How to Glue Sequins

Sequins add embellishment to anything from fabric to paper, and come in a wide variety of sizes and colors. The main problem with applying them is that they're small and tend to stick together. However, you can make the task a bit easier by working on a flat surface and spreading them out on a white paper plate that provides color contrast. Also, draw a plan for where you want to place the sequins before you begin.

Things You'll Need

  • Sequins

  • White paper plate

  • Trash bag

  • Craft or fabric glue

  • Toothpick

Step 1

Squeeze out a tiny dot of glue in each place that you will glue a sequin. Only make five or six dots at a time to make sure you have time to place the sequins before the glue dries.

Step 2

Apply a tiny amount of glue to the tip of a toothpick to make the tip tacky enough to pick up sequins. You don't need a large amount of glue, so running the toothpick over the end of the glue bottle will probably provide enough glue to make the end tacky.

Step 3

Pick up one sequin by touching the tacky tip of the toothpick to the front of one sequin. Using the toothpick makes it easier to handle individual sequins and prevents them from sticking to your fingers.

Step 4

Place the sequin on top of the glue dot on your fabric or paper and press down slightly until a dot of glue oozes through the center of the sequin. This will act as a rivet to help hold the sequin in place.

Tip

You can glue sequins to your body by following the same steps, but you should use eyelash glue or spirit gum instead.

It may be best to sew sequins to fabric for clothing because glued sequins are likely to fall off if moved a lot.

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