By: Roshanda Pratt
It is the wonderful time of the year and it can also be the most stressful time of the year. The question that may be dancing in your head like sugar plums: What do you get the person who has everything? My solution: Handmade! This year, most of the women on my list will be receiving a handmade gift from me. I am really excited about this since I love to create. I consider “crafting” a stress buster, I have made it a point to make it part of my daily, if not weekly schedule.
Today, I would like to share a super cute craft project that is so easy to do you’ll thank me later (at least I hope). It takes about 30 minutes to complete, for the mom’s out there that is 1 episode of “Arthur.”
The main attraction is a wooden letter like this one below. You can purchase it from any craft store, I picked up mine from Hobby Lobby. You can find them in different styles and sizes. This one is about 9 ½ inches tall.
As you can see this letter “R” is a bit plain so I am going to give it some life with Zebra print. I love animal print, matter of fact, I try to sneak into my home décor (maybe my husband won’t notice. Lol) I found this zebra print scrapbook paper at Hobby Lobby for .44 cents.
This is my sad looking letter “R”. I attempted to paint it but it still did not do anything for me. Here’s how we make are letter “R”avishing. First, trace your letter onto the back of the scrapbook paper with a pencil.
Then, cut the paper out with a pair if scissors. I also used one of those tiny art knives to cut out the center. Take your cut-out using Elmer’s glue, yes the good ol’ glue stick and cover the paper with glue, I also added some to the actual wood letter as well. Make sure once you place the scrapbook paper down, you smooth out the paper with a popsicle stick or with your hand to get the air bubbles out.
Now to my all time favorite craft item: Mod Podge! You can do anything with the stuff, well almost anything. Mod Podge is an acid-free brand of glue produced by Plaid. The company describes it as “the orginal all-in-one glue, sealer and finish.” It can be used to both glue something down and as a protective layer over it, instead of a varnish. You can purchase this at any craft store in several types.
Now to the final step, I use a sponge brush. Do not, I repeat do not soak the paper down but use a liberal amount of Mod Podge, brushing it across gently. Let it dry for about 5-10 minutes. Viola! You got yourself an ultra chic letter.
See I told you it was easy and you guess gave someone the greatest gift, your time!
Merry Christmas! And Happy Crafting