Learn the complete process of making DIY glittler tumblers, from selecting the right tumblers and adhesive to applying the glitter and epoxy resin to create a tumbling/curing rack to prevent drips! I break it down step by step to make it EASIER for you to have success!
A couple of weeks ago I showed you how to put vinyl on mugs (and shared some fun designs). Those were such a hit that today we’re making glitter tumblers with vinyl decals! Glitter tumblers are stainless steel insulated mugs and cups that you glitter, seal, and decorate! They are VERY popular because you can personalize them and they look FABULOUS when they are all done. Also, the sealing process completely protects the vinyl decal so you never need to worry about it coming off. These glitter tumblers are on trend and SO fun!
The process to make a glitter tumbler may seem complicated, but I’m going to take you through it step-by-step. Everything from selecting the right materials to creating a way to turn your freshly sealed tumblers so they don’t drip.
So, let’s start at the beginning! The materials you need for glitter tumblers are all listed below, but essentially you need a stainless steel tumbler or cup — I’m using a variety of brands and shapes so you can see how they look. Each type of tumbler/mug I’m using is linked below in my materials list.
You also need glitter — I’m using both extra fine glitter and chunky glitter so we can see the differences in the finished tumblers. Again, check my materials list for the exact brands of glitter.
To apply the glitter, you need an adhesive. Some folks like Mod Podge, others like spray adhesive. I tested both to see what works best.
And, of course, you need the epoxy resin to seal your glitter tumblers. This is what will keep your glitter contained and protected on your tumbler!
Other things you’ll want to have are rubbing alcohol, painter’s tape, sandpaper, cups, popsicle sticks, freezer paper, and disposable gloves.
While the epoxy on your glitter tumblers is curing, you need a way to suspend your tumblers and keep them turning so they don’t drip. You can do it the low-tech way with a cardboard box, some PVC pipes, some dollar-store footballs, and duct tape, or you can step up your game with a tumbler turner we built from a rotisserie turner. I show you both up close in the video linked below.
Last but not least, you need your vinyl decal. So I’ll show you a couple of different ideas for decals you can put on your glitter tumblers.
Many thanks to the readers and viewers who requested I explain the glitter tumbler process:
Key concepts taught in the video tutorial include how to choose materials, how to tape your tumbler, the best adhesive to use, how to apply and seal your glitter, how to mix and apply your epoxy resin, how to put your decal on your tumbler, and how to get a smooth mirror-like finish on your tumbler!
See exactly how to maker glitter tumblers in this step-by-step video below:
Enough talk — let’s make some fabulous glitter tumblers! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a penny more)! Read my full disclosure policy.
Materials for DIY Glitter Tumblers
- Stainless steel tumblers, cups, and/or mugs — I used four of these Mossy Oak 30 oz. tumblers, this stemless wine tumbler, this powder coated pink water bottle, and an older powder coated water bottle I had lying about the house)
- Glitter, extra fine or chunky — I used these chunky glitters (Teal, Copper, Pink) and these extra fine glitters (Purple, Black, Red, Pink, White)
- Epoxy resin (I recommend this EXACT brand which I used and loved)
- Spray adhesive (I recommend this EXACT brand which worked like a charm)
- Painter’s tape or electrical tape
- 91% isopropyl alcohol
- Disposable gloves (I used two pair per glitter tumbler)
- Extra plastic cups (for mixing)
- Extra popsicle sticks (for mixing)
- Freezer paper (used to capture your glitter and drips)
- Adhesive vinyl and transfer tape
- A way to keep your glitter tumblers rotated (we used both a cardboard box with PVC pipes and a homemade tumbler turner)
- A way to cut your vinyl (I used the amazing Cricut)
- My free SVG/DXF/PDF cut files/patterns (available in my free resource library—get the password at the bottom of this post)
How to Make Glitter Tumblers
Step 1: Prepare and tape your tumblers for the glitter.
Note: Details and photos for each of these steps coming soon! In the meantime, check out my step-by-step video!
Step 2: (Optional) Spray paint your tumblers.
Step 3: Put adhesive on your tumblers and glitter them.
Step 4: Seal the glitter on your tumblers with a clear coat.
Step 5: Prepare a way to rotate your tumblers while they cure.
Step 6: Mix and apply high gloss resin to your glitter tumblers.
Step 7: Remove your tape after 30 minutes (and before 45 minutes)
Step 8: After five hours, tape your tumblers and sand them.
Step 9: (Optional) Apply your vinyl decal.
Step 10: Apply your second cost of resin.
Step 11: Remove your tape after 30 minutes (and before 45 minutes) and allow to cure for 24-48 hours.
Making Glitter Tumblers: What’s Best?
Glitter tumblers make amazing gifts, because they are perfect for personalization. There are really so many different variations you can have with the glitter and decals. You can make a really glam tumbler, or something more understated.
When you make your own glitter tumblers, I recommend you use the spray adhesive — it really worked quite a bit easier and drying time was considerably less than mod podge.
And I found no real difference between spray painting the tumblers first vs just glittering the tumblers as is. Perhaps if you were using less glitter it would be noticeable, but otherwise I think you can skip the spray painting step.
The difference between the extra fine glitter and chunk glitter really comes down to personal preference. The extra fine glitter is definitely more sleep and smooth, but not as sparkly. I think I prefer the chunky glitter. If I’m going to glitter something, I figure I should just go all out and be extra glittery.
I definitely preferred the automated tumbler turner we made from the rotisserie turner to the low-tech cardboard and PVC method. I didn’t have to worry about the tumblers when they were on the rotisserie turner. So if you’re serious about making more than one or two of these, I recommend you build a rotisserie tumbler turner.
Finally, when it comes to decals, the regular vinyl decals looked better than the foil vinyl decals. And you have to be careful about having too much detail in your decal when you do the chunky glitter tumblers, as they already have so much going on.
All in all, this was a SUPER fun project that I’m so glad I made! I’m giving most of these tumblers away to my family for Christmas, and I cannot wait to see what they think of them!
Get my free SVG cut files for the Glitter Tumbler Decals
You can use my Mama Bear decal, as well as my cute face decals for your glitter tumblers! Both are in my free resource library!
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