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Glittered Tote Bags

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

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010


  • 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. 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. Repeat to add more colors of glitter, if desired.

  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.

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