My plan for Christmas was to make most of our gifts for people, but other ideas started to seem better and time was limited. I still had planned to do some wood or paper maché letters for my sister and sister-in-law, but didn’t get them completed. So I decided to hold off until their birthdays, both of which are in April, and do them then. I finally saw my sis-in-law to give her gift to her, so now I can finally share them!
I had planned to do wood letters, but locally it was tough finding nice thick wood letters in the size I wanted, and with an ampersand also available. Online the size I wanted got pricey enough that it was no longer worth doing them DIY. So I went with paper maché letters from Consumer Crafts. The letters were $2.57 each, and I covered them with acrylic paint I already had (except for one that I had to buy) and scrapbook paper from my stash.
I painted each one to match as closely as possible to the paper so that the front and sides were more “seamless”. The sides required a couple coats, sometimes three, but since the front was going to be covered with paper I just did one there to make sure no brown showed through.
Once the paint was dry (process went pretty quickly) I Mod Podged the scrapbook paper to the front. (I had flipped the letter over to use as a stencil before I painted them.) Mod Podge and I don’t get along, and the paper wrinkled as I went, especially at the beginning. I found it was best to apply Mod Podge to the letter first, adhere the paper, and then wait a bit for that to stick before coming back and going over the top. By some miracle all the bubbles and wrinkles smoothed out as the Mod Podge dried. I did three coats of Mod Podge before it smoothed and hardened.
These were for my sister-in-law, Brooke, and her boyfriend, Scott…
…and these were for my sister, Lisa, and her fianceé, Dean…
I tried to make the letters coordinate with their living room decor. Can’t wait to see where they decide to put them!