HOW TO EASILY DECOUPAGE WOODEN LETTERS LIKE A PRO!
For the reception party of my daughters baptism recently, I decided to decoupage wood letters in her name. I wanted something that would look wonderful sitting on the candy table, and the letters just seemed like the perfect option; and I can reuse later to add to her bedroom door or above her bed. I love this look, and since its so easy to do and it saves so much money, I thought I would share.
This is what you’ll need:
- Wooden letters
- Scrap paper (I used different colours of wrapping paper for each letter)
- Crafters glue (mod podge is perfect for this)
- Brush for the glue (I used a small painters brush)
- Craft Knife
- A little patience
The wooden letters that I used were already painted white which was perfect, so I didn’t need to prime them before adding the coloured paper. If your letters are bare wood, and you prefer a different colour to show on the narrow sides, add a painting step before hand, but make sure that the paint is completely dry before adding the clue.
To start, check that your letter is clean from any debris and dust. Use a protective mat to prevent any damage to your counter whilst cutting and glueing. Cut your desired paper so the piece is slightly larger than the letter.
Add the crafters clue to your letter, I added blobs and then used a brush to spread, make sure that one side of the entire letter is covered right to the edges. Try not to get the glue on the narrow edges, as these we want to keep clean showing only the painted/primed wood.
Place your chosen paper to the glued side of the letter.
If you do find a couple of air pockets, just rub out softly using your finger.
Turn the letter over, and we are ready to cut.
Using your crafters knife, cut along the narrow sides of the letter staying as close to the wood as possible for a clean cut.
Once you have worked your way around the entire letter, carefully pull the scrap paper that surrounds the letter upwards, and away from the letter. If you find any areas where the paper doesn’t lift easily, just run the knife over that area again. Then on to the next letter!
I will be adding these letters to a door or wall later, so I only covered one side. If you want to cover back and front, just repeat the above steps for the non covered side.
I hope you found this helpful, and have fun decoupaging!