Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Collage Letters for Mom


     It's Decorate To Celebrate Challenge Time again!

     I still love the trend of rustic letters, marquee letters so I wanted to incorporate this idea along with a gift idea for Mother's Day.  With products from The Paper Source and The Buckle Boutique and some ideas from Pinterest, I created some collage letters which I thought my Mom and any other Mom or Grandmother would like to receive -- and it is a great project for kids to help out with.


    The materials you will need:

  -Paper Mache letters -- I had an X and a O but you can spell out MOM or her initials, any combo you want.  The Paper Source products I have found the best to work with
-Acrylic Paint -- This example uses Burnt Umber color which I think gives the paper letters the look of rich wood
-Mod Podge -- This example uses Matte/Antique finish but any version will work
-Foam Brushes
-Pieces of rhinestone sheets from The Buckle Boutique
-Inspirational place cards from the Paper Source

1.  Paint a thin layer of the acrylic paint on your letters.  I liked the look of 1 coat but after your first coat dries, you may want more coverage/darker color.

2.  Using your computer, print out some special pics you want to include.  I used the wallet setting on my printing and then trimmed around them.

3.  Cut out the place cards.  Lay out all elements on your letters before applying any Mod Podge.  Once you are satisfied with the layout, take a photo to remember your placement.

4.  Add a thin layer of Mod Podge on your dried painted letters and place your place cards and photos as desired.  Press lightly.  It is ok if some of our photos go around the edges -- I like that look.  You can cover your letters with as much or little as you desire.  I wanted some of the paint to show through, but you can cover every available space if you prefer.

5.  Once your photos are placed, apply another layer of Mod Podge.  Be careful so you don't rip any of the paper.  Apply two coats -- let dry between coats.

6.  Once completely dry, add your blingy bits as desired. 

And you are left with some fun letters for Mom, they are great to stand alone, hang on a wall, etc.

Have fun!!!!

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