Glitter and Shine Monogramcomments (2) January 25th, 2010
excerpted from The DIY Bride: Crafty Countdown
Oh, glitter, how I adore your sparkly blinged-out goodness. Is there anything you can’t make better? I submit there is not! Take this door monogram, for example. What started off as a homely sheet of white craft foam is miraculously transformed into a glamorous adornment that’ll greet your guests at the ceremony door. Who wouldn’t feel like a VIP when gliding through an entrance topped with this?
For just a few dollars and a few minutes of your time, you can create this chic glittery monogram at home. There are dozens of gorgeous hues of glitter on the market to match your decor and preferred level of glitterification. But beware: Glitter is highly addictive! Once you get a taste for it, be prepared to start looking for ways to add a bit of the “Big G” to all of your crafting projects.
Allow yourself 1 hour or so for this project. While it’s easy to do, sculpting the foam will take some time. It’s best to allow the adhesive to dry overnight before you display your glittery creation.
A Little Me Time
Parts of this super-easy solo project should be done outdoors, but spend the remainder of your crafty time listening to tunes or catching up on your favorite TV shows.
Computer and printer
1-in.-thick craft foam, at least 15 in. by 15 in.
Craft knife or serrated knife
Ruler or straightedge
Sandpaper or heavy-duty emery board
Newspaper to protect your work surface
White craft glue
Craft wire, about 18 in.
1. Before you get started, you’ll need to decide on your monogram design. Once you decide on a font style, print out your initial(s) in the largest size you can to see if you like the look of the monogram and if it’ll work when carved in foam. Fonts with thin lines or a lot of curves will be difficult to cut from the foam. Try to stay with bold lines.
2. The next step is to draw the letter on the face of the foam with a permanent marker. If you’re not good with freehand drawing, an alternative is to have an enlarged print of the initial made at a copy shop. This’ll cost
anywhere from a few cents to a few dollars, depending on the size of the paper and the shop. Trace the printout onto the foam sheet by taping it to the foam and pressing over the lines of the letter with a hard object like the tip of a pencil or even a screwdriver.
3. Now that you’ve got your initial transferred onto the foam, it’s time to cut it out with the craft or serrated knife, using a ruler to give you a nice straight edge to cut along. I recommend doing this outside because foam dust and bits will get everywhere. Take your time with this step! Foam is brittle and breaks easily. Once your initial is carved from the foam, smooth out the edges of the letter with a piece of sandpaper or a heavy-duty emery board.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery
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