Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Technical Difficulties

We are experiencing some technical difficulties with our internet provider this week and it is limiting my accessibility to the internet.  So I will most likely resume my normal blogging routine next week.  See you then. :)

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Teaching Tuesday: Decoupage Wooden Letters

I have a craft idea to share.  I am still trying to make areas of our house feel homey, but we don't have money to buy lots of home decor things right now so I am trying to channel my creativity.  The kitchen and main level bath have bead board on the walls.  The previous owners had a nice collection of french country and antique like items hung with nails in this bead board.  So we have been trying to slowly fill each spot.  There is a little nail hanging above one side of the bathroom sink that has really been bugging me so I got the idea to make a letter C (for our last name) to hang from it.  While shopping for those supplies I decided to make a letter E for my daughter's room.  So I will share steps with you.

For the first letter I used just one piece of paper to cover the letter. 

  • Trace letter on the back side of paper.  Then cut out the letter.
  • Paint the sides and back of your letter.
  • I used craft spray glue to stick the paper to the letter.
  • Then I sanded the edges of the letter to make them smooth.
  • Then I gave the front of the letter a couple coats of Mod Podge.

For the second letter I used several papers to create a fun pattern.

  • Start by painting the sides and back of your letter.
  • Cut paper into strips.
  • Then using Mod Podge stick strips and torn pieces of paper onto the letter to create any pattern you like.
  • Once the paper has dried completely flip over the letter and using a sharp knife cut off the excess paper.  
  • Then sand the edges.
  • Finish by giving the front of the letter a couple coats of Mod Podge.

While in the middle of my project I came across a post on Organize and Decorate Everything on do something very similar for a light switch so Elaine's light switch got a makeover too.