DIY Party Decor

My event planning company has a 60th birthday to do soon. I did some research and found out that the 60th birthday is the “golden birthday”. The decor for the cake table includes a 6 and a 0 that is made of the same cardboard like material as the box that I used for the card box previously. We decided to go with the gold glitter (even though it is a man’s party) because it stands out better than the gold metalic paint. The shine is perfect.

I used three different types of glitters in my glitter mix.

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The numbers came from Hobby Lobby as well as the large chunky glitter. The Recollections and other bottle are both from Michael’s craft store. The middle bottle is more of a bronze-ish type of color and not really gold but it blended really nicely with the other two. You really dont want to have just the one chunky glitter or just the one extra-fine glitter because it brings layers and makes the project look better. In my opinion any way.

I make the glitter mix with a 16oz solo cup and a small “bathroom cup” (or shot glass size) plastic cup, glossy mod podge, and the three glitters.

  1. I pour the amount of mod podge into the 16oz solo cup that I think will be enough for the project.
  2. In the bathroom cup, I only want to fill it half way. SO, I take 1/3 of each color glitter until the cup is halfway full. I put the extra-fine glitters on the bottom and the chunky glitter on the top so that when poured into the mod podge, the chunky glitter will end up at the bottom of the mix and not take over the entire mixture by sitting on the top.
  3. I stirred the mixture with an old pencil because I couldnt find a craft stick to save my life. (LOL)
  4. I use a sponge brush to paint the glue mixture on to the numbers because it doesnt soak up the product like the paint brushes do.

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Pardon the chewed up scissors in the background. I had some help with my project and she got ahold of them without me noticing obviously until it was too late.

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Long story short.. you adde a layer of the glitter mix until you have covered the places you want to be glittery and then let it dry. The first layer dries the fastest. It takes seconds… maybe 3 minutes at the most to dry. Every layer afterwards will take just a little longer to dry. You must make sure to let the layers dry before painting on the next one because if you do not, the glue will stay wet underneath and create bubbles that can be popped accidentally and then the wet glue will go all over and there will be a crater in it’s place.

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After you think you have enough layers on, you can go ahead and let it dry and at this point, I add another coat of gloss. I use Polycrylic. This not only seals the mod podge but it makes it so that water or any other elements can not damage the numbers.

 

**a lot of youtubers and DIY people will tell you to put down a layer of mod podge and then sprinkle glitter and then cover with another layer of mod podge. I dont subscribe to this method. It is much cleaner and smoother to mix the glitter into the mod podge before painting it on.

 

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These are my numbers still in the process of curing. I will post a photo to this blog post after the party with what they look like all set up! Have a great day!

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