How-To: Glitter Polka Dot Wrapping Paper


Food break! Pardon me while I stop making appetizers, baking cookies and thinking about pie. Glitter is having its very deserved holiday moment in my world and I’d like to share.

This is actually a natural progression. You see, if you know me, you know that I’m passionate about three things: food, corgis and glitter. I’m a simple person, really.

Glitter has the ability to make anything look a tad-bit more exciting. In this particular scenario, glitter helps very boring and brown craft paper transform into super cute and fun (and inexpensive!) wrapping paper.

For this glitter adventure, you’ll need:

You can find all of these things at your local craft store, or you can order each of them online. Links for all of the items are at the bottom of this lil’ ol’ blog post.

1. To start, you want to cut a piece of craft paper that is size-appropriate to the present you’ll be wrapping it with.

Next, you want to fill the glue container’s cap with glue. Dip the spouncer in the glue and stamp your craft paper with it, being sure to space out the “polka dots” evenly.

I’d recommend stamping no more than 5-6 at a time, or else the glue will dry before you get a chance to top it with glitter. Just do it in batches!

2. Take your glitter, whichever color you like, in this case I used Martha Stewart’s Sterling, and top each glue polka dot with a liberal amount of glitter.

Also if you don’t like glitter (how dare you!), you can totally do this with solid color paint. I’m thinking neon pink polka dots with brown craft paper would look really cute.

3. You’ll want to allow the glitter/glue to dry before you gently take it and dump the excess glitter in the trash (or keep a tin of glitter reserve so you can reuse it).

We all LOVE before and after photos, right? Well, here ya go: dirty with lots of excess glitter on the left, and all cleaned up and ready to go on the right.

A couple of tips along the way:

1. The spouncers are reusable so make sure you wash off the glue post use. They’re good things to have around because seriously who knows when you might need a spouncer. Am I right?

2. After you dust off the excess glitter, little of glitter will still be all over. I took a dry and clean spouncer and just brushed away the glitter even more so. It totally worked.

And warning: If you do this DIY, you will walk around the rest of the day with little specks of glitter on your face. I urge you to embrace it. You look cute.

After the glitter/glue combination dried, I wrapped the present in the polka dot wrapping paper. Next, I tied a long piece of pom-pom yarn around it and smacked a name tag on it. You can do this too, or you can use any sort of ribbon/bow combination that you like.

Being crafty is fun! Tomorrow: cookies. Or soup. Or grilled cheese. TBD.


1. Martha Stewart Glitter, Color: Sterling
2. Elmer’s Glue
3. Spouncers
4. Brown Craft Paper or Postal Wrapping Paper
5. Pom-Pom Yarn

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  • Reply Becqui J October 2, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Why have I never thought of doing this? Such a simple but effective idea!

  • Reply Ideas para decorar April 5, 2017 at 2:05 am

    Wow! I love it! Thanks

  • Reply Julia @ FaveCrafts August 15, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Hi Adriana,

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of polka dot crafts! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

  • Reply paper January 23, 2013 at 12:56 am

    cool, simple and easy thanks for share : )

  • Reply Gayle December 7, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Love this! So cute! I saw something similar done on burlap the other day with glitter paint (old Martha makes that too!) which may also work in your application.

  • Reply Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen December 7, 2012 at 8:37 am

    Oh my gosh! Are they seriously called spouncers? That’s the cutest and most descriptive name…

  • Reply annie December 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    It looks awesome! I just loved it am going to do this now! Thanks for sharing! Bless u lady!!

  • Reply Sarah December 6, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I LOVE this! What a great idea! Brown paper is my favorite kind of wrapping anyway, but this just brings a bit of glamor.

  • Reply Ashley - Baker by Nature December 5, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    You’re a rock star! LOVE this.

  • Reply Jayne December 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    oooh… I like this. I love to wrap or package presents in eccentric ways myself. This year, I might want to go rustic, so your idea will go very nicely.

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  • Reply Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking December 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Who knew those were called spouncers??? I love this! Great idea!

  • Reply Cass @foodmyfriend December 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    I love this! You are so clever. I bought some of those ball string things in different colours and they are so so pretty on brown paper.

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