My DIY Weekend

Hello sweets! This week really seems to be flying by…phew! After posting about this DIY I Love You Garland last week, I decided that I had to try out my own version and created a banner to hang above my desk using a saying that means a lot to me (thanks to Julie for inspiring me). I’m also midway through a hot pink version that says “You Are Beautiful” that I’ll be hanging in my daughter’s bedroom. What can I say…these little garlands are rather addicting to make!

For fun I thought I’d photograph a bit of the process and some details to share with you:

Here the letters are all cut out and ready for their glitter bath.

Deciding which color to use was no easy feat. I’m kind of wishing I had stuck with a silver or gold instead of aqua…but I still like the blue I went with.

You can see that the glitter didn’t want to stay put in some places. I just added a bit more glue and glitter and it was ready to go.

The newly glittered letters, all dried and ready to be strung.

By the way, I created my letters using 2″ Helvetica stickers from the craft store (they were out of the actual stencils I was looking for). I first stuck each sticker to card stock so that it would be sturdy and not sticky, cut each letter out to create a template, traced the letter templates I needed onto my colored card stock and then cut out around the lines. If that sounds like a lot of work…it was! But now that I have my Helvetica templates I can use them for other projects…and more of these glitter garlands of course! xo Ez

Credits: Martha Stewart Glitter from Michael’s Craft Store | Poster from Studio Violet

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  1. jessa / / Reply

    It is such a cute and simple idea! I really like that aqua. I love the Martha Stewart many colors! I've been meaning to get some. Can't have too much glitter!

  2. Eleanor / / Reply

    Oh Wow! Look at all that glitter! I think I NEED to make one of these, like for medicinal purposes. You can use glitter for medicinal purposes right!? Haha xxx

  3. Julie / / Reply

    It turned out great! Lovely colour choice. I guess inspiration breeds inspiration. :)

  4. cari-jane hakes / / Reply

    oh, this looks beautiful! And all that glitter. What a lovely project…I'm inspired, maybe at the weekend I'll give it a try. Thank you.

  5. Roseanna / / Reply

    this is actually my favourite saying. I think I saw it on a poster in one of your previous blog posts and it just stuck with me – now, if only i could learn to be more brave!:)

  6. Trude / / Reply

    Gorgeous!! I think I'm seriously going to have to do this for myself. I'm right on the edge of launching my website and I need all the positive affirmation I can get! :)

  7. allyn / / Reply

    totally fantastic tutorial! i am SO going to make this banner this weekend + a pink one for my petite ami. i'll send a pic when i get it up. thanks so much for sharing.

  8. Cookies / / Reply

    Oh that's a lovely tutorial :)
    I was also searching for one of your older tutorials, it was on photography.
    However, I cannot find it back :(
    Do you still have it online?

  9. Teri / / Reply

    So funny, when I saw the "I love you" garland, I was thinking… I love it but sadly would want to keep it up longer than Valentine's Day! I love your everyday version of it too! Thank you!

  10. brittni / / Reply

    Adorable. I am pretty convinced that glitter makes everything amazing. I just finished a project with glitter myself and it just seems to bring a smile to my face every time I use the sparkly supply. Love what you did Ez. As always. AND also love the phrase you chose. Hadn't heard it before, but now I won't forget it.

  11. Jessie / / Reply

    I needed that sentiment this morning, glittered or not!

  12. Chelsea C / / Reply

    Seeing this post reminded me of my mother's clan motto (Mackinnon of Scotland).

    Audentes fortuna juvat

    It means 'fortune assists the daring,' or may also translate into your saying. In case you ever want to use latin the next time around!

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