Wednesday, July 25, 2012

DIY Paper Mache Letters


One of the first crafts we attempted for the wedding were large paper mache letters with our initials. I had seen a few pins on pinterest that showed letters covered in twine and =letters covered in moss - both which I really liked. My mom had found a few paper mache letters here and there at JoAnn's and Hobby Lobby of different sizes, 23.5 inch and 12 inch are the two sizes we used in the picture above. As they sat in our basement (aka wedding staging central - pictures of that to come later I can't ruin all of the surprises before the wedding) we were brainstorming ways to cover them.

I can't remember how we thought of doilies to cover them, they may have been sitting around the house or after three hours of walking in circles in Hobby Lobby searching for a sign they may have fallen into our basket - not sure. But regardless, doilies popped into our mind. The wedding is all in grey and white so the white doilies were perfect. They are also very inexpensive and you can buy variety packs of different sizes: here are links to doilies at JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, and Michael's.

To actually adhere the doilies to the paper mache letters all you need is a simple decoupage glue. Different sites vary on how to make the glue either 75% glue, 25% water or 50/50. I used about a 50/50 mix of elmer's glue and water.

Then, using a paint brush I found doilies of different sizes and either ripped or placed them whole onto the letters. They dried quickly (probably an hour or two) and look great! The entire project probably took about an hour.

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