DIY Glitter Tumbler

April 4, 2019


You’ve seen them all over Pinterest and Etsy—DIY glitter tumblers. There’s no need to pay a premium price when you can make your sipping storage dreams come true. Here’s how to make a glitter tumbler at home.

Step 1 | Gather Materials

Materials:

  • Stainless steel tumbler
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves
  • Adhesive (We used Mod Podge Hard Coat)
  • Foam brush
  • Bristle brush
  • Sealer (optional)
  • Fine glitter
  • Epoxy resin (FDA approved for contact with food)
  • Plastic cups
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Pool noodle
  • PVC pipe
  • Cardboard box

Step 2 | Construct the Tumbler Turner

Cut holes in both ends of your cardboard box and slide the PVC pipe through. This is what you will use to turn the tumbler as you apply the epoxy resin.

The pool noodle will hold the tumbler and will go on the outside end of the pipe.

Step 3 | Prep the Tumbler

Wipe down the tumbler with rubbing alcohol. This will remove excess oils and sticker residue. Let dry before moving on.

Step 4 | Apply Adhesive

Apply your adhesive in a thin, even layer using the foam brush.

Step 5 | Apply Glitter

Immediately after you apply the adhesive on the entire cup, begin adding the glitter. Sprinkle in an even layer, ensuring there are no bald spots. Set aside and let dry for 30 minutes. 

Step 6 | Remove Excess Glitter

After the glitter layer has dried, use a bristle brush to gently brush off excess glitter. This will ensure an even application for your second layer.

Step 7 | Apply 2nd Layer of Glitter

Brush the adhesive over the first layer of glitter in a thin, even layer. Coat in glitter and set aside for 30 minutes. Brush off excess. Repeat these steps until your desired level of glitter is achieved (We did 3 coats of glitter total).

Let the final layer of glitter dry for 2-3 hours.

Optional: You may apply a spray-on sealer at this point. Follow your can’s directions.

Step 8 | Apply Resin

Begin by mixing your epoxy resin, following the box’s instructions.

Note: The epoxy resin must be FDA approved for contact with food.

Once resin has been applied to the entire cup in a thin, even layer, continue to turn the cup using the PVC pipe for 20-30 minutes. This will prevent drips.

Tip: If drips form, use a sanding block to smooth them out.

You’re Done!

Let the tumbler completely dry for 48 hours before using.

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