Glitter is my favorite color. And, DIY Glitter Keys are where it’s at.
Glitter is one of my favorite things~! I just love it. Yes, it’s messy, and yes- it get’s everywhere. BUT, it is a craft staple for me. My favorite glitter colors are (in this precise order): Black, White, Rose Gold, Baby/Powder Blue, Gold, & Silver. Yes. Those glitter colors are colors that just adore. A while ago I found this pin on Pinterest of a really cute house key. I was looking to buy key caps to help differentiate all the different keys that I carry. Since I can’t get them for now, THIS is the next best thing; Glitter Keys. And, you know what’s better than that? DIY Glitter Keys.
You can find C Maes’ original DIY Glitter Keys tutorial at her lovely blog, here. I really liked how hers came out, so I decided to try my hand at it. Miss Mae used Elmer’s Glue, Martha Stewart Craft Glitter, & Nail Polish Top coat. Her key came out fabulous! However, I’m not sue it that’s how I want to go about this. I’ll use a glue- a PVC one like Mod Podge or Elmer’s. Simply because I have had great results with both. I’ll use the fine grit glitter- whatever I have on hand. I won’t be using nail polish to topcoat. Because, I don’t want to contaminate my gel topcoat. I’ve done it before, and don’t want to cause any issues in the future with nail funguses. #NoThanksI’mGood.
DIY Glitter Keys (Glitter Key Caps)
For this adventure you will need the following:
- PVC Glue (Elmer’s, Mod Podge, etc.)
- Glitter in your choosen colors
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cotton ball
- Copy paper
- Paint Brush (Mine is nice and soft)
- Painters tape
- Clear Top Coat Spray sealant (Optional)
To set up, place your sheet of copy paper on the table in front of you.
Step 1: Clean Your Keys
This is important, don’t skip this step. Cleaning before you go helps with adhesion later, so if you don’t want to worry about flaking and stuff, clean your keys. Take a cotton swab with some rubbing alcohol and go over the entire thing placing it on your sheet of copy paper. This step will also prevent cross contamination.
Step 2: Tape Your Keys
Tape off the end that you don’t want glittered. This step isn’t super important, and you can skip it if you like, but I won’t. Clean lines are very important to me. It makes the finished result look a lot less rushed and more professional. Which is what you want, no?
Step 3: Apply Your Glue
Do this step quickly, because you’ll have to jump right into step 4 when your done! Paint the entire key, front and back, with a light layer of paint. I used a brush to apply this because it’s easier to spread with a brush. Wait a few seconds for the glue to get a bit tacky (15 to 30 seconds, maybe?).
Step 4: Glitter Rain It Up
LOL, Glitter rain! Any way, take your glitter and sprinkle a generous amount on both sides. Do this over the copy paper to prevent mess. I’m doing one color at a time with this because I want to save glitter. This is where the copy paper comes in handy (And, why you shouldn’t get it wet with blue or anything). I’ll explain how in the clean up section. Repeat this step until the desired glitter cover is obtained.
Step 5: Seal the Glamour
After repeating step four, go ahead and seal in the glitter. You can use your glue or you can give it a quick spray with a clear top coat of some kind. I set mine up using a paper cup. I turned the cup upside down, and cut a small slit that I could slide the key into. Then I just sprayed away and let it dry.
Step 6: Clean Up
Yup. That’s right- we’re cleaning. Here’s what that copy paper was for; putting the excess glitter back. Gather all your glitter into the center of the paper using the dry paint brush. Then, pick up your paper making sure to fold it, keeping all the glitter in. Now, pour the glitter back into the pot, using the brush to sweep it in.
I don’t save every last fleck, but I keep things clean and I save enough. It’s worth it. You’re welcome.
Hooray! You did it!
Ta-da! DIY Glitter Keys! How did yours turn out? Are they as cute as you anticipated? I dressed mine up a bit more with some rhinestones and ribbons. I couldn’t help it- I’m extra. We also, mixed the colors on a few others. My dear mother did what she calls “Galaxy” on her keys. I can feel the glamour~! Anyway, I’m really liking the way this came out~ I hope to give you an update in a few months to show you how they’ve held up.
My next project is a glittered phone charger. I can’t wait! My inspiration came from this post by The Sassy Momma!
It’s going to be cute, and the process is going to be the same, I’m sure.
How did you do yours? What colors did you use? Let me know in the comments!
~Until Next Time!