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How to Decorate With Paper Mache and Wooden Letters

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Customize Your Décor With Words and Letters

If you are looking for a creative idea for a child's nursery or want to bring a warm touch to your home's interior, decoupaged words and letters are a great option. Whether you choose wooden letters, paper mache words, or a wooden cut out from a craft store, you can easily customize them to match your home décor. Letters come in many styles and sizes, so you can spell anything imaginable. This project also makes a great gift for babies, newlyweds, and grandparents!

Supplies

Supplies

What You'll Need:

  • Wood or paper mache letters or words of your choice
  • Mod Podge or other water-based glue (You can choose matte or high gloss.)
  • Acrylic paint in your choice of color
  • Scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or fabric to cover the letter or word
  • Brushes- one to apply glue and one to apply paint
  • A utility knife, kitchen knife, or rotary blade
Paint the borders of the letter or word before adding paper

Paint the borders of the letter or word before adding paper

Instructions

1. Paint the sides and edges of the word or letter with acrylic paint that matches the paper or fabric you select. Cover well and let dry. If the first coat soaks in or looks patchy, add a second coat to get an even and colorful finish. (You don't need to worry about getting paint on the rest of the letters as this will be covered up with paper).

Apply a medium layer of Mod Podge and cover the letter with your selected paper

Apply a medium layer of Mod Podge and cover the letter with your selected paper

2. Cut a piece of paper or fabric to lay over your letter. Make sure it is long enough to slightly drape over the edge of your letter. Apply a medium to thick coat of Mod Podge or other white glue with a sponge brush to the letter you are decorating. Apply the paper and smooth out any bubbles. Allow this to dry for about 10 minutes.

3. Use a rotary or utility knife to trim the paper or fabric to mold to the letter. Do this to each letter in a word or to a letter. If you have ragged edges, you can lightly sand them with fine or medium grade sandpaper. If using sandpaper on paper mache, use light pressure to avoid damage to the letter.

When the letters are covered, add Modge Pod or Decoupage sealant to the entire word or letter.

When the letters are covered, add Modge Pod or Decoupage sealant to the entire word or letter.

4. When all the letters are papered, apply a coat of Mod Podge Decoupage Sealant to the entire word or letter. Allow the sealant to dry.

5. When the front is done, repeat these steps to complete the back of the word or letter. If you don't want to decorate the back, you can paint it instead.

6. When the decoupage word or letter is complete, it is time to embellish it. You can add ribbons, paper flowers, or any other embellishment to suit your style.

7. Hang and enjoy!

Comments

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 01, 2013:

I love craft ideas and this one is very useful. I love the paper you chose and the end product--ready for the nursery! Voted up

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on January 09, 2013:

Thanks for sharing this nice idea....

AudraLeigh on November 27, 2012:

I love having crafty friends!!! I have not worked w/ paper m since I was a kid. I am pinning this to save and for a project. I still after all this time have to finish painting seashells. I will do this later...I have an idea for this...hmmm

Great hub! voted up!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on September 23, 2012:

Aww.. thanks Just Ask Susan! These look beautiful for Christmas with a word like NOEL papered to match your Christmas tree design. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on September 23, 2012:

Thanks for commenting Teaches. Letters come in all shapes and sizes so you could spell out a whole poem if you wanted to. :)

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on September 23, 2012:

You have so many craft hubs that I want to try. I only with I could find the time to do one. I'll add this one to the list as it looks like fun.

Pinning, sharing and voting.

Dianna Mendez on September 22, 2012:

Very pretty, Tammy. I think these would go good in my den upstairs!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on August 13, 2012:

Thanks so much Lord de Cross!

Joseph De Cross from New York on August 13, 2012:

Voted up and awesome! I missed this one. What a crafty idea... and so easy to follow. Instructions are clear, and even myself can do it. Well I would need lots of glue though. Thanks for another winner hub, Tammy!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 30, 2012:

These are really getting popular, especially for baby nurseries. It is such a customizable craft. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment Au Fait!

C E Clark from North Texas on June 29, 2012:

This is such a great decorating idea. Great for any time of the year, but also nice for holidays like Christmas. Hang a big word over the fireplace or stand a medium size word on the mantel (peace, joy, rejoice, love, etc.). or a smaller word on a coffee table or a book shelf. There's just no end to the different ways you can decorate them and even add jewels or other interesting things to them.

Voting you up and useful, interesting, and beautiful!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 05, 2012:

Thanks Victoria Anne! Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment.

Victoria Anne from Las Vegas on June 04, 2012:

This is so cute! I love things like this.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 25, 2012:

Good for you BJC. You are a special person. They could have a lot of fun with this idea and make something practicle. It is nice to meet you here. Thanks so much for your comment.

BJC from Florida on May 25, 2012:

What a creative idea. I teach special needs children in middle school and this is a great idea. Thank you!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 24, 2012:

Thanks so much for your kind compliment ishwaryaa22. I appreciate the vote and the share.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on May 24, 2012:

Cool and cute idea! I agree that they make great personal gifts! This craft hub sure motivate many hubbers, including me to be creative with wooden or paper mache letters and jazz up our homes! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up and Socially Shared.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on May 17, 2012:

Thanks so much for reading and commenting SanneL! :)

SanneL from Sweden on May 17, 2012:

This is such a cute idea Tammy! Your love letters are just adorable. Thanks for sharing your great ideas with us. Voted up and shared.

Felixedet2000 from The Universe on April 28, 2012:

Thanks Tammy, it a pleasure to go through your hubs always.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 28, 2012:

Thanks for your warm comment and visit Felixdet2000. It is always good to see you.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 28, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting Ruchira. This is a really fun idea.

Felixedet2000 from The Universe on April 28, 2012:

Very impressive and the creativity is simply lovely.Thanks for this eye opener.

Ruchira from United States on April 27, 2012:

this is so cool tammy. i might do up my kids' room with his name. great summer ideas...voted up and shared!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 27, 2012:

Thanks so much for your kind comment spirit whisperer!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 27, 2012:

Thanks! I will find yours and link yours as well. Thanks for reading!

Xavier Nathan from Isle of Man on April 26, 2012:

Fun and creative and what better way to do this and keep those valuable dollars in your own pocket!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 26, 2012:

Great job Tammy! I'm going to link this to my letter crafts hub.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 26, 2012:

Aww.. Thanks Fpherj48. I am not a big fan of Martha Stewart. She isn't a very nice person and her line of craft items are so overpriced. Crafts don't have to cost an arm, leg, or a first born. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 26, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting denisemai. I hope you enjoy it!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 26, 2012:

That would be adorable kelleyward! If you do it I want to see photos. :) Thanks for stopping by!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 26, 2012:

Thanks Alocsin! These can liven up any room. I am tempted to get some small letters and put an entire poem up on a wall.. Hmm.. thanks for the read and comment!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 26, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting Natashalh. I appreciate it.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 26, 2012:

Thanks RTalloni! :)

Suzie from Carson City on April 26, 2012:

Tammy....Looks to me like I have one message to shout out to someone......"EAT YOUR HEART OUT, MARTHA STEWART!"

We have Tammy.....who needs you??!

Denise Mai from Idaho on April 26, 2012:

Cute idea. I may have to give it a whirl! Thanks for inspiring me to do something today.

kelleyward on April 26, 2012:

I have my kids names in their rooms but this hub gave me some ideas for decorating them with dinosaur paper etc. voted up and shared on Pinterest! Take care, Kelley

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on April 26, 2012:

I've often seen these items at the craft store and always thought that painting them would make them look more attractive. You took it up a level with your coverings. Voting this Up and Useful.

Natasha from Hawaii on April 26, 2012:

Those are very nice, professional-looking letters! I love customizing things to look the way I want - thanks for sharing these instructions. Voted up and useful.

RTalloni on April 25, 2012:

This would be a really fun project. Thanks for sharing your idea on paper mache for letters and words.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 25, 2012:

Thanks so much Ebower! It is much appreciated!

Erin Bower from Georgia on April 25, 2012:

This sounds simple and would be great for a gift or for decorating your own home. I voted this up and useful!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 25, 2012:

Thanks RealHousewife. That is so kind of you. I have done crafts all my life. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 25, 2012:

Why not billybuc? Don't knock it until you have tried it. Just think.. you can make some for your little writing corner to inspire you. You could make one for yourself that says "I Am a Rockstar", or "Who's Your Daddy?" It doesn't have to be cutesy. :) Thanks for your comment my friend.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on April 25, 2012:

You are multi talented! You can make all kinds of stuff AND write great hubs too:) Amazing!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 25, 2012:

Thanks Suziecat7! :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on April 25, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting Ardie. These are fun!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 25, 2012:

You do realize of course that I probably won't be trying these ideas out anytime soon. :) But I can give you support as you have given me time and time again, so with that I'll say excellent hub and a great read. :)

suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on April 25, 2012:

Very nice. Thanks for the idea.

Sondra from Neverland on April 25, 2012:

This is a fun idea! I would love to do letter for my kids names and decorate them with things each kid likes :)