Do you avoid glitter when crafting because of the mess? Applying glitter to papercraft projects does not need to be messy. Follow my tips for diy gift tags with glitter, minus the mess, and add a bit of sparkle to your gift wrapping!
Rather than opting for messy pastes or toxic spray glues, I like to use double sided craft tape when applying glitter to paper craft projects. Double sided tape is most often sold in rolls, or as sheets of sticky dots. Both come in different sizes and widths, providing lots of flexibility when designing your glitter covered diy gift tags.
1. Cut double sided tape into strips and adhere to blank gift tag; leave the top paper cover on your tape for now. Combine strips in different widths to make a striped pattern, or cover the whole bottom section of the gift tag to create a ‘glitter dipped’ look. Trim off any excess tape.
2. When you are ready to add your glitter, begin removing the paper cover from each strip to expose the adhesive. Do this one strip at a time if you want to cover each with a different coloured glitter, or all at once to cover them all with the same glitter.
**TIP: Before covering your strips with glitter, take a piece of scrap paper, roughly A4 size, fold it down the centre and crease. Open the paper back out and place your gift tag on top.
3. Shake a generous amount of glitter onto the area of your gift tag that is covered in tape, making sure to keep all of the glitter on your scrap paper. Once covered , lift up your gift tag, allowing any excess glitter to fall onto the sheet of paper.
4. Gather the leftover glitter into the middle of the paper, and use the crease to carefully tip the glitter back into the glitter shaker. It can be handy to have one sheet of paper per colour, to avoid mixing the colours. By using this technique you will reduce mess and wastage.
Follow the same instructions to make spotty patterns with sticky dots, and experiment with different textured glitters too!