Birthday Glitter

11 Nov

michelle bdayToday is my college roomie’s 29th birthday! Since the big 3-0, is around the corner for us both, I wanted to commemorate this last year of our 20s with something special. So I drove to the liquor store to pick up her signature Stoli Razz, dove into my photo archive, and busted out my favorite craft glitter.

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Photo selection was surprisingly easy. I’d planned to use a fun photo of the birthday girl alone, but when I found this one of her smooching her preferred libation it was too perfect to pass up.

Assembling was fairly simple but I shared some tips below that might help in case you want to re-create. I love how it turned out and want to gift them to everyone now. Wouldn’t they be perfect for a wedding, bridal shower, bachelorette party or anniversary gift, using champagne? I might even skip the picture andΒ  just do the glitter all the way up to the foil. Then I’d just add some curled ribbons and a sweet message for the honoree(s).

Commemorative Photo Glitter Bottle Project Supplies

– 1 portrait-oriented photo or you can cut to size (like mine)
– Elmer’s Craft Bond Acid-free Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive
– Gorilla Glue (to attach the bow)
– Mod Podge
– Large-head paint brush
– Glitter
– Ribbon tied into a bow
– Paper (to catch excess glitter)

Tips and Tricks

– I printed the photo on archival photo paper since I want the quality to hold up over time. You could use a medium-weight card stock too, but plain printer paper probably won’t hide the bottle label and peeling it off is usually difficult so your best bet is to just cover it.

– I hadn’t planned to leave any of the label or bottle un-glittered, but when I placed the photo it nearly fit perfectly within the gold border just below the brand label so I just trimmed it up and went with it.

– I used the Craft Bond spray adhesive for the back of the photo then slowly placed it onto the bottle, but opted for the mod podge for applying the glitter. I didn’t want spray adhesive to get on the photo and make it sticky and thought the mod podge would help ensure heavy glitter coverage.

– I found it incredibly useful to use a large paintbrush (not a foam brush) to apply to mod podge.

– I placed the bottle on top of a piece of standard letter-sized paper and painted the mod podge all the way around from one side of the label to the other, then shook the glitter directly onto the bottle as I rotated it. Half-way around, I carefully shook off the excess and swapped out another piece of printer paper so I could re-use the excess glitter. Then I repeated the shaking off of the excess and just used the paper to funnel the excess right back into the jar so there was no waste and minimal clean-up

– Make sure you apply the glue to the entire portion you plan to glitter in one try before you glittering to avoid having to go back in with a sticky paint brush to touch up the teensiest sliver of a section while avoiding the placed glitter like I had to. (It was a tricky mess!)

– Since I wanted the bow to be placed on the neck of the bottle, I decided to do a second simple glittered band above the label using my favorite Martha Stewart “Florentine Gold” holographic glitter. I’d been hoarding this for a special occasion (because it is gorgeous!) and loved the texture contrast it provided.

– Then I glued the bow using Gorilla Glue and clamped it with a large chip clip to dry.

– Finally, spray the glitter with a sealant to prevent glitter-loss

Hope you enjoy trying this one out! Happy glittering.

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One Response to “Birthday Glitter”

  1. Staci November 11, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    This is so sweet and sentimental! Who wouldn’t love this?! I agree that it would be sweet as a centerpiece for a shower too!!

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