Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Glittered Halloween Sign

Who doesn't love glitter? My brothers loathe it, but I for one love it. Some of my favorite memories from my childhood include trying to glitter my unsuspecting brothers, although I am pretty sure those memories don't rank among their favorites. I have a stash of orange and black Halloween glitter that has just been begging to be used and this seemed like the perfect project. 

I started out with a project kit from FabDecor. The kit came with two pieces of wood (7 inches and 9 inches) and the vinyl in your choice of lime green, purple, orange or black. 

For this project, you will need:
  • Two blocks (7 in and 9 in)
  • Vinyl
  • Black paint
  • Mod podge
  • Black glitter
  • Orange glitter
  • Clear spray paint 
  • Magazine

The first thing you need to do is paint the blocks black. The paint is mostly going to be covered later on, but having a base is a good start. 

After the paint dries, lay the blocks on top of an open magazine and coat the front part of each block in a thin layer of Mod Podge. Sprinkle a generous amount of black glitter on top of the block until it is coated. Tap the block on top of the magazine until all of the excess glitter has come off.

Hold the magazine, almost closed, using it as a funnel to put the excess glitter back in the container.

Repeat the same process with the orange glitter, on three of sides of each block. I didn't do the bottom of each block.

Once the the blocks are dry, spray them with clear gloss, to seal the glitter. Without the spray, you will lose little flecks of glitter everywhere. After the blocks dry, add the vinyl. The vinyl for these blocks takes a lot of patience because of the bumpy surface. I had to pretty much hand apply each letter, but it was worth the effort. I think these blocks might be my new favorite Halloween decoration.

Even my brother, who hates glitter, had to admit this craft turned out pretty cute. I might convert him to the wonderful world of glitter yet.

Note: If you are having trouble getting the vinyl to stick to the glitter, take a toothpick and a small amount of glue and tack the vinyl down in a few places.
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