Thursday, July 3, 2014

DIY: Glitter Letters {Bridal Shower Decor}

When in doubt, add glitter. At least that was our mantra when planning the decor for the bridal shower my mom and I hosted for my brother's fiancee.

We were browsing Pinterest for months to get a little inspiration for the decor ideas we wanted to use. That's when I found this pin but it didn't have any instructions on how it was made so I just kind of gave it a whirl. And if I do say so myself, it turned out pretty darn good - and it was easy.

Here's what you need:
Wooden (or 3-dimensional paper mache) letters
Loose glitter
Mod-podge & paintbrush or sponge
High-gloss clear acrylic finishing spray
Materials to hang/display your letters

Step 1: Paint the mod-podge onto the letter. Sprinkle loose glitter to achieve the coverage you'd like. Let stand for a minute, then shake off the excess. Repeat with each letter.

Step 2: Seal in the glitter with a high-gloss clear acrylic finishing spray. Spray 2 coats and let stand overnight. By the next morning you should be able to touch the letters without glitterizing your fingertips.

Step 3: This step differs depending on how you plan to use your super-sparkly letters. I wanted them as a door sign so we actually stapled the long piece of ribbon along the back to a 1x3 board. Then we nailed each letter to the board and used a wreath hanger to hang it from the door.

Step 4: Tie a bow to each letter for a pretty extra detail.

Voila! And as I say after every diy project I share: If I can do it, you can do it. Seriously. I do not have an extra crafty bone or diy talent by any means. The only hard part about this project was the fact that I kind of ended up with glitter everywhere, which is why this is a horrible photo-less tutorial. I mean, can something even be a tutorial if there are not photos as a part of the step-by-step process?

Most importantly, the bride liked it :)

Do not underestimate the power of glitter. You could probably take the ugliest thing you could possibly find, add glitter, and it would be spectacular.


These are some of my other favorite diy projects:
Jewelry Frame
Pretty Labels

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