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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Swap 'n' Meet Saturday - {belle & sparrow} - Beautiful Nest

First of all, I want to say a big thank you to Charlie for having me at Attempting Aloha. I am so excited to be here!

My name is Jenni and my sister Belle and I share a blog called {belle & sparrow}, formally called Beautiful Nest.

I thought since it is getting ever closer February 14th, I would share a little Valentine's craft! Valentine's Day is my favorite holiday, and guess what? It's my sister Belle's favorite one, too. And since I'm representing the two of us today, I thought it would be fun to share a little idea that was partially inspired by Belle. :)

I had these cute large chipboard letters on hand. A couple of years ago, I was really into using them for my banners, but I hadn't used them in a while.

They are pre-glittered, but I didn't want them to be black for this project. Enter dark blue glitter...

I decoupaged the letter,

and then shook the glitter over it. Yea! Now I had a blue glittered letter!

And another letter...

I just kept glittering away, until I had finished all the letters I needed. After letting them dry, I was ready for these:
These small doilies, just under 7 inches wide, were found at JoAnn's Fabrics.

I glued each glittered letter to the the center of each doily...Now I used a glue gun, because I want to be able to get it off easily, to use these doilies again. However, I tested a letter using Elmer's multipurpose glue, and it worked great.

There is just something about glittered letters...

I just wove the ribbon through two of the holes in the top of each doily. I adjusted them until they looked right, attaching it securely to both ends of the mantel. (Upholstery tacks work wonders for this!)


And you have a doily banner!

{What you will need for this project}
Small doilies
Chipboard letters
Decoupage glue
Foam brush
Glue gun/glue sticks or Elmer's glue

Now I haven't seen these exact chipboard letters for quite a while. However, I know at our local Michael's, they sell smaller ones that are pre-glittered. They also sold (and perhaps still do) ones almost as large, that are plain chipboard.
I am going to be doing a post on how to create your own larger sized chipboard letters at {belle & sparrow} in the next few days, so be sure to check this out if you would like! :)

Thanks again to Charlie for letting me share this with you, and I hope you all have a beautiful day!


  1. nice...I wish my fireplace was white!

  2. Good Morning, Charlie!

    I had to come over and say, "hi"! I just saw your swap on Jenni's blog. I need to go check out that pillow that you made. Too cute! Isn't Jenni the best?! I love her linen wreaths and the galvanized window. The "Be Mine" banner is awesome! I just want to try every project she makes.

    Enjoyed visiting!

    Hope you both have a great weekend!

  3. What a yummy scrummy project! I have all those items on my stash too! What a great way to use them,thanks for another great idea! X

  4. I love the style of the fireplace even before the doilies. BEAUTIFUL!!


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