DIY Glitter Party Banner

20 Nov

DIY party banner

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.

You’ll need…

  • Thin plywood
  • Hand-saw
  • X-acto knife
  • Drill
  • Printer to make letter stencils
  • Sandpaper
  • Modge podge
  • Paint brush
  • Glitter in color of your choice
  • Twine or string of your choice

diy glitter banner


  1. Print large letters in font of your choice for stencils.
  2. Tape stencils on your plywood, and run the X-acto knife along the letter shape to carve an outline into the wood.
  3. With a hand saw, follow the outlines from the X-acto knife carefully to carve the letters.
  4. Sand edges of letters to get rid of jagged edges and splintered wood.
  5. Drill two small holes at the top of each letter.
  6. 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.
  7. Optional: apply acrylic top coat or extra layer of modge podge to keep glitter from falling off.
  8. Run string through the letters, tying knots behind each hole to prevent slipping.

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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?

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4 Responses to “DIY Glitter Party Banner”

  1. Jorie November 20, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    Turned out super cute, Kate! I love it.

  2. di @ life of di. December 7, 2013 at 5:54 am #

    So cute! I love this idea. So simple too!


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