Annnnd we’re back! I’ve really missed my DIYs, and I wanted to not only share new ones with you this year but revamp some of the best ones from my collaboration with Captiol Romance! I wanted to start off right with one of my favorites: the glitter ombre monogram letters.
Monogram letters are for more than just your wedding decor, as you can find them popping up everywhere these days. I love this glitter version paired with a simpler pair of letters (mine here use copper leaf on the sides) but you could also make a big statement with just one large glittered letter for a great pop of color! In 2014 (2014?!?!!?) when we published this DIY, it made the top 5 posts visited on CapRo that year, so clearly it was a hit!
Glitter Ombre Monogram Letters
time: 15 minutes + drying time
Difficulty level: Easy peasy
Cost: With no supplies on hand, about $20 (but you probably have glue, glitter and some paint at home already!)
What you’ll need:
- Paper or wooden letters of your choice – they do need to be thick enough to stand up on their own. Here I am using MDF letters from Michaels, my previous tutorial used paper ones from Paper Source. Both work well! The MDF ones were more sturdy, if you plan to have them standing on their own.
- Spray Glue – I like 3M Super 77 – or regular glue (see note below)
- Glitter sealer – I used Krylon Glitter Blast Sealer Spray
- Glitter of at least 3 colours.
- Paint (optional)
- Modge Podge, Elmers, or similar brush-on glue for sides (optional)
Step 1: Paint! If you’d like to paint the background of your letters, now is the time! **I highly recommend painting or sealing paper letters – I decided to leave the top of my ampersand blank to let the kraft paper shine through, and that ended up being a mistake. When you apply glitter sealer the kraft paper will get very blotchy and uneven.**
Step 2: Glue! If you want your glitter to fade in at the top like mine (if you’re not covering the whole letter in glitter) then spray glue should be your glue of choice. If you’re planning to coat the whole letter in glue, you can use whatever glue works best for you. When using spray glue, be sure to use a well-ventilated area and cover any surfaces that you don’t want to be vaguely sticky. I always try and work outside with spray glue. Start by spraying in light, even strokes.
Step 3: Glitter! Start with your “top” glitter colour and apply a stripe across your letter. Sprinkle the glitter more lightly where you will fade in your new colour. Repeat with all your colours until you get to the edge of the letter – you should have stripes of colour across your letter. Then, take a dry paintbrush and rub lightly at the intersection of two colours to blend a bit.
Pick up the letter so the loose glitter will fall in the direction of your fade – in my case, it’s top to bottom – and tap to remove the loose glitter.
For the sides and inside faces of the letter, I use brush-on glue because the spray gets a bit messy and tends to clump. Brush glue on one surface at a time, then apply the glitter in the same stripey manner as before
Step 4: Seal! Let the glue dry before applying the glitter sealer. Again this wants a well-ventilated area, and I highly recommend outside. The spray burst from the sealer can will knock off additional glitter. Use the sealer in light coats, as I learned from experience that if you over-soak the letter it will actually dissolve the spray glue and the glitter will run in drips!) You can apply multiple coats if desired.
Optional step 5: For an extra punch to my monogram, I chose to line the inside of my other initial letters with a pop of copper leaf. Not going to lie, this was trickier than I expected! Sometime in the future I will tackle a leafing DIY, but I just followed the package instructions.
Let everything dry, and you’re done! For glitter cleanup, I find that either a tack cloth used for dusting before painting or a Swiffer dry sweeping cloth work well to get up all those pesky stray sparkles.
That’s it! This method is a simple way to dress up an average glitter creation, and you can really apply it to anything glue will stick to. Let me know what you come up with!