Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Glitter Marquee Letters {the EASY way!}

This post is sponsored by Michaels. I received product and compensation for this review, but all opinions are 100% mine.

You guys have seen all the DIY Marquee Letter rage out there, right? I love the look of them, but I haven't wanted to attempt the project myself. The whole punching holes process, adding lights, making a space for the wiring, etc. just looks too complicated. Well, I'm here to tell you that I found a way to cheat! These letters are super easy to make and have the look of marquee lights without the hassle. They are pretty festive too, with the metallic bulbs and of course.... glitter.

Instead of using actual lights, I cheated and used these darling little Christmas ornaments. I found them in the dollar spot at Target! And just this week, my Target still had tons of them left. They come in a skinny plastic tube and there are about 16 ornaments per tube. I only used the silver and gold ones, so it took 3 tubes for this project. Only $3... holla! You can pick up the 12" cardboard letters at any craft store:


Here's what I did...


Using an exacto knife, I cut the front of the letters off (very carefully!) I had a few little snags on the edges, but just smoothed them out with a quick coat of Mod Podge. Once all of my letters were hollowed out, I was ready to paint.


I used Americana's multi-surface paint in Blue Lagoon to match the gorgeous Peacock shade of glitter (the star of my project!) I love this Extra Fine Glitter by Recollections, and you can only find it at your local Michaels store.


Once I had painted the inside and outside of all the letters, it was time to glitter them! I applied an even coat of Mod Podge to the outside edge of the letter, then sprinkled the glitter on section by section.


Look at all the fun colors of glitter in this collection! This glitter set comes with 30 different shades of extra fine glitter, one to match any project. You can also buy the colors individually, starting at $3.99. They even have different textures available, including chunky glitter and tinsel. I liked using the extra fine, it went on and dried beautifully! Here's a close up:


Now I was ready to add the "lights" to the inside of the letters. 


I pulled off the tops of the ornaments, then simply applied some hot glue and stuck them in place! So easy!


I couldn't wait to hang the letters up in our family room, they fit perfectly above my kids study area...


I'm kinda in love. Aren't the vintage desks the cutest by the way? Thank you Craigslist.

I can't tell you how much I love these marquee letters! They may not light up, but I they look amazing during the day. When the sunlight hits that glitter... it is so pretty! I promise, anyone can make these :)

Has glitter found its way into your Holiday decor this year?


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8 comments:

  1. Super clever! I love it!! I really loved working with my Recollection Glitter and you gave me one more way to use it! "happi" Holidays! ~Jillene@inkhappi

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  2. So super cool! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. WOW! So fabulous! I may have to make this for my classroom!

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  4. Perfection! I love the hack as well as the styling. Great job!

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  5. How did you hang the letters? Cute idea!

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  6. Same question for me...how did you hang them? Love this!

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