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Project: Rediscover Creativity


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I may be impartial to this opinion, but I think crafting is the best hobby. It can be enjoyed anytime by people of all ages, backgrounds and demographics. It is therapeutic. It is also a great outlet for those with creative minds. There is no right or wrong way to do things.

Most people join the crafting world to create something unique that can't be purchased from a store. Whether you do it personally or professionally, handmade creations are wonderful to give as a gift or add to your home decor. There is something special about going to craft shows and markets, browsing the items and talking to the artisans and learning about the stories behind their products.

Lately though, it seems as if the crafting world has lost it's creativity. A project idea is discovered, people react with likes and inquiries, tips are shared and then suddenly this once unique idea is being recreated by everyone, everywhere. It has lost it's sparkle.

How did we get lost along the way?

It's easy to jump on the craft bandwagon to mass produce a product that has suddenly become overwhelmingly popular. Anyone can create a carbon copy of an item. Screenshot a product, recreate the idea and make a quick buck. Boom, done!

Everyone loves items that are unique and stand out. My favourite makers are the ones that want to be the one that create something that no one has ever seen before.

We need to start thinking outside the box and rediscover creativity. Don't be afraid to experiment with ideas and get inspired to create something new. Each piece should be looked at as a blank canvas.

What do you get when you mix our Mouse Head tumbler with two chunky glitter mixes? A unique DIY custom tumbler for the Minnie Mouse fan. It's a fun and easy way to customize a tumbler.

Mouse Head glitter tumbler

Here's the 411 on how to get it done:

  • Drill a small hole in the bottom of the tumbler. Use a drill bit that is designed for glass or plastic so the tumbler does not crack. The hole should at least be the size of a pencil eraser. The smaller the hole, the easier it is to seal back up. The larger the hole the quicker and easier it is to fill and customize.
  • Once you have made a hole the size you want, gently push the glitter in the hole. As you push the glitter in the opening, gently tap the side of your tumbler so the glitter falls down in the double wall. For this project, I used Mouse Head glitter in black and Holographic glitter in Cotton Candy Chunky Mix. Chunky glitter works better for this project as it flows better within the double walled tumbler. You can use as little or as much glitter as you would like.
  • Once the desired amount of glitter has been put into the tumbler, fill the tumbler about 3/4 of the way with water. Depending on the size of the hole that you made, you can either slowly pour in the water, use a small funnel or use a dropper. 
  • Fill the tumbler with glycerin the rest of the way. Be sure to leave a little space because the liquids and the glitter need space to swish around. If you don't have glycerin, you can substitute it with baby oil or contact lens solution.
  • Test to see if you have the right amount of water, glycerin and glitter in your tumbler by placing your finger over the tumbler hole and flipping it right side up. Swish it around. How does it look? Does it need more glitter? More liquid? Adjust your quantities until you achieve your desired effect.
  • Once you are happy with the glitter solution, you are ready to seal the hole that you made in the tumbler. This can be done a variety of ways depending on what you have on hand, or your preference.

Don't limit yourself by just adding a vinyl decal on a tumbler. Think outside the box and unleash your creativity. The possibilities are endless and you will create something that you will be proud of. Creativity has no limits!

Experiment, let yourself go and reach for the stars. Glitter "stars" will be found everywhere in your house after this project. For that, I apologize.

 

 


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