It’s been a long time since I’ve made the time to do something crafty, but I’m hoping to change all that this year. I have a huge list of things I want to make for around the house, and one of the top categories is holiday decorations. I see so many cute ideas out there!
Since Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and I don’t really have very many decorations for that holiday (gasp!), I decided to start there. I wanted something cute, but not something that would take too long, since I’m so busy with school right now. So block letters it is!
Here is what you would need for this project:
- Wooden block letters (I found these at Michael’s)
- Acrylic Paint
- Scrapbook paper in various patterns
- Mod Podge
- Paint brushes or sponges
- Pencil for tracing
- Sparkle Mod Podge
First thing to do is trace your letters onto the scrap paper. Put the paper to the side for now, and then paint the outside edge of your letters. You can paint the front and/or back as well, but since one side is covered by paper, and the other side will be facing the wall, I left that part out. I ended up doing 2 coats on each letter, but I think three would have been even better. It depends on the thickness of your paint, but I would do at least two coats. I also suggest doing a coat of primer if your letters are not white, so it will cut down on the painting time.
You should wait at least a few hours for the paint to dry. I was too eager, and ended up smearing the paint and having to retouch one of the “X” sides. Patience is a virtue here!
While you’re waiting for the paint to dry, cut out the letter shapes. Put them to the side again, but close by, because you will need them for the next step.
Once your paint is pretty much dry, you’ll want to break out the Mod Podge. Put a nice thin layer of Mod Podge on the front side of your letters, and another thin layer on the back of the paper. Place the paper gently on the letter, making sure it adheres completely and the edges are pretty much spot on. Don’t worry if it overlaps a bit on some parts, it can be fixed later. Spread another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of the paper. Make sure the paper is smooth over the letter. I find that running the edge of a credit card gently over the paper works better than using my hands.
It’s easiest to work on each letter separately, so you aren’t rushing. Let it dry for about 30 minutes, and then put another final coat of Mod Podge on the front. I ended up using sparkle Mod Podge as my final coat, to give it a bit of extra shimmer!
Let it dry overnight, and then trim off any edges that are sticking out. Voila! A cute, quick decoration for the holidays.
Happy Valentine’s Day!