Used my cousins advice and reversed the directions of the hands.
I also mixed the glue with glitter in an empty container and it was way less mess to make them shiny and shimmery.
Definitely need to use thicker paper. Though a blog I read said to use coffee filters which would be weaker but might not curl at the fingers. I don't drink coffee so I'll have to snag some from the next house I visit that has coffee drinkers. I'll ask first.