Colorful & Glittery Christmas Sign: Making Spirits Bright!

Well today is bittersweet, friends.  It’s the last day of our Holiday Craft Party (boo!), but today’s theme is Home Decor and I am SO excited to share with you this colorful and glittery Christmas sign (yay!)!

I’m definitely a non-traditional holiday decor kinda gal (have you seen my Shabby Chic fall door hanger??), so I wanted to pull in some bright colors for a cheery Christmas sign.  What better way to add some colorful sparkles than with glitter, amiright?  I therefore decided to jazz up a phrase from the classic Jingle Bells holiday carol, and I LOVE how it turned out!

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Colorful & Glittery Christmas Sign: Making Spirits Bright!

Supplies

 

My Design

My design was created in Silhouette Studio since I’d be cutting the wording out with my Silhouette Cameo.

I knew I wanted to use glittered letters for the “BRIGHT” portion, so I decided to choose a font for that word that was big and basic.  That way the actual glitter would be the star of this holiday show.  For the other words, I chose a thin and wispy script font called Midnight Cali.  I think they play nicely off each other.

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Painting the Board

I first gave my board a good sanding on all sides and edges, followed by a couple coats of white spray paint.

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The Cut Elements

The “making spirits” portion of the design was cut out of some black vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo.  For “BRIGHT,” I first thought about cutting out each letter in some glittered card stock, but I haven’t had much success with getting crisp, clean cuts in that type of paper.  Then I considered cutting a stencil and painting each letter in a different color then using Mod Podge or another type of glue to adhere the fine glitter.

However, as I thought about it more (and realized that would be way too much work), I remembered that my blogging buddy Meredith from UnOriginal Mom shared a super cute Christmas pallet sign last year that used some double-sided adhesive paper to add a glittery touch….and this would be perfect for my project too!

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Applying the Words

I used a bit of painter’s tape to help keep the elements in place as I eyeballed their positions, along with a strip of washi tape along the bottom to ensure even spacing.  Then I used the hinge method (which you can read more about here) and applied each piece to the board one at a time.

For the double-sided adhesive paper, I peeled away the yellow paper backing, applied the adhesive layer to the board, then peeled away the white paper off the top.  It was really easy to use!

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Adding the Glitter

I love me some variety packs because I like having options.  Luckily, I have a ton of fine glitter left over from making a couple personalized glitter ornaments for my son and niece last year, so I pulled out the bottles that most closely matched the colors of my mockup….

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….peeled up the white paper off the double-sided adhesive paper, working one letter at a time….

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….then got to adding the glitter.  I first started encouraging its adhesion with a small paint brush but quickly realized my finger would work much better.

After each letter was glitterfied, I took the sign out back and blew off all the excess (there wasn’t much to try and salvage…boo.) then moved along to the next letter.

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The Completed ‘Making Spirits Bright’ Christmas Sign!

And here’s my completed sign!  I love the non-traditional colors of it, and of course the glitter!  While I haven’t yet added any clear spray sealant overtop just yet to make sure none of the glitter comes off (how sad would that be?!), I plan on doing that step before putting this sign away in storage after the holidays.  This is definitely one of my most favorite creations to date! ;)

Colorful & Glittery Christmas Sign: Making Spirits Bright! | Where The Smiles Have Been

Colorful & Glittery Christmas Sign: Making Spirits Bright! | Where The Smiles Have Been

Colorful & Glittery Christmas Sign: Making Spirits Bright! | Where The Smiles Have Been

Colorful & Glittery Christmas Sign: Making Spirits Bright! | Where The Smiles Have Been

Colorful & Glittery Christmas Sign: Making Spirits Bright! | Where The Smiles Have Been

 

Holiday Craft Party!  Day 5: Home Decor!

There’s more fun!  This week I’m taking part in a Holiday Craft Party with four other lovely and crafty ladies.  Every day is a new theme and we’re all sharing tutorials!  Sadly, today is the last day of the festivities (whomp, whomp) but be sure and check out ALL the amazingness that was shared this week!

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Today’s theme is Home Decor, so make sure you check out their amazing holiday creations too!

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Holiday Craft Party Giveaway!

But wait!  There’s more! ;)  We’re also celebrating this Holiday Craft Party with a GIVEAWAY!  Woot Woot!  Yep, we want to help all our lovely readers have a fabulous and crafty holiday season, so we’re giving away three great prizes!

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If You Enjoyed This….

Make sure you check out my Project Gallery for lots of other crafty creations, including these holiday goodies!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!  Merry Christmas!

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About Christine

I'm Christine, a SAHM to a spunky blonde, blue-eyed two-year-old boy and married to the best guy you'll ever meet. We live our lives in the Deep South, and I spend my son's nap times getting my craft on. I blog at Where The Smiles Have Been about my adventures in craftiness, DIY decor, Silhouette projects, and life as a new mommy.

Comments

  1. I love how you used the double sided adhesive paper and glitter. The sign turned out fabulous. It makes me happy just looking at it.

  2. Totally this will bring the Bright Holiday in your house!!!! Super fun!!!

  3. …..we have no specific theme this year. It’s always the same :) I have a natural, wooden/ rustic christmas decor :)

  4. Christine this is gorgeous! Where has adhesive paper been all my life. Off to buy a few packages of it! Also I’ve been meaning to write you because the teal background you’re doing bestill my heart! It is making everything pop. I think you need a post just dedicated to that!

    • Yes, Michelle! You will fall in love with the double-sided adhesive paper! It is quite incredible….and who doesn’t like being able to add glitter to everything!

      And thanks for the kind words about my teal background! I plan on doing a post on my DIY boards soon….just one of many things on my never-ending list. ;)

  5. I love this sign, Christine! The glitter, the bright colors, and the sentiment all scream “making spirits bright!” I also really like that double-sided adhesive paper. I have so many creative ideas to create with that paper!

    • Thank you so much, Tiffany! I really love this sign….now we just need to close on our house so I have someplace to put it! It’ll probably be next year though, oh well. ;)

  6. Christine, this sign is SO fun!!!!! The colors, the glitter, the song lyrics… so perfect! I love it :) And thanks for sharing Meredith’s double sided adhesive paper tip! I’m bookmarking that one for sure!

  7. Christine!! I LOVE this! I’m so happy that I could provide a little bit of inspiration for you…but to be honest, I think I like yours better, haha. I absolutely love the colors and the design. In fact, I may have to make one of my own! Isn’t double sided adhesive great??

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