I love the idea of having go-to, holiday-neutral party decor, so I got to work last weekend on a DIY project. It’s a banner sign for all occasions that I’m planning on using again and again for birthdays, barbecues, and celebrations of all sorts. I might even hang it over our Christmas tree. Since I had all these uses in mind, I kept my word neutral and my materials sturdy. I, with the help of my sister and her goldsmith tools, made the letters out of wood. Aside from needing a manual hand saw and drill, the wood was really easy to work with and made for a longer-lasting craft, but you can easily follow the directions using foam board and an X-acto knife for a quicker and just-as-cute final product. I wanted something I could use for years, and being the sap that I am, I’ve already romanticized it, imagined it losing its glitter from so much wear over the coming decades. To make your own glitter banner, choose your word and follow the directions below.
- Thin plywood
- X-acto knife
- Printer to make letter stencils
- Modge podge
- Paint brush
- Glitter in color of your choice
- Twine or string of your choice
- Print large letters in font of your choice for stencils.
- Tape stencils on your plywood, and run the X-acto knife along the letter shape to carve an outline into the wood.
- With a hand saw, follow the outlines from the X-acto knife carefully to carve the letters.
- Sand edges of letters to get rid of jagged edges and splintered wood.
- Drill two small holes at the top of each letter.
- Apply modge podge in 1-inch sections to letters, covering with and shaking off extra glitter as you go. Allow to dry for at least an hour.
- Optional: apply acrylic top coat or extra layer of modge podge to keep glitter from falling off.
- Run string through the letters, tying knots behind each hole to prevent slipping.
Not sure what word to use? I considered “cheers,” and “clink” too, but settled on “party” because it felt both festive and like an instruction. What word or phrase would you do?