JOY to the world!December 15, 2009 10:21 am Christmas, Crafts, Holidays, Home Decor
By General Crafts Contributor Amy, from the Blog “Mod Podge Rocks!”
I’m really getting into the holiday spirit, and I decided it was time to throw something festive up on the ol’ fireplace. I like the patchwork look, and so I employed that basic idea when making this banner – getting things together that coordinate but are not necessarily the same. Try it with your holiday decorations. It’s very fun and you get to use a lot of colors. It’s easier to match your décor than you think.
Gather These Supplies:
Letters spelling the holiday saying of your choice – mine came with the screws and ribbon. If yours don’t, you can purchase the hooks and ribbon.
Christmas scrapbook paper – 3 coordinating sheets
Christmas embellishments and stickers – multiple coordinating
Rhinestones, adhesive – at least 10 coordinating
Pencil or Pen
Take your letter and lay it down on the scrapbook paper face up. Trace the shape – repeat with the other letters. Use a different sheet of paper for each letter.
Use your scissors to cut the letter shapes out of the paper. Set aside.
Paint your letters with coordinating acrylic colors. Paint the entire back, but you’ll only have to paint the sides and the edges of the front. You don’t need to paint the entire front because the paper will be covering. Isn’t that delightful?
Grab those pieces of scrapbook paper that are shaped like your letters. Paint a medium layer of Mod Podge down on your letters and make sure to get the corners well.
Place paper down and either smooth with your fingers or roll with a brayer. Smooth, smooth, smooth! Until all of the air bubbles are gone. Do the other letters and then set them all aside for 15 – 20 minutes.
When your letters are dry, spread Mod Podge over the top of the paper on the letters. Again, spread a medium coat. Allow to dry for 15 – 20 minutes, then spread another coat. Don’t forget to coat the back of your letters as well! Allow to dry.
At this time, replace the hooks in your letters, or if you had to purchase, screw into the top of your letters. You shouldn’t need to drill. Simply push down and screw into the top.
Use your craft glue to add embellishments to the letters. I added chipboard shapes, rhinestones and stickers. Decorate however your little heart desires! When you are done, allow to dry for 24 hours and then string the ribbon. Mine came with ribbon, but if your letters don’t, then purchase about 1 foot of ribbon per letter for your saying. Hang and admire!