Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Glittered Letters Banner Tutorial

I promised I'd show you all how I made my glittered letters.  They are fairly simple and almost free -- two of my favorite things.


See the WISH banner *here* and the JOY banner *here*.




Prepare to be glittered!  

What you need:
Poster Board
Spray Adhesive
All Purpose Glue
Glitter
Letter Pattern




TIPS:
 I chose a type style from my computer and printed it in bold in the size I wanted. This really helps if it's a skinny type.

  W-I-S-H was printed in Coppperplate Gothic in 650 pts.  J-O-Y was printed in French Script in 600 pts.  That's really big and could use a lot of printer ink so I print in a light gray (10%) any time I'm printing something that's being used for a pattern only.




I altered the type style I used for the W-I-S-H letters.  See the picture below.




You can cut your poster board to fit in some printers and, skipping the pattern step, just print the letters directly on it. 


Larger letters can take three layers of poster board. For smaller letters, two layers of paper are enough.  These directions are for the larger letters...

  •   Using a generous amount of spray adhesive, glue two layers of poster board together. Let dry. 

  • Cut each letter out of a single layer of the poster board using your pattern.  



  •  Working with one letter at the time, spray the backside of a letter and press onto the two layers you have already glued together.



  • Now, cut around the letter again. Two layers are not fun to cut, let me tell you, but it is doable so just keep remembering how almost free these are.

  •   After the cutting is done, simply brush on all purpose glue to cover every little inch of surface (because there's no going back if you miss a spot) and sprinkle on the glitter.

Here I used Martha Stewart Glitter Snow to make a HAPPY NEW YEAR banner.

  • Bump off excess glitter.  Lay flat to dry.





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22 comments:

  1. Nice! This is gorgeous. I love the points on the "wish" banner.

    I will have to try this :)

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  2. *Now* you share this fabulous tutorial! I sooo would've love to have done this earlier. I'll definitely bookmark this wonderful post for next year! Thanks so much for sharing and Happy Holidays!

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial! I love this idea for more than just Christmas! Sooooo blingy and cute!

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  4. I love this because the chip board letters are so hard to find in the larger sizes. At least for me it's been hard! How did you cut out the J. Did you use an exacto to get the middle out?

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  5. Lindy-What a great tutorial. I love how you made the letters so antique-y looking with the additional add-ons. Both those banners are wonderful. Love them! Diana

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  6. Lindy, I love both your banners. Thanks for sharing how to make these.
    Merry Christmas,
    Sherry

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  7. Great tutorial! People pay big bucks for those banners and yours are beautiful AND you did it yourself! Love it!

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  8. Great tutorial...and the banner is so pretty. Thanks and a very Merry Christmas!

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  9. Lindy! Those are so PRETTY!!! Love them! Hhhmmm...can i get those done before Saturday? I think I can! Thank you so much for linking up at WHASSUP!!! I already LURVE you...But if you would Grab my Whassup Wednesday Button (I think its kinda cute and a lil fun) I will come give you 1,000 HUGS! I would really appreciate it...If i dont talk to you again, have a SUPER BLESSED Christmas! xoxokara

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  10. Hi Lindy! You are soooo talented!! I just love visiting your blog! Merry Christmas to you!!

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  11. I am definitely saving this idea for next year. I have a large mirror in my living room that this banner would look so pretty on. Wish there was more time! Anyway, thanks so much for posting the tutorial. Have a wonderful holiday!

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  12. Wow great banners! I love banners; thanks for the tutorial.
    This is my first time visiting your blog via Becky Povich's blog. Your blog is very enjoyable, I'm now a follower.
    A warm Merry Christmas and a wonderful new year to you.

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  13. Very nice Job Lindy looks beautiful

    A very Merry Christmas
    And
    Happy New Year
    http://craftaworld.blogspot.com/
    Love
    Farah

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  14. This looks great and best of all it looks like it would be easy enough for me to do! Thanks

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  15. I love the vintage feel and your tutorial is perfection....

    Happy Holidays!

    Lisa

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  16. Merry Christmas From http://www.closertolucy.blogspot.com/

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  17. May your New Year be filled with many Blessings and abundances of Joy for 2011. From my mountain to yours, Until next year
    Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

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  18. Congratulations! You've been featured at this weeks Hookin Up with HoH #30!

    Stop by and grab a button if you'd like! :)

    ~Allison @ House of Hepworths

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  19. I absolutely love the bunny print. In fact, I have done an internet search to see if I could locate one similar. Nothing has come up! Do you mind sharing if the print has a name or an artist attached to it? It is so warm and cheerful and fresh. Love it!

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  20. @Bonnie

    Hi Bonnie,
    I couldn't find another way to contact you so I hope you check back here. There is info on the print in the comments of the Wishes Do Come True post. Good luck with your hunt!

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