy!

How to Use Your DIY Glitter

Once you have your homemade glitter, there are a ton of ways to use it.

1. Use a Glue Pen

Lay a piece of scrap paper under your sheet of card stock to protect your work surface. Apply a thin layer of glue using a glue pen. Sprinkle the glitter on top, making sure it covers the glued areas well.

Once covered, shake your paper so the glitter falls onto your scrap paper. Wait for the glue to dry before continuing with your project.

Pro Tip: It’s totally fine to dump a lot of glitter on your project — just collect what doesn’t stick and save for later!

2. Emboss for Ease

embossed glitter card

We all know glitter can be a bit messy, but mixing it with an embossing paste makes it a little less so. Once you mix it up, simply create your design and allow it to set. So simple!

3. Use Double-Sided Tape

double sided tape with glitter

To create funky geometric lines or borders, double-sided tape is your go-to. Simply tape your paper to create your pattern, then pour your glitter on top. Shake the excess onto a piece of scrap paper and reveal your finished work!

4. Make a Shaker Card

shaker card

Yep, you can use your DIY glitter to fill a fun shaker card! All you need is a few pieces of card stock, some acetate paper and foam tape to bring it all together. Think about how cool that little window will look, especially if you combine your glitter with sequins or confetti.

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9 Responses to “How to DIY Glitter for an Extra Touch of Sparkle”

  1. Tania

    It barely sparkles when ontop of it. Nothing like real glitter. I guess I should have known. I am glad I only made a small batch.

  2. Johnathan Carter

    This recipe was excellent! It was fun and easy. However, when I put it in some slime (a really good recipe), it RUINED it! I wasted so much glue, as well as other expensive materials!

    • Christal

      Ofcourse both slime and glitter would be ruined….its salt…it will obviously melt with the slightest liquid. Duh.

        • Adrian

          He may have been a child, young fellow, or simply not personally well-versed in DIY crafty chemistry. It’s always best to try considering as many alternative possibilities as one can before deciding upon a conclusion, & particularly so when it’s about another person.

          • vickie

            Adrian That is so true…and when it comes to any ‘Artistic endeavors you can believe there will be tons of times you wonder what went wrong more times than we care to happen..even in life in general…But you just learn as you go and when you do hit that moment where things go well or maybe even find a new way to craft something …well it sure feels like it is all worth the effort…Even the most seasoned crafters have their moments so Johnathon I hope you don’t give up…Experimenting is all part of the art and I found researching some things really have helped me, especially when I am limited on supplies …It has caused me to have to shift gears to figure out where I could go from there many times and sometimes a blessing in disguise as they say ….Oh things still go wrong..Believe it!…But it is how we sometimes stumble on some of our best moments too…No one gets there without the fails though