When it comes to indoor activities for kids – which are a welcome thing these days with quarantines and “stay-at-home” orders still prevalent – nothing beats glue projects.
Except maybe glitter glue!
If It Sticks and Glitters It’s Great!
If there’s anything that most kids have in common, it’s the joy of spending time sticking things to paper with glue. In the “good ole days” when many of us were kids, our Elmer’s glue only consisted of either some brand of white glue or little tubs of paste.
And, if we were lucky, we would have a pack of construction paper and blunt-nosed scissors to work with. If we were REALLY lucky, the construction paper pack would be a multi-colored one!
Oh, and the things we could make! Paper doilies, hip collages, and creative outdoor scenes.
The really cool thing is that, today, kids still love to glue things to paper. But they also have a much broader variety of materials to work with, including glitter glue. By the way, parents love glitter glue, too. But probably more because of the fact that it eliminates the glitter that can end up all over the place when kids try to use loose glitter.
So, are you ready for some cool glitter glue ideas for children?
Here’s a handful that we think are especially great for younger kids – and those who just love making things with glitter glue!
5 Awesome Glitter Glue Art Ideas for Little Kids
1. Glittering While Coloring
This is an especially simple art project that uses basic coloring book images or simple clip art images, printed on white card stock. Armed with a few color selections of glitter glue in squeeze bottles, toddlers and preschoolers can easily “color” the images with glitter glue to create dazzling artwork.
2. Handmade “Stained Glass” Art
This project requires some hand-cut sheets of wax paper or pre-cut translucent baking paper sheets. You should tape down the corners onto a slightly larger piece of cardstock or thin cardboard. Arm your child with a few small foam brushes and a selection of different colored glitter glues.
The artwork can be simply free-form to create abstract swirls of glittering color, or somewhat contained within a simple line-drawn image. Once it’s dry, the sheet can be mounted to a cardstock frame or simply taped to a windowpane.
3. A Fancy “Stained Glass” Picture
Inexpensive photo picture frames can be found at discount stores, dollar stores, and other outlets. Look for those frames that use clear plastic instead of actual glass in the frame. To help the child create a clean art piece when finished, you might consider taping off the inside edges of the frame (or the entire frame!) with masking tape first.
Again, provide your young artist with brushes and glitter glue bottles and let them create! When the glue has dried, the finished work can be displayed standing on a table or suspended in front of a window.
4. Stars, Ghosts, and Fireworks
Try using a heavy sheet of black construction paper, cardstock, or even a small sheet of black foam core. The idea is that the more black, the better. Now provide your preschooler with just one or two colors – preferably white, yellow, or red.
With a stark, black background as a canvas, urge your child to draw images with the glue bottle tip. Stars work well with this medium, as do ghosts, spaceships, and fireworks. The glittering contrast between the glue lines and the black background make for stunning images.
5. “My Name” Sign
This requires a bit of simple construction on a parent’s or other older kid’s part first. Cut out a rectangle of cardboard or foam core that measures approximately 8 inches by 14 inches. Not much smaller, nor much bigger. Using heavy-duty aluminum foil, wrap the board tightly to create a seamless face of foil on one side. This will be the front.
Using a fine-tipped marker, write the child’s first name in simple, block letters. Once that’s all done, give the foil-wrapped board to your preschooler, let him or her pick glitter glues, and then help them paint the letters on the board. The end result should be a glittery and – possibly – multi-colored rendition of their name. This, of course, needs to be hung in a place of prominence in their room.
2 Glitter Glue Art Ideas for Bigger Kids with Bigger Skills
1. Three-Dimensional Glitter Glue Artwork
Draw a shape such as a snowflake, hearts, or a spiral pattern on white paper using black ink. Using wax paper as a translucent foundation, place this over your drawing and tape it down so that it doesn’t shift around.
Now, using the glitter glue colors of your choice, trace your drawing multiple times to build up thick layers of glue to create a glitter glue copy of your drawing.
Allow this to dry overnight and then gently peel it away from the wax paper foundation. The end result can be strung from a window sill, used as a Christmas tree decoration, or hung from a rear-view mirror in the family car!
2. Magic Glitter Jars
The “magic” is in the cool calming effect these jars have while watching the glitter solution drift down and settle at the bottom of the jar.
Here’s what’s needed:
- Two or three tubes of glitter glue
- A few ounces of loose glitter
- A clear, glass jar of roughly 16 ounces capacity
- Hot water (Parents should assist here!)
- Hot glue gun or Super Glue (Optional)
- Squeeze about half a tube of glitter glue into the jar. Select another glitter glue color and squeeze half a tube into the jar.
- Pour very warm – almost hot -water into the jar. This keeps the glitter glue from clumping together. If your water is not hot enough, it may take a day for the glitter glue clumps to disappear.
- Add the loose glitter into the jar. This gives it all an extra boost of glitter sparkle!
- Twist on the cap tightly. (Gluing it on with hot glue or Super Glue may be desired to prevent spills.) Now shake the jar to let the ingredients mix up.
The jar can be used as a cool “stress” jar to relax while watching the glitter flow down, or as a glittery, liquid “hourglass” for timing homework breaks.
Glitter Glue Art Projects: Family Fun for Everyone
At Fundemonium, you’ll discover tons of great arts and crafts products along with toys, games, and hobby items. Fundemonium is more than a store – it’s a fun family experience, where families and artists and crafters of all ages can meet and play.
And Fundemonium also offers a safe and friendly place where adults and children can enjoy creative fun. In addition to arts and crafts projects and materials, we stock a huge selection of toys, games, models, and hobby products for your entire family.
Got questions? Our friendly and knowledgeable staff makes it their business to help you have fun.
One way we can do this by always doing our best to quickly respond to your questions and website inquiries about arts and crafts (and toys!) and you can also find answers to your questions by calling us at (707) 540-0701.
So, if you’d like to speak to one of our Fundemoniacs, just give us a call during our business hours.
Thank you and we hope to see you soon!