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Glitter Disco Ball DIY

I was wanting to make a Halloween disco ball for this year’s festivities, but I’m no fool! That would have taken ages. I decided to go with a cheaper, easier, more time-efficient option: glitter. I’m not usually a glitter fan, but once I saw this orange/pink color combo, I had to try it out. Hung in a doorway or for a party, they add a little sparkle to the season. To really get in the mood you could add a jack-o’-lantern face to it or group them in large bunches.

Materials Needed:
paper lantern (I show a white 10″ and 12″ in this tutorial)
spray glue for glitter
drop cloth or something where you can let the glitter drop

Here goes!
Step 1. Follow the directions on the package of the paper lantern to insert the light bulb and create the globe shape.
Step 2. With your glitter can, spray the lantern in patches then immediately add a handful of glitter. Let the extra glitter drip onto your drop cloth. You can use the extras as you go along or at the end.
Step 3. Repeat, repeat repeat! The key to glitter is layers upon layers. You don’t want it to look sparse so you might have to go over it again and again.
Pro Tip: Do this in an area where you wouldn’t mind glitter remaining. Glitter has a mind of its own and will stay on whatever is near. And don’t think using a broom will help much. I learned this the hard way.

Happy Glitter-ing!

Photography by Elovephotos for Oh Happy Day

  1. Damaris

    October 7, 2011

    What an easy project. I want to make this in different colors and hang it up in my kids’ room, not just for Halloween but for pure decorating delight.

  2. Dawn

    October 7, 2011

    I love this, very cute, festive and looks easy. (I’m really loving that polka dot blouse!)

  3. What a great idea! Especially since I’m helping my friend out with a Halloween party. This will be perfect! Thanks for sharing =)

    BTW I’m starting a new series this month. You should stop by and take a look. =)

    – Sarah

  4. Ivory

    October 7, 2011

    How resilient are these balls when they dry? I love the idea of a big one in our dining room, but i’m wondering about glitter flaking off with every good breeze. Maybe a layer of modge podge afterwards would help seal it…

  5. Nancy

    October 7, 2011

    Love the line about glitter having a mind of it’s own. As Demetri Martin says – “The thing about glitter is, if you get it on you, be prepared to have it on you forever. Glitter is the herpes of craft supplies.”

  6. Erin

    October 7, 2011

    Whimsical, fun, & easy- a perfect combination! Great idea for a New Year’s Eve party decoration.

  7. Cecilia

    October 7, 2011

    EYY VERY NICE! I really liked it!

  8. Brianna H.

    October 7, 2011

    Very, very cute. I can’t resist anything covered in glitter. My pumpkins this year will be glitterific. I’m sure I’ll be posting them on my blog at some point. you should stop by :)

  9. Leslie

    October 7, 2011

    This is awesome! I can’t wait to try it.

  10. Brittany

    October 7, 2011

    @Ivory. Yes, modge podge or you can use the spray glitter to seal the deal.

    @Nancy. Amazing quote and oh so true.

  11. Amanda Smith

    October 7, 2011

    I love this idea, I am throwing a New Years party this year and these will work perfectly.


  12. Sara B

    October 7, 2011

    So gorgeous! I love this idea and just might need to try it out!!

  13. Jennifer Watson

    October 7, 2011

    These are beyond wonderful. How festive! Thank you, thank you, Thank you! I want to do copper ones for the Autumn season and then these Orange ones for just October. LOVE IT!!!!

  14. jen green

    October 7, 2011

    LOVE! on my way to get the materials! thanks for the great idea!

  15. Danielle

    October 9, 2011

    Well that’s just bloomin’ brilliant! Seriously, who would say that their house doesn’t need a glitter ball… liars, that’s who! 😀

    Everything is improved by adding glitter… and possibly cheese.


  16. Barbie // Birds of a Lovely Feather

    October 9, 2011

    Oh my, I so love this! And must make ASAP!!

  17. CMN

    October 10, 2011

    Wow! I’ll be the first to raise my hand and admit that I have no need or use for a glittery disco ball, but… seriously?? That is AWESOME!! Might need to make one or two just because… hmmm…. Is it too early to think ahead to Christmas decorations??

  18. Trina

    October 10, 2011

    Cute! I think this works well for the kids room!

  19. Brigette

    October 11, 2011

    brilliant idea!

  20. tara

    October 11, 2011

    Once the glitter is applied, how do you keep it from falling off the lantern?

  21. Ruth

    October 12, 2011

    This is amazing! I’ve had to reblog this fantastic idea…thankyou!

  22. Brittany

    October 12, 2011

    @Tara once the glitter is applied you can layer more spray glue on top to keep it all on. good luck!


  23. Queen Glitter

    October 14, 2011

    I love this! I’m definitely going to be making a few of these.

  24. Mina

    October 14, 2011

    What a fabulous idea for party decorations!

  25. di

    October 19, 2011

    I think I will make one this weekend. what a great DIY project. Thanks!

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