Three out of four members of our household have a serious glitter fetish. The fourth (we won’t mention names) grumbles about the glitter trails left behind us, the glitter on the scalp, the glitter period.
But he’s outnumbered and our love of glitter just continues to grow.
We’ve been making simple handmade Christmas cards over the last couple of days and have indulged ourselves by making our own glitter tape designs.
Handmade Christmas Cards with DIY Glitter Tape
First, assemble your materials:
- Glitter in assorted colors
- Double-sided tape
- Blank cards (I made our own from watercolor paper, but you can buy them bundled with envelopes which can be helpful)
- Washi tape (optional, but why not?)
Then, get started…
Don’t forget the most important item—double-sided tape!
Start by tearing off pieces of the double sided tape and pressing them to your card in any design desired. Leave the top protective paper on for now.
Once your tape design is complete, peel off the protective paper on one or more of the tapes—any that will be the SAME color of glitter. If you’re going to use multiple glitter colors, leave those others covered for now.
Note: Maia (8yo) could pull off the paper from the double sided tape okay, but Daphne (4yo) had trouble so I did that part for her.
Sprinkle glitter over the exposed, sticky piece of double-sided tape…
…until it looks mostly covered. Tip the card and shake off the excess.
Peel off the protective coating on any tape pieces that will be your next glitter color, sprinkle on the glitter, and shake off the excess.
Repeat as desired.
I made a rainbow-colored Christmas tree…
and Daphne liked it so much that she made one, too.
And then another one.
And I have to admit I made a few myself. The whole process was rather addictive and I think the glitter tape look is so pretty!
I got tired of cutting off the edges of the cards to fit into our too-small envelopes, so started wrapped them in wrapping paper instead and sealing the edges with washi tape. It was so easy (I didn’t bother with cutting out an envelope-shaped template, just wrapped it like a present) and so festive!
This DIY glitter tape technique is great for straight lines, but when it comes to curves, we’ve decided that a glue stick is the way to go. Maia made a glitter wreath card for her great Grandma.
Daphne made a glitter “fire making contest” card (top left) with boys on one fire-making team and girls on the other. We all added washi tape borders, designs, and elements to many of our handmade Christmas cards.
Btw, I have yet to try glue dots or the roll-on tape, but I think either would work great with glitter!
More Ideas for Handmade Christmas Cards
- Sticker Resist Starry Night Holiday Cards
- How to Do Styrofoam Printing Christmas Cards
- Why We Still Send Holiday Cards in the Age of Facebook (and 5 ways to do holiday cards)
- Potato Stamp Christmas Cards