There is one particular word I know that seems to strike fear into the hearts of many parents. I have seen friends visibly cringe and recoil at the sight of this suff, and that was outdoors at the park well away from their own tidy homes. That word, of course, is glitter and today I’m going to share a few tips on how we handle the sparkly stuff at our place.
*Disclosure – I was gifted a Dyson V6 cordless vacuum cleaner in order to write this review but all thoughts, opinions and ideas are honest and my own.
First let me tell you that I understand the hesitancy to let glitter into the house. I totally get it.
Why parents hate glitter
• It get’s stuck in the cracks of floorboards and under the carpet fibres
• It somehow fuses itself to wooden surfaces and never comes off ever, no matter how hard you scrub and scrub
• It gets stuck in hair, on skin and under nails
• It somehow scatters itself throughout the house giving everything a permanent shimmer
• Days after the glitter crafting session you’re still finding it in places such as the dog’s bowl, the sofa, down the garden path and more.
We have experienced these reasons many of times in our family and still I can’t bring myself to put a ban on loose glitter. The kids love it way too much!
why kids love glitter
• It sparkles
• It’s shiny
• It’s tiny
• You can throw it like a fairy
• It can make all your artwork look like magic
In fact, I don’t think my kids can imagine anything more beautiful in the whole world! I like to let them exercise their creativity, so we choose to craft with loose glitter but we do take a few simple measures to combat the mess.
tips to keep glitter mess to a minimum
• Store it up high so you know when it’s getting used and can prepare yourself for the inevitable sparkly mess
• Clean the mess up straight away, don’t leave it long enough to melt itself onto the tabletop and drift throughout the house
• When possible, do glitter crafting outside
• Before crafting, lay down some paper or a tablecloth underneath that can be screwed up and put straight in the bin or shaken outside
• When using the glitter, shake it over the top of a container or an A4 piece of paper. When you are finished the paper can be folded in half and the glitter can be tipped back into it’s container easily
• Choose a coarse grained glitter instead of a fine grained one for easier cleaning up
• Loose glitter can be given an extra coat of mod podge (or pva/school glue mixed at a 1:1 ratio with water) to stop the sparkles from falling off and going everywhere once you have it proudly hanging on the wall
Here is Miss R doing a triple whammy, crafting outdoors, over a plastic container which is over a sheet of paper – nifty!
When I was asked to review the new Dyson V6 cordless vacuum cleaner I knew that a glitter craft mess would be the ultimate test! Instead of vacuuming up a piddly few crumbs of glitter from the floor under the table I decided to give it a REAL test. It’s said that the V6 is capable of picking up a 1kg bag of sugar from a wooden floor in 4 seconds. That’s impressive, but can it pick up glitter that’s been rubbed into carpet fibres? I threw caution to the wind and made a sparkly floor mural on our lounge room rug to test this thing out.
Now I have to be honest here. Glitter is no bag of sugar, we parents know that. After a pretty impressive effort as you can see in the movie above with the ordinary vacuum cleaner head it looked clean at first glance, but when you got down for a closer look there were still a few fine grains of glitter trapped under carpet fibres that got left behind. Glitter does that to you doesn’t it? I switched it to the pointy head and scratched a couple of the very stubborn pieces off with my fingernails before finishing off the job properly.
Here is a close up of our carpet fibres after I had vacuumed with the extra pointy end. Nice huh?
If I’ve managed to convince you about the benefits of allowing glitter in your craft cupboard, here are a few more of our glitter crafts for inspiration.
More glitter craft ideas
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