3 Sparkly Ways to Embellish a Tulle Skirt for a Cute DIY Party Outfit

The DIY Designer
by The DIY Designer
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1 Hour

In this DIY, I’m going to show you how to embellish a tulle skirt in three different (sparkly!) ways. We’re going to be taking store-bought tulle skirts and creating amazing pieces from them by adding glitter and sequined appliqués. These skirts will be fantastic for glitzy holiday outfits!

Tools and materials:

  • Tulle skirts
  • Fabric Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • Chunky glitter
  • Fine glitter
  • Sequined flower trim
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue

Splatter glitter paint skirt

Separating the outer layer of tulle

1. Separate the outer layer

To access the outermost layer of the tulle skirt, grab the lining and any additional layers of tulle. Pull them up through the waist and away from your outermost layer. 

Splattering the fabric Mod Podge on the skirt

2. Splatter the Mod Podge

Protect the surface underneath with some paper, then grab your fabric Mod Podge, a paintbrush, and splatter it all over the skirt.

Sprinkling glitter over the fabric glue

3. Sprinkle the glitter

Next, grab your chunky glitter and sprinkle it on top of each of the little splatters.

How to add glitter to a tulle skirt

Proceed to do this splattering and sprinkling all the way around the skirt. Make sure to evenly space it out. You want to have some nice splatters and glitter up higher at the waistband and not only around the bottom of the skirt.

Separating the skirt from the paper

4. Separate from the paper

After about 20-30 minutes, when it is about 50% dry, you want to separate it from the surface that you were splattering on.

If you let the skirt sit until it is fully dry, it will stick to the paper, and be difficult to pull apart. Once you’ve separated it, leave the skirt to carry on drying.

Confetti glitter skirt

Painting Mod Podge on the tulle skirt

1. Paint strokes 

For this design, take a paintbrush and paint really thick brushstrokes with your Mod Podge.

Make sure that they’re neat because you’re going to glitter this afterward and whatever the brushstroke looks like is what the glitter will look like. Paint these strokes about five at a time. 

Applying colored glitter to the tulle skirt

2. Apply glitter 

Next, grab your glitter. I’m using fine glitter although you can use thick glitter if you prefer. Sprinkle the glitter onto the mod podge.

Make sure that when you sprinkle the glitter down you’re alternating colors and not putting two of the same colors right next to each other. The more colors you have, the easier this is going to be. 

Leaving the tulle skirt to dry

3. Separate from the paper

As with the previous design, after about 20-30 minutes, pull the tulle up from the paper so that it doesn’t stick to it. Then give it some more time to dry.

Tip 1 - How to arrange your skirt.

This, I discovered, is how you want to set the skirt up so that you can do it quickly and efficiently.

Open the tulle skirt up fully into a circle, put something underneath to protect your surface, and bunch up the lining and the extra layers right in the middle so that you’re only working on that outermost layer.

This lets you work fast because you do not have to wait for each individual section to dry before you can move on to the next one. Rather, you can do it all at once.

Tip 2 - Apply a second layer of Mod Podge

For both of these designs, after your glitter is done, I recommend one final step. Grab a little bit of Mod Podge in a bowl and paint some on top of your glitter with a paintbrush. The Mod Podge will seal the glitter.

It will be white at first, but then it will dry crystal clear, and it will prevent any flaking from happening, so you won’t end up with glitter all over the place when you’re wearing the skirt.

Sequined flower applique

Cutting up flower trim to make appliqué pieces

1. Cut the flowers

For the last design, I'll be embellishing my tulle skirt with appliqué pieces. Cut apart each flower from the fabric trim to make little appliqués. 

Placing the appliqué flowers on the skirt

2. Place the flowers on the skirt

Spread your tulle skirt out and lay the flowers on top to get a sense of what will look good.

I recommend having your saturated part where there are more flowers higher up because a lot of the flowers would get lost and sucked in on the bottom of the skirt where there’s so much volume.

If they’re clustered up top you’ll be able to see every single one of them and then they can sort of fade out as you go towards the bottom. 

Gluing the appliqué flowers onto the tulle skirt

3. Glue them on 

Then, glue them on. Once you’ve applied the glue, lift each flower up a bit to ensure they don’t stick onto the surface underneath. 

Seeing the appliqué design on a dress form

4. See how it looks

This is optional, but I wanted to put the skirt on my dress form to see if there were any gaps. I pinned some flowers onto the skirt and later laid the skirt out and glued them down. 

Finished tulle confetti skirt

Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the finished confetti skirt but this is how it looked after I’d finished with the glitter. I love all of the different colors!

Glitter splatter tulle skirt

Here is the finished splatter skirt, it’s gorgeous!

Embellished glittery tulle skirt

I paired it with a sequin top for extra sparkle.

DIY tulle skirt with appliqué

Here is the appliqué flower skirt.

DIY embellished tulle skirts

DIY embellished tulle skirts

I adore these DIY tulle skirts and hope you’ll give them a go! Each design is so different yet all of them are equally gorgeous. Let me know which style you like best - the splatters, the confetti, or the flower appliqué.

Suggested materials:
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  • Fabric Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
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  • Leslie Leslie on Dec 17, 2021

    Beautiful, and the sequined top is a perfect match. Anything else I think would unbalance the whole look. Well done.