This week’s DIY is inspired by the lovely carnival party I get to host with my friend, Moorea. We decided that a carnival party could NOT be complete without some Light-up Glitter Marquee Letters! They are very simple to assemble and they turned out great! I think these glittery letters would be an adorable little decoration for Valentine’s day. Maybe spell out the word “LOVE”? Ok, enough chit-chat. Let’s make these letters.
- foam core
- x-acto knife
- mod podge
- string of lights
- letter printout (I recommend checking out fontsquirrel.com to find some good fonts)
- Print out your letters. Place a letter on your foam core and cut it out with your x-acto knife. Tip: make sure you’re x-acto knife blade is very sharp. This will make cutting your foam core so much easier. When your letters are all cut out, use a pencil to mark the holes for your lights. Poke out the holes (from front to back) using either a pencil or your x-acto knife.
- Let’s add the glitter! Brush on one layer of Mod Podge onto a letter. Sprinkle a coat of glitter onto the letter (front and sides). Let this dry completely (about 1 hour). Add another layer of Mod Podge and glitter and let dry. Add little brushes of Mod Podge/glitter to spots that need a glitter touch up and let dry. To seal the glitter, add one more layer of Mod Podge and let that dry.
- When all your letters are dry, use a pencil to poke through holes, the glitter and Mod Podge.
- Let’s put the letters and lights together! Push the tiny string light bulbs through the back of the letter holes. They should be snug enough to stay. Repeat this step for all the letters, plug it in and enjoy!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
P.S. These letters are not meant for long term use (don’t leave the lights plugged in unsupervised).
Trend: Beautiful garlands!
Everywhere I look I see leaves covering the ground, but here and there I’ll spy a flower holding onto it’s bloom for just a little bit longer. The last little bits of summer are still here, mixed with fall. That’s what inspired this sweet thing. Here’s how you can make it for yourself…
- 2 felt sheets of each color you use (I used 3 colors)
- 1 sheet of red felt
- 3 yards of baker’s twine or yarn
- hot glue
- Choose a main color and cut out 1.5 – 2″ diameter circles (no worries about making the circles perfectly even). For the last two colors cut out 1″ diameter circles from one sheet and 1.5 – 2″ diameter circles from the other sheet.
- To make the first flower type, glue one felt circle in half. Fold again and glue. Glue the corners of about 5 to 8 folded circles together. Glue the flowers onto the baker’s twine as you go along. Repeat.
- To make the second flower type cut little strips into one side of 8 – 10 circles. Glue the uncut ends together. Glue onto the twine as you go along.
- Grab your red felt and cut tiny 1/2 inch circles. Glue onto baker’s twine as you go along.
- Hang and enjoy!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
I spend a lot of time looking at blogs. Working in social media, a large portion of my days at BHG are made up of checking out what clever projects bloggers are sharing—and my reading typically doesn’t stop when I go home. I find a lot of really cool things hopping from site to site, which is why I’m excited to share our new Friday Finds series with you! Each week I’ll be showing you some of my favorite new content that I’ve found from our BHG Insiders, a group of bloggers that we connect with for projects. Here are some of my recent discoveries:
I’m all for office supplies that show off your personality. These DIY washi tape notebooks and pencils from Lia Griffith are an easy and budget-friendly way to add color to your essentials.
The bold colors and exciting patterns in this pink and navy bed nook from Remodelaholic made this bedroom an instant favorite of mine. It’s not even finished yet and it already looks amazing!
Never underestimate the power of a handwritten note, especially if it’s this cute! Plus, these printable thank you cards from Lovely Indeed even have a template for a DIY envelope.
This beachy space looks like the perfect summer relaxation spot. Planked walls are one of my favorite decorating trends, and this pool house makeover from Four Generations One Roof certainly wears it well!
Simple DIY with a small price tag? Count me in! These DIY Faux Rattan Beverage Coozies from Uncommon Designs are a simple and inexpensive way to dress up any get-together.
Bloggers, would you like to work with us and have a chance to be featured in our upcoming Friday Finds? Apply to be a BHG Insider here!
- Kenzie Kramer, Social Media Editorial Assistant