Easy DIY Understated Holiday Decor

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There are only 5 days left until Christmas, but it’s not too late to create some last-minute holiday decor!

I was looking around my living room the other day and noticed an inexcusable lack of sparkle. When it comes to decorating, I like an understated look. Neutrals. Just a splash of color here and there, nothing too wild. But when the holidays roll around, I’ll admit I’m a sucker for sparkles.

So one crafty afternoon I made it my mission to marry my need for sparkles to my love of understated neutrals! This is what happened:

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Simple, but sparkly! And the best part is I was able to use up craft materials I had leftover from previous projects. Here is how you can recreate the look yourself:

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First, get together your supplies: I had gotten a wooden plaque and little wooden letters at Michaels a few months back. I figured since I already had this plaque left over I should use it up! I had some parchment-colored paint leftover from my DIY Initial Art project, so all I needed was something that sparkled.

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I decided to try out Martha Stewart’s glitter paint because I didn’t want to deal with the mess that is traditional glitter, especially when the glitter flakes are bound to flake off onto everything and everyone. I know you can use a coat of Mod Podge or the like to keep that from happening, but I didn’t have any and didn’t want to spend much on the project since I already had most of the supplies. Martha Stewart to the rescue!

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Next, paint your plaque and your letters with a couple coats of the parchment-colored paint. I recommend painting the letters with the same color of paint as your plaque so the wood color of the letters doesn’t show through the glitter.

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Then, glitter up your letters! Unfortunately, the glitter paint wasn’t as glitter dense as I had hoped–although in retrospect I realize the paint wouldn’t really be paint-like if it were mostly glitter like I originally expected. However, you can still easily create a glitter-dense look with a thick application of the paint and a few coats of it.

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From here, all that’s left to do is arrange your letters on the plaque and glue them with a hot glue gun, pressing down firmly. You can affix a hook to the back of the plaque to hang it, or you can use one of those mini canvas easel things to prop it up, which is the method I chose to display it on my sofa table.

Understated Holiday Decor |www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | This easy DIY understated holiday decor is simple enough to be made in one crafty afternoon!
Understated Holiday Decor |www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | This easy DIY understated holiday decor is simple enough to be made in one crafty afternoon!
Understated Holiday Decor |www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | This easy DIY understated holiday decor is simple enough to be made in one crafty afternoon!
Understated Holiday Decor |www.EssentiallyEclectic.com | This easy DIY understated holiday decor is simple enough to be made in one crafty afternoon!

I hope you enjoyed this understated holiday decor tutorial! I would love to see some of your DIY holiday decor, so feel free to leave a link in a comment!

Love,
Gabby