diy glitter gratitude banner


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:


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


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


Make sure to cover all of the letter.


Let dry for a few minutes.

STEP FOUR // repeat on the back of the letter


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


STEP FIVE // punch two holes in the top


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!


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.



19 Responses to diy glitter gratitude banner

  1. Beth November 26, 2014 at 5:27 am #

    I have wanted to make this since you published the post and finally had a spare minute last night. To save a bit of time I used 2 sheets of 12X12 paper that is sold for scrap booking, preglitter sort of paper. It was on sale for $ .29! I am punching holes and stringing up this morning! Approximately how much jute rope did you use? Now I want to make a GIVE THANKS banner for another room = ) Thanks so much for the printable template!! ~Beth

  2. Carolyn Brown November 1, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

    Just finished making this for Sunday School in the morning. Goes perfectly…this time I used orange card stock to go with my turkey but would like to do a glitter one or even black for my home. Thanks Emily so much.

  3. Karen October 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    Glitter makes everything better. :)

  4. mary kathryn October 21, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    I want to make gratitude banners with our church’s middle school girls.
    I looked in the archives and did not see a link to print out the letters.
    Do I need to select a font, type in the letters and print it out? If so, what font and size type did you use?
    Mary K. Burnette

  5. Denise October 20, 2014 at 8:21 pm #

    Where doc you get those gold decal dots, and what size are they for your office? They’re darling!

  6. Colette October 16, 2014 at 7:38 am #

    I love this banner & can’t wait to make it! Such a perfect time too! Thank you so much!!
    cheers, colette

  7. Becky October 16, 2014 at 6:43 am #

    great idea! I’m curious about the wall that you have the Gratitude Banner hanging on. Book pages? is there a story about them?

    • emily October 17, 2014 at 9:17 am #

      Just pages from a french book I taped to the wall about 7 years ago :)

  8. Terrell October 16, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    Thank you so much, I absolutely love this fun decor!!

  9. Emma Jayne October 15, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

    What a simple and attractive glitter banner! You could create a Christmas, or perhaps another occasion using coloured glitter instead :-)

  10. Lindsay Eidahl October 15, 2014 at 2:53 pm #

    Simple, sparkly and a great message! That makes the perfect banner to me!

  11. Violet October 15, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    Love it! Quick question: you mentioned a post about phone organization. When is that coming? I can’t wait!

    • emily October 15, 2014 at 4:38 pm #

      Yes! Coming :)

  12. Anna October 15, 2014 at 1:54 pm #

    Yay!! I made one the other day too , I couldn’t link up to you on blogger for some reason but did tell others about your blog. Thank you for the inspiration. Here’s my post: http://fromtheheart-anna.blogspot.com/2014/10/gratitude.html

  13. Brie October 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm #

    What font did you use for GRATITUDE? I’l love to do this but with a different word!

    • emily October 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

      I used Arial black in 500 pt.

  14. B October 15, 2014 at 1:37 pm #

    A really good idea when working with glitter (especially if you were going to do this with a gift tag!) is to spray over top of the glitter with a clear sealer. It comes in all finishes (I would use glossy for this project) and it keeps the glitter from flaking off EVERYWHERE!

    • emily October 15, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

      Thanks for the great tip! That glitter does get everywhere.

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