Glittered Letters are a huge hit for parties & events. You can display them as a single letter, initials, or as words. They are also great to use as Photo Props, Nursery/Bedroom Décor or on shelves or mantles. I made DIY Glittered Letters using His and Her initials for an Anniversary Party I assisted with a few months ago and after having more than a dozen people ask me about them and express how much they loved them I decided to make a tutorial to share. I don’t know why I didn’t think to share it sooner, but like I always say, it’s better late than never 🙂
One of the things that deter people from making these DIY Glittered Letters is the fact that it involves Glitter. I for one am a HUGE fan of Glitter; however I’ll admit it is kind of messy…scratch that…. EXTREMELY messy, but for some reason I can’t get enough of it. If anyone knows a way to use glitter without making you and everything around you sparkle I would LOVEEEEE for you to share!
Before I get started with the tutorial I wanted to share a few a few popular words/phrases that you can spell out with Glittered Letters.
• MR & MRS (On the Sweetheart Table or Candy Buffet at weddings)
• His and Her Initials (C & J)
Okay, Lets get started. Here is what you will need
- Paper Mache Letters
- Mod Podge
- Paint Brush
- Tin cooking pan
Step 1: Paint your letter (s) using a color that is similar to the color of glitter you will be using
Step 2: Place your letter inside of your pan (the one I’m using in the tutorial is NOT my first choice, as it is way too small. I really like using the large aluminum pans so that you can fit the entire letter into the pan at one time (it helps contain the glitter)
Step 3: Apply Mod Podge onto the letter in sections. I always start with the front.
Step 4: Quickly sprinkle glitter onto the entire area that you have mod podged (don’t worry if it seems like you are using WAY more than you need) b/c the truth of the matter is…you are, but you will be able to re-use the excess glitter.
Step 5: Lay the letter flat and let it dry. Try not to shake the glitter off while laying it on it’s back, as the glitter hasn’t fully adhered to the letter yet
Step 6: Once the glitter has dried on the letter shake off the excess glitter into your pan.
Repeat steps 3-6 for the remaining sections (I usually do the sides of the letter and then the inside of the letter)
Unless your letter is going to be visible on all sides I don’t apply glitter to the back of the letter.
Step 9: Once all of your sections have been glittered observe the areas to make sure that there aren’t any areas that you either missed or the glitter didn’t adhere. If there are, apply a small amount of mod podge on those areas and sprinkle a little glitter onto the mod podge.
Step 10: Last but not least you need to seal your glitter. PLEASE whatever you do, don’t skip this step, this is the only way your glitter will stay intact and make your hard work worthwhile…NOT to mention it eliminates glitter getting everywhere.
Once the final coat of Mod Podge Dries your DIY Glittered Letters are ready to display.
I’ve made more than a dozen Glittered letters for various events, so I wanted to share some of the different colors I’ve made, as well as various ways to display these fabulous Glittered Letters.