Homemade Glitter: a Tutorial




Glitter! It's elemental to arts and crafts, so why not make your own unique glitter from recycled materials!? Here how!!

Step 1: Step 1: Assemble Your Materials and Tools


Kitchen shears (though tin snips may also suffice)

Safety Goggles

Large food storage container with a lid

Blender (Will no longer be suitable for food preparation)

CD's and or DVD's (The color of your discs will determine the color of your glitter. I recommend using old blank disc since they are usually shiny on both sides)

A sifter or colander (both may come in handy depending on how fine you want your glitter to be)

Step 2: Make Glitter (It's Pretty Simple)

Start by cutting your DVD/CD's in half using the kitchen shears. Place several broken pieces into your blender and place on the lid. IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE THE LID IS ON. I WILL NOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GLITTERY MASSACRE THAT WILL BEFALL YOUR HOME SHOULD YOU NOT TAKE THIS PRECAUTION. Make sure one hand is keeping the lid from flying off and turn on the blender with the other. You can simply run it for a minute or less, or try the "Pulse" button if your blender has one.

Step 3: Sift Glitter

Once a good portion of the discs are blender, carefully remove the lid and gently pour the contents into the sifter or colander which should be over a bowl or food storage container (You could use a plastic food storage bag, but the rigidity of the container will make it easier to avoid mess). The smaller the holes in your sifter, the finer your glitter will be. I recommend using multiple containers so you can have more than one size at your disposal.

Any pieces that are too large can be blended further.

Use glitter as you would any other. Have fun and good luck!



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    14 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I would love to make homemade glitter but can't afford to have a separate blender that's non-food.

    2 replies

    Reply 2 years ago

    You'd be surprised how cheep used blenders are. Check Goodwill, Salvation army, or other thrift stores


    3 years ago

    Nice! But what about the blender? Did it survive? ;)

    1 reply

    Reply 3 years ago

    Oh, it's still working fine. I haven't made a ton of glitter yet, only a few pounds worth, but I really don't foresee it being an issue.


    Reply 3 years ago

    My blender hasn't broken yet. Blenders are made for ice, so I don't think CD's & DVD's will ever be problem. Just don't use it for blending food anymore and you should be fine.

    OH, and please take pictures when you're done. I'd love to see how you use it.