Hello friends! It’s Aly here today with something I think might help get you through your Monday. I’ve been dreaming of heading to the beach for a sunny and relaxing vacay, so when I got my hands on the new Spin It tumbler turner that’s exactly where my creative brain went! I made a custom beach themed tumbler that I can fill with ice and my favorite cold drink, and since it’s insulated it will stay cold for hours.
I started out with a plain stainless steel tumbler that I picked up at Walmart, and looking at the colors of glitter on this tumbler now, I can just imagine lounging in the warm sand next to the gorgeous aqua water full of foamy waves under the clear blue sky. Are you with me?
Full disclosure: I am not a tumbler making expert. This is a totally new craft for me, but I can’t be any more excited than I am to be starting this fun creative journey! These custom beauties make excellent gifts for grandmas, moms, dads, grandpas, grads, bridesmaids, teachers and more. I’ve got crafty plans to make a ton of these this spring to give away!
There are so many ways to make glitter tumblers and tons of tutorials on YouTube so I did some research, watched several tutorials and planned out my project. I used Sticky Thumb Double Sided Red Craft Tape in two different widths to create the glitter stripes on my tumbler. That’s an easy way to get nice clean lines and to apply the glitter before coating the tumbler with epoxy.
I also used a clear spray sealer to seal the glitter before adding epoxy. That way the different colors of glitter don’t get spread around and mixed up while adding the coat of epoxy.
Here are a few tips I picked up as I did my research and completed this project:
- Work with epoxy in a ventilated area. We R Memory Keepers epoxy doesn’t have strong fumes, but it still has a slight smell that you may not want in your craft room or house.
- READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS FIRST! Epoxy has a limited working time so you want to be sure you know what you’re doing before you mix it up.
- If you want your glitter colors to really pop and look vibrant, try spray painting the outside of your tumbler white before adding the glitter (which I didn’t do, so my colors are more muted).
- Super Chunky glitter doesn’t work well with thin stripes–stick with large surface areas if you want to add super chunky glitter. Trust me–I know because I started with one color of super chunky glitter and had to remove and re-do some stripes.
- For medium glitter, apply one coat of epoxy and allow to cure completely. Then sand with medium grain sandpaper, buff with fine sand paper, wash thoroughly by hand, and then apply a second coat of epoxy.
So, now that I’ve share some things I learned in my creative process, check out the video tutorial below. Please note: I did not take video of spraying the glitter sealer, or doing the sanding and final layer of epoxy since that part is pretty self explanatory and I already showed how to add the first layer of epoxy. I do mention them in the video so you know when those steps need to happen.
So there you have it! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning how to make a Beach Themed Glitter Tumbler with the new Spin It collection.
Thanks for stopping by, and keep dreaming of the beach until you get to the weekend–you can do it!