How to Put Glitter on Walls

Updated February 21, 2017

Glitter adds a shimmer to any surface it touches. While it is often reserved for accessories and small craft projects, there is no reason why you can't use it for wall decor, as well. Apply glitter in a similar shade as your wall paint, use multiple colours in bold hues to make a dramatic statement, or experiment with stencils to add glitter images to your walls.

Dilute mild household detergent with water in a bucket at the rate of about 3 tbsp per gallon of water. Wipe the walls with this solution, using a sponge or rag. Rinse off any soap residue with water and a clean rag. Allow the walls to dry.

Investigate the surface of the walls. Glitter paint adheres to flat and eggshell paint. Lightly sand glossy walls with a sanding block. Wipe off any dust with a tack cloth.

Tape a strip of plastic sheeting along the ceiling to prevent an overspray of glitter paint. Protect the floors and any woodwork with plastic sheeting.

Put on your respirator. Open the windows for ventilation. Wear safety glasses and disposable gloves.

Shake the can of glitter spray thoroughly. Hold it upright and parallel to the wall. Position the can about 8 inches away from the wall.

Spray the wall in a smooth back-and-forth motion, overlapping your strokes by about 1/3. Apply the glitter in a thin, even layer. Spray one coat over the walls in the pattern of your choice.

Spray a second coat, if necessary. Clean the spray valve by holding the can upside down and holding down the button for five seconds. Close the door of the room and leave the window open to keep paint fumes from wafting into other rooms.

Allow 10 minutes for the glitter spray to dry to the touch. Wait at least two hours before removing the tape.


Spray paint works best when temperatures are between 10 and 32.2 degrees Celsius. Continue to ventilate the room until the fumes dissipate.

Things You'll Need

  • Household detergent
  • Bucket
  • Sponge or rag
  • Sanding block (optional)
  • Tack cloth (optional)
  • Low-tack painter's tape
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Respirator
  • Safety glasses
  • Latex or vinyl gloves
  • Spray glitter
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Fiona Fearey has an undergraduate degree from Temple University and a master's degree from New York University. She has been a freelance writer and editor for over five years. She has written for Pluck on Demand and various other websites. Other professional experience includes education, the arts and decorative painting.