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New Year's Home Decor accents

  Can I just tell you how much I love New Year's. It is without a doubt the single best holiday.  It represents a time for new beginnings and a fresh start for everything. A time for resolutions that, although may not be kept, bring in a little extra optimism. It's the extra motivation to set new goals and accomplish new things. 
  I wanted to come up with  quick and simple holiday decor that was a little more durable then the usual party store decorations you find. You're gonna love how easy and fun this is.  And, since it will blend right into your decor, you can keep it hanging around for a couple of extra weeks.

martha stewart crafts ombre glitter new year

The supplies you'll need can be found at any craft store. You can find these great chipboard letters at Michaels that are inexpensive and durable.

Use an all-purpose white craft glue diluted with a little bit of water to make it more fluid and easier to brush.

Brush the glue on the top portion of the letters only. This will help achieve an ombré look.

Use gold glitter on the tops of each letter.

Next, use a darker gold  for the bottom. I think it may have actually used a light copper, but who's keepin track.

Combine both colors and brush on the center to create gradient color hues. If you'd like, add a tiny bit of hot pink glitter to the bottom of the copper. The colors should flow evenly to create an ombré, light to dark, effect.

To seal the glitter apply a coat of decoupage medium such as Mod Podge. You definitely don't want to forget this step. Glitter has a way of getting into each and every corner of the house.

Use a hot glue gun to attach a base to the letters. A simple piece of 1/2" balsa wood works fine.

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