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In addition to all the oyster cookies and cupcakes I did get to one crafty project for the bridal shower. The bride is incorporating photos of the happy couple into the wedding and wanted us to have some photos of them at the shower. The main host came up with the idea to have a photo blown up with an engineering print and mounted on foam board. However, we needed something else to hang on the wall next to the photo (I opted not to add pictures of the letter with the picture of the couple since I did not ask the bride if it would be okay).We decided on doing something with her soon to be new last name initial. I was inspired by this pin on Pinterest. We discussed covering the giant paper mache letter craft in yarn, tulle, or ribbon but the yellow color from her wedding colors was so hard to match. In the end I decided to paint the letter and cover it beach sand and glitter. It turned out so beautiful and was super sparkly!
Beach Inspired Giant Paper Mache Letter Craft
- Paper mache (or wooden) letter
- 1/4 cup of white beach sand
- 1/4 cup of white glitter
- 1 TBSP of gold glitter
- Clean, empty shaker container (an old spice jar would work)
- Mod Podge
- Push pins
- Fishing line
- Lay down a couple sheets of newspaper to protect your work surface.
- Insert push pins on the underside of your letter. Make sure you use enough to hold the letter up and keep it balanced while you paint.
- Apply one coat of paint to the letter. Allow to dry and repeat until you reach the desired color. I applied about 8-10 coats and then let it dry overnight.
- The next day mix beach sand and both glitters in shaker container.
- Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to one section of the letter.
- Liberally shake the sand glitter mixture over the area you applied the Mod Podge. Make sure you are over a newspaper before doing so!
- Gently shake the excess sand glitter mixture off the letter and move it off to the side. Carefully pick the newspaper up and funnel the excess sand glitter mixture back into the shaker.
- Repeat steps 5-7 until you have finished the entire letter. I did the front and sides. I did not do the back since that was going to be against the wall.
- Let dry overnight. To hang simply tie both ends of the fishing line around the letter creating a long enough loop to hang.
I loved how the giant paper mache letter craft turned out! So sparkly and pretty!
Have a blessed day!
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