If you have young children, chances are you are all too familiar with glitter. Starting in Pre-School, GLITTER seems to be the material of choice in MANY school projects. The biggest problem is often that the glitter comes off almost as soon as it goes on. I can still remember the many days I spent trying to remove the glitter from the back of my car, the carpet in my home, etc. It didn't take long for me to reach the end of my rope and seek a solution. I recently offered my "hope" for a glitter-free car to my friend Heidi who suggested I offer these tips on my next blog post. So here we go:
First you want to ask yourself how long you expect to keep the glittered art work in question. If your child is coming home with sparkling projects several times a week, you may not plan on keeping them for long. (Many of my kids' projects were on "display" for about a week and the replaced with newer projects!)
My suggestion is to keep TWO things in your car at all times:
HAIRSPRAY: (get the cheapest you can find as long as it's an extra firm hold!) Simply spray (aerosol) the project with a fine mist to cover the entire project. It will dry quickly and seal in the glitter. UPSIDE: this is a CHEAP and EASY solution to your problem. DOWNSIDE: Hairspray can yellow over time (maybe a month or so). Only use this method if you need to get the project home but don't plan on making it a family keepsake.
SPRAY SEALER: (available in craft stores everywhere). This works the same as the hairspray but the can is smaller and will run you about $5-$6 a can. UPSIDE: It comes in satin and gloss finishes so you can keep you glitter sparkling. DOWNSIDE: Costs a little more.
Of course, what if my advice is a day late? Are you staring at the glitter as we speak? If so, there's hope. If the glitter is on a hard surface, sweep up as much as you can and then use a wet cloth to remove the rest. If the glitter has made its way onto carpeting or upholstery, it's a little more complicated. Vacuum first. Next, masking tape will do the trick here. For a small area, wrap masking tape around your fingers with the sticky side out. If there is a lot of glitter, you might want to consider one of the lint brushes -- there are some that are rollers made out of masking tape. This should do the trick!
By the way . . . these techniques also work for sand! Happy Tuesday!