DIY Personalized Glitter Cup

September 8, 2014

Hello, friends, and happy Monday!  Personally, I’ve never minded Monday’s much.  I think it’s because I mourn the end of the weekend at the end of the weekend, on Sunday night, while on Monday morning, I try to celebrate the beginning of a new week and it’s endless possibilities.  But whether you agree with me or, more likely, you are white-knuckling your cup of coffee right now, thinking I’m insane, I have a sparkly, fun, and easy DIY that is sure to brighten your week!


This weekend my family celebrated two birthdays of two very fun, bubbly, sparkly girls, one of whom happens to be a tea-drinker like me.  Jessica, my brother’s girlfriend, is very into all things shiny, sparkly, pretty, girly and princess-y; so, when I stumbled across this simple DIY project, I knew it would make the perfect birthday gift!

Let’s jump right in, shall we?

You will need:

  • customizable cup (I got this one on Amazon for only $8)
  • glue (almost any kind will do, just read the label to be sure)
  • brushes – one skinny for painting the design and one less skinny for painting the rest of the cup
  • glitter of your choice

To start off, I removed the inside of the cup and set it aside.  Next, I grabbed my glue and the skinny paint brush and carefully painted the letter “J” on the inside of the cup.  This may sound ridiculously difficult, but I promise as long as you go slowly and carefully, it’s actually not hard at all!  Plus, if you mess up, all you have to do is use a dry brush or Q-tip to wipe up the smudged glue and create a cleaner line.  And the best part about working with glitter is that it hides most any imperfections so don’t worry if your paint isn’t perfectly straight!


Once I had the “J” looking the way I wanted, I grabbed a mixture of white and silver glitter and sprinkled it inside the cup, moving it around to make sure all the glue was coated thickly.  This part can get messy, so you might want to do it over some newspaper, a plate or, as in my case, a cardboard box (so you can collect unused glitter later).

Next up, time to paint the rest of the cup!  For this step, I grabbed my thicker foam brush and applied more glue all around the inside of the cup, carefully navigating around my freshly glittered “J.”  Since Jessica’s favorite color is pink, I chose to use a mixture of mostly like pink and magenta glitter for the rest of the cup (with a teensy bit of the white and silver glitters mixed in for an extra bit of sparkly magic!).  I simply poured the glitter all over the inside of the cup and then carefully rotated it all around to make sure everything was coated in glitter.


I love the crazy bright texture and depth of the glitter; it reminds me of one of those old fashioned optical illusion photos where you see shapes when you go cross-eyed haha!  Just check out this cool photo of the glitter inside the cup mid glitterization process:


Once the cup was fully coated in glitter, I set it on its side in front of a fan to make sure it dried thoroughly.  After about an hour of drying time, I grabbed my foam brush and more glue and went for a round two.  This is probably unnecessary, but I really wanted to make sure that cup was coated in glitter.

Obviously, a second coat is entirely up to you; either way, the great thing about this project is that it’s so easy to personalize in whatever way you choose!  Don’t want your initials?  Paint a heart, a star, a replica of the Mona Lisa if you’re so inclined (and artistically talented)!


For the rest of Jessica’s gift, I also included a box of tea, a customized journal and two handmade bookmarks, which all fit into the sparkly, fairy tale princess theme.  The bookmarks were really simple to make with some specially chosen charms from the craft store, some pretty scrapbook paper and my printer.  (If you want me to do a tutorial on the bookmarks, let me know!)


I love to make handmade gifts whenever possible.  In fact, I just love making.  I get caught up in the magic of taking ideas from my head and making them real, turning sparks of inspiration into something fun, pretty, useful, or all of the above!

This gift was especially easy to create because I truly believe in the power of magic and fairy tales, pixie dust and princesses; even if they aren’t tangible things we can hold in our hands, the stories exist in our imagination and in our hearts.  Like any good story, a good fairy tale becomes a part of you and what you believe.

Do you believe in magic??

As always, thanks for reading!  Love & a wish upon a star, Kristi  ;)


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  • pcappliancerepair

    What a great gift idea!

    September 8, 2014 at 8:33 am Reply
  • joey and the owl

    Such a good idea!

    September 8, 2014 at 9:59 am Reply
  • The Fashion Huntress

    That’s a good attitude about Mondays-! I need to work on mine, lol! Love the glitter cup!!

    September 8, 2014 at 11:11 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Haha thanks, it works most of the time! ;)
      I am a little obsessed with this cup and am planning on making one for everyone I know for all upcoming birthdays and holidays now haha! :)

      September 8, 2014 at 11:13 am Reply
  • Amy Sachs

    I love this, I definitely need to try it soon since I’ve been in the mood for crafts. The bookmarks are adorable too!

    September 8, 2014 at 1:46 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Yes! Be sure to let me know if you do try it, I’d love to see what you make! Thank you!! :)

      September 8, 2014 at 1:57 pm Reply
  • marcyjb

    OMGOSH! I LOVE this, thank you so much for sharing. xo

    September 8, 2014 at 2:23 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Absolutely, so glad you like it!! :)

      September 8, 2014 at 2:54 pm Reply
  • The Two Cent Chick (Justine)

    Love your Monday attitude :) I’m totally doing this!!! Who doesn’t love a little glitter?! Plus, seeing it with the J on it really sold me haha

    September 8, 2014 at 3:26 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks! Hahaha you have to make yourself a cup now!! ;)

      September 8, 2014 at 3:35 pm Reply
  • SweetCandyDreamer

    Oh, such fun things. I really like all of them and might have to glitter my own cup later today! The bookmarks are so cute! x

    September 8, 2014 at 10:21 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you, I got really into the theme of the gift haha! You should totally make yourself a sparkly cup!! :)

      September 8, 2014 at 10:39 pm Reply
  • jackie

    very cute diy, and very cute bookmarks. I second that something made from the heart is so much more enjoyable than something store bought.

    September 9, 2014 at 2:15 pm Reply
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