Welcome back! Even with life slowly opening up, it’s been a busy time. Graduation season is in full swing and college prep is starting to take center stage. Whatever the future will look like, it’s important to celebrate our accomplishments and spread positivity. I am going to share a simple project that is a great gift with multiple uses. It is a great sparkly focal point that is functional. Let’s gather our materials and start creating!

First you will need some rubbing alcohol, I keep mine in a dollar tree spray bottle. Mod podge, foam brush, and your favorite fine glitter. Not pictured here, you will also need something to seal your project with. I use art deco triple thick (found on amazon or any local craft store). You also need a glass cup of your choosing (I find the dollar tree perfect for finding what I need). I apologize about the sizing of my picture as I had difficulty editing it. Next, it’s time to start creating!

NEXT, wash and dry your cup. Now spray the inside of the cup with alcohol and wipe clean. We will be applying the glitter to the inside as my project was intended to use for make-up brushes. Apply a coat of mod podge and immediately pour the glitter into the cup. Swirl it around so it is fully coated and drop the excess onto a plate as shown. Let dry (don’t worry the white streaks will go away once fully dried) Depending on your environment, it normally takes about an hour to dry. Repeat this step TWO more times. After the third time, let sit for a few hours before applying the triple thick. Once the triple thick is applied to the dry cup, let sit over night. Now it is sealed and ready to go or ready to embellish.

I stopped here as the recipient just loves the sparkle. If you choose to embellish the outside of the cup using a sticker or vinyl with your cutting machine (such as a cricut), wipe the outside of the cup with alcohol to remove any oils. Let the cup cure for about 48 hours. Now it’s ready to be gifted or used! I included a bag of decorative sand (dollar tree strikes again) to pour into the cup so the make-up brushes could stand. This is also a great cup for pens/pencils etc…Get creative.

I hope you enjoyed this quick project. Please let me know what you would use this cup for in the comments below. Don’t forget to checkout my Instagram: sewmuchglitter for other project ideas and inspiration. Please tag me #sewmuchglitter if you create a project inspired by me. I can’t wait to share my next project with you, so follow me to get notified.

Have a great day!

Paper Flowers

Hello again! I hope everyone had a great week, if not, I hope to cheer you up with some spring inspiration. I use my cricut machine and design space to create this project. If you prefer a different version of a cutting machine, that will work too. If you happen to find yourself without a cutting machine, please respond to me with your email and I will get you a discount on the cricut machine of your choice.

Paper flowers are great on their own, on cards, on cakes, or in a glass block. Please find inspiration on my Instagram: sewmuchglitter. Find step by step instructions below and be sure to check out my Instagram stories for a visual of creating beautiful paper flowers. I will gladly help with any questions and always appreciate creative ideas.

STEP 1: Chose whichever platform you use for your crafting needs. As stated above, I use cricut design space. I find it user friendly and with cricut access there are always plenty of options. Insert your design onto your canvas and choose a color as well as a size. I find when sizing the flower that 5×5 works nicely for most of my projects. Of course it is always fun to have a variety of flowers so experimenting with sizing is a great way to play.

STEP 2: Put your paper on your mat. A blue mat is preferred for paper projects but I use a green mat for most everything. Don’t forget to de-fuzz a new mat so your paper doesn’t get stuck. I normally use my shirt. HINT: I use 65 lb card stock for paper flowers. My preferred brand is recollections from Michael’s. This paper won’t tear and is easily rolled. Click make it on your canvas and be sure to select your correct material size on the next screen. Design space will then sort the flowers according to your material size. I use normal pressure and proceed to go from there. Feed your mat into your machine and press the flashing cricut sign. Once it is done cutting be sure to click the unload button, it will start flashing when ready.

STEP 3: It’s time to take the cut flowers off your mat. This can be tricky until you are comfortable with this project. The excess paper will come off easily so just the flowers are left behind. Once this is done, flip the mat over and proceed to take the mat away from the paper. If you try to take the flowers up from the mat on the front, you risk tearing your flowers. You can also take the flowers from the front if you use a cricut spatula and lightly bend your mat. Now you’re ready to start rolling your flowers!

STEP 4: I like to break down the fibers in the paper before I assemble the flower. I do this by lightly running a bone folder on the flower. If you don’t have a bone folder, it is best to roll your flower a few times before adding glue. This creates a more natural flower shape. I also use a paper quilling tool. There are a lot of options in your local craft stores and of course cricut has you covered! Insert the loose end into your tool and gently start rolling the flower until you get to the end where there is a circle. set it in your hand and let is naturally unroll a bit so it is not tight. When you are ready, add a tad hot glue to the circle and press your flower into it. This will set up quickly and be sure to protect your hands from burning. Glue dots may also be an option for you.

TADA! This completes your paper flower. The more you practice, the better your flowers will become. I put all of my practice flowers in a large mason jar and use as a colorful decoration to save for future projects. This project is so versatile because you can choose any type of flower from design space and you get to choose any color. I would love to see how your paper flowers turned out just tag #sewmuchglitter to your social media or respond to this post with your thoughts. And please don’t forget to check out my Instagram stories for quick visual of this process. (sewmuchglitter)

I hope everyone has a great week and finds creative inspiration. I will be posting last minute Valentine’s day cards/gifts to my Instagram next week, just in case you need an idea or two.