I will show you the balls later, once I'm finished with them. For now, this is what I did to the stars.
And here is a step-by-step of how I did it. Normally, I wouldn't do a tutorial about how to paint and glitter some papier mache stars, assuming that everyone knows how how this is done. I discovered while helping Janet at her shop last week, though, that there are folks out there who have never used glitter and needed to be shown what to do with it.
It seems like most projects around here involve Chalk Paint in some way. In this case, I used Old White to put a quick base coat onto my stars.
After the paint dried (which didn't take any time at all), it was time for glitter. I used Diamond Dust, which is a clear glass glitter that's available in just about any craft store. It looks like coarse sugar and was exactly what I needed to make my stars sparkle.
Brush a generous coat of glue (I used Elmer's) onto one side of the star.
Use a spoon to sprinkle glitter all over the glue. The excess falls into the pan. Keep scooping and sprinkling till no more glitter will stick to the star, then gently shake any loose glitter into the pan. Glass glitter is great because it's heavier than synthetic glitter and it doesn't get all over the place.
I applied glue and glitter to one side of each of my stars, and I laid them out on the counter to dry. By the time I did the last star, the first one was dry enough for me to carefully do the reverse side.
The transformation from brown papier mache star to sparkly ornament is simple and perfect for what I'm planning. (No hints ... I don't want to spoil the surprise.)
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