Thursday, August 12, 2010

Covered Letters

This is my go-to bridal shower gift for family and close friends.
I love to make the letters that will spell the couples last name.
This example below is the one's I just made for Jadon and Amanda.
{don't know why I can't turn the picture}
So I get the letters at Hobby Lobby or Michael's
Any wood or cardboard letters work. Find the paper you want. I normally try to coordinate with their living room colors.
I normally alternate a solid and then pattern.
{Honestly picking the paper and laying out the way I want the paper laid out is the toughest part.}
Trace the letter on the paper. Both upside down.
Cut on the inside of the trace. This will save you time in trying to trim down the letter.
Then Mod Podge the paper to the letter.
Put the mod podge on the letter and then lay the cut paper on top.
Smooth any bubbles and let dry.
After it has dried. Take some sand paper and sand down the excess paper on the edges.
Then stain the edges. I normally do brown or black paint {just craft paint}
and mix it with water and use a sponge.
I find a ripped sponge works best {that yellow thing on the top of the plate}
It allows a messier look and gives you more control of what you want to do.
There is no rhyme or pattern to follow.
Just stain the edges. Make it messy.
I don't think there is any way you can go wrong here.

Then do another layer of Mod Podge on the top.
A nice layer works good. It will dry clear.
Once dry you can embellish.
Use buttons, ribbons, brads, beads, gems, whatever you can find.
A nice rule of them is start embellishing the solids.
Then if if you want to you can add a small embellishment to the patterned letters. And there you have it. The final product.

There is no limit to what you can make!
You can spell out anything or just do an initial.
Super easy and fun!!!

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Αγαπη said...

LOVE this idea!!

I recently saw the large letters available at the craft store but I hadn't yet figured out just what to do with them. This takes them to the next level...and the design possibilities are endless!

Thanks for sharing!

Mod Podge Amy said...

These are awesome! I like it.

staci @ lizard n ladybug said...

so cute! found you on Tatertots and Jello :)

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

Love your letters..Great job!!That's what I have doing for my Christmas Boutique!!
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The Many Colours of Happiness said...

I love your ideas!! I am absolutely sending this to my sister so she can make it for me as an engagement present :p