How To: Create Gorgeous Letter Art on a Dime

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I recently went to Hobby Lobby planning to buy large letters, paint them white and put pink polka dots on them.  But one of their idea books caught my eye and I found something much better!

Chloe’s came out so well that we made letters for my other daughter too:

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And, not to be outdone by the girly bling, one for my son:

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Want to make some of your own?

Here’s what you will need:

  • Flat letters (these were cardboard type material about 1/4 inch thick)
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Paint
  • Razor/Knife/Scalpel Tool (for the life of me I can’t remember the scrapbooking term for this tool – but don’t worry there’s a picture)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Embellishments
  • Stamp Pad (optional)

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Step 1:

Place the scrapbook paper upside down and lay the letters upside down on top.  Depending on the shape of the letters you can often fit more than one letter on each 12″ x 12″ piece of paper.

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Use a very sharp edge tool to cut the paper along the edge of the letter.  I found cutting them on my glass cutting board worked very well.  There will invariably be spots that didn’t cut all the way through.  After removing the letter sever those few areas that didn’t get cut.  Be careful to cut them cleanly so the paper doesn’t tear.

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Step 3:

Set the paper cutouts to the side and paint the edge of the letters.  I used some OOPS paint I found at Home Depot for Chloe’s (pictured) and acrylic paint for the other two.

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Step 4:

After painting the edges of the letters, paint the top and lay the cutout scrapbook paper on top while the paint is still wet.  The paint will be the adhesive to keep the paper on the letter.  Smooth the paper to eliminate any bubbles or wrinkles.  Be careful because the edge paint is still wet so may smear.  Alternatively, you could paint the edge, wait for it to dry and then paint the top and place the paper.  I’m not quite that patient.

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Quick note: Be careful where you place the letters to dry.  I tried to use newspaper, but then it got stuck to the letters.  I found wax paper or press and seal worked well.

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Step 5:

You could stop right here and have a very nice product.  However, to create the looks in the ones we made, you need to add embellishments.  Most of these are self explanatory and involve using a glue gun and adding items until you are satisfied.  Ours included stickers (cowboy theme), 3D accessories (butterflies and flowers), and sparkly stones for some added bling on the girls’.

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Step 6:

For Chloe’s letters, I also used a black stamp pad to add shading along the edge of the letters for depth.  It was messy and difficult and I chose not to do so on the next two, but I’m sure would be better with practice or the right stamp pad or perhaps chalk.

Out of Pocket:

I lucked out and some of the items I needed were on a 40% off sale (*) , so this may not be the exact price you would pay, but here’s the tally:

  • *Cardboard letter $1.20 each
  • *Scrapbook Paper – $0.30 each
  • Acrylic Paint $0.99 per bottle
  • *Cowboy stickers (2 packs) $2 each
  • Butterfly Pack $3.67 (included 5)
  • Flower Pack $3.67 (included 5)
  • Stamp Pad $2.50

Average price per letter = $3

Considering similar wall letters are $10+ at places like Pottery Barn, this is a great way to save some money without losing anything in final results.

And except for the drama of trying to pick the paper and embellishments:

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We all had a great time making them.

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Out of curiousity, which one do you like the best?

  • Little girl (pink & green),
  • Cowboy or
  • Glamour Tweener (black and white)?

8 Responses to How To: Create Gorgeous Letter Art on a Dime

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  2. What a fun idea to make your own! I love the embellishments and that you had your kids help out. I think my kids would like to do this too, though some of our letters may turn out a little funky. :)

    • Daria says:

      I cut them myself, but let the older two paint the letters and glue the things on. The 3 year old picked out which bling she wanted (rhinestones) and where to glue them. She was so entertained and well behaved! I was impressed.

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  4. they’re so cute! great work!

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  6. HaxAras says:

    Weird seeing the name Tevan, I wasn’t sure if it was on purpose when I saw it on Google. It’s my legal name which I intend to have changed to HaxAras. Just doing my routine check to make sure if anybody can link my two names they have A really hard time.

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