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See It, Do It: Glitter Welcome Signs


by Maddie Eisenhart, Digital Director & Style Editor

See It, Do It: Glitter Welcome Signs | A Practical Wedding

The only downside to creating wedding decor with glitter is that if it’s not contained, you kind of end up with glitter… everywhere. Which is great if you don’t mind walking around looking like you make your home in Pixie Hollow (me). But I’m still getting side-eye from Michael whenever he finds a speck of glitter in his car from our last APW tutorial shoot, so I’m guessing I’m in the minority there.

The answer?

See It, Do It: Glitter Welcome Signs | A Practical WeddingSee It, Do It: Glitter Welcome Signs | A Practical Wedding

Glitter + Frames = Sparkle That Won’t leave with your guests

To create these welcome signs, place vinyl letter stickers on simple gold frames, then spray both the glass and letters with spray adhesive and pour glitter over everything. When the adhesive and glitter are mostly dry, remove the letters and ta-da, you have a sign! For a more colorful sign, paint the other side of the glass with colored paint. Now, let’s say you want a totally self-contained glitter creation? Print backwards letters on sticker sheets like these ones, and do all your glittering on the inside of the glass. Paint the back of the frame, and surprise! Glitter that won’t go home with your guests.

Disclaimer: while the finished product boasts the option of being a self-contained glitter masterpiece, the process… well, as Rachel said, “Get used to finding glitter everywhere. Or, I guess I should say, it’s really easy as long as you’re down with blowing glitter out of your nose a week later.”

Glitter welcome signs from Rachel & George’s wedding, photo by Hart & Sol West

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is the Managing Editor of A Practical Wedding. She’s been writing stories about boys and crushes since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) in the art of talking from NYU in 2008. In her spare time, she takes pictures of people in love. Maddie lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband Michael, her Mastiff named Juno, and her roommate named Joe.

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  • KC

    I definitely count glitter as an “outdoors” craft supply.

    I’m wondering if you could adhesive-letters-and-spray-and-glitter on a sheet of coated cardstock and then stick it in the frame to dodge the having-to-cut-out-backwards-letters part? Or would that not work?

    • http://rationalcreature.com/ Amy

      As a frequently-crafts-with-glitter-and-cardstock kind of person, that could totally work, if I understand you correctly.

      Additionally, you can buy glitter cardstock (Pow! by American Crafts is really nice and so is a kind made by Best Creations, and they both come in 12×12 sheets and don’t shed glitter too much), slap your adhesive letters of choice on it, and call it a day.

      • KC

        Very cool – thank you! When I worked in an office, I spent a lot of… quality time… with cardstock varieties, but I haven’t done much at all with scrapbooking cardstock (…one project, full stop), so I don’t have a good idea of its innate properties (and have zero experience with this magical substance known as “glitter cardstock”… ooooh).

        How much does glitter cardstock tend to “shed”? Everywhere all the time, only when you cut it, not at all, only on Wednesdays that are also full moons during even fiscal years (also known as “sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t, not sure why”)…?

        • http://rationalcreature.com/ Amy

          The level of “shed” really depends on the brand of cardstock — I use and cut a lot of it into intricate shapes and letters for my Etsy shop, and I’ve learned the hard way that all glitter cardstocks are not equal! Some of them you look at the wrong way and you’re covered in it; others hold their glitter SO WELL. There’s a lot of trial and error, really.

          I have an electronic die-cutting machine, and the Pow! papers are my favorite (but they’re hard to find to buy individual sheets of individual colors, and expensive to buy in bulk), followed closely by the Best Creation papers, since they cut so smoothly with very minimal glitter all over my couch.

          If you go to your local craft store, bend the gliter cardstock backwards (glitter side out) and rub your fingers over it. If there’s glitter on your fingers, it’s gonna end up all over the place. Large, chunky, textured glitter is going to to be a dead giveaway that it will shed a lot too; the non-shed-y kinds are going to be smooth and even, usually.

          Paper Source sells some really nice, less messy glitter paper too, but it’s more like wrapping paper and isn’t as stiff as cardstock. Perfect for cutting into shapes and letters and adhering to cardstock, though!

          /end craft nerd.

  • http://www.devabydefinition.com/ Deva C.

    These are so cool. I would totally do them on the inside of a frame as part of a gallery wall, too.

  • http://www.missgiggles.com/blog Giggles

    I’ve heard glitter described syphilis of craft supplies. So any idea that keeps it contained…

    • Kayjayoh

      I’ve heard it described as the herpes of crafting, so there you go. :)

  • Maggie

    A coat of glossy Mod-podge goes a long way to stop any sort of glitter project from shedding.

  • KimBee

    Has anyone tried Martha Stewart’s glitter paint(http://www.homedepot.com/p/Martha-Stewart-Living-10-oz-Gold-Dust-Glitter-Paint-HD24-73/202757208#.UtX4UGRDuoc)? I’m wondering if it’s a glitter containment
    option.