When I saw this photo from Sugar & Cloth’s office tour on Glitter Guide, I instantly fell in love. My next thought? “I could make that”.
And so I did. My own version of it anyway, mainly because my cutting machines aren’t large enough for poster paper and because I love to add pops of colour. I only intended to make one poster, but it was so addicting I ended up making four. And guys, I’m probably not done. Don’t be surprised if you find an instagram picture of my entire studio covered in these things!
If you have a paper cutting machine (I used my Silhouette) then this DIY is super easy. All it takes is a bit of typing (with the perfect font of course), cutting, glueing, pasting. Voila! Oh, and searching for those perfect phrases of course. Since I have these up in my studio, I wanted quotes that would motivate me to work hard and have fun. I loved the quote from the original poster “things are about to get really good”. Don’t you just feel excited about the future reading that!? I then went on to create posters for “Make it happen”, “Go get it girl”, and “Throw kindness around like confetti”, because honestly that’s just the best imagery ever, especially when the poster has real confetti.
You could certainly leave the poster with just the text, but I wanted to jazz mine up a bit with glitter, confetti, gold leaf and adhesive gold foil. It adds a bit more interest to the poster.
I offer the templates for each of the 4 posters below, but if you make your own there are just a few things to remember
1. the simpler the font the better
2. cursive fonts do not work well
3. be very careful when removing the cardstock so as not to rip the lettering.
Ready to make your own? Let’s do it!
- Silhouette templates and machine (or equivalent)
- Mod Podge and/or double sided tape
- Various decorative (shiny) items
1 Cut out the selected type (downloads below) according to machine instructions
2 Carefully remove the cardstock from the plastic, making sure not to rip any of the letters
3 If necessary, use tweezers to remove any delicate parts
4 Place cardstock on a flat surface – use a folded piece of paper if you want to easily collect the glitter/confetti/whatever you’re using
5 Lightly brush on some mod podge. Alternatively, you can use double sided tape
6 Sprinkle glitter/confetti over the glue/tape until it is entirely covered. Shake off the excess glitter/confetti
7 Hang using masking tape or washing tape on the back of the poster
Other options: Apply the same method for the gold leaf, except apply small amounts of glue at a time and use tweezers to carefully place each bit of gold leaf on top, until you have as much as you desire. For the gold foil, simply cut the sheet into a desired size (mine is 4 inches), remove the backing and carefully adhere to the bottom of the page.
If you don’t have a cutting machine, you could still make a cut out poster, but you’ll want to use a short quote and very simple, straight lines. Use a ruler and pencil to write out your phrase, then a ruler, exacto knife and cutting mat to cut them all out.
Click on the ‘download here’ buttons to download your desired individual template, or the ‘download all here’ at the bottom to get all four. Please note – these are silhouette files, so you’ll need a machine to make them work.
Warning, you may find making these posters highly addictive.
I mentioned how the quotes I chose make me feel good and get motivated!