Glitter Leaf Hurricanes
November 11, 2010
Happy Veterans Day all! A big salute to the veterans and troops today! Did your town have a parade? Ours did, and so many came out to pay tribute!
I’m working my way through my list of holiday crafts, and I finished up one half of a project today! We’re not hosting Thanksgiving this year, but I am helping with the table setting, so here’s one of my contributions: glitter leaf hurricanes! Or should I say hurricane singular . . . I still have to finish the second one, but no worries. This is such a simple and quick project anyone can finish in under an hour.
What you’ll need: pattern or design of choice; glass candle holder or vase; spray paint; glitter; adhesive vinyl; cutting board; box cutter or X-acto knife; cotton swabs; mineral spirits or paint thinner (for cleaning up with spray paint).
I was all set to use my Silhouette craft cutter, but then I couldn’t find the little blade cutters, grrrr. I had to cut out my pattern the old fashioned way, which takes about ten times as long, but it also works if you cut slowly and carefully. Make sure you use a cutting board underneath!
I used a leaf pattern from my Silhouette library, then placed in directly on top of the sheet of adhesive vinyl and secured it with tape. You can use any clip art shape you find online, simply print it out in the size you need.
I was going to use the negative space created with the vinyl, but then realized the adhesive backing was stickier, so I used that instead. In hindsight, I’m realizing the vinyl may have clinged better around the edges, so I may use that instead on the second hurricane.
You can spray paint so many things, including glass, so I used that as my base to get the glitter to stick. I sprayed a tiny bit of paint into the cap, then use a paintbrush to dab it on the glass. After I applied the paint, I sprinkled it with glitter. I repeated several times to get a thick application and design.
I used Krylon’s ‘Caramel Latte’ but any color close to your glitter will work. The glitter is Martha’s ‘Bronze’ from her line of craft supplies. Allow to dry, then peel off your adhesive.
Clean up any ‘bleeding’ of your paint outside the lines with a cotton swab dipped in mineral spirits or paint thinner.
Here’s how it looks when you’re done!
Anything’s possible for your holiday table with glass, be it a candle holder or a vase. Snowflake designs would look so pretty with silver or white glitter. And it doesn’t need to be permanent. Whenever you tire of your design, mineral spirits or paint thinner will remove the paint and glitter from your hurricane and return it to clear glass. Just in time for you to cover it with hearts for Valentines Day, right?