How to Make your own Letter Wall

DIY Letter Wall - Make a big, colorful statement piece with an inexpensive home decor craft. {The Love Nerds} #letterdecor #modpodge #papermache #papercraft
In the first 8 months of our marriage, we moved a total of 5 times. In some ways, I had the whole moving thing down: what to pack together, the nook and crannies to use for breakable items, how to best label boxes {which involves not letting Bryan do that job}, and what what boxes need to unpacked first. In other ways, you are never prepared.
5 moves left me down right depleted of any motivation. While I had us unpacked in a weekend, I didn’t have any motivation for decorating. Primarily, I didn’t want to settle in and then have to move again. It took me 5 months before I started, and this Letter Wall was my first project. It was also the first project I ever shared on this blog – one year ago today!
DIY Letter Wall - Make a big, colorful statement piece with an inexpensive home decor craft. {The Love Nerds} #letterdecor #modpodge #papermache #papercraft
I have mentioned this many times over the last year, but living in residence hall housing because of Bryan’s job means we are stuck with white walls. I would love to go pick out a gallon of paint and go crazy, but I have to get creative instead. My letter wall was an inexpensive way to add a big splash of color in the office. Plus, as a book nerd, I have a thing for letters and word art! This is still one of my favorite projects I have ever done, so I thought it was time to freshen it up a little bit with new pictures and clearer directions.
MATERIALS:
Paper Mache Letters – Mine were 8″ letters
Scrapbook paper of your choice – I chose about 8 patterns from the same paper collection so they would easily coordinate together
Mod Podge – I prefer matte
Paint Brush
Scissors
Exacto Blade
DIY Letter Wall - Make a big, colorful statement piece with an inexpensive home decor craft. {The Love Nerds} #letterdecor #modpodge #papermache #papercraft
DIRECTIONS: 
Here are the materials I started with – all the letters of the alphabet and the Fresh Floral Stack of paper.
1. Decide what color you want the sides of your letters to be. I didn’t like the brown color, so I first painted all of my letters white. Paint the whole front of the letter; otherwise, you will see a color difference under the paper.
2. Place each letter flipped backwards onto the back of the paper and trace the outside of the letter. When tracing, don’t hug the letter; give yourself a little space around the letter. I recommend doing it this way so that your pencil or pen marks will be hidden.
3. Cut the outside shape using scissors.
4. After I cut the outside shape, I placed all of the letter shapes onto the paper mache letters. I wanted to make sure I was happy with the distribution of the different designs before adhering the paper to the letters.
5. Put a medium, consistent layer of Mod Podge on the top of the letter using a paint brush. Line up the paper onto of the letter, and slowly rub the rest of the letter down. I recommend starting at either the top or the bottom of the letter and slowly rubbing the paper on to prevent air bubbles or folds in the paper.
6. Give them time to dry. Don’t rush this step as it can also lead to air bubbles or folds.
7. After at least 30 minutes, go back to your letters. Now you will want to cut out any letter with an “inside” to them – such as the A or Q. I flipped these letters upside down on a cutting board and cut out the inside with an X-Acto knife.
8. Then, it’s time for more Mod Podge. You will want to first check the edges of each letter. If the paper is coming up on the edges at all, put a little Mod Podge under the paper and press down for a minute. Then, when ready, put a thin layer of Mod Podge on top each letter. The Mod Podge will be white at first, but it will dry clear. Let dry for at least an hour.
To hang the letters, I used one pair of the 3M velcro hangers for each letter. These letters are really light so you only need one. And Ta-Da! I have a colorful wall display.
DIY Letter Wall - Make a big, colorful statement piece with an inexpensive home decor craft. {The Love Nerds} #letterdecor #modpodge #papermache #papercraft

I hope you enjoy! Feel free to come back and share your version!

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Comments

  1. says

    I love this! I think I might try something like that but with just the letters of my name for my room wall. I’ve been thinking of doing something like this for a while and this looks perfect!

  2. Jennifer says

    Hi! I love what you did and I am planning to do the same thing for my son’s playroom. This may sound silly but what type of white paint did you use? Just regular paint, is there a type or anything I need to buy? Do you need to prime the paper mache before you paint it? Thanks!

  3. says

    This is great! I’ve been wanting to do single letters for each kid. I am also a procrastinator with decorating. I have a hard time committing to a theme, or adding something to my walls. Especially if it requires a nail. Haha! I may have to eventually dive in and just do it.

  4. says

    Me, again :) It seems like I’ve been bumping into you everywhere! I pinned this – I never thought about using a pack of coordinating paper before to give that mismatched but coordinated look! Fabulous idea!

    • says

      I’ve become very dependent on the coordinating packs of paper ever since the big scrapbook store by me closed. I only buy them when they are on sale though.

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  1. […] The Love Nerds brings us a fantastic tutorial to grace the walls of your workspace! Her love of books and word art inspired her to create this beautiful letter gallery for the wall in her office. This detailed tutorial enables you to get the same great look quickly and easily! Absolutely love this. […]

  2. […] I used the same procedure as I did for the paper mache letters I decorated in my office with only a couple differences. 1, I left the sides of the letters bare because the natural wood looks nice on its own. 2, I used an exacto blade to slightly shave down any extra paper, built up mod podge or any accidental pencil marks from tracing the letters. You can find the original and full tutorial for the letters HERE. […]

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