Friday, September 11, 2015

Hoping This Makes You Smile Shaker Card & Glue Dots Tutorial

Hello everyone!  Lisa B. here to share with you a simple tutorial on how to make your own glue dots/lines in a cheap and easy way!  I am all about saving money and with this method for under $4 you can literally make thousands of glue dots, embellishments and/or glue lines.  Really any shape and size you need.

I used the GARDEN CUTIES stamp set for the image and sentiment on this card. For the shaker part I combined LILAC SEQUINS as well as some darker purple sequins that are currently out of stock at CDD.  I thought I would make a quick picture tutorial to share with you the method I used to make my glue dots as well as the glitter embellishments. Some may know about this method but for those who do not it really is super easy, and definitely a cheaper method than buying them! 

I made a bunch of different colors and sizes to show you the many different ways you can make them. I also created a card (shown above) to show you how they look incorporated into your project.  Now for the glue dots you won't be able to see them in this card, but you will see the glittered glue dots on the top of the card that I created, making my own embellishments.


This is a picture of supplies that I used.  I saved an empty roll of the waxed paper from a previous roll of glue dots.  If you don't have this, you can simply use waxed paper. The glue I used is called Alene's Tack-It Over & Over.

Next I randomly dropped dots of glue in different sizes and shapes that I wanted.

These also have some height to them so they also double as a mounting/pop dot of sorts.

 Next I sprinkled various shades of glitter over the dots on the ones that I wanted to create my own embellishments with.

Here you will see some that I left plain to use as glue dots as well as more glittered dots. Make sure you leave them out several hours or overnight to dry.  Especially if you are making plain glue dots.  The drying time depends on how thick or big you make them.

When they dried up I cut them into squares so I could shake off the excess glitter. When I do a whole strip of plain glue dots I do not cut the paper.  I simply roll it up like the store bought ones. As you can see here the glue dots are not all the way dried.  I purposely took the picture before they did because you wouldn't see them otherwise.

And that's it folks!! Easy Peasy.  I think I spent under $3 on the bottle of glue I used.  It is still the same bottle I have been using and there is not even a dent in the bottle.  I have probably made hundreds of these already.

You can see in the card above how I incorporated the glittered dots into my card.  I even added a small one in the center of her bow!  This is definitely a great way to save money and get more of what you need.

I hope you enjoyed my little tutorial and card that I shared with you today. If you try it out, stop by the CDD Gallery and let us know if it works for you.  If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

Have a great day & HAPPY CRAFTING!!


  1. Super cute card and AWESOME tutorial!! Thank you Lisa!!

  2. Your card is just adorable, Lisa!! Love how you colored that little cutie. Thank you for the helpful information about the glue dots as well. What a great way to keep your projects even more unique!


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