DIY Glitter Spray for Paper and Fabric Craft Projects
Glimmer mists, sometimes called shimmer mist or shimmer spray, are used to add a pretty layer of shimmer to paper projects such as handmade flowers, greeting cards, scrapbook layouts, and things like that. It can also be used on fabrics and other types of projects as well. It is basically just a clear or translucent colored liquid with shimmery mica powders inside. It is usually applied using a fine mist spray, and if you were to purchase it, it would usually be found in the scrapbook section of craft stores.
There are a few different brands out there but I feel like they are a bit too pricey, and in my experience, they have been hard to find sometimes. This is one of the main reasons I've decided to make my own. The other reason is that I feel that they cost too much. If you are into using glimmer mists, you may want to check out this tutorial. Not only will you save tons of money but this recipe yields results that are truly just as beautiful as any glimmer mist you will buy in the craft store, or at least in my opinion.
What You Will Need:
- Empty Spray Bottle (2 oz. or similar)
- Rubbing Alcohol (higher percentage is better but not necessary)
- Glue: You can use Mod Podge, Glossy Accents, Diamond Glaze, or anything that will dry clear.
- Jar of L.A. Colors Shimmering Loose Eyeshadow in your color of choice (I get mine for a buck per piece at Dollar Tree)
- Small measuring spoon or a craft stick
- Optional: alcohol ink or acrylic paint if you want to add coloring to your mist
Helpful Tips Before Getting Started:
- Spray Bottle: A smaller spray bottle (anywhere from 2 oz. to 8 oz.) is best unless you will be making a large quantity. You can reuse small spray bottles that had perfume, etc. if you want.
- Rubbing Alcohol: It doesn't matter the percentage of alcohol you use... it will all yield the same results. The only difference is if you want your mist to dry quicker, you will want to use a higher percentage of alcohol. I used 50% alcohol (because it's cheaper!) and it worked great.
- Glue: Anything that will dilute and dry clear will work great.
- L.A. Eyeshadow: This shimmery shadow can be found at Dollar Tree in a small jar it has quite a bit in it and it's AWESOME and works quite well. They have several different colors. I have three colors of it so far—white, gold, and copper. The main ingredient in this is mica and that's what gives this spray its beautiful shimmer. You can use other things in their place if you like. Here is a list:
Pearl Ex powders
Perfect Pearls powders
Mica powders (sometimes found in the clay dept of craft stores)
Any shimmery eye shadow
Metallic acrylic craft paints
- Small measuring spoon or stick: This is used to add the powder to the liquid; you can use a craft stick, the end of a paintbrush, or even the little brush that comes with the eyeshadow if you want.
- Coloring your mist: If you choose, you can do a translucent colored mist with shimmer in it by adding alcohol inks or even acrylic paints. A little bit goes a long way.. so start out with small amounts and then add more to achieve the darkness of color that you want. If you are interested, I have a DIY Alcohol Inks tutorial as well.
OK, let's get started!
Step 1: Add Alcohol
Take your small spray bottle and pour in the alcohol to a little bit less than 3/4 full. You can use a spray bottle this is a bit larger if you prefer. Just adjust the portions to similar parts according to the size of your bottle.
Step 2: Add Eyeshadow
Add the LA shimmery eye shadow now. I always take the brush out and put the lid back on and turn it upside down and shake some powder into the lid and scoop it out from there and it works pretty well for me. You can add as much or as little as you want—the more you add the shimmery it will be. Just as a general rule for the small spray bottles I wouldn't add any more than 3/4 tsp or any less than 1/4 tsp for a 2 oz. spray bottle. Some may think that's too much but I love my stuff super shimmery! Somewhere around 1/2 tsp or a little bit more is probably about right. Try to estimate the amount of powder you are adding if you are using a craft stick or something else like that.
If you are using something else besides the LA loose eyeshadow, you will add it the same way. Just scoop it out (estimate if needed)and put it into the bottle with the alcohol.
Step 3: Add Glue
Now it's time to add the glue. Again you don't have to measure exactly; approximately 1/2 to 3/4 tsp will do for a small spray bottle. As long as the glue will dilute well and dry clear, it will work great. The glue is what will help make the shimmer stay in place once it's sprayed onto a project. Remember, you don't have to use Diamond Glaze. You can use any glue as long as it will dilute with water and dry clear.
Now, put the lid on and shake it up . . . and that's it! You can now add that gorgeous shimmer wherever you like. It works especially well with paper and fabric crafts.
Want to Make Colored Glimmer Mist?
Shimmering mist comes in colors as well. Your mist will end up being a light version of the color of the eyeshadow you use but you can add more color if you want. You can do that by adding a translucent coloring like alcohol ink. Alcohol ink is applied in drops so start out with a few drops of the desired color and then do a spray test. If it's not dark enough, keep adding a drop or two until you get it the desired shade. You can use food coloring as well. Just add it by the drop just like the alcohol inks to achieve the desired shade. I have also heard of people using acrylic paints to color their mist. Since I have never done it, I'm not sure how much to add but if I were to use it, I would start out using 1/2 to 3/4 tsp of paint and then adding small bits from there to achieve the desired shade. Don't forget, with any of these you mix certain colors to make other colors you might want.
Tips and Ideas
- Remember, if it's not as shimmery as you would like, you can always add more shimmer powder to the bottle.
- After your bottle has been sitting for a while, the shimmer will all settle at the bottom. It is recommended to first gently swirl the shimmer to get it off the bottom of the bottle and then shake it to avoid clogging up the spray nozzle.
- Some spray bottles work better than others. Experiment with different bottles to see which you prefer. I have had really good luck with just the plain small spray bottles.
- Some people like to mix a large batch of clear shimmer just as a base mixture and then transfer it to spray bottles as needed. A clean spaghetti sauce jar with a lid would be the perfect size if you'd like to mix and store it in a larger quantity.
- You can apply the shimmer liquid with a paintbrush instead of spraying if you would like.
- The LA loose eye shadow at Dollar Tree comes in several shades of shimmer. So far I have seen it in white, pink, green, black, gold, and copper. It's lots of fun to experiment with the different colors of shimmer. You can mix different colors for a varied effect.
I hope you have enjoyed this article and will find it useful!
One more thing I want to mention before I end the article is that I did not come up with this myself. I actually saw this method used in a few videos on Youtube. I wish I could remember the names but I do know I saw it on Youtube. I must say whoever originally came up with the idea of using the LA loose eyeshadow for this is a genius! I am truly impressed with how well this stuff works. It's super cheap and the first listed and the main ingredient in this stuff is mica which is the same stuff that's used when you buy the more expensive version at craft stores. So, whoever did come up with this I am sending a big hug and a huge thank you your way!
Pam on February 22, 2019:
Is the glimmer similsr to the colot bloom sprays?
tara dactyl on July 18, 2018:
small bottles of modge podge can be found at the dollar tree.
Kayleigh on April 25, 2018:
I wanted to make giant paper flowers for a nursery and I could find tons of shimmer paper in ever colour but the blush and pale pinks I wanted. Went to dollar tree got everything including a small bottle of modge podge! I made 5 different colours for 15 bucks but the la colour honey suckle shadow made a gorgeous blush pink shimmer to die for. I cannot thank you enough for coming up with this hack! Its genius!
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 16, 2015:
Heather- You are welcome!
Heather on November 14, 2015:
Thank you SO much for these DIY articles. . Art is such a stress reliever for me, but seeing all the things I don't have money works in the opposite direction. These alternatives are perfect!
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 05, 2015:
Darawrites- Thank you for dropping by! Glad you enjoyed the hub. I will definitely check out your glimmer mist!
Dara K. Fulton from Brooklyn, NY on February 18, 2015:
Hi Jamie! As a fellow crafter and writer, am happy I came across your project on Pintrest ! I tried this project today and so far so good. It was so much fun! I'd love to show you how my glimmer mist came out. Check out my blog Art by Sunbubbles: darasunbubbles.tumblr.com. Thanks for the inspiration :)
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on February 18, 2015:
MonkeyShine75- Thank you so much! I really do think you could potentially save a lot by making your own alcohol inks especially if you already have some permanent markers that you don't mind using. A 3 pack of alcohol inks average around 10.00 bucks on Amazon. The only thing about it is that it can get a little messy handling the ink in the markers.. and it may not be worth it to some but definitely I think there is a potential to save a good bit of money. Thank you so much for dropping by my hub and for your comment!!
Mara Alexander from Los Angeles, California on February 15, 2015:
I love, glitter, glamor, shimmer and your hub. This is great.
I found where you spoke of saving money, but do you think it's a little or a lot cheaper to make it instead of buying it? Money is an area that's not doing so well in my life? UC has it all :)
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on October 29, 2014:
Julec82- I don't see why not. It certainly can stain clothes. I say give it a try! Thank you so much for dropping by :)
Julec82 on June 16, 2014:
Jamie, can I use food coloring to color my mist?
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2013:
manicpanicplease- I'm so glad you found this useful! Thanks for dropping by :)
L Brander from Canada on November 06, 2013:
Cool hub! I love that this would be so cheap to make, and that you could use it for almost anything. Thank goodness I found something I can do with all the cheap eyeshadow I have laying around.
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on March 11, 2013:
Alise-Evon- You are so welcome.. I am so glad this is useful for you :) This mist is so shimmery and glimmery.. you will love it :)
Alise- Evon on March 08, 2013:
This is so cool! I have been discouraged from investing in some craft supplies because of the expense, and especially if I do not think I will be using it a whole lot- I tend to move around in my interests, though I do have some arts and crafts I regulary engage in. This is one of those things I have never bought, and now I will be able to just make it myself. Thanks a bunch!
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 31, 2012:
vespawoolf- Thank you.. so glad you found this useful! The eyeshadow really does shimmer beautifully. I love the idea of shimmering cupcakes.. perhaps there is an edible version out there somewhere. How pretty would that be... now you have me curious, LOL! Thank you so much for dropping by!
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 31, 2012:
What a clever idea! I would have never thought to make shimmer mists at home. It's a nice use for cheap eyeshadow, too. I just wish we could make an eatable version for frosted cupcakes! : )
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 27, 2012:
cclitgirl- Thanks for stopping by.. glad you enjoyed the hub! I'm really impressed with how this shimmer mist turned out.. especially with the eyeshadow being so inexpensive. It is so easy to do, too. Have fun with it!
Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on December 20, 2012:
What a fun hub! I love shimmery stuff and this will be fun to try. :) Who knew that eyeshadow could be the source of the shimmer. Now I know.
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 18, 2012:
karine Gordineer- Thank you so much! It really is super easy and the mist is so shimmery and beautiful. I hope you get to make some soon :)
Karine Gordineer from Upstate New York on December 17, 2012:
This is SO creative - thanks for the tutorial! Very easy to follow!!
Jamie Brock (author) from Texas on December 16, 2012:
carol- You are indeed a glimmering friend :) I appreciate the compliment about the instructions.. seems like these type hubs take forever for me to do because I want to be sure to cover all the bases. Thank you for dropping by and for the vote up!
carol stanley from Arizona on December 16, 2012:
This is really cool. We all can be shimmery and shiny. Very good instructions..Voting Up from your glimmering friend.