How to decoupage pictures on wooden letters

Updated April 17, 2017

Découpage is a craft that uses glue to permanently bond paper and fabric to three-dimensional surfaces. You can découpage pictures to wooden letters to create decorations for a child's room or a wedding, or as a gift. Choose family pictures or magazine photos to make a design. Use pictures that have a theme, such as close-up pictures of your children's faces, or vacation photos.

Ensure that the wooden letter is free from burrs and dust. Sand any rough spots, and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Consider painting the letter first. Allow it to dry for 24 hours before decoupaging.

Select the pictures and photos you are going to use. Cut the images into small pieces with scissors, or tear them for a smoother finish.

Paint with découpage glue over a portion of the wooden letter. Lay a picture on top. Make sure there are no bubbles or wrinkles, and use your fingers to smooth out the surface.

Paint with découpage glue on top of the picture. Continue to découpage the letter by repeating this process until the surface is covered.

Paint a layer of découpage glue over the whole letter. Once this has dried for 5 to 6 hours, apply a coat of acrylic sealant.


Cut the pictures at an angle for a smoother transition between pieces.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden letter
  • Sandpaper
  • Damp cloth
  • Paint brush
  • Paint
  • Photos or magazine pictures
  • Découpage glue
  • Acrylic sealant
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Kim Nentrup has been writing professionally since 2006 as a staff writer for not-for-profit organizations, specializing in writing arts-related content. She has written for,, and Nentrup holds a B.S. in visual art with an emphasis in education from Indiana Wesleyan University.