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How to Decorate Paper Mache and Wooden Letters

Updated on September 2, 2012
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Paint the borders of the letter or word before adding paper
Paint the borders of the letter or word before adding paper | Source
Apply a medium layer of Mod Podge and cover the letter with your selected paper
Apply a medium layer of Mod Podge and cover the letter with your selected paper | Source
Use a utility blade to trim the paper to mold to the letter.
Use a utility blade to trim the paper to mold to the letter. | Source
When the letters are covered, add Modge Pod or Decoupage sealant to the entire word or letter.
When the letters are covered, add Modge Pod or Decoupage sealant to the entire word or letter.

Decorate Words and Letters for Nurseries and More

If you are looking for a creative idea for a child's nursery or want to bring a warm touch to your home's interior, decoupage words and letters can be customized any way you want them. Whether you choose wooden letters, paper mache words, or a wooden cut out from a craft store, you can easily decorate these items to match your home décor. Letters come in many styles and sizes so you can spell anything imaginable. These words and letters also make great gifts for new babies, newlyweds, and grandparents.


Supplies:


  • Wood or paper mache letters or words of your choice.
  • Mod Podge or other water based glue. You can choose matte or high gloss.
  • Acrylic paint in your choice of color.
  • Scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or fabric to cover the letter or word.
  • Brushes- one to apply glue and one to apply paint.
  • A utility knife, kitchen knife, or rotary blade.


Instructions


1. Paint the sides and edges of the word or letter with acrylic paint that matches the paper or fabric you select. Cover well and let dry. If the first coat soaks in or looks patchy, add a second coat to get an even and colorful finish. (You don't need to worry about getting paint on the rest of the letters as this will be covered up with paper).

2. Cut a piece of paper or fabric to lay over your letter. Make sure it is long enough to slightly drape over the edge of your letter. Apply a medium to thick coat of Mod Podge or other white glue with a sponge brush to the letter you are decorating. Apply the paper and smooth out any bubbles. Allow this to dry for about 10 minutes.

3. Use a rotary or utility knife to trim the paper or fabric to mold to the letter. Do this to each letter in a word or to a letter. If you have ragged edges, you can lightly sand them with fine or medium grade sandpaper. If using sandpaper on paper mache, use light pressure to avoid damage to the letter.

4. When all the letters are papered, apply a coat of Mod Podge Decoupage Sealant to the entire word or letter. Allow the sealant to dry.

5. When the front is done, repeat these steps to complete the back of the word or letter. If you don't want to decorate the back, you can paint it instead.

6. When the decoupage word or letter is complete, it is time to embellish it. You can add ribbons, paper flowers, or any other embellishment to suit your style.

7. Hang and enjoy!


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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      This is a fun idea! I would love to do letter for my kids names and decorate them with things each kid likes :)

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Very nice. Thanks for the idea.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You do realize of course that I probably won't be trying these ideas out anytime soon. :) But I can give you support as you have given me time and time again, so with that I'll say excellent hub and a great read. :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting Ardie. These are fun!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Suziecat7! :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      You are multi talented! You can make all kinds of stuff AND write great hubs too:) Amazing!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Why not billybuc? Don't knock it until you have tried it. Just think.. you can make some for your little writing corner to inspire you. You could make one for yourself that says "I Am a Rockstar", or "Who's Your Daddy?" It doesn't have to be cutesy. :) Thanks for your comment my friend.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks RealHousewife. That is so kind of you. I have done crafts all my life. I appreciate you stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment.

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      Erin Bower 5 years ago from Georgia

      This sounds simple and would be great for a gift or for decorating your own home. I voted this up and useful!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Ebower! It is much appreciated!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      This would be a really fun project. Thanks for sharing your idea on paper mache for letters and words.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Those are very nice, professional-looking letters! I love customizing things to look the way I want - thanks for sharing these instructions. Voted up and useful.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've often seen these items at the craft store and always thought that painting them would make them look more attractive. You took it up a level with your coverings. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      I have my kids names in their rooms but this hub gave me some ideas for decorating them with dinosaur paper etc. voted up and shared on Pinterest! Take care, Kelley

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      Denise Mai 5 years ago from Idaho

      Cute idea. I may have to give it a whirl! Thanks for inspiring me to do something today.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Tammy....Looks to me like I have one message to shout out to someone......"EAT YOUR HEART OUT, MARTHA STEWART!"

      We have Tammy.....who needs you??!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks RTalloni! :)

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting Natashalh. I appreciate it.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Alocsin! These can liven up any room. I am tempted to get some small letters and put an entire poem up on a wall.. Hmm.. thanks for the read and comment!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      That would be adorable kelleyward! If you do it I want to see photos. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting denisemai. I hope you enjoy it!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Aww.. Thanks Fpherj48. I am not a big fan of Martha Stewart. She isn't a very nice person and her line of craft items are so overpriced. Crafts don't have to cost an arm, leg, or a first born. Thanks so much for reading and taking the time to comment!

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great job Tammy! I'm going to link this to my letter crafts hub.

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      Xavier Nathan 5 years ago from Isle of Man

      Fun and creative and what better way to do this and keep those valuable dollars in your own pocket!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks! I will find yours and link yours as well. Thanks for reading!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your kind comment spirit whisperer!

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      this is so cool tammy. i might do up my kids' room with his name. great summer ideas...voted up and shared!

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      Felixedet2000 5 years ago from The Universe

      Very impressive and the creativity is simply lovely.Thanks for this eye opener.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for reading and commenting Ruchira. This is a really fun idea.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for your warm comment and visit Felixdet2000. It is always good to see you.

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      Felixedet2000 5 years ago from The Universe

      Thanks Tammy, it a pleasure to go through your hubs always.

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      This is such a cute idea Tammy! Your love letters are just adorable. Thanks for sharing your great ideas with us. Voted up and shared.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting SanneL! :)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Cool and cute idea! I agree that they make great personal gifts! This craft hub sure motivate many hubbers, including me to be creative with wooden or paper mache letters and jazz up our homes! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up and Socially Shared.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much for your kind compliment ishwaryaa22. I appreciate the vote and the share.

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      BJC 5 years ago from Florida

      What a creative idea. I teach special needs children in middle school and this is a great idea. Thank you!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Good for you BJC. You are a special person. They could have a lot of fun with this idea and make something practicle. It is nice to meet you here. Thanks so much for your comment.

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      Victoria Anne 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      This is so cute! I love things like this.

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks Victoria Anne! Thanks for dropping in and leaving a comment.

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      C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

      This is such a great decorating idea. Great for any time of the year, but also nice for holidays like Christmas. Hang a big word over the fireplace or stand a medium size word on the mantel (peace, joy, rejoice, love, etc.). or a smaller word on a coffee table or a book shelf. There's just no end to the different ways you can decorate them and even add jewels or other interesting things to them.

      Voting you up and useful, interesting, and beautiful!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      These are really getting popular, especially for baby nurseries. It is such a customizable craft. Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment Au Fait!

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Voted up and awesome! I missed this one. What a crafty idea... and so easy to follow. Instructions are clear, and even myself can do it. Well I would need lots of glue though. Thanks for another winner hub, Tammy!

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks so much Lord de Cross!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Very pretty, Tammy. I think these would go good in my den upstairs!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You have so many craft hubs that I want to try. I only with I could find the time to do one. I'll add this one to the list as it looks like fun.

      Pinning, sharing and voting.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Thanks for commenting Teaches. Letters come in all shapes and sizes so you could spell out a whole poem if you wanted to. :)

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Aww.. thanks Just Ask Susan! These look beautiful for Christmas with a word like NOEL papered to match your Christmas tree design. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      I love having crafty friends!!! I have not worked w/ paper m since I was a kid. I am pinning this to save and for a project. I still after all this time have to finish painting seashells. I will do this later...I have an idea for this...hmmm

      Great hub! voted up!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Thanks for sharing this nice idea....

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love craft ideas and this one is very useful. I love the paper you chose and the end product--ready for the nursery! Voted up

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