“She used to tie her hair up in ribbons and bows/Sign her letters with X’s and O’s/Got a picture of her mama in heels and pearls/She’s trying to make it in her Daddy’s world” I grew up listening to “An American Girl” by Trisha Yearwood and I still sign my letters with X’s and O’s. Nothing says Valentine’s like cards or letters signed with hugs and kisses and there’s a whole lotta love when those letters are 12 inches high right? That’s what I thought when I made this pretty paper project for a Valentines Craft…and threw in a little Jerseylicious for good measure!
These letters would be great on a Valentine’s mantle but because my mantle was already complete I used mine on a side table.
What You Need to Get Your Craft On:
Paper Mache Letters found at any craft store including Consumer Crafts*
Mod Podge and Brush
The paper mache letters come in various sizes but I chose the 12 inch for a statement piece for my Valentine display on my side table so I chose the 12 inch scrapbook paper to fit. Make sure the size paper you choose accomodates your letters. My Valentine’s mantle was very pretty and romantic with a slight rustic feel and so for my side table I wanted to go for a more fun edgier feel. I chose black, white, and red as the colors and threw in some zebra print. Animal print out of control! The zebra print paper is contrasted by a vintage Valentine print, but over all the style is fun and funky. My X’s and O’s were inspired by Clumsy Crafter’s HoHo. I had remembered them from Christmas and thought how well it would work for Valentine’s with X’s and O’s or LOVE!
To Get Your Craft On Do This:
1. Place your papermache letter on top of your scrapbook paper and trace around the letter.
2. Cut out the letter you’ve just traced. I used a blue pen so I could see my outline against the black paper so had to trim up some of the ink left behind. After you’ve cut the letters, having a shapes lesson with the scraps with your toddler is optional.
3. Once you’ve cut out the letters, coat the back of them with a generous but not too think (or the paper will tear) coat of Mod Podge and position your paper letter over the paper mache letter to cover the face. Smooth out any bubbles in the scrapbook paper.
4. Trim any excess paper overhang. Even though I just traced the exact letter and you would think the fit would be perfect I had to do a little trimming! User error I’m sure.
5. Bobbie from Clumsy Crafter covered the sides of her letters in glitter and I saw them in person and they are so pretty but either it’s another user error or I just haven’t found the right glitter, either way glitter is the gift that keeps on giving long after the project is over. I find it where I did the craft. I find it where I diplayed it. I find it where I stored it. I find it in my hair….oh wait maybe that was the New Year’s Eve party? So I decided I would not be going with glitter for the sides. I tried something I never tried before- Washi tape. Crafters talk about this stuff like it’s sliced bread and now I know why. I was able to find it in black, red, and pink for about $3 per roll (can also be found cheaper online) and this stuff was so easy and forgiving to wrap the sides of these letters with! It took a bit of straightening and I had to tear and start over in some places, but all the edges blended nicely and would fold over to cover any cardboard. The outside of the letters took the equivalent of about 1 roll so I have 2 more rolls for other projects! I am now a Washi-ite!
The project was really easy- trace letters, cut, mod podge, and wrap those sides like it was a sprained ankle- and the cost was around $17. You can bring the cost down by using smaller letters though as they are over $4 each for the 12 inch at the craft store or they are $2.27 at Consumer Crafts.
The paper project letters turned out really cute and when my husband came home from work he asked where I bought the letters. Sheesh. That’s his seal of approval that the Valentines craft turned out great! When will he ever learn? Step back non-believer!
*Disclosure: I am not an affiliate of Consumer Crafts, however I am participating in a campaign for them through Blue Print Social. All opinions expressed are my own.
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