Craft: How to Decorate Your Child’s Name with Block Letters
How to Decorate Your Child's Name with Block Letters
- "Chipboard" letters, about 8 1/2" tall, 5 1/2" wide, and about an inch thick
- An assortment of patterned papers in a desired color scheme
- Mod Podge
- Craft brush
- Plastic bowl
- Assorted ribbon
- Sponge (optional)
- Brown ink pad (optional)
1. Select the papers to be used on each letter. You'll want two, sometimes three, types of paper on each letter.
Lay your first patterned paper right side up on a table, then lay the letter on top of the paper. Trace the outline of the letter on the paper. Repeat for each letter. Make the line at which the two (or three) papers meet vary randomly in height on each letter. Place the letters side by side and in order as you do this so you can get a feel for what the overall look or effect will be.
2. Cut out the paper. Don't worry about being too exact, as edges will, for the most part, be covered by ribbon or sanded off. But if you do err, err on the side of cutting too much paper, rather than too little.
3. Pour a couple of tablespoons' worth of Mod Podge in the bowl, and with the craft brush, apply a layer of it to the first letter, then adhere the papers to it. Let dry.
4. Once dry, trim any excess paper off the edges and erase any pencil markings. Lightly sand the edges of the paper, particularly the corners, to give it a slightly weathered look. Sand down or sideways but not towards you, so as not to curl the paper.
5. Embellish as desired with ribbons and such. Adhere ribbons with glue dots (the mod podge doesn't adhere well to ribbon, and will show through slightly).
6. Depending on your color scheme, you may want to stop there. If you want a slightly shiny look, apply a thin layer of mod podge over the paper (before any embellishment or ribbon is attached). If you have a darker color scheme, or want a more rustic look, as with these...
...ink up the edges of a sponge with brown ink and rub around the edges.
There are so many ways to be creative in this process, to customize it to your kid's personality, and to make a decoration that will remind them every time they look at it of the love and care you put into it.
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