I found these cute wooden letters at Hobby Lobby a few months ago. I was hooked. And the price? Normally $3.99, they are on sale now for $1.99! They are actually supposed to be a garland, however I knew the minute I saw them that I wanted to paint them and sit them on a shelf. Today I’m sharing how to make Merry Christmas letters.
I shared the letters yesterday on my blog and in a video showcasing how I decorated my kitchen hutch for Christmas.
Painting the Letters
Before I started I traced each letter onto a piece of paper and then drew in the design I wanted to paint.
For me this planning stage is essential.
Once that was done, I gave each letter a base coat of acrylic paint.
Since these letters are laser cut they have pretty brown edges.
I wanted to keep those for contrast so I was really careful not to get paint on the sides.
Once my base coats were dry it was time to start the fun part.
Painting in the detail.
Now don’t worry about being precise here.
Mine certainly aren’t.
Just have fun with it!
Mod Podge Letters
I know that some of you are thinking that you can’t or don’t want to paint.
I’ve got you.
The answer is scrapbook paper and Mod Podge!
Simply trace your letter onto your paper.
I used a pen so that you could see the outline better, but normally I would use a pencil so that I could erase any unwanted lines.
Cut out your traced letter, being sure to cut on the inside of the lines.
Once that it done, fit your cutout to our wooden letter.
Trim any overhanging paper.
Then put a coat of Mod Podge onto your wooden letter.
Place the paper on top of the letter and gently rub the letter to attach it and work out any air bubbles.
Paint another coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper.
I’ve shown you two different ways on how to make Merry Christmas letters and I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite.
I even think they would look good mixed together!
One tip before I go: When picking scrapbook paper, pick paper with a smaller pattern scale.
If your pattern is too large it won’t look good on your small letters!
Until next time…