Crafty Saturdays: How to Make Your Own Decor Letters

Hello Lovelies! It’s Saturday again and that means another craft post from yours truly! This is what I’ve been working on last week. It’s not something you can do in just one sitting because of the drying time but I think there are a lot of things you can do with a simple letter block. It can be used for home decor or even school projects.

I was inspired by letter block decors I found on Pinterest and I saw some ready made ones at Market-Market in Taguig, back in the Philippines. They looked simple enough so I thought I could make them on my own. If you want to find out how to make one on your own, read on!

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Supplies:

  1. Cardboard paper (I used cereal/brownie boxes)
  2. Glue
  3. Scissors
  4. Printed Letter Stencil
  5. Blade
  6. Newspaper/scrap paper for paper mache
  7. white glue for paper mache
  8. Paint or glitter

Instructions:

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  1. Print or draw the shape you want to make. (I just drew mine and it didn’t come out perfect so I really suggest printing the letter to get better results.)
  2. Cut out the shape on two cardboard sheets
  3. Using extra card board sheets, make the side panels for depth. (Add 1 cm to each side).Letter Blocks2
  4. Cut the extra 1cm so that the side panels will be easy to fold around the base shape.
  5. Add glue around the outer edge of the base shapes.
  6. Place the side panels around the base shape. Letter Blocks3
  7. Glue the second piece of base shape on top of the side panels to finish the shape.
  8. Now it’s time to cover it with paper mache to make it sturdier. First cut out 1 inch strips of newspaper or bond paper and then soak the paper in water.
  9. When the paper is soft,  coat one side of the letter shape with glue and carefully cover it with the soft paper.
  10. Let the first layer dry before adding additional coats of paper mache. I made 3 layers.
  11. After your final coat of paper mache dries, you can sand the surface to make it smoother.
  12. You can then paint your decor letter or even coat it in glitters. Spray paint is easier though compared to gold leaf or acrylic.

You can use it as a personalized paper weight, as a bookend, or as decorative piece for your mantle or even doors! The whole project took about 4 hours including drying time. Hope you like this project! 🙂

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