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 Channing {sparkle & clink} December 5, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Omg, I LOVE this post. Love glitter and would die of excitement if your next batch of cookies were covered in glitter too! πŸ™‚

  • Reply Meghan December 5, 2012 at 8:05 am

    That looks so easy! I could totally possibly handle that. Maybe.

  • Reply Little Kitchie December 5, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Great tutorial! I made a glitter tree topper this morning and currently COVERED in hot pink glitter. Might as well make some paper while I’m at it!

  • Reply Bev @ Bev Cooks December 5, 2012 at 7:37 am

    This makes me soooo giggly. I love it.

  • Reply Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie December 5, 2012 at 7:11 am

    Such a great way to spice up brown paper

  • Reply Lynda December 5, 2012 at 6:17 am

    Love, love, love this idea! Definitely going to crack open the glitter and get crafting this weekend!


  • Reply cindy December 5, 2012 at 6:07 am

    it’s basically not the holidays unless my house is covered in a fine dusting of glitter.

    I love this project! easy and so cute!

  • Reply Natalie December 5, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I’m SO going to do this for my presents this year!!! EEEK! I love glitter. Thanks for the idea!

  • Reply Meredith December 5, 2012 at 5:49 am

    So cute! I love the pom-pom yarn with the polka dots!

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan December 5, 2012 at 5:31 am

    I loooove this paper, doing this ASAP!

  • Reply M.K. December 5, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Cuuuuuuuute! Martha would be proud. Love the pom-pom string, too.

  • Reply this is lemonade December 5, 2012 at 2:41 am

    This is sooooo cute. We just had our first snow today and so the glitter and woolly pompoms are so appropriate and cosy πŸ™‚ Love this deviation from the norm!

    Is that glitter I spot on your nails? πŸ˜‰

    • Reply Adrianna December 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

      Yes ma’am. I like glitter in all forms.

  • Reply Ana December 5, 2012 at 1:36 am

    great idea! Am definitely going to make this with my daughter for the next gift she gives… she loves giving gifts – at any time of the year!!!
    Love your blog!

  • Reply Sarah December 5, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Totally just read “Just do it in batches!” as “Just do it bitches!” in the first instruction. It makes sense either way. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Marta December 5, 2012 at 12:38 am

    How awesome is that DIY wrapping paper! I love love it! So chic with the glitter and the pom poms. I’ll definitely try this out this Christmas πŸ™‚

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