Well hello loves! It’s been too long since my last post, but what can I say? L.I.F.E. happens
I’ve been wanting to share this cute little project since we finished it. My four year old loves arts & crafts and this is the perfect project to enlist a little helper. First, pick a word – I chose “SPLASH” to spell out vertically on a small bathroom wall. Now, I realize that in a few of my photos it says SPLAH. That’s because one of my letters went missing and I had to make a mid-project run to Joanne’s. I’m sure I’ll find that S when we move out one day. I digress.
Here’s what you will need
- Card board letters (I found mine at JoAnne’s)
- Gold spray paint
- Craft paint (I used Martha Stewart Pearl Acrylic paint in Jet Stream)
- Brush (foam or a variety pack)
- Large Rhinestones in your chosen color & shapes
- Mid – to – Small size rhinestones to fill spaces
- 3M Command Strips (Gosh I love these. Genius!)
- Glue gun
- Extra glue
- Trash bag
- Paper plate/bowls to sort rhinestones
Now, we’re ready to make a mess! Just kidding – this is one of the cleaner projects I’ve done (and I’m notorious for making a creative mess, hehe). One note: if you use the floor as a work space, these rhinestones are small, aka choking hazards, so keep away from the little babies! The mom in me just had to warn you. Ok, let’s make this wall art.
1: Coat with Gold Spray Paint: Lay out your letters on the outside on a trash bag in the driveway or yard. Or if you’re like me, just lay them on the grass and go for it. If you use a trash bag, anchor the corners with a rock or something heavy to keep it from blowing around and sticking to the paint. Be sure to get the sides.
2: Paint the Front: Lay letters on the trash bag and, using your craft paint color of choice, paint the face of the letter. Mine required 2 coats. If you’re impatient or short on time, grab the hair dryer and speed up the drying process. My daughter really enjoyed painting these!
3. Prep for Gluing: Go ahead and plug in your glue gun. The next step took me a bit of time. I bought a rhinestone variety pack – meaning, a large bag with multiple colors. I did this to save a little dough, but it cost me in time. I had to sort the colors that I wanted, which for me was white, blue and green tones. So…either buy the colors presorted or be prepared to spend a little time picking through them.
4: Glue the Rhinestones: This is the fun part! Start by placing one or two large stones at the top of the letter. Fill in the gaps with small stones. Repeat the process and work your way down.
5. Check for Adhesion: After the glue has dried, I like to check the stones and make sure they are all secure.
6. Hang: Apply the 3M Command Strips, hang these babies, step back and admire your work!
I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial! Let me know if you’d like to see more!