Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mod Podged Letters

I've had the wooden letters that spell out the boy's names in their rooms for sometime now.  I had painted them but when I went to hang them up in their new rooms I thought they could use a Mod Podge Makeover.  I think I would Mod Podge the toilet seat if my husband would let me!  There are a ton of tutorials out there for doing this and I would love to tell you that mine is different but I really don't think it is.  However, if you have never done anything like this before than you will be able to follow my tutorial with no problem.

You will need:
Your letters (mine are the wooden ones from Michaels)
Paper (I used scrapbook paper for Josh's and giftwrap for Caleb's)
pencil
scissors
Mod Podge (I used gloss)
paint brush

Here are all my supplies. 
You can see where I have traced each letter onto the back of the paper.  That is your first step.

Next cut out each letter from your paper.  Your paper letters will be a tad larger than your wooden letters. I chose to take pictures of the "U" because I wanted you to know that "U" can do this!  It's super easy and so much fun!

Next paint a layer of Mod Podge onto your wooden letter.  I read somewhere that if you put it on your paper and what you are fixing it to then you would have less trouble with bubbles.  However, by putting it on the paper I had more trouble getting it to unroll and put on my wooden letter.  So I would not suggest doing that in this case.  It worked much better just putting it on the wooden letter only.

So then you line up your paper letter on your wooden letter and smooth it on out.  You may need to smooth for a while to get out any wrinkles. 

Ok, this is the messy part.  I brushed a layer of Mod Podge all over the top and on the sides and then I used my fingers to press down the edges of the paper around the sides of the letter.  Again this may take several rubs and smoothings. 

You follow those steps with each letter and then let them dry for at least an hour and then brush another layer of Mod Podge on.  You can do as many layers as you would like.  I just did 2 layers.

He really likes them! 

I got a good glare from the flash off of this one. But it was the only one of Caleb where he was smiling.

Here is a close up of the letters.  I had to make sure that I was placing the letters on places on the paper where I would have characters on the letters.  So if you have a paper like that you have to think about what you want to show on your letters. 

I hope that tutorial wasn't too hard to follow.  Feel free to email me with any questions you may have.  Have fun Mod Podging!

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