Monday, October 22, 2012

Wooden Letter Nursery Decoration

Pinterest strikes again!

I've been seeing these wooden letters "modge- podged" with scrapbook paper ALL over Pinterest and wanted to see how well it worked. Good friends of ours just had a baby girl and since they didn't find out the gender till the birth, I thought they might enjoy something "girly" to hang in her nursery.


I picked out my letter, ribbon and scrapbook paper from JoAnne's. I chose a purple butterfly paper since the mother's favorite color is purple  :-)


If you already have Modge Podge, you can just use that. I have never used it, so I decided to try and make my own (saw the idea on Pinterest also, of course).

 ****To make your own Modge Podge style glue:

Whisk together 1/3 cup sugar and 1 cup flour. Slowly add water till you get a glue like consistency. Heat this in a saucepan for about 10 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tablespoon white vinegar.

Using a hand mixer, beat the concoction until smooth (adding water if it's too thick).

Let cool completely before using. Can store in the refrigerator for about 3 weeks.****

Now, on to your letter.

Trace the shape on the back of your scrapbook paper.


Cut the letter out making it about 1/8 inch bigger than your trace line. (This will allow it to wrap down around the wood letter's edge.

Paint your "glue" onto the wood letter and press the paper letter onto it matching it up. Smooth the paper out.


Continue putting layers of glue over the paper (don't forget the edges!) letting them dry for about 30 minutes in between coats. I did about 6 coats.


When completely dry, use a coordinating ribbon to hang it. Or you can mount a picture hanger behind it to hand directly onto the wall.

So adorable for a baby's nursery! Plus you can customize it thanks to the countless options of scrapbook paper and ribbon.

Now what else can I use that "glue" on ..........

                                                      Thanks for stopping by!


Beth Winschuh said...

You are so sweet! I just may have to attempt this for Charlie :)

Shannon Brown said...

I just had to throw out my modge podge because it was all dried out. I'm so happy to know I can make some more at home whenever I need it! Thanks for linking up with the Tuesday Baby Link Up!

Terra H. said...

That's a cute idea for a nursery. Thanks for the tutorial.

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