My sister Jody and friend Becky invited me for a girls craft night. These terrific wooden letters were the project, and how perfect are they! Of course the C is for me, heehee. These letters have endless possibilities; a weddings gift of their last name – the entire name or just first the letter. The first letter for Mother’s Day. ABC for a teacher. A graduates high school or college letters or name. A Christmas gift for family. You get the idea. Thank you Becky and Jody for having me over and for my darling C!!!
Do-It-Yourself Wooden Letters
Wooden Letter of any size – look at yard sales, thrift stores also for these.
Good paint such as Americana or Ceramacoat
Foam sponge brush
Tin foil Scrapbook paper of your choice
Xacto knife or razor blade
Cutting mat or board
Ink pad that coordinates with your scrapbook paper
Ultra Cover Matte Clear or other protective spray coating
Hot glue gun
Begin by lightly sanding off any rough edges and wiping off any dust. Place the wooden letter on a piece of tin foil. The foil does not allow it to stick while being painted and while drying.
Purchase good quality paint such as Americana or Ceramacoat. Using a foam sponge brush, paint the entire surface of the letter, making sure to get inside any openings. Allow to dry. Do not forget to paint the bottoms of the letter also when it is dry enough to turn it on its side to stand/sit to dry for those areas to dry also. Allow to dry. Repeat this process with a second coat. If you are in a rush, or it is cold, you can use a hair dryer to speed up the process.
Here is a nifty trick from our very creative Becky: Fold your brush inside your tinfoil to keep moist in between coats of paint. Genius!
Lay your letter down on your scrapbook paper, in reverse like a mirror image, and trace. This paper is one-sided.
This paper is two-sided.
Cut out using sharp scissors
Place your paper on a mat board or cutting board and using an exacto knife or razor blade cut out any small openings.
With a clean foam sponge brush, evenly coat the letter lightly with Mod Podge
Lightly coat the letter with Mod Podge
Make sure ALL the edges are secured with Mod Podge as this is how they will stay down and look nice.
Here’s another very useful Becky trick: Using a credit card, scrape out any air bubbles; this step also presses the paper firmly to the wooden letter.
Clip any edges of the paper that are sticking out from the edges of the wood.
Lightly file off the edges to make a nice finished edge.
Using an ink pad that coordinates with your scrapbook paper, use just the edge and rub on the side of the letter.
Spray evenly with a protective coating such as Ultra Cover Matte Clear.
Embellish, such as tying a knot with ribbon.
Use hot glue to attach other items.
For this, Becky painted the apple stem brown, the apple red. When dried applied Mod Podge and sprinkled on red glitter. When dried hot glued the apple to the letter.
Now you have an easy, economical and much appreciated gift!
Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2015
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