diy glitter gratitude banner

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Here’s a great project for this fall: a glitter gratitude banner. I generally tend towards simple, inexpensive and less-than-one-hour crafts and this fits on each level. Of course you can use the same method to spell out any word or initials – a monogram would be super cute hanging over a bed or use individual letters as gift tags, place cards or party favors this upcoming holiday season. We can all use a little more glitter in our lives.

So let’s begin. Here’s what you’ll need:

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spray adhesive / fine glitter (like this) / gratitude template (download below) / string / scissors / hole punch

(not shown, but important: a box to contain spray glue and glitter)

STEP ONE // print template and cut out letters

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You can do this a couple of ways … print onto cardstock (I used a silver cardstock to help the glitter blend in if I missed any spots) and cut out. OR print on regular paper, cut out and use as a pattern. Trace onto sturdy, but thin, cardboard and cut out letters.

STEP TWO // spray letter with adhesive glitter-banner-spray-glue

This is where the box comes in. And be sure to spray outside or in a well-ventilated area. Spray glue is stinky! Just a light covering will do.

STEP THREE // generously sprinkle on glitter

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Make sure to cover all of the letter.

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Let dry for a few minutes.

STEP FOUR // repeat on the back of the letter

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This isn’t necessary, but it gives the letter a more finished look.

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STEP FIVE // punch two holes in the top

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If you are just using for a gift tag, you’ll only need one hole.

STEP SIX // string letters together glitter-banner-string

I used jute rope from the hardware store, but any ribbon will do.

Once you’re letters are all strung together, hang and enjoy!

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You are welcome to use this template to create your own gratitude banner. The file is located in The Archive – our library of freebies and downloads. Sign up for free or log in below.

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custom artwork for a fun client!

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My favorite HGTV show is Fixer Upper – where the darling couple Chip & Joanna Gaines help a family buy a major fixer-upper and turn it into something jaw dropping. Chip takes on the reno, Joanna works her magic on the design and interiors. She is beautiful and fashionable (I want all of her outfits) and has great farmhouse/cottagy/classic design taste.

I was asked to create a custom watercolor with Joanna’s design essentials and was beyond excited to see what I could create.

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Joanna’s design essentials are more theory than actual items, so it was a fun challenge to figure out how to draw ideas like balance and texture.

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We worked to come up with great pieces that reflected these ideas and what resulted is a whimsical collection of pretty essentials that would look great in any home.  Joanna runs a shop called Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas as well as a great online shop so we used items from there as our inspiration.

magnolia-inspiration-watercolor metal basket / stripe pillow / magnolia candle / hanging vase / cake plate

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The prints are being used for promotional purposes, they’ll be slipped into packages and orders and available at Joanna’s big fall workshop.

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Curious about what her design essentials are?

unique light fixtures
elevation/platforms
candles
good faux florals
dimension
personalized details
pops of color
balance
architectural pieces
texture

Love those!

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Such a fun project that I was honored to be part of.

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a seahawks birthday party

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Our second son turned 9 last month and we celebrated with a Seahawk party. We started with his invitations (seen here – which turned out super cute and not too seahawky/footbally/cartoony) and carried the theme into the actual day. We watched the game, ate football party food, played a few games and celebrated the birthday boy. It turned out to be a perfect party for Brady and his friends.

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The food setup was great for the kids and simple for me: crackers/cheese/salami, cut up veggies, chips and ranch dip, grapes and pigs in a blanket (my fave). Mini sodas and gatorade in a big jug for drinks, and a bowl of candy (with skittles, of course) that was picked through within minutes.

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I used a roll of kraft paper as a runner and drew yard lines with a chalk pen.

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When the kids first came, I had out Seahawk colored rubber bands to make bracelets and a Seahawks word search. I wasn’t really sure if they would be interested in either, but all of the kids got into both activities and it gave them something else to do while the game was on.

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I’m not sure if jerseys are a big deal in your football city, but everyone in the Seattle area wears theirs on gameday. It was cute to see all of the kids with their Seahawks gear on.

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During halftime, we went out front to play a couple of yard games.

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Knock the cups down by shooting rubber bands, throw mini footballs through a hula hoop, run around cones, and toss a ping pong ball in a cup (filled with skittles). Good times.

Once the game was back on, this is what the living room looked like …

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The older boys watching the game, the younger boys playing upstairs and the girls outside loving on Atlas.

For dessert, my non-cake loving boy chose these chocolate covered nutella + peanut butter s’mores.

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They were a hit.

This turned out to be a really fun party for everyone, easy to host and most importantly, our Brady-boy had a great time.

#gohawks

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