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Glittered Tote Bags

Give a basic tote bag some extra sparkle with a simple glittering and rhinestone-embellishment technique.




  • Gem-Tac permanent adhesive
  • Small (1/2-ounce) glue bottle with ultra-fine tip
  • Printed tote bag
  • Glitter in a variety of colors
  • Scrap paper
  • Rhinestones (optional)
  • Skewer and beeswax (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Fill glue bottle with Gem-Tac adhesive. Use a fine bead of glue to highlight one area of design; shake one color of glitter onto glue. Allow to dry for a minute or two, then dump excess glitter onto a piece of paper. (Create a funnel with paper to carefully pour excess glitter back into canister.)

  2. Step 2

    Repeat to add more colors of glitter, if desired.

  3. Step 3

    Use Gem-Tac to adhere rhinestones for detail, if desired. For easy handling of rhinestones, try using a skewer with a bead of beeswax molded onto one end.

The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010



Reviews (3)

  • msyumm 1 May, 2010

    you can buy canvas bags (2 or 3 per pkg) at Michael's for 9.99

  • rjordan 30 Apr, 2010

    i agree

  • laur_n 30 Apr, 2010

    Seriously, Martha? This "craft" is to buy one of your pre-made tote bags and add glitter to it? Wow. That's a new low.