Add glitz to your garments with Simply Screen Foil & Glitter Adhesive, a washable, nontoxic glue that lets you decorate clothing with glitter. Though the manufacturer sells an accompanying Simply Screen Silk Screen Glitter, craft tester Nicole Blum has found that regular fabric glitter works well too (we used Tulip brand). Plaid also sells foil sheets made for use with this glue, which Nicole tested with less-than-satisfying results. We say stick with the glitter and use homemade freezer paper stencils to give new sparkle to a T-shirt or a pair of high-tops.
(Available from PLAID, $4, at craft stores or at plaidonline.com)
"Ironing footwear is definitely a parent's job," Nicole says. "For safety and ease, I stick a small glass jar or a sturdy cardboard tube inside the shoe to stabilize it. If you're worried about melting the rubber sole, you can place a washcloth or rag over it while you iron."
Draw a design on freezer paper. You can download our sparrow and lightning bolt templates (and find out how to make a glittery owl T-shirt). Use a craft knife (parents only) or scissors to cut out the stencil.
Iron the stencil onto the shirt or a sneaker (see tip below), making sure you get a good seal. For a more stable surface when you're decorating a shirt, turn the tee inside out and iron a piece of freezer paper to the back of the area you plan to embellish, then turn the shirt right side out.
Using the foam brush, coat the space inside the stencil with a thin layer of the adhesive.
Generously sprinkle glitter on top. Shake off the excess glitter, then let the glue dry (about 2 hours). Follow the directions on the glue to heat-set the shirt or shoe.