DIY: Glittery Letters

So a while ago I bought these amazing paper mache letters from Hobbycraft. I have been trying to decided what to do with them and decided on basically covering them in glitter to make my book case a little more bright and interesting. I have my first initial, an and sign and my partners initial. I bought these letters for £1 each which is great!
You Will Need:
  • Paper mache letters
  • Mod Podge 
  • Glitter
  • Paint Brush
  • A Tray 
  • Knitting Needle (optional)
  • Scrap Paper/ Newspaper
  • Glitter Shaker/ Spoon

I started by laying out some blank paper on my work surface, this is so I didn’t get glue and glitter all over my bench. I then used an old knitting needle and pierced the bottom of the letter with the needle, just to make the glittering process easier.
I ordered my glitter from eBay and it came in a plastic bag, I also have a small glitter shaker that I placed in the bag and filled it up as much as possible. If you don’t have a glitter shaker another option that works well is an old tablespoon, just scoop and sprinkled as needed.

I then took my first letter and covered the whole letter in Mod Podge using my paint brush.

Once it was all covered in glue I started to add the glitter, to the largest areas first.

I then added the glitter to the sides and made sure to get in all the little cracks as best as possible.

 Then repeat this process with the remaining letters, making sure to get a nice even layer across the letter.

Once you have all the letters covered, lay them out to dry, if possible stand them up as I dried them flat the first time and they stuck to the paper a little.

Once they have dried its time for the second coat. Cover the letter in a second later of Mod Podge. For this layer I poured a little of the glue into a plastic container as I didn’t want the brush to drop glitter into the tub of glue. This keeps the main pot of glue clean and glitter free.

And once again evenly cover the entire letter in glitter.

Repeat on all letters and then leave to dry over night. They are now complete! As an additional option you can cover the letter in another layer of glue to lock the glitter in place, this will dry clear so you will be able to see the glitter through. I decided against this as it does make the glitter slightly matt.

This is where I decided to put the letters once they were dry. I think they brighten up the bookcase brilliantly and you can cover them in any colour to match your desired place.

Let me know if you would like to see anymore glittery tutorials. I had great fun making these and you can add the same process to other objects for a unique up-cycle.

Hobbycraft Haul

I went to Hobbycraft yesterday and bought a few bits and pieces for some DIY projects that I want to try out and I thought I would share them all with you! I will leave the links to everything at the bottom of the page.

First I bought these Paper Mache Letters, I got a ‘J’, ‘&’ and an ‘S’ for my boyfriend and I’s initials. I am planning on decorating these myself for my home. So stayed tuned for that! These were only £1 each. They have the letters in larger sizes and also in lower case as well as capitals.

The second thing I bought was this white acrylic paint, I needed a small amount of white paint to finish off a water colour that I have been working on. This was also £1 from the sale section, bargain! I couldn’t find a link for this one on the website, sorry!

The next thing is this amazing pom pom maker, I have loved making pom poms since I was really young, my Nana taught me how to make them using wool and cardboard cutouts. Using cardboard is a cheap option but it takes a lot longer so these plastic ones are amazing for getting them done faster. This was £4 and you get four different sizes in the pack.

I also bought three different ‘All That Glitters’ yarn to make the pom poms with, they are all glittery! I bought a silver, red and white and if they work well I be going back to get more colours. They were £2.80 each but Hobbycraft had a 3 for 2 deal so you only pay for two and get one free. I had already removed the labels before taking these pictures.

The last item I bought, which is also the cutest, are these amazing little cat buttons, I found these at the back of the store in the sale section and couldn’t help but buy them. They are velvet and very soft and I’m sure a lot of my clothes are going to look extra cute with these buttons on! These were £2 for the bag and there was varies other cute buttons for the same price.

Links:
Paper Mache Letters

Pom Pom Maker

All That Glitters Yarn

Cat Buttons