The Perfect Glitter Tumbler Tutorial

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I loved making glitter tumblers! I went through a lot of trial and error to make sure I had The Perfect Glitter Tumbler Tutorial. It was a fun journey and I'm happy to share the tutorial with you all! If you haven't watched the full video, go on over to the video section of the site and search "glitter tumbler", you won't be sorry! I hope you enjoy this tutorial.


  • Stainless Steel Tumblers
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Paper Towels
  • Electrical Tape
  • Protective Gloves
  • Small Plastic Cups
  • Jumbo Craft Sticks
  • Fine Glitter
  • Loctite 100 General Performance Spray Adhesive
  • Polyurethane Spray
  • Amazing Clear Cast High Gloss Resin Kit
  • Tumbler Turner (Automatic)

How to Make This Project

  1. Take off the lid and remove the label from your cup and wipe it down with alcohol to clean it.
  2. Use electrical tape and wrap it around the top and bottom rim of the cup. Leave an inch of extra tape to fold under and make a little tail that will make it easier to remove later.
  3. In a well-ventilated area glove one hand and place your hand in the cup. Apply a coat of spray adhesive evenly all around your cup.
  4. Moving quickly before the paint dries, hold the cup over poster board and sprinkle your chosen fine glitter to cover the cup evenly. You can use the poster board to easily transfer the excess glitter into your container.
  5. Allow the cup to dry for 30 minutes then repeat the process adding a second coat of spray adhesive and glitter.
  6. Once the cup has dried for about an hour, go back to your well-ventilated area and spray the whole thing with a nice even coat of polyurethane.
  7. Allow the cup to dry for at least an hour.
  8. Once dry remove the electrical tape and reapply it a tiny bit higher than you did before. We want the resin to create a nice seal around your glitter and reapplying the tape to allow room for the epoxy to seal is the way to go. Be sure to leave extra tape to make your little tail again.
  9. Depending on the size of your tumbler, measure and pour 15-20 ml's of each side of the resin separately in your small plastic cups. Mix them separately with jumbo craft sticks for around 2 minutes then pour them together and mix for at least 3 minutes.
  10. Apply gloves, stick your tumbler onto your turner, and start applying your resin. As your cup is turning, use your fingers to scoop and apply the resin to the cup smoothing everything out with your fingers. If there's too much resin, you can use your finger to remove the excess. Allow the cup to turn on the turner.
  11. After 30 minutes, carefully remove the electrical tape from your cup as it turns.
  12. If you notice any resin on the rim where you don't want it, you can apply some alcohol to a paper towel and remove it easily.
  13. Let your cup turn and dry for at least 5 hours, preferably 8.
  14. After that, now is the time to apply any decals or monograms you want. No need to sand when using fine glitter!
  15. Once you've added your decal, wipe the tumbler down with alcohol again and then retape your edges with electrical tape in the same spot you had it last time.
  16. Repeat the process of mixing and applying resin onto your tumbler. You will end up using less resin this time than last time as well.
  17. After 30 minutes take the tape off, remove any imperfections with alcohol, and allow it to spin for about 8 hours.
  18. After that, set the tumbler somewhere safe and clean for 24 hours to fully cure.
  19. Once it's cured, place the lid back on and enjoy!

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