how to make glitter pens without epoxy?

These fancy writing utensils have a unique look and are surprisingly easy to make. First, you’ll need some craft glue or clear nail polish, some glitter, and a pen with an ink cartridge that can be removed.

You’ll also need an empty pen so that you can use the body and tip to hold your mixture. If you want to make more than one type of glitter pen, but don’t want to mix the different colors of glitter together in the same tube, I recommend using plastic straws as a temporary holding space for your mixtures this allows for easy clean up afterward.

How do you make glitter pens at home?

After discovering that my craft-a-thon was going to involve a lot of glitter and glue, I decided to take over the crafting duties myself.

I’ve always been kind of bad with things like this because crafting requires too much precision, it’s difficult for me to keep track of how much glue I use and how thick a layer I put on.

When I looked up instructions online for making glitter pens at home, however, there weren’t any easy ones. The instructions ranged from easy to very confusing and hard to follow.

This is where we come in we’re going to show you exactly how you can make glitter pens without epoxy or alcohol.

First off, what is the best glue for making glitter pens? Glue sticks are your best bet—they’ll give you the strongest hold despite being a hot mess to work with.

The best glue for making epoxy pens is actually superglued it holds strong no matter what position your pen is in, plus you don’t have to wait forever before it dries!

Can you use Mod Podge for glitter pens?

The most common alternative to epoxy is a substance called Mod Podge. It is not the same as either liquid glue or epoxy.

Mod Podge is a water-based glue that can be used for many craft projects, including making glitter pens. The best Mod Podge to use is the one specifically made for glitter pens; it will have instructions on how much to use in relation to whatever amount of resin you decide on.

What materials do you need to make glitter pens?

To make glitter pens you’ll need the following materials:

  • Mod Podge glue. It’s easy to find at a craft store and has a nice texture for making glitter pens.
  • Glitter. You can buy cheap glitter at the dollar store, or spend more for nicer colors that won’t bleed through your pens as easily. It’s up to you! The most important thing is to avoid buying any metallic or holographic glitters because they react weirdly with the heat gun later in the process and might make your pen leak.
  • An empty pen (or three!). If you don’t have any empty pens lying around right now, we recommend waiting until after you’ve finished reading this guide before starting to use more of them—this way, you’ll increase your chances of having at least one empty pen on hand when you’re ready to make another one of these awesome crafts!
  • A toothpick. These are great for mixing the mod podge glue together with glitter and other ingredients later on in this tutorial; plus they’re cheap!
  • A mixing cup (optional). While it’s not necessary that every step of making a glitter pen be performed in some sort of vessel, it will help if there are any spills during application time so keep them contained without getting all over yourself or ruining whatever surface may happen upon which these projects were being completed by someone who doesn’t particularly care about their surroundings!

How do you make glitter filled pens?

Here’s what you’ll need to make a glitter-filled pen!

  • Gel pens with ink cartridges that have been removed (we used Bic gel pens)
  • Glitter and sequins
  • Clear glue
  • Your favorite essential oil, if you want to add a scent while adding sparkle and shine

First, add one or two of your favorite colors of glitter or sequins to the bottom of the pen. Fill it about 2/3 full. Next, fill the remaining 1/3 of the pen with clear glue.

Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil at this time and then swirl all ingredients together until well mixed. Place caps back on each pen and allows 24 hours before using them!

How do you make homemade glitter?

If you’re interested in making your own glitter pen, good news: it’s easy! There are many different methods that you can use to make a glitter pen, and all of them are quite fun. The best part is that there is a method for almost any level of experience.

The most common way to make a glitter pen is with epoxy resin. This method requires more effort than other methods, but the end result is usually more spectacular than other methods. Here’s how to do it:

  • First, gather all the materials you will need for this project. You should have: Glitter (coarse), Resin, Pen blanks (preferably a bare wood blank), Wood glue, Sandpaper or sander, Drill bit set (Forstner bits or hole saw set)
  • Next, prepare your pen blank by sanding off any rough edges with sandpaper or an electric sander.
  • Using a drill press or hand drill and bit set, drill out the center of your pen blank to accept your resin and fill in the bottom of the drilled hole so that it looks like it has been filled with clear epoxy resin once finished.

How do you make a liquid pencil case?

  • To make a liquid pencil case, you will need a clear case, epoxy resin, hardener, a beaker, a heat gun and a pencil.
  • Take the beaker and mix in equal parts of the epoxy resin and hardener. Stir for 5 minutes until the mixture becomes thick and voluminous.
  • Pour this mixture into the clear case carefully so that it doesn’t get on your skin or clothes as it is toxic when ingested or inhaled.
  • The next step is to place the pencil inside the liquid case while it is still moldable after which lay the case flat on its side to allow sufficient settling time before using it! Also note that if possible try not to use any type of metallic container as these can react badly with certain chemicals found within some types of epoxy resins (e.g., mercury).

What do I need to make epoxy pens?

A friend of mine had been asking me to teach her how to make epoxy pens for a while, but I’d never gotten around to it.

Then I realized that she doesn’t have access to a lathe, and most of the methods for making epoxy pens require one. But as I was brainstorming ways around this obstacle if my friend couldn’t turn the pens on a lathe, then what other options were there?

So, here’s an instructable for making glitter resin pens that don’t require a lathe and don’t use epoxy! The materials can be expensive at first, but they can be used to make many different types of pens.

What kind of pens do you use for epoxy?

The best pen to use is a ballpoint pen. This can be any brand, but there are certain things you want to look out for when getting a pen.

  • The ink should be dark and not dried up (choose one that’s new).
  • You want a basic ballpoint pen, not a gel pen. It’s better to get a smooth-writing ballpoint than an extra fine tip – the glue doesn’t always flow well through the small hole in the nozzle of an extra fine tip.
  • You can buy packs of 12-24 pens for as little as $1-$2 at most dollar stores or pharmacies – these will be your best value.


You can’t let a little epoxy stop you from making glitter pens. You now know how to make glitter pens without using epoxy, but you can still add it to the mix if you want! There’s no reason why you can’t put both types of pens in your collection.

I hope that this article will give you the courage to try out a glitter pen in any color—even if your first attempt is not exactly what you envisioned, it should be good enough to use.

Give yourself permission to have fun and experiment just be sure that everything is dry before closing up the container.

If your pens dried with a little bit of excess glue on them, wipe it off with a cloth or paper towel soaked in alcohol (or acetone).

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Martin Flood

Martin Flood has been working in the construction industry for over 20 years as a general contractor with expertise in remodeling projects that are large or small. He has furthered his career by specializing in epoxy resin flooring, providing excellent service to both commercial and residential clients. Martin’s experience enables him to offer professional advice on how to choose the right type of project based on your needs and budget.

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