How to decorate wooden letters

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How to decorate wooden letters
Create your own decorative wooden letters. (floral letter b image by monamakela.com from Fotolia.com)

From personalising an accent wall in a child's room to creating your own monogram wall decor, wooden letters are ideal for the project. These wooden letters can be found in their raw form at your local craft supply store. In just an afternoon you can turn these basic letters into a set of custom-made decorative letters. Give these letters as gifts for a wide range of occasions from baby showers to weddings.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Wooden letters
  • Paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Patterned paper
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Liquid craft glue
  • Sand paper
  • Coordinating embellishments
  • Ribbon

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use the small paint brush to apply a solid coat of paint to the surface of the entire wooden letter. Paint only one coat on the front of the letter as this will be covered with paper. Apply two coats of paint to the back and sides of the letter as these areas will be visible.

  2. 2

    Trace the letter onto the printed paper. Lay the wooden letter face up on the printed paper. Trace around the letter with your pencil. Cut out the letter using your craft knife. Do not worry if you cut slightly outside the lines; this will be fixed later.

  3. 3

    Apply a thin coat of liquid craft glue to the surface of the letter. Press the paper letter firmly onto the wooden letter. Smooth out the paper letter to remove any bubbles in the surface of the paper.

  4. 4

    Gently sand down the edges of the letter where you adhered the paper letter. Sand lightly so that you only remove any paper that hangs over the edge of the wood and not the original paint.

  5. 5

    Use the liquid craft glue to attach the coordinating embellishments onto your wooden letter. Place a small drop of glue on the back of the embellishment and press the embellishment firmly into place.

  6. 6

    Attach the ribbon. Cut one to two pieces of ribbon that are two inches in length. The size and shape of the letter will determine how many ribbon ties you will need. Letters like 'm' need two, whereas letters such as 'c' require only one. Connect the two ends of the ribbon together forming a loop with the ribbon. Apply a small drop of glue to the back of the wooden letter where you want to attach your ribbon and press the ribbon firmly into place. Allow the glue to set fully before wrapping or handling the wooden letter extensively.

Tips and warnings

  • Attach glitter or gemstones to add sparkle to your wooden letters.

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