literal letters

i was on Pinterest this morning and saw DIY projects to make letters, (seen below) and i thought it was a good idea, and i thought to myself, yeah that is a cute idea for a home decoration.

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it seems like many people like to ‘display’ their first letter of their last name in their home, at least once. who knows? it might be because it makes them feel at home, or this home belongs to them, under that first letter of the last name, or that when they have guests over, the guests know that they are all under one last name, and unified in that sort of way.

lately i have been seeing these letters on Pinterest a lot, and to me, it would seem like a real “DIY-er” would make these, because it is a big craft to take on and fun at the same time. to me, I’m not sure if i would like the second craft as much as the first, because it would be bulky, to me, to have around the house with all of the lighting stuff attached. however the first one appeals to me in the sort of way that it would just be a temporary item, and you can move it around. (i don’t know why its such a big deal to me though!)


these wooden letters you can usually find at a craft store, like Michaels or something, and all you need is wooden letters, mod podge, a paintbrush, scissors, and copies of photos.

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before you begin, you can paint the edges and the back of the letters to give them a finished look.

choose your photos that you want to use for your photo collage and make copies of them. i love the look of the black and white photos, but you could also do color. i recommend using a laser printer, not an inkjet printer.

your photos will need to be shaped and trimmed to fit the letters. once you have determined where you want to place the photos, you can easily create a crease in the paper to match the shape of the letter. use the crease to trim your photo.

next, decide where you want to put each picture. then you will need to know which photo needs to be attached first, second, etc.  apply enough mod podge to the letter, for one photo. and work with one photo at a time.

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after applying the mod podge to the letter, add the photo. smooth the photo completely and use a straight edge if needed to work out any air bubbles.

continue to add photos, paying attention to placement and overlap. when all of your photos are attached, let them dry for about 30 minutes and then you can brush mod podge over all the photos.

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supplies: one box of round, pearl lights, one can of spray paint, paper mache letters, drill, drill bit, and a sharpie pen.

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mark your letters with a dot evenly down the midline with a sharpie.

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drill a hole through each mark, being careful not to drill through other side.

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on the opposite side of the letter, drill another hole, making it a bit larger than drill piece itself.

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take the sharpie and push through each hole. This makes the edges smooth.

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spray paint your letters and let dry.

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take your strand of lights and remove the bulbs. then thread through back of letter first, then pull through to the front and reattach the bulbs. plug it in and you should be good to go!

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happy crafting!


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