Glitter… Everything!

Ever since I made my glitter clutch, I’ve been looking around at everything that we have around the house that I can glitter.  I told you I had a lot of glitter projects to share, I finally gathered them together to photograph!

First up are these little tea light holders that were totally boring on their own…

I put together a mixture of Mod Podge and glitter (same as the glitter clutch) but this time I dumped the mixture in the candleholder, swirled it around until it covered every area and then let it dry upside down for a day.  Now, they are adorable and I keep one in the bathroom to hold my bobby pins which has made my life so much easier when doing my hair!  Obviously the other thing I glittered was my iPhone case.  I had a freebie case that I wasn’t using from when Apple was giving out free cases (because of the antenna issue).  A plain black case instantly turned into something very girly and glam that I use all the time now!  (I just used the mixture and dipped a foam brush into it and painted the mixture right onto the case.  It needed about 3 coats.) (get the set of Mod Podge and brushes here)
*A note on the tea light holders, you can still use tea lights in them even with the glitter, just get the battery operated ones. They look just as cute and they even flicker a little!  I have ones that I always keep in my candle holders.
I buy a ton of candles and always try to keep the jars once they are done being candles because they are great storage holders (I use a few to hold my makeup brushes).  So instead of just cleaning it out and leaving it as is, I glittered it!  I used a different glitter than the Martha Stewart for this one and it was a very fine, almost powdery glitter which I didn’t like as much.  It took many more coats to get it to be that glittery.  The Martha Stewart glitter is the perfect consistency and opaque which I think looks better.  To clean out almost empty candle jars, boil a pot of water with about an inch or two of water (depending on how big your candle jar is and how much wax is left) and put the candle in the pot.  It will melt the remaining wax in the jar and then you can dump the wax straight into the garbage and then wash the container out.  Use a fork to scoop out the wick holders.
I filled it with my lipglosses and lip liners.  Now my bathroom has a lot more glittery additions! And lastly, a jam jar converted into a gold pencil holder that makes my desk much more fun!
There are so many things you can do with Mod Podge and glitter. Just look around your house, I’m sure you’ll find as much stuff as I did!

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  • kay*
    February 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    fun! the iphone case came out particularly well – does not look diy at all!

    • Tanya o'halloran
      July 8, 2012 at 4:53 pm

      i totally agree with you… i thought exactly the same thing!!

  • Schnelle
    February 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    That is such a great idea! The phone case came out great. I love the idea of using old candle holders as makeup holders. I'm so stealing this idea and glittering them!

  • PetiteLittleGirl
    February 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    OMG! Those little things are so adorable. I always throw away empty candle containers. This is such a great idea! I have to try it myself.

  • Aleeza
    February 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    The case looks amazing! This has totally put me in the mood to glitterize everything :).

  • BmoreLoveLeigh
    February 7, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Reusing the glass candle jars like that – never would have thought to! Making a mental note now!

  • CocoMeChanel
    February 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    These are some great ideas! I usually use my empty candle containers as is to hold brushes…. Glittering them? Gotta try it!

  • k.
    February 7, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    This made me smile 🙂 GLITTER!!

    I think I'll be giving more than a few glass jars the glitter treatment in the near future.

  • simplyvonne
    February 7, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Such a great idea! I am bit obsessed with buying candles at bath body works when they go on sale twice a year! I didnt think about using it as makeup brushes holder though..I have so many, i should do that!!!

  • Karen
    February 7, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Love glitter! I recently did this to my camera strap. Now I want to glitter everything! 🙂

  • Erica
    February 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    I have the same candle holder collection – I use them for everything! Now I need to glitter them!

  • Honeysuckle
    February 7, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    that's a GREAT idea! i bought the jcrew glitter case this past holiday and it's starting to fall apart and kinda looks ugly. i'm going to try the glitter case idea! thank you so much!

  • Grace - Stripes and Sequins
    February 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Such a fun DIY! I love these!!! Nice work. I'd glitter everything I own if it were acceptable.

  • LC
    February 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    for a while, i had an obsession with blinging everything i could get my hands on. it was so tedious and stressful! i`m glad i`ve given that up, but this looks so easy that i`m getting the itch again =x

  • Beautygirl24
    February 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Gorgeous! I used to hate glitter a few years ago, but I am loving it this time around. It just makes everything so much prettier!

  • bevy
    February 7, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Now you have me wondering what I can glitter…

  • WendyB
    February 7, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Whenever I get close to glitter I always wind up with that one annoying speck on my face, for days!

  • DiamondsandTulle
    February 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    hahah – "GLITTER EVERYTHING!" Love it! Esp the phone case.

  • katattack2000
    February 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    I love this idea!!! Glitter definitely brightens up a room and your mood hehe

  • Mel
    February 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Looks wonderful! A question though: does the glitter still flake off here and there, ie for your iphone? I'd love to attempt some diy projects but was wondering if after a couple of week my room, clothes, and hair will be sparkling too lol!

  • prettywhimsy
    February 7, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Love this post! It looks so cute and easy! The glitter phone case looks like the perfect fix for when an old case gets scratched up.

  • Aline
    February 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    this is a great idea, totally going to order a case to glitter up!! thanks tiff!! xo

  • TaraMixandMatch
    February 7, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Love that iphone case!!

  • Alterations Needed
    February 7, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    LOL! I love that you went on a glitter spree! =)

  • Jane B.
    February 8, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Wow!! I'm going to need to try this…hopefully I get the same results. I love anything glittery and sparkly!!

  • Tabitha Mahoney
    February 8, 2012 at 12:13 am

    Love this, and so trying it.
    Thank you


  • Carte Blanche Couture
    February 8, 2012 at 1:07 am

    This is such a great idea; I am obsessed with B&B candles so now I know what to do with the jars when the candles are gone!

  • Carolyn
    February 8, 2012 at 1:37 am

    glitter makes everything more fun!

  • Girlie Blogger
    February 8, 2012 at 2:56 am

    Good DIY. The glitters look awesome!

  • Karen
    February 8, 2012 at 3:08 am

    I am currently smitten with anything sparkly!! The i-phone case is absolutely adorable!! Love it!


  • Alyson
    February 8, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Love the idea of making old candles into makeup holders. FABULOUS organizational tip…and who doesn't love anything glittery?! 🙂


  • Amy
    February 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    great ideas, I'll have to try some of them! The iphone case looks really good!

  • Kristen
    February 9, 2012 at 5:52 am

    What a fabulous idea! I'm obsessed with your cell phone case… you have definitely inspired me! I mean, what girl doesn't like glitter?!

    xO Kristen

  • cinzee
    February 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Great idea Tiffany! I can't believe you've done so many fab glitter projects. I've not done one single one yet but i really gotta get my act together and try this, at least once!!

    I love the glitter you did for the scented candles, and great storage for make up brushes:)

    I also really like the pink glittery tea light holders, adds that "x" factor to a room, i'm sure;)


  • Samantha
    February 9, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    LOVE this!! Thanks for the DIY idea!!! 🙂

    xo, sam

    *Style of Sam*

  • Asher
    February 10, 2012 at 1:18 am

    That is so cool! Great idea 🙂

    So happy I found your blog! I'm you're newest follower 🙂

  • LeeAnne, Style N Season
    February 11, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Very very nice.

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  • Mich and Kris
    February 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    I am obsessed with glitter, thanks for the ideas!!

    MK Style Diaries

  • Jen
    March 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I was wondering how well the glitter holds up, too–especially on your iPhone case.

    • tiffanystylish
      March 6, 2012 at 1:41 am

      Hi Jen! Everything is holding up great. The iPhone case is fine, but I like to switch up my cases a lot so the most that I've used it is probably a full week of daily use. I'm not sure how it will hold up for say daily use for a month but as far as I can tell, the mod podge and glitter are for sure stuck on and no glitter fall out.

  • amybreckenridge
    June 7, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    love your phone case – i want to make a glittery android case because there really aren't any cute cases available for the droid!

    i also wanted to share my glitter wine glass post with you – it's been really popular on my blog!

    glad we can connect over our mutual love of glitter 🙂


  • Arlena Zuno
    June 9, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    How did you make the mixture of mod podge and glitter? How much mod podge and how much glitter? Do you mix it up before you spread it on the candle holder

  • Stephanie R.
    June 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Love this! I hate when I spend a lot of time glittering something, and then the glitter just ends up falling off. I will absolutely use this method next time.

  • Courtney
    June 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Love Love Love This!! Glitter is my Favorite Color……soo…..thanks! 😉

  • Alicia
    June 13, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I've done this and the glitter sheds BIG time for me. Anyone know how to keep the glitter on? Is there a shellack I should be putting over it?

    • tiffanystylish
      June 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm

      Hi Alicia,

      All my stuff that I've done months ago still has not shed. Did you have a pretty strong mixture of mod podge to glitter? Because when you pour the mixture, you want it to be a good amount of mod podge so that all the glitter specks are covered in the mod podge. That way all the glitter is coated and will hold better. I did not use a shellack or any coating. My clutch has some wear but only in the folds of where I have to open and close the bag. Other than that, the fall out is minimal.

      Hope that helps!

  • Katie
    June 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the phone case!

  • Renee
    June 18, 2012 at 4:54 am

    Great idea! Another tip for getting remaining candle wax out is to put the container in the freezer over night, the wax should pop right out. I've done this a few times and it works really well.

  • LediaJ
    June 25, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Awesome!!I'm def trying this. 🙂 x

  • Cords x
    June 26, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    You shouldnt keep any kind of makeup products makeup brushes or tooth brushes etc in a bathroom. Really unhygenic 🙁

  • Cheslie Danielle
    July 8, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I love this idea! I'm a huge fan of jeweling anything I find that's not cute lol. Now I will be glittering all my random apartment items that are much less than glamorous. Thanks :)!!

  • Lyn
    July 13, 2012 at 5:39 am

    would you put the glitter on the inside (the part your phone woul dbe against)or the outside of the case?

  • Amanda
    July 16, 2012 at 12:54 am

    Another way to get the last bit of wax out is to put the jar in the freezer (for an hour or so), then use a butter knife to break it up. It all falls right out.

  • Amanda
    July 16, 2012 at 12:55 am

    You can also put the candle jars in the freezer for an hour or so, and use a butter knife to break up the wax and it all falls right out.

    • tiffanystylish
      July 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Oh, good to know. Thanks for the tip!

  • Markay Wilson
    July 17, 2012 at 2:33 am

    What glitter color did u use on the Sun Rippened Raspberry candle jar???

    • tiffanystylish
      July 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      Oh, sorry I can't help 🙁 It was such an old bottle of glitter that the brand/name is long gone.

  • Bella
    July 24, 2012 at 5:33 am

    Just a tip for getting rid of the leftover wax in candle holders/jars/whatever: I just stick it into the kitchen sink at let hot water run on it. That will flush out the wax and clean your jar completely. It uses more water, but you don't run the risk of the glass container cracking from the heat of boiling water.

  • JMM1019
    July 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    What mixture of mod podge vs glitter did you use? Equal parts? I am going to glitter my phone case! Planning to mix an Onyx glitter with a dark turquoise! This is so awesome thank you!

    • tiffanystylish
      July 30, 2012 at 12:23 am

      2 parts glitter to 1 part mod podge worked for me. that sounds so pretty!

  • supermama12
    July 28, 2012 at 6:41 pm

    Another easy way to clean out candle jars is to stick it in the freezer for 30+ minutes. Then all the wax just snaps out!

  • Jen of MadeByGirl
    July 30, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    great idea! :)))

  • Sabina
    November 2, 2012 at 4:53 am

    such a gr8 idea to add glitter to anything in d house! 🙂 you're iPhone case came out pretty amazing!

  • Jackie Maldonado
    November 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    u put the glitter mix with the glue inside the jar right?

  • Icky
    December 15, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    The brush containers are fine and shouldn't make much of a mess but I feel like the phone case would leave traces of glitter everywhereeeeee. That's what would keep me from making it. 🙁 Does anyone know what would be good to use as a good topcoat so it doesn't tranfer glitter onto everything??

    • tiffanystylish
      December 17, 2012 at 4:59 am

      I made this awhile ago but the iPhone was completely fine and did not leave traces of glitter. If you look at my clutch that I did previously (I linked to it in the post) it's the same and does not have any fall out.

      I think people have used some top coat spray but if you do a good enough mixture of mod podge to glitter, the mod podge acts as the glue to the pieces of glitter and it just doesn't fall off. I've done this technique to several things, not just jars and have not had a problem. Hopefully it works for you too!

  • Grace Hoffman
    December 16, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Great idea! So the glitter phone case doesnt leak glitter? I made one a while back not using this technique and whenever I use it my hands end up getting covered with glitter, any suggestions on how to fix this?

    • tiffanystylish
      December 17, 2012 at 5:01 am

      I think you just have to make sure that your mod podge and glitter is fully mixed together. Also, make sure each coat is fully dry in between each application. I still have the iPhone case and it still looks exactly the same as it did when I made it almost a year ago! No glitter fall out and it doesn't get on my hands.

  • Tristan Lerner
    January 3, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Does it matter what kind of phone case is used, like rubber case, hard case, shiny case, etc or will the glitter mixture stick to any surface? Thanks a lot! I can't wait to try this.

    • tiffanystylish
      January 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

      I used a hard plastic case which I think is probably best but since mod podge can basically stick to almost anything you should be pretty safe with any material. It just might be harder to get a smooth even surface with something like rubber. Hope that helps!

  • Lucy De Rouge
    January 10, 2013 at 8:22 am

    This is so cool! I know this seems a stupid question but how long has all the glitter lasted on the case – just because I actually purchased one online and it was terrible and all the glitter fell off!


    • tiffanystylish
      January 10, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      My case looks exactly the same but I don't use it for long periods of time. I switch my phone cases out almost every 2 weeks. (I have a lot of cases!) 🙂 I really didn't have any problems with glitter falling off of mine.

  • Zoe_loves_you
    January 10, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    I definitely am one that has a glitter addiction ever since I took normal glass ornaments and glittered the inside and did the same thing for mason jars to make center pieces! We found that when you are doing deep concave surfaces like jars or ornaments you can use pledge floor wax and roll it around, dump it out and then apply glitter and it sticks! It's a much cheaper option than modgepodge which you can then save to make cute phone cases or other projects!

    • tiffanystylish
      January 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm

      good tip, thanks for sharing!

  • sunray16
    January 14, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Thanks so much for posting this. I tried it out on a little glass jar I wanted to sit on my desk and hold paperclips. It turned out great! I liked it so much, now I'm glittering my tape dispenser to match. 🙂

  • Tammy Curlin-Hashmi
    January 19, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Cute idea! I love Modge Podge. To get out a little wax from jars. I do this and it works everytime!!
    Run your tap water as hot as you can get it and fill up the rest of the candle jar then pour a squirt of liquid detergent on it and let it set overnight. When it cools, it seperates from the glass and you can pop it right out 🙂

  • Ariella Lola
    February 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    And it does leave glitter everywhere? how did you do that? just the modge podge keeps it together? cool!


  • Brittany Gjesvold
    February 10, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I just glittered a letter "g" for my wreath and wss pleasantly surprised to have a non glitter shedding addition to my yarn wreath!

  • jessica pyne
    June 17, 2013 at 2:12 am

    When my candles are almost dead, i put them into the freezer to get the wax out. After a few days in there. the wax usually pops right out in one piece. But i love the idea..I might have to glitter my otter box this summer!! 🙂