By Megan Malone on Dec 31, 2013

DIY: Eco-Friendly Glitter

The Red Bottlebrush Flower is one plant that can be used to create glitter alternatives.

The Red Bottlebrush flower is one plant that can be used to create glitter alternatives. Photo: Shutterstock

Earth911 readers love them some crafts, that's for sure. And really, what's not to like when it comes to finding fun, low-waste ways to create one-of-a-kind masterpieces?

If you're using traditional glitter, there's a lot not to like. Most of it's made from plastic, which, even when ground up, takes eons to break down. What's a glitter lover to do?

Look to Mother Nature, of course. Wildlife Fun 4 Kids blogger Penny Whitehouse offers a guide for making natural glitter, and this kind is much less likely to get stuck to your skin and clothing in the process. Red Bottlebrush, Cadaghi and Lilly Pilly flowers are just a few plants Whitehouse uses to make excellent glitter alternatives, and they smell much better too.

Don't have these plants handy? No worries. Take a look in your own backyard and get creative.

What alternatives to glitter have you used?

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