How to Put Glitter on a Styrofoam Ball

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Things You'll Need

  • Wax paper

  • Glitter

  • Any size Styrofoam ball

  • Toothpick or small wood dowels

  • Aerosol hobby glue

Decorate any size Styrofoam ball with glitter for a party with the help of aerosol hobby glue and some colorful craft glitter. If you're looking for an inexpensive way to add a festive flair to a party, dress a basic Styrofoam ball with a touch of shimmer. Choose a glitter shade to match the party's theme or color scheme; there are many colors available, such as red, green, blue, silver, and gold.


Step 1

Place a large piece of wax paper on a flat, solid work surface to protect your work area from glue drips and to keep the glitter in one area.

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Step 2

Pour glitter at the center of the wax paper.


Step 3

If you are decorating a small ball, poke a toothpick halfway into the center of it; use a small wooden dowel, which can be purchased at hobby and craft stores, for medium or large-size balls. The pick or dowel will make handling the ball easier after it has been sprayed with glue, and act as a handle when you roll the ball in glitter.


Step 4

Spray the ball with glue; use a controlled spray and carefully rotate the ball to avoid spraying the toothpick. You can wear a safety mask to avoid breathing in glue fumes.

Step 5

Hold the toothpick or dowel and roll the ball in glitter; you may need to remove them in order to cover the Styrofoam ball. To remove the toothpick or dowel without touching the glitter-covered ball, poke the ball with another toothpick or dowel, and hold it while you remove the old one.

Step 6

Set the ball on a new, clean piece of wax paper and allow the glue to dry for 15 to 30 minutes prior to handling the ball.


Fold the wax paper in half so that the glitter settles into the crease. Put an open container at end of the crease and slowly pour the glitter into it.


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