Make custom large letters for your Wall with Simple Tools and Easy DIY Process!
HOW TO MAKE LARGE LETTERS FOR WALLS:
YOU WILL NEED THESE CRAFT SUPPLIES FOR YOUR WALL LETTERS:
- Paper Mache Letters or Wood Letters –> I used 8″ paper mache letters
- Scrapbook paper of your choice. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Matte Mod Podge –> They also have glossy and glitter if you prefer!
- Foam Brushes
- Good Craft Scissors
- Precision Knife
- Acrylic Paint —> If you want to paint the sides of the letters.
DIRECTIONS FOR YOUR HOMEMADE LETTERS:
- If you are going to paint your paper mache letters, do this first! I didn’t like seeing the brown paper mache on the sides, so I painted all my letters with white paint first. You will want to paint the entire letter, because otherwise you will see a color difference under the paper and where your side paint stops and ends. Let them completely dry overnight before attempting the next step.
- Decide which paper you want to use for your letters and which order you want them to show on the wall. When I thought I knew, I cut out all my paper into 9×9 squares (bigger than any of my 8″ letter) and laid them out as they would appear on my wall. I wanted to visually see what it would look like.
- Once ready, place each letter flipped backwards onto the back of the paper and trace any outside edges. When tracing, don’t angle in your pencil and hug the letter too closely or you will cut out your paper too small.
- Cut the outside shape of the letters using scissors. I recommend sticking right to the outside of the lines you traced. It is easy to trim the letters later.
- After you cut the outside shape, place all of the letter shapes onto your paper mache letters. It’s a nice last check to make sure you are happy with the distribution of the paper designs before adhering the paper to the letters.
- Using a precision blade and a cutting board, cut out any inside parts of letters, like the A, B, and Q.
- 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. Then, allow the letters to dry completely before touching them further.
- After your letters are dry, first check for any letters that need trimming. Use your precision blade and cutting board to trim off scrapbook paper that is overhanging your letter.
- Then it’s time for more Mod Podge. 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, put a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of each letter. The Mod Podge will be white at first, but it will dry clear. Let dry for at least an hour.
HOW TO HANG PAPER MACHE LETTERS:
- They are so easy to use. There is no need to measure or guess where the nail needs to be to catch the hanger included, which is especially tricky if it’s a wire hanger.
- It’s easy to make adjustments after they’re up on the wall. I hate putting a hole in an apartment wall just to realize it’s hanging wrong and I have to do it again because I decided it looks better a few inches to the right. I hang almost every single thing in our house with these.
- It’s easy to hang things, like paper mache letters, that don’t come with a hanger included.
- After making the first investment, you only have to add one new Velcro strip to rehang the letters or a picture again.