I recently purchased a few wooden letters from someone who was having a craft clear out. I chose the letters which spelt out JOY, and although I wasn’t sure what I’d do with them at first I knew they would make the perfect addition to my Christmas decorations.
You will have seen that I have made a few things with this lovely patchwork design Christmas fabric, and so I thought about covering the letters with some of my leftover fabric scraps. I loved the idea that I would have some beautifully matching pieces, and every item homemade.
Covering them completely I thought might be a bit too tricky so I decided to cover the front and backs only as they are nice and flat, and then use glitter to cover the sides and insides. This worked really well and I am so pleased with how they turned out. They didn’t take very long at all either.
You can purchase wooden letters at most craft shops and eBay; here is a selection from Hobbycraft from £1 each.
So, are you ready to make your own gorgeously glittery fabric letters?
You will need:
- Wooden letters
- PVA glue
- Sharp cutting knife
- Cutting mat
Here’s what you need to do:
Apply a coat of PVA glue to the face of each letter and then lay over some fabric enough to cover them. Stick the fabric down and be sure to smooth out any creases. Turn the letter over and do the same the other side. Remember to make sure the fabric design is the right way up.
Once the glue has completely dried, place your letter on a cutting mat and with a Stanley blade or a sharp scalpel very carefully cut the excess material away. You should be able to do this quite easily by lightly guiding the blade along the edge of the wood.
Once the fabric has been cut away your letters should look like this.
With a piece of paper under the letter, gently shake your chosen glitter over the glue until well covered. Then stand the letter up and allow to dry. You shouldn’t need another coat of glitter, but if you do just repeat the last step.
Allow to dry completely. You can save the glitter that has fallen onto your paper by folding the paper and pouring the glitter back into the container.
When the glitter is completely dry brush over a mix of 50/50 pva and water and allow to dry. I used two coats to ensure the glitter does not come off.
Once dry they should look like this.
These are now ready to display when I put up my Christmas decorations. I think I might put them on my kitchen windowsill as the light will catch the glitter beautifully and reflect off the black granite.
The view from above…
Will you have a go at making your own? What would you do differently with your wooden letters? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
Happy crafting xx