Monday, April 25, 2011

diy {letter art}

I am loving these monogram letters! They are easy, fast and inexpensive to make and depending on the paper you use they can make great gifts for anyone from a baby to an adult. Here is a "T" I made for Talia's room. I embellished it with a crochet flower, a fabric yoyo, some pearls and an antique button.
Want to make your own? Here's what you"ll need:
-paper mache or wooden letter (I got mine at Joannes)
-decorative paper (scrapbook page, map, sheet music, pretty wrapping paper ect...)
-acrylic paint
-Mod Podge
-scissors, foam brush and pencil
Turn your letter over, trace it onto the paper and cut it out. 
Paint the back and the sides of the letter with acrylic paint. You don't have to worry about the front since you will be covering it up.
After the paint dries, apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the front of the letter and place your paper on it. Make sure to really smooth out the paper from the center to the edges so you get out all the air bubbles.
Allow a few minutes to dry completely and then apply another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the paper. It will go on white but dries clear and provides a protective seal.
The finished product! I made it for a friend's baby shower last weekend and I think it will look great in Lucas' nursery :)

6 comments:

  1. This is so cute, I am going to try and use this for my cake topper!

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  2. How to make an ordinary present, extraordinary. Presentations looks fabulous. well done!

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  3. I LOVE these! I'm having a really hard time making a letter S though. I can't seem to cut the paper exactly enough to fit onto the wood letter. I think it's the curves. Any tips or hints??

    Thanks!!!

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  4. @anon- Curved letters can be a little tricky. You could try tracing around the letter with an exacto knife to cut it out. Hopefully that works a little better for you :)

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  5. Thank you Sarah the exacto knife worked perfectly!!

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  6. Thanks for the great tutorial! We've been doing this, but finally have a tutorial to share with our fans!

    http://simplyparty.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/paper-mache-table-decor/

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