It was over dinner when I realized that I had become my friends’ personal DIY consultant. One of my good friends (from my college freshman years!) asked me for help in designing a wedding proposal – not for herself, mind you, but for yet another friend. I found that amusing.
He had this grandiose idea that involved renting a house, color coded roses, and a photo “Memory Lane”. As I listened to my friend, I was reminded of a “Once Upon a Time” wall that was part of an attraction at California Adventures. (But of course, I’m not the first to come up with a Disney-themed wedding proposal.) She loved the idea and ran it by her friend, who gave us the OK to move forward.
So today, I’m going to show how we made these large glittery letters!
Estimated time: 1-2 hours
- Paper (upcycling paper bags is also a great idea)
- Bottle of glitter
- Liquid Glue
- Scissors/Exacto knife
- Printer (Optional, but made our lives so much easier)
1. First, you’re going to need to design your letters! Do you want a contemporary, sans-serif font? Or maybe you want the hand-lettered look that’s all the rage these days. We chose Bromello, a hand lettered font.
2. Next, you’re going to cut out your letters. We printed out our letters on brown paper bags because I actually couldn’t find any printer paper. (Talk about being resourceful!) After printing, we used an X-acto knife to cut them out. Don’t worry about being perfect, because you’ll be covering them in glitter anyway.
3. Then comes the messy part, the gluing. Spread out some newspapers under your workstation, and lay out your letters. You’ll want to work on each letter section by section, because the glue can start to dry. Drizzle on some glue, and use the brush to spread an even layer over the section.
4. Now it’s time for glittering! Sprinkle glitter on your letters, and repeat. When your workstation starts getting covered in glitter, you can also reverse the process and press your letters into the glitter piles instead.
5. Your letters will be fragile with wet glue. Put them aside so that the glue can dry.
6. You’re done! Handle your glitter letters with care.
Did you try it out too? What was it for? Let me know in the comments below!
Illustration by Jenny Yu.