DIY Floral Letter with Decoupage

Hi there, I am Harkee from AS they grow and I am thrilled to be here as part of the inaugural Paper Curves Creative Team sharing my first project tutorial with you!

I love crafting and one of the occasions I really pull out the craft supplies for are my kids’ birthdays. I create a lot of the party decor myself and as part of the set up I almost always have a set of decorated letters spelling out either the celebrant’s name or age and matching the theme of the party. So for my first project I thought I would share with you a tutorial on how to create DIY Floral Letters which would be perfect for a girl’s birthday or even bedroom decor.

 

The supplies I used are fairly simple and are all available from Paper Curves. I used blank wooden letters, white chalk paint, floral decoupage paper in two different designs, mod podge glue and an assortment of paper flowers in various sizes and colours matching the decoupage paper and party colour theme.

The first step is to paint all the wooden letter blanks completely white with the chalk paint. Since decoupage papers are quite thin, this ensures that the brown of the letter blanks doesn’t peek through the paper and distort the design. It also creates a “blank canvas” for other design elements. One layer of paint is sufficient for a base coat under the decoupage papers but if you will be leaving areas white you might want to apply two coats for more even coverage. 

 

For variety and added visual interest I decided to alternate three different (but complimentary) letter decoration designs to make up the name Simran (she is my niece who will be turning one and having a floral themed party this summer!)

1. All Over Decoupage


The first design is straight forward decoupage - firstly choose a suitable decoupage paper and, if there is a varying pattern on it, choose a section with pattern elements you wish to show on the face of the letter. I picked an area in the design that would maximise the number of flowers showing on the front of the letter.

Before you get started with the decoupage itself, prepare your work area by placing a protective sheet under your work as there will inevitably be a certain amount of mess and glue splodges involved! Then you are ready to apply a layer of mod podge glue to the front of the letter and carefully place the decoupage paper on top, pressing down gently to make it stick and to ease out any air bubbles without tearing the delicate paper. Once the front is stuck down, slowly work the paper around the rest of the letter, folding, cutting and sticking as you go. If you want a clean pattern finish on the back, repeat the process used for covering the front of the letter to also cover the back of the letter. Any gaps along the sides of the letter can be filled in with strips of decoupage paper.

Finally, once dry, cover the whole letter in a layer of mod podge to act as a seal over the decoupaged areas.


2. Front Only Decoupage

The second variation involves only decoupaging the patterned paper to the front of the wooden letter and allowing the white sides and back of the letter to show. This is a cleaner, more modern, style than the all over decoupage design (which is more shabby chic) so the two together make for a nice contrast. The first two steps are the same as above, however, this time once the front is stuck down, instead of folding and sticking the paper over the edges, just cleanly cut away the excess. As with the above design, finish with a layer of mod podge as a sealant.3. Paper Flowers


 

3. Paper Flowers

For the third variation, I wanted more of the white bases showing on the front to break up all the floral patterns of the other two designs. For this design, I simply cut off the stems of the small paper flowers and then used a hot glue gun to glue them on to the front of the letters.

Finally, to finish off the first two designs of decoupaged letters and add a 3D element, once the sealant layer of mod podge is dry, add assorted paper flowers using a hot glue gun. I recommend laying the flowers out on the letters first to try out different configurations. The trick is to try to find an arrangement that creates balance for the eye in terms of positioning, colour and size; it is an art rather than a science though so go with what feels good to you.

Here is the final piece, a beautiful floral 3D name, perfect to display on a party cake table or in a bedroom. This would also make a lovely and unique new baby or birthday gift.

 

Material Used:

Wooden Letters

Decoupage Paper 

Chalk Paint 

Paper Flowers 

Mod Podge

 

I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial for Paper Curves and I look forward to sharing more with you in the coming months!

Harkee x

 



 


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