DIY Letter Holder

Updated February 21, 2017

One of the easiest ways to accidentally let your home or office fall into disarray is to lose control of the paper clutter. A standing paper holder is a simple but effective way to separate important papers from junk mail or other unnecessary paper trash while keeping them in plain sight until you have time to deal with them. A homemade letter holder is a quick, simple craft project that you can customise to fit whatever style of decor you prefer.

Cut out three rectangular pieces of cardboard, using the T-square as a guide. Create one that's 8 inches by 2 inches and two pieces measuring 8 inches by 5 inches.

Glue the cardboard pieces together to form the frame shape of the letter holder. Apply glue to the long sides of the smaller cardboard rectangle, then attach the two larger pieces standing up at a perpendicular angle, lining them up so that the ends are flush. (The end result will look something like a hardcover book without the pages).

Mix a paper mache solution of one part white glue and one part water. Stir thoroughly.

Cut strips of newspaper. Make them about 1/2 inch by 3 inches or smaller.

Coat the letter holder in paper mache strips. Soak strips of newspaper in the glue solution and use them to cover the cardboard. Let each layer set before adding the next. Coat the cardboard with at least three layers and let it dry overnight, or until fully hard and dry to the touch.

Paint the letter holder with acrylic paint. Use the paint with as little watering-down as possible to help make the letter holder waterproof. Let dry.

Decorate the letter holder. Use tacky glue to add beads, cabochons or glitter. Add photos using a d├ęcoupage medium.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardboard
  • T-square
  • Craft knife
  • White craft glue
  • Newspaper
  • Acrylic paint
bibliography-icon icon for annotation tool Cite this Article

About the Author

Lauren Vork has been a writer for 20 years, writing both fiction and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in "The Lovelorn" online magazine and Vork holds a bachelor's degree in music performance from St. Olaf College.