I originally wanted to do this just using microbeads I have from a project that I have yet to write up and post here (oops - sorry!), but it seemed a little boring with just microbeads and I needed something to cover some more mistakes... so I went for the glitter. I kind of hate myself for using glitter (ever) - it IS the herpes of craft supplies! - but I like the outcome. (And let's be fair, I've been waiting for a chance to use that quote...)
The photos, no matter how much I edited them and played with exposure, don't really do this project full justice because there's the texture, the glitz, the different blues, etc. that just don't all show up well at the same time. But, if you want to do something that's more or less for July 4th, without being too obviously geared toward the holiday (or something you can't just keep out all the time), here's a little project to brighten up your walls!
- Small picture frame (you don't need the back of it - just the glass and the frame)
- Mod Podge Matte
- Mod Podge Dimensional Magic
- Microbeads (Mine are Martha Stewart and I have no idea if anyone else actually makes them...)
- Fine Grain Glitter
- Washi tape or painter's tape
- Paint/Scrapbook Markers (that work on glass)
- Tiny bit of ribbon (and something to singe the ends with)
- Hot glue & glue gun
First, you want to grab the glass out of your frame. I used a small frame and recommend not going too much bigger than about 3" x 5" because it just takes so much material to cover the space and I think you get a lot of "wow" from just a little space because there's a lot of stuff on this thing!
I drew stars on my glass with a chalk marker so that it was easy to rub off because I tend to make mistakes... but you can go ahead with your paint or glass marker and draw your stars on one side of the glass. Flip the glass over and cover the star area with tape so that you are keeping the area inside the star clean and embellishment free. (I used washi tape just because I didn't have painter's tape, but I'm sure the painter's tape would be a more cost-effective choice... oops!)
Then, I put some Mod Podge matte on the back of my glass (the side with the tape) and covered it with microbeads. I let that dry for an hour or so.
When I came back, the whole thing looked kind of plain (and I wasn't going to use all the rest of the microbeads to try to make the color look thicker and prettier) so I grabbed the glitter (2 shades of blue from a little sample pack of glitter) and smeared some more mod podge on top of the microbeads (using my finger so that I could gently apply it and not wipe up the microbeads)...
And then I poured on my glitter...
I let that dry overnight (but I'm not sure you have to wait that long) and then I wiped off the chalk stars so that I could use a scrapbook marker to draw them on correctly and make sure the star aligned exactly with the line where the embellishment ends (because some stuff always gets under the tape, no matter what I do). I used a regular scrapbook marker that wrote on glass (after an unsuccessful paint pen-type thing smeared all over me).
Then I used a tiny, thin little layer of Dimensional Magic. I basically wanted to keep the frame backless, but didn't want glitter and microbeads spilling every time the air conditioning turned on, so that's what I went with... I wondered about using regular Mod Podge, but didn't know if that would end up looking weird, so I went with the magical formula!
After I let that dry (overnight again), I had to figure out how I was going to display this thing because I wanted the stars to be see through (and not just so you could see scrapbook paper).
First, I pulled off the tape (being careful not to just rip off big chunks around the stars... which wasn't terribly easy, but I'm not sure how to do it any better.) To hang the glass, I decided to cut some ribbon and then fold it around the corners of my frame and hot glue it into the frame. (I did my best to try to show you what and how I did this... but it's not difficult and I'm sure you can figure out a way that might not even involve glue gun burns.)
Then it was just time to tie the bow, singe the edges of the ribbon, and hang it up!
The actual project itself takes less than 2 hours - you just have to wait for some things to dry, but the "active time" is pretty limited and I made it entirely with stuff I had on hand and that you might have in your scrapbook stash!
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