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I love these wooden letters from JoAnn’s or Michael’s. They are so awesome! You can do so much with them. When I was pregnant with Cakey I decided to spell out her name with them and, of course, I had to do one for Doodles, too! I had a lot of fun making Cakey’s while I was pregnant and Cakey has had a lot of fun helping me make Doodles’s!
Before you begin you should decide on a paint pattern, if any, that you want for your Decorated Hanging Wooden Letters wall art. I did a repeating pattern. The length of the name you are painting and the number of colors of paint you are using will be factors in the type of pattern you do. I decided to pick out 4 colors for each of the girls to paint the letters. Luckily for me, both my girls names are 8 letters long so I was able to paint 2 of each color.
Cakey’s pattern was purple paint with bumble bees, green paint with dragonflies, pink paint with butterflies and blue paint with ladybugs. Doodle’s pattern was pink paint with frogs, yellow paint with butterflies, purple paint with ladybugs, and orange paint with dragonflies.
DIY Decorated Hanging Wooden Letters
- Wooden or paper mache letters
- Hot glue gun & glue sticks
- Stickers (flat & 3-D)
- Self-adhesive jewels
- Apply a coat of paint to all letters and allow it to dry. Most craft paint dries relatively quickly. I ended up using 3 to 4 coats of paint to get my desired color. After you have reached your desired color allow the letters to completely dry for a few hours or overnight (I like to let mine dry overnight because the girls keep me pretty busy).
- While your letters are drying cut your ribbons. You need one ribbon for each letter. I like things pretty even so I cut all my ribbons 8 inches long.
- Once your letters are completely dry flip them over so that the non-painted side is exposed. Using your hot glue gun, apply a dab of glue on the top of the back of the letter about a 1/2 inch down and quickly press the ribbon down on it. (Note: Hot glue is extremely HOT! Please be careful applying the ribbon to your letters).
- Repeat with the other end of the ribbon and then with all the other ribbons on the other letters. The type of letter you are using will determine where you glue the other end of the ribbon. Some letters are big enough that you will glue the ribbon down on two different top ends while others will require you to glue the ribbon ends next to each other.
- Allow the glue to dry completely.
- After the glue has dried, flip the letters over. Now the really fun part begins. Using your flat, 3-D stickers, and jewels create a unique design on each letter. Let your creativity flow and see where it takes you! I do recommend figuring out exactly where you want a sticker before you peel it from the sheet.
I love the fact that while I followed the same general idea both of my girls’ names came out pretty different!
Now go hang them up! You can use whatever kind of hanging apparatus you want, I like to use clear push pins because they leave small holes.
When the girls are older (much older) I think we will have fun doing this again! I will say that this is a pretty expensive craft if you do not have stuff on hand. The stickers are what kill me on this! They can be so expensive. Which is why I do not buy them without coupons or them being on sale (a really good sale).
Have a blessed day!
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