This weekly challenge that week was "glitter" and I must admit, when Dee challenged me with this I was more than a bit scared. I like glitz and glam and all (and so does my seven year old), however I have never really tackled any "glitter" projects. I had visions of glitter EVERYWHERE, and not where it was supposed to be.
Immediately, I had an idea to make a book rack for on my daughters dresser to hold her journals, doodle books, etc. Perfect - complete a fun challenge and fulfill a need in my home! Bonus!
My plan was to find a couple figurines at the thrift store, glue them to a board, paint them and glitter them up using Glitter Blast spray paint! Well, I tested the Glitter Blast spray paint and it was a huge fail. It was splotchy and messy and really not the effect I was going for.
So plan "B" was to use Modge Podge and glitter. I walked around the craft store for nearly an hour holding a large container of glitter and the glue. I was not looking forward to this project. Honestly, I was PRAYING that I could find another solution. I knew I still had to find the figurines and my thrift store visits thus far had not been successful. It's THURSDAY! This project is due and I am frozen!
After walking up and down EVERY aisle, there it was, in the dollar bins by the check-out. I found two wooden peace signs - just the right size and they even had a flat bottom which meant they would adhere easily to my board. Wrong color but who cares. I would paint them. For the glitter, I saw some fun glitter ribbon in the back of the store. Perfect. I would wrap the peace signs and get the effect of glue and glitter without the mess.
I headed home and immediately go to work. I quickly painted my board and the peace signs blue. I decided to go with blue because my daughters room is mostly pink and green and we are trying to introduce a few more accent colors to tone down the pink.
Then, using some craft glue, I glued the glitter ribbon along the outside of the peace signs (not the bottoms) and around the base of the board. The ribbon was porous which surprised me a bit. It allowed the glue to bleed through which was okay because I had planned to use a layer of Modge Podge to contain some of the glitter loss. To add some more glitz I added some ribbon to the inside of the peace sign as well. It was just the right amount of glitter.
I then glued the peace signs to opposite ends of the board. My plan is to screw these in with a couple of small wood screws from the bottom, however my husband took the drill to his office a couple of days ago to work on a project so I couldn't complete the project. It will definitely need to be secured as the glue is not very strong.
Overall, I love how this project turned out! And I learned that glitter does not have to mean containers of loose glitter and sparkly dust all over your home. There are a variety of products out there that give you glitter, without actually spilling 2 ounces of loose glitter.