Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Decorative Letters

I've never been a fan of names in rooms, but my daughter wanted me to paint her name on her bedroom wall. I like to create my own stencils, but I saw these letters at Michael's and decided to use these instead. It's a little time consuming, but as usually I just put a Jane Austen movie in the DVD player, and starting crafting. It was a great afternoon. I found these great decorative scrapbook paper at the dollar store. They matched the colors of her room perfectly.Here's how I did it.

Supplies: Letters, craft paint, foam brushes, decorative scrapbook paper, x-acto knife, pencil,mod podge, acrylic sealer, and trash bag.

I used the trash bag to protect the surface I was working on. I traced letters on the wrong side of decorative paper. On the inside of the completed tracing, retraced the letter again. Use the original trace as your guide. You want to make a smaller image, so that you can see the painted edge on your finished letter. Cut out smaller image using an x-acto knife. I hope this isn't too confusing. Check out my close up to see what I mean. Paint your letters. Mod podge the cut out paper image to painted letters. I used 3 coats. Once dry, coat with a clear sealer. I embellished my letters with stickers, but get creative and use ribbon, buttons, puffy paint!!

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