Glitterbug DIY: how to glitter up a mirror or photo frame

As I type, I’m pretty much covered in glitter. The cats all have glittery fur. John has a glittery beard. But it’s all been worth it because hanging in my bedroom are a plethora of gorgeous and glittery photo frames and mirrors.

When I posted a quick Instagram snap of my glittery work, it went down a treat, with calls for a tutorial. So here it is, the quickest, easiest and messiest DIY in the world.


You will need

Dulux Made By Me paint in Glitter Gold Rush (if gold is what you’re after, they do several colours) – failing that, a really strong adhesive.
♥ Loose glitter in your chosen colour – I get mine in big tubs from Hobbycraft.
♥ A small paint brush.
♥ A really big container to work over.
♥ Masking tape.
♥ A multi-surface spray sealant.
♥ A slightly raised platform for drying, like a cardboard box.

glitter shaker

The method

So simple it doesn’t even need steps. Tape up the inside of your frame or mirror. Holding your project over your container to catch loose glitter, which you can then reuse (and then you don’t end up with the world’s most glittery house), paint it first with a very, very well-mixed glitter paint or a strong adhesive. While it’s still wet, sprinkle glitter over the painted areas so that it’s thoroughly coated. Leave one side undone so you have something to hold it by and come back to it later.

Wait for it to dry, do the side you haven’t done yet, patch up anything you’ve missed, wait for that to dry, spritz with the sealant et voila! You have your glitterbomb of gorgeousness.


If you’ve got a real glitter bug, like me, then you don’t have to stop at photo frames and mirrors. I’ve glittered up everything, from drawer knobs to small ornaments to lampshades. The world is your very sparkly oyster!

1 Comment on Glitterbug DIY: how to glitter up a mirror or photo frame

  1. katie
    January 31, 2015 at 10:48 pm (4 years ago)

    Love this! I have been looking for a beautiful glittery frame EVERYWHERE! I will be making these next weekend :)


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