Monday, November 19, 2012

DIY Glittery Thanksgiving Garland

Hello, friends.

I have a really cool little DIY Thanksgiving project to share with you today. I'm seriously in love with the way it turned out. Like, I keep walking past it and stopping to admire it and then I say to whomever is standing within ear shot, "I really love that. Isn't it cool? I'm so proud of myself." By now my family's eyes have begun to glaze over and they just reply with a patronizing, "Yeah. It's great." 

That's why I'm so glad I have you guys. You'll understand. It's a glittery Thanksgiving garland for the mantle. I really love it. Isn't it cool? I'm so proud of myself!

I found my inspiration here via Pinterest.

Here's how you do it:

You'll need wood letters, glitter, Mod Podge (or just regular school or craft glue would work too), a paintbrush or sponge applicator,cup cake wrappers work great for holding the glue and glitter, hemp twine, and a hot glue gun (I just got a mini one and it worked fine).

That's right you guys, I bought my first glue gun. Crap just got real up in here. I'm a real crafter now. You better watch yourselves.

Apply a generous coat of the glue to one side of the wooden letter. If you'd like to be neat an uniform I would suggest doing that yourself. If however, you prefer to have glue all over everything I recommend finding a four year old to handle that job for you.

If you can find one with a strange hand tattoo even better.

As soon as you're finished applying the coat of glue, generously sprinkle on the glitter.

Just a tip: If you're still utilizing that four year old from the last step, don't say the phrase "use a lot of glitter" out loud. That will result in approximately 257 times more glitter than is necessary being used. It will also result in finding glitter in strange places all over your house for approximately the rest of your life. You've been warned.

When you've coated the letter shake off the excess glitter and reapply to any bare spots. I found that it helped to kind of press the glitter into the wet glue before shaking the rest off.

Incidentally, this is the glitter I was using. I actually found a mix called "Autum Leaves." It was red, orange and green. Perfect!  And sorry about the creepy eyes of General Petraeus staring at you from behind the glitter.  That has got to be the strangest sentence I've ever typed. There are so many jokes hidden in there but I will leave it alone. This is a Thanksgiving craft post on a mom blog, after all.

Moving on...

After all of the letters are sufficently glittered let them dry for awhile. We ended up getting busy with other stuff and waited about two hours but that was probably way longer than necessary.

Cut a piece of the hemp to the length you want it and tie a loop at each end.

Grab your trusty hot glue gun, flip a letter over and apply a line of glue along the top. Then adhere it to the hemp. This stuff dries super fast so you have to work quickly. Hence there not being a picture of the actual gluing of the hemp step.

That's how they'll look once they're glued on. I recommend stretching out the twine and lining up the letters the way you want them with the correct spacing so you can just go down the line, flip each letter over, apply the glue and then stick it on the string.

Then that's it! You've got a perfect, sparkly Thanksgiving garland to enhance your holiday decor! 

Here's a close up of the finished garland. Have I mentioned how much I love this?

I've already planned out another one for each holiday..."Believe" for Christmas, "Be Mine" with a wooden heart in the middle for Valentine's day, "Lucky" with a wooden clover for St. Patrick's day, and of course, "Happy Birthday", "Happy Easter"...the possiblities are endless. 

Endless just like this post if I don't wrap it up.

 Have a sparkly Monday everyone!



Becky said...

Love it!

Kasey T said...

That is super cute!

Found your blog through Life Of Bon and I am your newest follower!

Kasey @

Chloe Winstone said...

This is such a cute idea, I love it! I'll definitely have to try this, it sounds so much cheaper than buying garland's in shops/online and there's nothing better than seeing something you've made hanging up! I'd be exactly like you though, I'd have to constantly talk about it because I'd be too proud/happy to keep quiet!

I'm a new reader (found your blog through Life of Bon) and I can't wait to keep reading! :)

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