Ombre Gradient Glitter Crafts

Transformations Using Glitter & Glue


Glitter Gradient Ombre Ideas & Tutorial

Bottles, champagne flutes, wine glasses, shoes, phone covers, furniture, home décor, nails and much more .... here's our advice for creating a DIY gradient glitter (or ombre glitter) effect.

Supplies needed:


  1. Arrange glitter tones into the gradient progression e.g. light to dark or dark to light.  If you choose three tones you will need a light, medium and dark tone in complimentary colour tones.
  2. Organise workstations according to the number of glitter tones you have chosen e.g. if it is three colours, you will need three workstations. 
  3. Put the glitters and folded paper on each station.  The folded paper is going to be used to capture the excess glitter.  The fold in the paper will enable you to pour the excess glitter back into the glitter shaker pots.
  4. Apply the acrylic colours as basecoat/sealer.  Apply in colour order of the glitter.  The basecoats are good because they bring out the vibrancy of the glitter and also, should the glitter shed you are not left with an undecorated surface underneath.
  5. For best results, apply glue and glitter in sections or layers i.e. not all at once.
  6. Start from the darkest colour first.
  7. Apply a good coat of Mod Podge where you want the dark glitter to go.  Try to apply a thinner coat of glue towards the top of the layer so that less glitter will stick and it will make it easier to overlap the next colour of glitter.
  8. Sprinkle the dark glitter.  Apply a good coating of glitter at the bottom and less at the top.  If you have missed any sections just apply more glue and sprinkle more glitter.
  9. Allow to dry.
  10. Move on to the next station and apply the next layer of glue.  Again, apply liberally at the bottom and thinner at the top of the layer. 
  11. Sprinkle the medium glitter.  Make sure you overlap over the darker colour.  You may have to spend a bit of time "blending the two colours".  You could always mix a pot of the two colours prior to decorating (so you have a pre-mixed blend) but I like to keep my glitters separate. Remember to apply more sparingly towards the top of the layer.
  12. Repeat step 9 on the last layer using the lightest glitter.
  13. Once dry, apply a few coats of Mod Podge to seal the glitter and prevent it from flaking off as much.  Alternatively use a spray sealer.  The sealing may dull the glitter so use cautiously and do not over apply.

For glitter inspiration, visit our gallery:  DIY Glitter Creations