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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 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

Reader Comments (24)

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!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjessa

i ♥ this!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkatrina

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

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEleanor

I love this garland! Such a great idea. And really, you can't have too much glitter.

(speaking of, I went kind of crazy with glitter this past week for Valentine's Day too. 31 glittery hearts later this is what evolved: Must be something in the air!)

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

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

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

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.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercari-jane hakes

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!:)

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoseanna


February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterashleylynnfry

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! :)

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrude

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.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterallyn

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?

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCookies

It looks fantastic! And those tubes of glitter are like something out of my dreams.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea @ Lovely Indeed

so easy and major effect!

happy night!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrosa

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!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

Sounds like quite a project. Beautiful results, though.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy K. at The Boom Club

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.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbrittni

I love this! Where is that glitter from? Those colors are amazing!

it's perfect....and i think the aqua was a GREAT choice BTW! :):)

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHannah

I needed that sentiment this morning, glittered or not!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessie

This is so cool. I have to go and make something glitter ...

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercaro

will definitely be making one of these soon!

February 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertara

Very cute! And I love the saying. It was my high school's mantra. :)

February 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjamieofalltrades

i loved your banner so much that i made one too :) thanks for the diy idea! (i linked back in my post)

March 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

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!

January 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea C

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