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Last-Minute Christmas Decor: Paper Covered Letters

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Do you find yourself, just days away from Christmas, wishing that you had more decorations?  Probably not.  But just in case, here is a quick and easy project that you can start and finish the same day.  In fact, you could make these paper covered letters and give them as gifts because you know that there’s either (a) someone you might have forgotten or (b) someone who will give you something that you need an emergency reciprocal gift for.

Stop by the craft store and pick-up:

  • papier mache letters
  • spray paint
  • patterned/scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
1.  Spray paint all sides of the letters.  Allow to dry.
2.  Place the letters face-down on the back side of the paper and trace around.  Cut out the paper letters and lay on top of the letters to check for fit.  It’s very likely that you will need to trim 1/8 to 1/4 inch from the edge of the paper letters.
3.  Brush and thin layer of Mod Podge onto the front side of each letter.  Cover with the paper and smooth out all bubbles and wrinkles.  Let dry for 5-10 minutes, then brush a thin layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper and slightly over onto the sides to keep the paper’s edges down.  Let dry completely, about 30 minutes.

 

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Or, you could do an even easier version: wrap the letters using patterned paper (or wrapping paper) and double-stick tape.  There are two ways to do this . . .
1.  Cut a long strip of paper, one inch wider than the thickness of the letter.  Center on the sides of the letters and secure with tape, easing around corners by cutting slits into each side of the paper.  Trace the front and back of the letter and adhere with double-stick tape.
2.  Trace the front and back of each letter on the patterned paper.  Add a half-inch to each edge and cut out.  Adhere to the right side of the letter and fold over the extra paper, easing around corners and rounded parts by making small cuts in the paper to the edge of the letter.  Top the folded over paper with a strip of paper the exact width of the letter, taping in place.
See?  Quick, easy, and festive.  And totally adaptable to any other holiday or occasion, you can always use paper covered letters.
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Do you have favorite Christmas decoration you can’t wait to get out every year?

 

Jody

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