So you’ve probably noticed that glitter tumblers have made a popular introduction. Especially since the pandemic has forced many people to stay home and get crafty. You may see videos from time to time on Tik-tok or maybe shopping around on Etsy. Well today I am going to show you how those pretty glitter tumblers are made and how you can easily make them yourself to keep, gift, or even sell!
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What You Will Need
- A Tumbler (plastic/stainless steel)
- Dishwasher Safe Water Seal Mod Podge
- Amazing Clear Cast Resin
- (Optionally Krylon Paint+Primer Colormaster Stainless Steel Spray Paint)
- Vinyl Decals (Made with Cricut or other cutting machine)
Choose your tumbler and make sure it is cleaned well. I prefer to wipe mine down with an alcohol wipe and let it dry.
Decide whether you are going to spray paint/glitter/add vinyl or all three to your tumbler.
If you are going to spray paint your tumbler I recommend doing this outside while wearing a respirator. Remove the lid of the tumbler before spray painting it.
Sit your tumbler on a sturdy surface such as a flat wooden board. Use painters tape on any areas you are not wanting to get paint on. I recommend taping over the mouth of the cup or making sure it is flipped upside down as you spray on your paint.
Here is an in-depth tutorial video on how to spray paint a tumbler with a stencil.
Once your spray paint has dried for a while you can paint on your water seal mod podge in the areas that you want your glitter. If you have not spray painted your tumbler feel free to add your mod podge all over your tumbler in a thin but even coat.
If you did spray paint your tumbler be sure to only paint mod podge in the areas you want glitter.
Using a cup turner or foam cup holder begin spooning on your glitter. Be sure to put something under your tumbler to catch the excess glitter.
If you want multiple coats of glitter simply wait for the mod podge to dry and repeat the glitter process.
Assuming you’ve got the look you are going for you can then put your glitter tumbler onto a rotating cup turner and begin applying the resin coating. Make sure to follow mixing procedures. If you’re new to resin you can learn about it from my tips for resin beginners post here.
As the glitter tumbler rotates be sure to pour and spread an even coat using a popsicle stick or resin brush. Once you have a thin and even coat around the entire tumbler, allow the cup turner to run until your resin is completely dry.
I recommend allowing the resin to cure for a few days up to a week before use.
This step is optional, but will personalize your glitter tumbler so much more. You can add a name or image to your tumbler easily once you’ve completed the previous steps. Use your Cricut machine or other cutting machine to make the desired image.
Apply it to the resin coated glitter tumbler you’ve made. Then apply a second thin layer of resin using your cup turner. This will seal your vinyl decal and allow it to last.
You Now Have A Beautiful Custom Glitter Tumbler
Yay! Now you can keep, gift, or start selling your wonderful custom tumblers to friends and family. Maybe you’ll even consider running your own Etsy shop? I’ve seen custom tumblers go for high prices depending on the design. Keep in mind this is just the basic technique of making these kinds of tumblers, there are many other ways to get creative with them.
Consider mixing color+glitter directly to your resin for a more distinct look. You can even combine colors for a rainbow effect. It’s truly up to you!
Here is a beautiful custom tumbler by Dandelion Wishes Designs as an example!
To eliminate the risk of ruining your tumbler, causing it to yellow, or damaging with heat, I recommend only handwashing it. Harsh chemicals and high heat settings in dish washers can have unpredictable effects on these types of tumblers so I don’t recommend using them. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Submit Your Creations
As always, feel free to submit your crafty creations to my email for the possibility of being featured in a future blog post! You can submit it right here to [email protected]!