DIY to Try: Glittered Bar Sign

A bar cart used to seem like such an adult thing to have. In college, if you asked me where my bar cart was, I’d point to the cabinet under the sink that contained boxed wine and other inexpensive bottles. But now, I can actually say I’m the proud owner of a fancy bar cart, and have graduated from boxed wine to Charles Shaw (i.e. Two Buck Chuck). And you know what’s the best part about my new little addition? It was only $30 at Target (marked down from $140!!!). Move over cabinet under the kitchen sink filled with used grocery bags and cleaning supplies. This shiny little bar cart is here to stay.

I’ll be honest, it sat empty in its newly-designated corner for a few weeks. I wanted to do something to make the area really pop (it is a bar, after all), but didn’t know what. I did some research and came across some inspiring projects, like this DIY wooden happy hour sign, and this adorable vintage-inspired liquor cabinet. Unfortunately, when you live alone, tackling larger-scale projects can be a bit of a challenge. The thought of me using a chop saw to make my own wooden letters is comical. And with how clumsy I am, pretty terrifying.

Because those projects aren’t really in the cards for me (at least not yet), I put my creativity to use and thought of simple and inexpensive ways to spruce up my bar area. After all, my bar cart is the first thing people see when they walk through the door. So, in this post, I’ll show you how to make a glittered bar sign. And now I’ll stop rambling. Let’s get this party started.

barHere’s what you’ll need:

  • Cardboard 3-D letters (I found mine at Michael’s)
  • Pencil
  • Gold glitter scrap book paper
  • Exacto knife
  • Ruler (I’d recommend a metal one)
  • Sponge brush/paint brush
  • Modge Podge
  • 3M photo strips (for hanging purposes)

Step 1: Place the letters backwards on the scrapbook paper and trace with your pencil. bar2

Step 2: After you trace your letters, use the exacto knife and ruler to carefully (very carefully) cut out the letters.bar3

Step 3: Using your brush, apply the Modge Podge to the front of your cardboard letters.bar5

Step 4: Apply the scrapbook paper and let dry.bar6

Step 5: Apply the hanging strips and adhere the letters to the wall.IMG_4852

Step 6: Hang and admire your new bar sign!DSCN4471 DSCN4476 DSCN4481

So, what do you guys think?! This project was pretty simple overall, and can be customized to fit your taste. I’m loving floral letters lately, and already have another project idea in mind for my bedroom.

Also, please ignore the fact that my little bar cart is relatively empty. Alcohol is expensive these days. And I’m told once you enter the real world, it isn’t acceptable to offer Kamchatka to guests.

I’m currently accepting donations. Cheers!

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