Shimmer Spray Recipe

I like to alter paper. Many of my projects end up being mixed media even if I don't plan that when I start out. When things are not turning out how I hoped, or like, I try to follow the advice of the well known designers and just keep going. Often, I find myself grabbing the glimmer mist. Being the budget crafters that I am, I always look to pick these beauties up at a discount. No one wants to pay $4.99 for a 2 oz bottle that you will run-through in a month if you are shimmer crazy like me.  You can often find them at Tuesday Morning for half price, but that is hit or miss and recently, they have been carrying multipacks that include colors that I either have or just do not care for. DIY to the rescue!  Below is my Dollar Store recipe that I have made in many colors with great success. 

$10 worth of ingredients from Dollar Tree will create 6 colors off glimmer with enough left over to make 
a 2nd batch.  If you are not sure of how much you will use of any specific color, use less mica and alcohol. 

Alcohol *see notes
Bottled water *see notes
Mica - L.A. Colors eyeshadow
Liquid hairspray
Spray bottle *see notes
Glycerine **optional / drugstore
Acrylic paint **optional
*NOTES:  use 70% alcohol undiluted or 90% alcohol 
with a 60 alcohol to 40 water ratio. Dollar Tree Alcohol 
is 50% concentrate, DO NOT ADD WATER! 

Eyeshadow - Snow White for pearl on any surface. Sunshine = gold. Play with colors to find combinations that you like.  Use any shimmer eyeshadow with mica as 1st ingredient.  

Spray bottles ... You can buy travel bottle set OR a body spray bottle for same price. Depends on how much you want to make. Dump the body spray and rinse; do not wash with soap!  It may still smell so pick something you like. Trim the tube at an angle so that it is not touching bottom of bottle.

  • Remove eyeshadow brush and tap mica into bottom of the lid. Be patient, this takes a couple of minutes. Measure 1/4tsp mica and add to travel size bottle. The Dollar Tree bottles are 2.7oz. 
  • Add 1 TBSP liquid hairspray, swirl to combine. This is a binder and keeps the mica from flaking off when dry. 
  • Add alcohol until bottle is 3/4 full.
  • OPTIONAL Add 3 drops glycerine for travel bottle. It helps with flow but increases drying time.
  • Shake well without spray tube, use the solid cap or otherwise cover the opening. 
  • TEST on white paper. Add more mica as desired. 
  • If happy with shimmer color, add sprayer and cap. I recommend labeling with the color of eyeshadow used for future reference. 

Paint + Mica = Opaque color shimmer 
SWIRL! Do Not Shake to keep sprayer from getting clogged. Do this each time for best results. The mica will settle.     ----->>>

Pearl + White Paint

If you want a colored spray with a pearl glimmer, add 5 drops of acrylic paint. 
This will give you an opaque base color. Use ink for translucent color.
Leave out paint or ink for shimmer only. 
The samples below were created using only mica.

Snow White adds a pearl shine to any project.  

Sunshine add Gold shimmer
Lollipop is a vibrant Pink
1/2 tsp mica was used here
Gape Jelly adds a subtle Purple shine
Radiant is a Copper shimmer

Use mica eyeshadow to create shimmer sprays


  1. Great ideas and love the instructions with pictures. So easy to follow. Thanks!

  2. Great ideas and love the instructions with pictures. So easy to follow. Thanks!

  3. Thanks for sharing your glimmer mist recipe! I will definitely try this because I love using glimmer mist for backgrounds or as a finished touch.

    1. Me too Rachel!
      This recipe is so easy to use and you can make small batches for specific projects in the mini misters.

  4. You know I love this & will be using your recipe & techniques when I run out of my TM finds! Thanx for showing it on black paper too, totally different experience!

    1. I love the colors on Black, Its my goto color. Glad you found this helpful in your crafty journey.



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