Friday, June 13, 2014

Paper + Mod Podge Nursery Letters

Hello again!

I'm super excited for two reasons....
#1- We'll have a guest and pro-crafter this week!
#2- We finally know and get to celebrate the name of a pretty wonderful couple's baby!

So, first, meet Maria!
Yeah, she's pretty fabulous.

If you know her, you know she's super awesome, smart and crafty.... 
Bonus: she likes to measure and read directions.  She definitely scooped up all of the meticulous genes in our family.

This week, she'll be making over some plain chipboard letters from the craft store into beautiful frame-worthy letters for a nursery.

Here we go!

-Chipboard letters (if you're shopping at Hobby Lobby, check to see what week they're on sale!)
-Acrylic paint
-Foam brushes
-Paper of your choosing (thicker paper or cardstock works really well)
-Mod Podge
-Any embellishments you like... stickers, flowers, buttons, beads, etc.

Find your letters, like these at Hobby Lobby.  
Unfinished letters are available in wood, chipboard, foam, etc... 
just explore your local craft store. :)

Trace the letter onto the back of your paper and cut it out.

If you like, use acrylic paint and a foam brush to paint a base coat on your letter in a color that is complementary to your paper choice.  This will cover the unfinished sides of the letter that won't be covered by paper.

When the paint is dry, use glue or Mod Podge to apply the paper to the letter.
(Pro tip: Maria uses a glue stick) ;)


Use a foam brush to apply Mod Podge in an even layer over the paper and sides of each letter.  Follow the instructions on the back of the bottle.  Know that your paper will potentially bubble up after you apply the Mod Podge. But don't freak out... as the layers dry, the bubbles will mostly flatten.  :)
*Apply as many coats as you like, giving time for each coat to dry in-between applications.  

Once the letters are dry, you can use hot glue to add cute embellishments, like these!

If you want the letters to stand/lean on their own, you're done!  If you want to hang the letters, you can use hot glue to attach ribbon.  It's up to you!


Hooray!!!  In just a couple weeks (or less!), we'll be welcoming little Miss Edie Elizabeth Schlicher to the world!!  I can't wait!

Tune in next week for some more art with paper!

Huge thanks to Maria Ferguson for her crafting, pictures and know-how!
PLEASE check out her blog about her beautiful family of 5 and their adoption journey! 
Maria's blog:

And since I'm celebrating my wedding anniversary this week, I'm going to throw up another wedding/sibling picture.... because, why not?
Best brother and sister a girl could have!

Sister-birds! Luke 12:7

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