Craft Projects for Kids

All That Glitters

Make window ornaments that show your family's holiday spirit.
Make window ornaments that show your family's holiday spirit.
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All That Glitters is a great craft project to share with your kids. Reflections of light turn the glitter art you make together into sparkling masterpieces.

What is glitter? Most glitter is made up of hundreds and hundreds of tiny metallic plastic bits. Glitter is often made of the same material as those sparkling mylar balloons you see at birthday parties and grand openings. The material's reflective quality catches the light in a dazzling way.

How to Make All That Glitters:

What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Stiff Paper or Card Stock
  • Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • White Glue
  • Glitter
  • Waxed Paper
  • String

Step One: Cover your work surface with newspaper. Cut your favorite shapes out of stiff paper or card stock. Punch a hole in the top of each shape, and cover one side of the shapes with a fine layer of glue.

Step Two: Sprinkle your favorite color of glitter over the shapes. Place the glittered shapes on waxed paper.

Step Three: As soon as the glue dries, shake the loose glitter onto a sheet of paper. Put the excess glitter back into the bottle to recycle it.

Step Four: Flip the shapes over, and repeat the process for the other sides of the shapes.

Step Five: Once the glue is dry, thread string through the holes to hang your glittering objects in the sunniest window. You'll soon discover all that glitters is not gold -- but it can be pretty stunning. (Be careful not to get bits of glitter in your eyes. Be sure to wash your hands as soon as you have finished this activity.)

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