Homemade decoupage letters made easy

It’s official … after what seems like a lifetime, I have my craft hat back on! Yay!!!

Jasper has been sleeping a lot in the day lately, and although this means an up all night party, it also means that I have some sweet time to myself to get crafty!

Here’s what I’ve been working on – Decoupage letters. They are soo quick and easy to make but fill you with that satisfied taste of creating something personal and unique.

Price wise, they could be cheaper. I buy my letters from Hobbycraft and they start from around £3 per letter depending on the size but I’m sure there are wholesale places or even just cheaper craft stores than sell them for a much lower price.

So what you need is:

  • 3D Papier Mache Letter
  • PVA glue
  • Water
  • Decoupage paper

As it was my sister Heidi’s birthday I decided to make her an H in her favourite shades of greens and blues. 20140606-130338-47018710.jpg

I went for the Decopatch paper from Hobbycraft. They have 2 for the price of 3 at the moment so I stocked up but you can use a range of paper – Decomache, newspaper, thin magazine pages, wrapping paper, tissue paper … as long as it’s thin and not shiny enough to slide off with the glue than you can get really inventive!

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Here’s how to do it:

Pour a small amount of PVA glue into a bowl. The amount really depends on how much decoupage you’re planning to do but basically you need enough to cover each letter twice. For one letter I just used a good dollop (scientific term).

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I then added in some water to make it a thinner consistency. You want to aim for one part water to four parts PVA. Just enough to make it runny but not too watery.

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Rip up lots of pieces of your chosen paper. Now it doesn’t have to be neat, in fact it shouldn’t be! Ripped and rough edges blend better than straight lines so just tear away. Try not to make the bits too small or you’ll be at it forever and also don’t make them too big or you won’t get that desired look. (Not sure what that desired look means, but I know it makes sense haha).

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Using a paintbrush, apply a thin layer of PVA to a small part of the letter. Try to stick to just one side at a time so that you don’t end up sticking it to the table!photo-53

Place the pieces of paper on the glue in no particular order or pattern. Overlapping is great, all you need to do is make sure there are no gaps.

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Apply a second layer of  PVA over the paper. This seals down the edges and gives it a great shine once it’s dry!

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My sister loves tortoises so I added these to make it even more personal … 20140606-130347-47027049.jpg

Et Voila!

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Here are some other’s I’ve made …

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Fab for birthdays and even that special daddy day coming up!

Thanks for reading!

xx

 

4 Comments

  • Jenna Richards
    14th June 2014 at 8:23 pm Reply

    Those tortoises! I love a spot of decoupage but I’ve always bought the expensive glue, didn’t know you could use bog standard PVA glue. D’oh! Oh well, at least I know for future projects. I have a cardboard ‘J’ for Jasmine’s nursery that needs doing, was meant to do it before she arrived. Oops! x

    • Jessica
      16th June 2014 at 9:04 am Reply

      Yea I thought it was a special one until I asked in hobbycraft and the lady let me in on the little secret! I need to do one for Jasper too, that might be this weeks project!

  • Rebecca
    20th August 2014 at 10:11 pm Reply

    Thank you – I’ve been to Hobbycraft today and purchased the words Love & Home… can’t wait to get started now. Rebecca x

    • Jessica
      22nd August 2014 at 12:15 pm Reply

      Aww good I’m so glad! Please link up when you’ve done it 🙂

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