4.05.2009

DIY: Glitter Alphabet Letters



My daughter was showing me ideas she had for her bedroom. When she clicked on a website to show me the glitter covered wooden alphabet letters she wanted for her room I pointed out to her that she already owned painted wooden letters spelling out her name and they were indeed, already hanging in her room.

"But they aren't glitter!" she exclaimed, "And they don't have ribbons!"

Well, for the $6.50 per letter price that came with these glittery sparkles, her name would cost us $39.00 and that's without 6.75% sales tax! My readers that know me well by now probably know what I said next.

"You can make them."

"How?"

"Start with the letters you already have. Cover them in glitter and hot glue the ribbon onto the back to hang them."

And so started the DYI project my 13 year old is doing today and it's such a cute idea I wanted to pass it along to my readers.

Your area craft store (JoAnn's, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, etc.) sell plain, unfinished wooden letters. They usually have white as well. I bought them for $.50 each on sale before Christmas. Regular price is approximately $1 per letter.

Using paint you already have at home (any kind of paint - from craft to wall to spray!) paint the letters in your choice of colors.

You can purchase clear paint with glitter in it if you desire or you can also go the ultimate frugal route of mixing Elmers or clear craft glue with a bit of water to thin and painting it over the dried letters. While the glue is wet, sprinkle with clear or colored glitter. Let dry and tap to remove the excess.

Cut two equal lengths of ribbon to your desired hanging height (about 3-4 inches above the letter) plus a couple extra inches for tying. You can always cut a piece that is too long but you can't make it shorter. Hot glue one end to the back of the letter and after cooled and secure, tie a small bow at the top using both ribbons.

Hang on your wall! By using paint and ribbon or fabric pieces you have on hand you can cut this project down from $6.50 per letter to about $1 per letter. Even investing in a $1.00 bottle of paint and a $.79 container of glitter is going to be a huge savings off the retail price.


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