Make A Sparkling Statuette For A ‘Blingy’ Home Accessory

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Sparking Buddha DIY'd

Sparking Buddha DIY’d.

Some time ago, Matt was gifted a sandy colored Buddha statuette which left me pondering as to where to place it in our home. After some meditation…(see what I did there?), and lots of Pinterest scrolling, I knew this subtle decoration had the star potential of an American idol.

So, with just a simple brush, paint and glitter, I caused an effect that transformed this might-be-missed-on-the-shelf could-be into a sparkling standout home accessory. Nam myoho renge kyo.

Sparkling Buddha…here’s what you’ll need:

Sparkling Buddha supplies

Sparkling Buddha supplies.

• figurine of your choice-look around your house and see what you can transform…it’s so fun!

• medium to small paint brush(es)

• glitter paint (I used Martha Stewart’s Living silver glitter paint, available at Home Depot)-here’s where you can really add that POP! of color and surprise to a space!

• Mod Podge

• glitter

Note: I was going to Mod Podge on some cut out words of wisdom to the Buddha’s back, but, as I worked with it, I didn’t want to mess with its zen…glitter and all!

Buddha before

Buddha, before.

Here’s what you do:

Step #1: Paint on your first layer of paint. I ended up painting a second layer to allow it to really saturate the color. Note: I chose to paint it silver…I’m thinking Buddha would appreciate the subtlety.

Paint a layer of silver or whatever color you wish

Paint a layer of silver or whatever color you wish.

Silver Buddha, no glitter yet

Silver Buddha, but no glitter yet.

Step #2: Paint a layer of sparkling paint. Note: I also painted two layers for a more sparkly effect.

Paint a layer of sparkling glitter paint

Paint a layer of sparkling glitter paint.

Step #3: Finish by applying Mod Podge, then sprinkling on some extra sparkle. Let dry. Done!

Sprinkle on some extra sparkle

Mod Podge, then sprinkle on some extra sparkle.

Sparkling Buddha!

Sparkling Buddha

Sparkling Buddha.

Sparking Buddha on a shelf

Sparking Buddha on a shelf.

All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly,'s key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).