A quick perusal of this site will confirm my love for glitter. So it’s no surprise that I’ve got an affinity for sequins as well. Sequins are like glitter all grown up, and you can use them to make some pretty amazing things! This holiday DIY is a custom sequin word art project made from slung sequins. Slung sequins is the crafty term for sequins that come pre-threaded on a roll, or sequin trim. This makes them easier to work with and keeps the mess down just a little!
Creating your own art is a cost-effective way of making your home look completely different for the holidays. It doesn’t take up a lot of room and it packs a big punch! Plus, it’s really fun to change up your room’s entire color scheme just by swapping out your usual wall hangings for these festive DIYs!
- Slung Sequins (I purchased mine here). You can use loose sequins. It’s a slightly different look, but it’s still shiny and bright!
- A framed canvas in whatever size you’d like
- Glue. Lots of different glues work because canvas and sequins will stick to pretty much anything. I’d recommend either Liquid Stitch, a hot glue gun and sticks, or even Elmer’s Glue.
- A Pencil
- Scotch Tape
- Small Pair of Scissors
- Skinny, Cheap Paint Brush
- A Print Out Of Your Words. I typed mine up, printed it out, and cut and taped the sheets together. If you’re good at calligraphy or brush lettering, you should definitely write your chosen phrase out yourself! And then add a photo of it in the comments- I’d love to see it!
Now, if you’re like me (distrustful of your free-hand writing abilities) and you printed out your words you’ll need to follow this step. On the back (yes, the back) of your printed out words use a pencil to shade over your text. Angle your pencil and get to shading. You can see in the photo below to see what mine looked like. Apparently I’m a rather vigorous shader, so I had to tape my paper down to the table.
If you’re sketching out your own words, you can move write on to Step Two.
Flip your paper of printed out words back over so the shaded side is down. Carefully place your text where you’d like it to end up on your canvas. We’re going to use a sneaky method of tracing the outline onto the canvas so that you’r words show up in pencil. Once you’ve got your text exactly where you’d like it, use a piece of tape to keep your paper in place. Now use your pencil to trace the outline of your text.
I chose a skinny font for “MERRY” so all I did was make one line down the middle of each letter. For “CHRISTMAS” though I chose a fun, fatter, script font. On the fatter parts of the font, I actually outlined the letters. Think of this like a coloring page. you’re making the outlines that you’ll eventually color in … with sequins! The pencil marks didn’t show up great in the photo below, but you can get a good idea of how I traced my text.
If you’re hand lettering, you’ll want to draw out your letters now directly onto your canvas.
Now it’s time to make a mess! You’re going to use your glue and trace over your words in order to glue your sequins down! If you’ve a steadier hand than I do, you might be able to simply trace your text with your Elmer’s Glue or hot glue gun. I’m a little shakier, so I dipped a skinny, cheap paintbrush into my Liquid Stitch and then traced over my text like I was holding a pencil. If you go outside the lines, don’t stress! I did that a few times, but it’s no big deal. All of these glues dry clear so it’s like it never happened!
I recommend only putting glue on one letter at a time. You’ll need a little time to place your sequins after you lay down the glue, and you don’t want to accidentally smear glue all over your canvas, arm, hair, etc.
After you outline a letter in glue, cut off a measure of slung sequins. Carefully lay them on top of your glue outline so that they spell out the words you’ve outlined. Check out my “MERRY” below. First, I painted glue onto my M. This letter was really easy because I could cover the whole outlined letter in one line of sequins. I started at the bottom left of the letter M, and then wound my sequin trim up and down and up and down until my M was complete. Next I went onto the E. This took four strands of sequin trim. I glued down the three smaller lines of the E, and then finished it off with one long line of sequins.
When you’re looking at my photo below you’ll see that I’ve got some threads or extra sequins hanging on to my letters. That’s okay! If you cut too long of a strand of sequin trim, don’t fret! In fact, it’s better to have cut too long of a strand than to have cut too short of one. Glue down what you need and let the rest hang there. Once everything is dry, you can use your scissors to trim off the loose excess parts.
For the thicker font of “CHRISTMAS,” I used multiple strands of sequin trim lined up next to each other to make a thicker letter. This isn’t the fastest craft in the world, but the end product is gorgeous! Sequin Word Art looks festive and modern! I’m planning a sequin art collage wall that includes this holiday sequin word art piece as well as some images filled in with sequins! To do this, I’ll use the same process except that instead of words, I’ll outline a shape or picture. I’m thinking some snowflakes or holly spring will look perfect!
If you’re looking for other fun and inexpensive ways of dressing up your home for the holidays, make sure to visit the DIY section! It’s chock full of projects for all levels!