I am in this GLITTER ALL THE THINGS phase, all of them.
Especially golden silhouettes of my Golden State.
Or a golden reindeer turned Valentine's Day venison.
(That was a good one Lena.)
Mod Podge (I prefer matte, it smells way less and is easier to work with than the other kinds)
Glitter (I have a major crush on the chunky kid craft aisle glitter right now. The super fine Martha kind is lovely, but the cost and the cleanup of microscopic glitter dust is just exhausting. Plus, what is more glittertastic than the old school gold?)
Big and small stiff paintbrushes
Some sort of simple shape or silhouette.
This project is quick, with a big impact. You do not want to be fussily filling in a complicated scene.
Google your favorite thing (squirrel, narwhal, Darth Vader, cupcake, etc.) followed by the word silhouette and you should have a bunch to choose from.
I have a super low tech way to get your silhouettes the size you need. I suppose that you could print them out and piece them together, but I am perpetually out of printer ink, and that just seems too complicated.
This is what I do instead:
Find the shape I want.
Zoom (Command + on a Mac. Don't know and don't care what it is on a PC. Sorry.) in on it until it is the size I need (even if it doesn't fit on my computer monitor), tape printer paper together, tape the paper to my monitor, and trace it directly from my monitor, scrolling down and moving the paper down accordingly.
Does that make sense? My brain doesn't always translate things in normal human language.
Lastly, you need a pallet. I make little ones up out of scraps from all of my other projects and have them ready to go when I need a quick gift, like thirty minutes before a party sort of quick gift.
If you have never made one before, this tutorial is much better than one I could write, and I love how she uses normal wood, which is what I do. Breaking up a pallet is HARDCORE. Plus you could totally make it without power tools. Just don't sue me when you smash your thumb with a hammer. I'll be to busy with my rad new nail gun.
Ready to glitter?
I promise you won't even believe how fast this goes.
DUMP glitter on the glue, then repeat for the next section.
If you hate glitter how stressed out are you right now?
You need to get over it. Glitter is awesome.
But then again, if you hate glitter, there is no way you are even still reading.
You are hiding in a corner chanting serenity now.
Sorry. Send me your therapy bills.
I'll make them sparkle.
Or, if you are all responsible, smart, frugal and such, carefully collect it and pour it back into the container. Boring.
What in your life is begging for a little sparkle?