Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DIY Friday- Custom Letters

DIY Friday...on a Tuesday, a little late, but thats ok right! So, I debated about sharing this next craft...cause it is my go to gift and I may offend my gift receivers as soon as they realize how simple they are to make...But I decided to do it anyway!

This is a tutorials on how to make custom Letters...a great gift for any girl of any age!

What you will need:
-Scrapbook Paper
-Modge Podge
-Fabric Strips (about 1-2in wide and forearm size long)
-Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
-Sponge brushes (I used a small and a medium sized one)
-Paint brush and white paint for touch up
-Letters (I used paper ones from Hobby lobby for $1)

Here is how its done!

Step 1: Apply a layer of modge podge to the front of your letter.
Make sure not to apply too much so the paper doesnt bubble.

This is how much you want! Perfect! 

Step 2: Turn your letter over glue side down unto paper. Make sure to put the straightest edge about 1/2 inch from the edge of paper. So you don't have to cut as much paper off! 

Step 3: Working one edge at a time apply glue then fold over. 
When it comes to corners, use the wrapping paper method. Folding corners over and then down! Firmly press until the paper sticks

Note: Edges are tricky, and so are curves if they crumple its ok...it still looks good at the end! *I learned that if you cut little strips around curved edges and inside circles it will lay flat and cover as much as possible. Think a center hole with rays of cuts toward edge of circle. 

Step 4: Make slits where there are corners like the v of the B....make sure to cut it at an angle and leave enough around the edge to not leave it blank like below! 

Step 5: Apply a generous amount of modge podge around the edges to smooth down loose ends

Step 6: Cut out the center gently making sure to cover as much as possible

Step 7: Touch up with paint. I did not like how the center of the B turned out so i painted the inside edge

Step 8: For the flower. Tie a knot at the end. Then applying hotglue a little as you go twist the fabric around like a coil. Twisting the fabric as you wrap to add dimension. (this step is hard to show, but i promise its easy)

Step 9: Hot glue flower where you like. 

Step 10. Admire your hard work! or in this case how easy it was to create something beautiful! 

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