Weekend Sparkles

This weekend I was alone. All alone. Like literally, everyone in my life who helps me take care of R + M decided that this would be the perfect weekend to go away.

I panicked.

I spent the week “stocking up.” Kind of like a hurricane was coming. I bought bottled water, formula, diapers, baby products galore.  I was about three minutes away from heading to Home Depot for plywood when I realized that the apocalypse was not coming. I’m not sure why my brain equated being alone to Armageddon.

Once I finally calmed down, breathed deeply into my brown paper bag {great trick, not just for the movies} and came back to earth, I decided that I could handle this weekend. I would survive.

But first, I would go to Michaels and stock up on art supplies. That way if the world ended at least I would have made something pretty for R + M’s playroom walls. Yes, I am deluded.

With a little help from my old Luscious Verde swatchbook {thanks guys for replacing it and leaving me with tons of new scrap paper}, and a little touch of Martha Stewart, I created:




And here’s how I did them. It might look complicated {or not} but it was super easy and a lot of fun {if your idea of fun is sitting at your kitchen table with HGTV in the background and covering yourself with types of glitter. If so we should be friends}.

1. Things you need:

Canvas. Mine is 11″ by 14″. It could definitely be smaller. Or bigger. You could also use a shadowbox which might be really cool for more depth and protection. I have a thing for unframed white canvases these days. The size of the canvas/shadowbox doesn’t really matter because you can position the objects yourself.


Martha Stewart craft punch. I used the butterfly and the balloon. Any will do. I want the heart next. Yes, there is a next.


Martha Stewart glitter glue. I used the whole shabang. I live for glitter.

Paper: I used my handy dandy discontinued Luscious Verde swatch book. You can use any and everything. If you are going to fold the butterflies slightly you might want something that is 2 sided with color. Otherwise I would use paint chips {love those too}.

For the balloons, I used some black and white bakers twine that I bought ages ago for an invitation project for Papery.

2. How to make it:


a. Punch out the paper. I tried to match the paper color as closely as possibly to the glitter glue color it would be “painted” with. I was nervous the glitter glue would be less opaque {a few colors are}, so I wanted any paper that would show through to match. Otherwise, you could probably use white paper, but I would aim for a cardstock. It won’t warp and it will hold the glitter glue better.

b. Paint glitter glue on top of matching paper color. I tried not to go too thick but thick enough to be opaque.

c. Wait. For glitter glue to dry. {Note: this step used to drive me crazy with crafting. I have zero patience. Once I set my mind on doing something I want it to be done, dried and hanging on my wall. It’s much easier now that the babies are teething. The project went more like: glitter glue, care for crying baby, more glitter glue, more caring for crying baby. By the time R + M went “down” for the night the glue was dry. Hooray}.


d. For the butterflies: I organized them into a “rainbow” and laid them out on the canvas the way I wanted. I used an actual ruler {and did math, mom and dad!!!} and marked where they should be placed to be as centered as much as possible. I also folded the butterflies slightly so they would appear to come up off the canvas. Again, if they are wet you will regret jumping ahead. {I can give you a crying baby to distract you, if you must}. Then I used a drop of hot glue from my trustworthy {Achem, $1.50} glue gun to adhere my little fluttering friends.



e. For the balloon: I First I cut the strands of bakers twine long and used a glue gun to adhere them to the back of the balloons. Then I laid them out in rainbow order {at least my version of rainbow order} on the canvas. I hot glued them down tucking in the twine as needed. Once the glue dried {about 3 minutes, much less patience needed for this. Crying babies not required}, I gathered all of the twine together in the middle. Then I cut another piece of twine and tied it in a bow to gather the strings. I hot glued that little bow to the canvas so that the strings would be taut. Then I snipped off the bottom of the strings so they were even.

Voila. Totally not a lot of work.



The end result: a lot of glitter on me and most likely on the teething babies. Pure happiness. No apocalypse. I survived.



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8 Comments on Weekend Sparkles

  1. Chasidy Nogueira
    November 5, 2012 at 12:24 pm (7 years ago)

    Thanks so much for considering my bathroom shelves a highlight! Made my day. 🙂

  2. Pippa
    May 11, 2012 at 8:55 pm (7 years ago)

    So cute!

  3. kim
    November 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm (8 years ago)

    I cannot WAIT to do this!
    The art looks amazing (as does the nursery -whoa.)

  4. Papery and Cakery
    September 21, 2011 at 10:59 pm (8 years ago)

    Yup. I glittered them with the glitter glue and then let them dry. Then I hot glued the string. So much fun and love it for Liv’s room!!!

  5. brianna
    September 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm (8 years ago)

    your art is amazing and i love copying it!!! amazing pieces for the playrom and liv’s room! when you did the balloons, did you glitter them first and then attach the strings?

  6. Colleen
    September 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm (8 years ago)

    I’m obsessed with your art projects!! Love these!! Must do for E + L. First
    I am going to do the crayon project!! Next this. May use different shape punches. I have a long over due trip to Michaels. Will send pictures. Keep ’em coming!!

  7. Rachel Schneider
    September 19, 2011 at 11:34 am (8 years ago)

    Hi Niki…Great post! I can completely relate to the feelings about being alone for the weekend and I am totally making this project as soon as I’m done with the shower gift I’m working on 🙂 Thanks for the great idea!

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