Here's what I posted shortly after:
|We live where what I did was perfectly legal and safe, don't worry.|
And here's how it turned out:
I was feeling pretty good about my redneck ingenuity, and it worked for the most part, but the stars on the outer edge of my circle did not get much glitter on them. I decided to try something I'd seen a few different pins for...
I'd seen a number of pins about adding glitter to clear paint or to glue, and then painting it on your object. I hadn't pinned those pins because I just didn't ever see myself needing to paint on glitter...so of course when I went back to look for them I couldn't find the pins. So...I went off of memory. (I can almost feel everyone cringing at that phrase). I went in my craft supply and found my glitter and clear gel craft glue and figured that would work best. So I squeezed out a glop of glue onto the plate, added glitter and tried to mix. No bueno.
I then pulled out my Elmer's School Glue, but I couldn't get the cap open at all. That left me with mod podge. I have glossy mod podge and matte mod podge, and after a bit of thought I decided to use the glossy because I wasn't sure if the matte would lessen the glitter shine at all. I poured mod podge in a cup, slowly added glitter (so I didn't get too much all at once) and mixed it. But I think my mod podge was old or a little dry because it was really really thick. I added some water to thin it out, and that made it spreadable...but it definitely wasn't pretty:
It was drying in clumps and the stars were curling up from the moisture. It looked awful. So into the trash went the glittery cup of mod podge.
I finally just painted on thinned out mod podge and sprinkled glitter over the top. That worked...but I got 15 stars in and decided I was done. They didn't need glitter stars anyway...and the ones that were glittery would surely work out...right? That was the hope at least.
Saturday comes around and I pack all the supplies into town for the dance and we get decorating. I was a little nervous that it wouldn't pull together but it all worked out in the end. I did learn though that you can't string too many strands of lights together in one long chain because then it blows a fuse. But luckily we got that taken care of and all went well.
The glitter on the stars didn't end up showing up at all (not one bit), so that part remained a bit of a Pinstrosity, but it didn't end up mattering. I still am quite pleased with how the decorations turned out.