How to put glitter on a ceiling

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How to put glitter on a ceiling
Adding glitter to clear-coat varnish is the easiest way to apply it to the ceiling of a room. (pots of glitter image by Warren Millar from

Every little girl goes through a princess phase. She'll want to dress up like a princess, watch princess movies, hear princess stories, and act out princess scenes. She may even ask to decorate her room in honour of her favourite princess and might want to glam it up with a little touch of glitter. Because glitter can be messy, it is best used in a place that won't be touched. The ceiling is a perfect spot for glitter in a room and can be easily added to clear-coat varnish for quick application.

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Things you need

  • Glitter
  • Clear-coat varnish
  • Paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Roller extension
  • Step ladder
  • Paint stirrer

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    Visit your local craft store to pick up the items you'll need. When selecting glitter, choose a colour that will coordinate well with the existing colours in your room. For example, if your room's walls are white and the carpet is pink, choose a pink glitter that will best match the floor.

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    Mix the glitter into the clear-coat varnish. Sometimes glitter is simply tossed onto the ceiling while the ceiling paint is still wet. While that method works, it is terribly messy. Mixing glitter into a clear-coat varnish will allow the colour of the glitter to shine through against your ceiling's paint colour. Mix your glitter varnish creation using one part glitter to three parts varnish and combine using a paint stirrer.

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    Apply the glittery varnish to the ceiling. Pour the varnish into a paint tray just as you would traditional paint. Use your paint roller attached to the extension rod to apply the mixture to the ceiling, and use a paint brush for applying the mixture to corners of the ceiling. Fill in any splotchy areas.

Tips and warnings

  • If you'd rather not go through the process of mixing your favourite glitter into a clear-coat glaze for your ceiling, purchase glitter finish paint from a company like Benjamin Moore. Not all paint stores carry this type of product, so it may be necessary to make a special order.
  • Glittery ceilings are also great for weddings and formal events.
  • Consider putting down a dust sheet in the room you are painting to protect flooring and furniture should the varnish drip.

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