Boo! Halloween Paper Mache Letters
I had the house to myself a little bit this weekend, so I decided to finally work on some of my Halloween decorations! I had made the burlap wreath awhile ago (a whole post on that ordeal later) but it looked a little lonely. Paper mache letters are so easy to decorate with mod podge that I grabbed a B-O-O and got to work.
I don’t think my wreath looks so lonely anymore, and I love the pop of purple with all the black! Not counting the down time waiting for things to dry (like paint and mod podge), it took less than 15 minutes to pull these letters together. You can find a more detailed tutorial at my DIY PAPER MACHE LETTERS from when I made my whole alphabet wall in the office, but I thought I would share a few special details for these Halloween letters.
First, I painted the top, outsides and insides all black. Even though I covered the tops with paper, you can sometimes see a difference of what is underneath – so paint the whole thing. I did a pretty sloppy coat, so it only took me a couple minutes.
I stenciled the outside letter design backgrounds on the back side of the paper and then cut them out. I put a good, consistent layer of mod podge down on the letter and rubbed the paper letter on. Once it was dried, I took my exacto knife and cut out the middle of the letters. I found that it is easier this way because you don’t have to worry as much about having the letter cut out just right. You don’t have to do it this way though and use the blade if you want to make it kid friendly.
I then decided to paint the edges all black as well on the top for some added black. It also helps cover up any potential errors. 😉