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Thursday, September 9, 2010

finally something crafty

Monograms are great (in moderation).  I love single letters, as home decor
which is why I was looking forward to making our own "G" for the apartment. 
I've been looking forward to this post for a while, mostly because
I've been anticipating doing this project!
(I made several of these in the past for friends' wedding gifts)

1. I bought a wooden letter "g" from Hobby Lobby for $1.99
(made of particle board)

2. Choose a scrapbook paper you like & could be displayed on your wall
or where you plan to display this item  
(found a Michael's sale & got this one for 89 cents!)

3. Use the "G" to trace itself on to the scrapbook paper and cut it out
(for best results, cut it slightly smaller than the "G" so it doesn't hang over 
the edge and consider doing it backwards if the paper is double-sided 
so you get the side you like)

4. Paint the letter one solid color that compliments the pretty paper
(I painted both sides brown for a more finished look)

5. Mod podge the carefully cut-out scrapbook paper piece over the dried paint
(I used matte finish, but satin finish can also be used)

In the past, I used a hot-glue gun to put a piece of ribbon in place on the back
to hang the finished letter from, but this one will sit on a shelf,
so I did not make a ribbon hook. 

*note to readers in the Mid-Atlantic + Northeast:
it was challenging to find good quality, 
yet reasonably priced letters outside of Hobby Lobby.  
The good news is that they can be ordered from their online store here!
Or you can "stock up" on them when you make a trip to Hobby Lobby (like I do).


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