Tips for applying fabric glitter glue

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Tips for applying fabric glitter glue
You can buy loose glitter or glue with glitter already in it. (pots of glitter image by Warren Millar from

Children of all ages have fun making T-shirts and canvas bags, and a great way to spice up these crafts is to use fabric glitter glue. If you don't know how to use glitter glue, it can be messy and disastrous. Once you have some practice and are armed with a glitter glue tips, you can create a glitzy, brilliant masterpiece.

Type of Glue

To put glitter on fabric, you can choose from loose glitter or glue with glitter already mixed in. Premade glitter glue is easier to work with because loose glitter can become stuck to other parts of the fabric, making it difficult to have a neat, clean and precise design.


Knowing how hard to squeeze the glue tip and being able to hold your hand steady as you apply the glue are important skills. Experiment and learn how much pressure to put on the tube and how steady your hand is before you work on your fabric. Use a piece of thick paper instead of your fabric to practice--get used to holding the tube and using the glue.

Draw a Sketch First

Draw your design on the fabric with a pencil before starting. Drawing your design on the fabric beforehand will make it less likely that you mess up the design when actually using the glitter glue. Pencil will show up on canvas and cotton, which are used for most art projects. If pencil doesn't show up on your fabric, use a thin marker but take care when drawing on the fabric so you don't make a mistake.

Work Space

To help keep your workspace clean, lay old newspaper or paper under your project. This helps project your table, carpet and other surroundings from the glitter glue and any spills or accidents that may occur.

Extra Tools

It is best to keep a knife--not a sharp knife if you are working with children (try plastic)--to clean up the edges of the glue. If the glue gets too thick, you can scrape away unwanted glue off the fabric with the knife to keep the edges of your design neat and tidy.

Drying Time

Give the glue plenty of time to dry. Don't touch it with your fingers to see if it is dry unless you are sure you have given it plenty of time. Read the bottle, and follow the manufacturer's instructions on drying time because some glues take longer than others. Add an extra 2 to 3 hours to the drying time to make certain the glue is set before touching.

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