How to glitter and resin a tumbler – decorate a tumbler with resin

How to glitter and resin a tumblerHow to glitter and resin a tumbler

tumbler supplies

Whether it’s my fascination with glitter or my obsession with resin, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to work with both.  What better way than to glitter and resin a stainless steel tumbler!  For this project, I purchased a couple of dollar store knockoff tumblers because I also wanted to experiment with a couple of things, mainly does it make a difference whether or not the tumbler is in a vertical or horizontal position when the resin is applied and while it’s curing?

Resin supplies needed for the glitter part:

  • Mod Podge glue (or some other clear-drying white glue)
  • Foam brushes
  • Silver halo glitter (this stuff is like a disco ball in a bottle!)
  • Painters tape

Not shown:  Before you start, wash your bottle surface with soap and water to make sure it is free of grease and debris.  You need a clean surface for the glue.

applying painters tape to both ends of a stainless steel tumblerStep 1

Apply painters tape to both ends of the tumbler.  Let the grooves on the tumbler serve as your guide.

applying glue to a stainless steel tumbler with a foam brush

Step 2

Use the foam brush to apply glue to a section of the bottle.

applying glitter to the glued area on a stainless steel tumblerStep 3

Sprinkle glitter on the glued area.  Having a plate underneath will (somewhat!) contain the glitter and allow you to pour it back into the container to use again.  Repeat the areas until your entire tumbler is covered.  Allow to dry for several hours.

applying a layer of glitter to a stainless steel tumbler

After letting the tumblers dry, there were a few spots where the glitter didn’t cover them well.  I used the foam brush to apply another layer of Mod Podge and another layer of silver glitter.

Allow to dry for several hours or overnight.

Not shown:  Before applying the resin, I removed the blue painter’s tape.  This allowed me to find spots that needed a touch up before applying the resin.  Once those areas were good, I reapplied a new layer of painter’s tape.

supplies for applying resin to a stainless steel tumblerNext came the experiment part.

Step 4

I applied resin to one bottle in a vertical position and the other in a horizontal position.  The horizontal setup required a custom-built Lego set up to help me keep the bottle off the table.  (Thanks to my peeps!)

Not shown:  I mixed 1 ounce total of Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast Epoxy resin for this project.  I used this resin because it is a clear, doming resin that complies with FDA regulations for food contact.  (Just in case someone feels the need to lick the sides of the bottle.)


applying resin to a stainless steel tumbler with a foam brush

Step 5

I used a new foam brush to apply the mixed resin to the surface of each of the tumblers.  By the way, when you are done, throw the brush away.  You will drive yourself crazy trying to clean it.

Not shown:  Every five minutes for the next hour, I rotated the tumblers.  The horizontal one got rotated a quarter to third of a turn each time whereas the vertical tumbler got rotated 180 degrees.

removing painters tape from the bottle of a stainless steel tumbler

Step 6

After the resin had cured for two hours, I removed the tape.  Two reasons for this:

  1. *If you let the resin completely cure, the tape edge will be resined to the bottle.  You won’t be able to get it off.
  2. *There were a couple of spots where the tape didn’t adhere firmly and some resin had seeped underneath.  I was able to wipe it off with some acetone while it was still sticky.

I let the bottles finish curing overnight.

glittered stainless steel tumblers finished with resin

Here are the results:

Both tumblers cured as hoped.  (The black half-circles are shadows from the window.)  Both have a rough finish (think sandpaper) which could easily be fixed with another layer of resin.  To look at them (vertical tumbler on the left while the horizontal tumbler is on the right), you can’t see a difference in the finish.  To feel them, however, I can feel where there is a thicker layer of resin on the bottom side of the horizontal tumbler that happened after I left it beyond the first hour.  (Side note:  there were no drips on the table underneath.)  I don’t think it’s a big deal though and something that could easily be fixed with another layer of resin.

stainless steel tumbler covered with glitter and resin

This tumbler is going to be perfect for a refreshing beverage when I need it.

What else would you like to know about how to glitter and resin a tumbler?

A share a few more details in the project video here:

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32 thoughts on “How to glitter and resin a tumbler – decorate a tumbler with resin

    1. So far, but ask me in a couple of months after I have had a chance to use it. I’m curious how good it is going to look after banging it around a bit. 😉

  1. It will be interesting to see if the resin affects the insulating properties of the tumblers – less condensation on the outside, cooling effects, etc. Or are these double wall tumblers? Mine is single walled, and sweats when I have a cold drink in it.

    1. Hadn’t thought about that! It’s a single walled tumbler. I will have to see if it sweats.

      1. OK.. now that several months have passed, how did the bottle & epoxy hold up with use, and did the condensation affect the seal of the epoxy?

  2. I wanted to resin a globe after applying shards of glass but didn’t know how. I will try slowly rotating it as you did the tumbler. Hoping for the best. Thank you.

  3. Hi. I’m about to resin my first cup and have been putting it off cause so scared I’m gonna mess it up lol plus I don’t have a cup turner, so Want to do as much research as possible. I came across your video and got very excited about the possibility of doing it vertically. My only question, you said you rotated it 180°. was that you turned it from the bottom to the top and the top to the bottom or you turned it around 180°? If that is a stupid question please remember this is my first one LOL

    1. Yes, you got it! Plan on rotating it for the first hour or two (depending on the resin you are using) and it should be fine. Good luck!

  4. I am about to resin a cone shape piece of styrofoam… you were very helpful cause I wasn’t exactly sure how to go about a non flat piece. Luckily I found this post! Thanks!!!

  5. Can you add a decal before you resin it? For example something made from a circuit?where do you purchase your resin? Thanks Terri

  6. How has it held up now, after more than a year? On the vertical one, did you flip it upside down, when you turned it 180? If you don’t see this, or can’t remember, I understand.

      1. Oh WOW!!! So being charged like 9 bucks for an ounce or two of glitter isn’t really required??? OMGosh! I keep seeing posts about use this type, or that type, or this one…and btw, that glitter is $9 bucks. I get it, people need to make money, but what is the solvent safe scenario? That’s why I grew concerned. I have to admit, from what I’ve been reading, if you don’t use a certain type of glitter, it will MELT, or the colors will bleed. So, in theory, that’s not true? Sorry…to be a pest!

        1. I don’t know what to tell you. I have never had a problem with glitter melting in resin. I’ve never been concerned about using a ‘solvent safe’ glitter.

  7. How well do you think applying glitter and sealing it with the Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast Epoxy Resin to a personalized license plate will hold up? Weather wise, will it stay on?

  8. I have a question. I’ve been seeing where people are having reactions to epoxy. Is epoxy safe to use with out a respirator?

  9. I bought a personalized glitter mug at a craft fair. I didn’t realize until I got home that there are some imperfections with the cup. There is glitter and resin on the top part of the cup making it a little hard for the lid to go on at certain times. There are also some spots on the cup where the lady left some resin making the cup have rough patches. Any tips (if any) to get it off with out destroying the design on the cup? Any tips and tricks are much appreciated.

    1. Hi Breanne, it’s hard to say without seeing the cup. Is asking the maker to make the adjustments not an option?

  10. Hello! I have a few questions for you 🙂 So I painted a bottle for my friend using acrylic paints. I used a spray on coat and did many layers, letting it dry each time. It seemed to be doing the job well but after about a week the paint started chipping off. I’m planning on doing resin on it, thanks to your wonderful video. I’m wondering if the acrylic paint will for some reason be a problem with resin, and if it’s ok that the brand of bottle I have is different. (hydrapeak) Thank you so much for the video! I’m looking forward to your response 😀

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