So as I was surfing Pinterest today for a craft to do I came across Centsational Girl's blog. It happened to be a two year old post of hers actually on December 6th about holiday crafting. She had a bunch of good ideas and I fell in love with her Merry sign she had her kids paint. She used craft letters she brought at a store. But I decided to try to use things I already had in the house.
I pulled out the cardboard I have filling my craft closet and hand drawn each letter. Now if you want to have a little more neat letters I would suggest printing out a template. I didn't care to mess with a template so I just winged it. Once I got one letter cut out I gave it to Virginia to paint.
She used regular acrylic paint and painted both sides red. Once I had all the letters cut and painted, we let them dry for a bit. Once dry I brushed on glue and let Virginia go to town putting glitter on each letter. I use a dollar store cookie tray to try to contain the mess. It helps, but don't get me wrong you will end up with glitter on the floor and such but that is just part of the fun. The nice thing about the cookie tray also is it will catch the extra glitter. I just use a zip lock bag and go outside and put the excess glitter into the bag to use again on another project.
Once every letter had glitter and was looking nice. I took some fabric I had laying around and cut strips out to hang the letters over the mantel in my house. I used my hot glue gun to attach the fabric to the letters. I used painters tape to tape the fabric to my mantel.
The cutting the letters out was the most time consuming part of the whole project. After that everything went fairly quick. And in the end I had myself a nice decoration for the mantel.