Mini Monets and Mommies: Double-Sided Tape and Glitter Art Activities for Kids

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Double-Sided Tape and Glitter Art Activities for Kids

I’m totally a glitter girl. In all of my years teaching children’s art classes, I’ve found that no material is more loved, cherished and overall adored than the sparkly stuff. Put a jar, tube or messy pile of sparkles in front of your child and you will instantly see his eyes light up. My son is almost 14 and he still slyly says, “Hey mom, what are you making?” whenever the glitter comes out (I know that means he wants to use it, without running the risk of looking uncool and actually asking to get crafty).

Craft Activity

So, we all know that the issue with glitter (and the number one reason that the parents of my students say, “Thanks so much for using sparkles here, because we don’t at home”) is the mess. You can clean as much as you’d like when the art activity is over, but you’re still going to find random sparkling pieces everywhere from your child’s hair to the floorboards for what seems like weeks.

I’m still yet to find a solution to the mess factor. But, I didn’t happen upon one way to use glitter that doesn’t involve that added goopiness of glue. Obviously you need some sort of medium to hold the sparkly stuff in place. School glue is the obvious choice (I’ve also used paint, ice and modeling clay). This time we’re using tape. How? Double-sided tape! It perfectly holds those little shining bits on to just about anything (we used paper, craft foam and even a mason jar!) and is much easier than getting out the glue. This is such as simple craft that you’ll shake your head thinking, “I can’t believe I haven’t been using double-sided tape with glitter all along.”
Tape crafts

Here’s What You’ll Need:

·        Glitter

·        Double-sided tape

·        Anything that tape will stick to – This can be plain old paper, foam, felt, tissue paper, glass jars, plastic bottles, wood, and the list goes on and on.

Here’s What to Do:

1.     Peel the tape off and stick it onto the paper (or anything else you’re using as a surface). Your child can make sparkly lines, shapes, patterns, letters or words. We made letters with card stock paper and craft foam.
 
Alphabet art

2.     Sprinkle the glitter on top of the tape. Try not to touch the top of the tape too much. This tends to make it less sticky.
 
Sparkle Crafts
 
Jar art

Literacy crafts
 

3.     Shake off the excess onto a piece of paper or into a bag to use later.
 
Kids' crafts

4.     Repeat with new surfaces. Here’s a plastic Easter egg:
 
Kids' art

Here’s a glittered mason jar that we use to hold the extra sparkles:
Glass glitter

Are you looking for more shining crafts for kids? Follow my Pinterest board for ideas!
Follow Mini Monets and Mommies's board Kids' Glitter Art on Pinterest.

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