DIY: Decorate Your Tumbler!

Maybe you’ve seen them, maybe you haven’t. I’ve seen them a few times and they’ve totally caught my eye, especially now that the weather has made things grey and the mood around campus is a little dull. What could I possibly be talking about? THIS.

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Can you believe it’s already November? It’s that time of year when the leaves turn mushy, the weather gets a little gloomy, days get darker and – well, you get the idea. So I decided, I was going to glitterify (if you can call that a word) my tumbler to make those dull days…not so dull! But I came across a problem: I couldn’t pick ONE colour for my tumbler. So I decided to use two. And what better way to put two colours together than by doing a gradient?

Long story short, I am going to show you how to turn this:

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into this:

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It’s simple, really. All you need is a tumbler with two cups, spray adhesive, painter’s tape, newspaper and two kinds of glitter!

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First things first: unscrew the two cups from each other. The outer cup (left in the below picture) provides insulation to the smaller one (which keeps the drink hot/cold). The outer cup is the one we will be working with.

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Set aside the inner cup. Using painter’s tape, cover the inside rim of the outer cup; this is so you don’t get glitter into the area where the two cups will be put back together! Cover your workspace with tons of newspaper! Glitter has a tendency to get just about anywhere and everywhere (I share this with you from experience).

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Also, make sure that wherever you set up, it is well ventilated and you have fresh air throughout the room. Spray adhesive has a strong smell, and it’s really unhealthy to breathe in the fumes. You can get this at any crafts store (I went to Michael’s). For this project, I used Aleene’s Spray-On Glitter Sealer.

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The secret of using a spray-on adhesive is that it loses its adhesive very quickly after you spray it (read: a few seconds). So, using one hand to hold the outer cup and another to use the spray adhesive, spray the bottom of the INSIDE of the outer cup. Take a two pinches of glitter (I used green glitter) and apply to the inside of the cup by tilting it to the side. Rotate the cup with one hand and pat the outside of the cup with your other hand to even out the glitter.

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And repeat with the top! Make sure that you pat the outside of the cup to distribute the second layer of glitter evenly over the first layer of glitter!

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Seal your new glittery tumbler with another coat of spray adhesive. Let it stand for 12 hours before your screw the two cups back together.

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And voilà! Your tumbler gets an instant update and November doesn’t seem as dull anymore.

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Note: I don’t recommend washing the outer cup now that the glitter is on the inside. Give the front a wipedown, but don’t throw it in the dishwasher! 

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