It’s no surprise that when it comes to arts and crafts, kids want to make the shiniest things out there. To help them achieve this, and give them some fun DIY activities to reduce screen time, here are 30+ DIY glitter crafts for kids
1. Galaxy DIY Jars
Well technically they’re nebulae, but you get the idea. Using a couple of ingredients, you can create something that will not only keep them occupied for a long time but will also look great as a decoration!
2. Happy Glitter Rocks
Even something as simple as rocks can be turned into a fun activity for kids. Use some glitter and paintbrushes and you can make a ton of pet rocks with whimsical expressions!
3. Glitter glue
Why stick to (pun unintended) regular, boring glue when your little ones can make an ingredient for other projects that will give them a shiny twist? Using a plastic bottle as the ingredient also means you’re giving them ideas on reusing plastic waste. Way to go green!
4. DIY galaxy painting
Using a bit more materials than a usual craft, these DIY galaxy painting crafts will keep your little one busy for equally long. Plus, using embroidery hoops you can also embed them onto anything you’d like!
5. Fourth of July Glitter Art
A simple yet effective craft is the good ol’ glue and glitter art. You can also get some white, red, and blue colored glitter to add to the 4th of July spirit!
6. Glitter Pinecones
Bring some holiday spirit, artsy style with these beautiful glitter pine cones. All you need is some small pine cones, glue, and some glitter and they’re off to the races!
7. Shimmering Fairy Wand
This small backyard-built fairy wand is one of those glitter crafts that your little princess will love! Plus, it will also complement her Halloween costume, if she wants to dress up as a fairy. Maybe that magic wand will add some extra candy to the bag!
8. Glitter Paint
When it comes to art choices for kids, shinier is always better! Using rudimentary at-home materials, they will not only have a crafting material for their later projects but will also learn to make things the DIY way!
9. Seashell Ornaments
This handy craft lets your kids make something out of their spoils on their last trip to the beach. Add some rhinestones and a few different types of glitter to make it look artistic!
10. Glitter Slime
This craft will need your intervention as all the chemicals and other potentially dangerous substances have to be used by you. When it’s done, your kids will have the stretchy, sticky slime that will last for at least a week if you store it in an airtight container or a bag.
11. DIY Paper Spinner
The initial idea is to create a paper spinner using cardboard and a few household materials. However, using some glue and glitter, the kids can easily give it a shiny twist. If you do them right, the spinners make a humming noise!
12. Button Dragonflies
Suitable for ages 4+, these dragonflies will use up any buttons that you don’t need anymore. Glue them on some crafting sticks, add some glitter on the wings, and don’t forget the googly eyes!
13. Handmade Glitter Beetles
Taken from a page out of The Handmade Charlotte Playbook, these handmade glitter beetles can also be taken up as a science project. Store in some shadowboxes and watch as your kids make one after the other, leaving you with an entire museum of these glitter bugs!
14. DIY Glitter Toothbrush Timer
Want something that makes brush time slightly less boring for your little ones? The DIY glitter toothbrush timer will need some glitter glue, which is one of the glitter crafts in this post. When it’s time for them to brush their teeth, they can shake up the glitter and they have to keep brushing till the glitter settles down, which usually takes 2 minutes and is generally the time that should be spent brushing teeth.
15. Halloween Glitter Slime Monsters
Want to make something festive before your kids head out to trick-or-treat? These glitter slime monsters can be built almost completely by your little ones, and since it also needs glitter slime (craft #10 of this post), they’ll spend some extra time doing creative work!
16. Jar Lid Glitter Bugs
Those jar lids that look seemingly useless can be made into cute googly-eyed bugs using some glitter, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners.
17. Glitter Foam Monsters
Unlike the monsters under the bed, these glitter monsters are friendly and can even be made by your preschool kids.
18. Time Out Glitter Bottles
The inevitable thing about kids is that at some point, they need a time out until they settle down. To that end, these time-out glitter bottles function the same as the toothbrush craft variant. Have them shake one of these bottles vigorously and until the glitter is completely settled down, they are on time out. Repeat if necessary.
19. DIY Glitter Cactus
Like a couple of other glitter crafts mentioned here, this is something you can do with your kid, as there are a lot of materials involved but in the end, you’ll have an Arizona-style, no-maintenance glitter cactus!
20. Glittered Craft Stick Star of David
Let your kids celebrate the Hannukah spirit with this easy-to-make glittered craft stick! Add some thread to hang it as an ornamental outside your door.
21. Homemade Glitter
Off all the glitter recipes one can think of, why not craft some glitter itself? Some Epsom salt, food coloring, and Ziploc bags are all the things your little ones need to make it happen!
22. DIY Glitter Pens
These glitter pens are a great craft for kids and adults alike and don’t need too much time to make. It’s also light on materials, meaning you’ll have a super-personalized easy gift that even your kids can gift to their friends.
23. Glitter Easter Eggs
A fun addition to your spring decorations, these Easter eggs are super fun, easy, and inexpensive to make! Let the egg hunt begin!
24. Sparkly Spider Web Collage
If your little one is a fan of spiderman, some red and blue glitter along with some glue should give them a small, fun activity to do when they’re bored.
25. DIY Super Bouncy Balls
This 3-ingredient craft eliminates cornstarch that typically makes a bouncy ball, not so bouncy. Just make sure that you’re the one handling the borax and you’ll have a shiny bouncy ball that will keep them busy for hours!
26. Glitter Bunny Crayons
Let your little one’s inner artist and their love for bunnies run rampant! The glitter bunny crayons will give them a new craft to work on, as well as a crayon that they can use for their future masterpieces.
27. Glittering Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees
Those popsicle sticks that you keep seeing at the store are probably one of the few things to have lying around in your home, even if you have no idea what your kid is going to make next. Chances are they will probably need it, such as the case with these glittering popsicle stick Christmas trees!
28. Seasons and Sensory Weather Bottles
Taking a twist on regular galaxy glitter crafts, these are themed around the 4 seasons and serve as an excellent decoration to your living room.
29. Flip Flop Keepsake
Because handprints are so last year! These keepsake flip-flops will keep you and your kid busy for a while. Slap on a magnet at the back if you want to keep them on the fridge.
30. DIY Homemade sparkling beads
Have some straws that you were going to throw away? How about using some super simple materials to turn them into beautiful sparkling beads and doing your part in reducing plastic waste?