Monday, February 7, 2011

Romantic Letters


Here is my tutorial on how to make wooden block letters for gifts or to add a nice touch to any room in your home. I buy my letters at a local store called Wood Connection; if you don’t have Wood Connection near you then you can buy your letters at any craft store.

Items you need:
#1 Wooden letters
#2 Mod Podge
#3 Razor knife
#4 Scrap book paper
#5 Paint or wood stain
#6 Credit card
#7 Paint brush
#8 Accessories to add to your letters

The first step is to gently sand down the letters and remove any rough edges. Once that is complete I paint or stain each letter; I use craft paint for the letters since it is inexpensive.

Once I have painted the letters and they are dry it is time to apply the scrap book paper. Take the wood letter and apply mod podge over the surface area of the letter; then place the scrap paper on top of the letter. Turn the letter face forward and use a credit card to smooth out the paper on the letter and remove any extra glue or imperfections. Do this to all of your wood pieces and let it dry. ***Keep in mind the thicker the paper the better your project will look, thin paper bubbles and ripples when it is placed on top of mod podge.***

Once the mod podge has dried you need to cut the paper to match the lettering. I found the easiest way to do this was to take razor knife and cut around the letters. ***At this point the letters should be painted or stained the color that you want before you apply the paper.

If you have completed all of the steps up to this point your letters should look like the picture below.

Next step make sure to apply 1-2 layers of mod podge to seal the letters to the wood.

Easy right?!? After the mod podge has dried I distressed the letters and added a stain for a vintage antique look.

IMPORTANT TIP: make sure you have your design for the project picked out before you get started. I am a very inpatient person and I ended up redoing this project 3 or 4 times! Pick out a few letters to add more accessories or art and leave the other letters plain. (This is completely optional; you can go all out on each letter if you want!)  Since my word was only four letters my focal point was the heart.

For the last step put together the word to see how it will look, you may end up adding or taking away accessories.

As I already mentioned my focal point is the heart so I didn’t want to add too much to the other letters. My inspiration=romantic elegance.


***The rose are made from streamers/tissue paper (cost $0.67!) I got this idea from Shelly at House of Smiths! I will post a tutrioial on how I made my roses soon!

I love how these letters turned out, just the look I was going for:)

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  1. I love the letters, especially the heart♥ Thanks for the tutorial, I didn't know to use a credit card to smooth out the bubbles.
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  2. Really love this project, especially the flowers. looking forward to the how to. Fiona

  3. Thanks you guys! Sorry for the late comment... I just noticed I had comments! Beginners Mistake:)