Glitter gets a bad rap: It sticks to everything, makes its way into every crevice in your house and can apparently scratch a kid’s cornea—yada yada yada. But I am a Glitter Cheerleader.
I love the way glitter catches the light. I wear a craft project’s collateral glitter with pride, even days later. (Doesn’t glitter in your hair or on your blazer just say, “I’m a mom of a preschooler and I’m not afraid to flaunt it!”) And I love the way Peeper gets so freaking excited whenever I suggest we do a glitter art project.
The other day, when I suggested we try something new—glitter marble painting—was no exception. Her face lit up like a glittered disco ball.
A new kind of marble painting
You’ve probably seen marble painting on Pinterest: Dipping marbles into paint then swirling them around in a box, pan or tupperware is a great process art project that creates beautiful results.
Peeper is a giant fan of marble painting. Much to her dismay, I limit marble painting to times when Kiwi isn’t napping, since I swear the clanging of all those marbles in a jelly roll pan will wake up my baby. And as gorgeous as her marble paintings are, they’re not worth a tired, cranky, crying 1-year-old.
Bring on the glitter!
The other day, I thought we’d break out the marbles (which Peeper calls “marvels.” CUTE!) Then I had an inspiration: Why not make it glitter marble painting?
*cue the choir*
If your kids—or you—are fans of glitter, too, try glitter marble painting the next time you need a new craft project. And even if you don’t love glitter, give it a try. (Still skeptical? Did you know you can use a sticky lint roller to clean up all the spilled glitter dusted over your furniture? See, cleanup can be easy!)
You may just be converted and become a Glitter Cheerleader like me.
Glitter Marble Painting instructions
- White glue
- Loose glitter
- A box, jelly roll pan or another container with an edge
- Painter’s tape
- A paper plate or plastic lid
- Fit your paper into your box or pan, cutting it to size. Secure it to the container with painter’s tape.
- Pour a generous amount of glue onto a plastic lid.
- Coat a marble in glue. Place it on the paper and tip the container back and forth, rolling the marble all over the paper. Coat and add more marbles.
- Acting quickly so the glue doesn’t dry, sprinkle glitter onto the glue. Shake off the excess glitter.
- Let dry.
What about you—are you pro-glitter or anti-glitter?