DIY: Damask Hanging Letters!

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I Love completing DIY projects. Seriously, it’s like Halloween (free candy = happiness) in my eyes!
Last night I set out to start my DIY hanging letters project. I knew I wanted hanging letters somewhere in our venue and while the floral letters are popular, I wanted to go another route.
This was my inspiration. Thanks to Nana from Project Wedding for her help!

So I took a visit to Joann’s yesterday and picked up everything I needed. The letters above are 24 inches. Just for starters, I decided to go with 12 inches and see how that turned out.

I got Mister Mr. to spray paint the letters black (don’t really know why).


And I gathered my tools!

If you’re planning on trying this, you’ll need:

  • Paper Mache letters
  • Modge Podge
  • Paint brush
  • A container to mix the Modge Podge & water
  • Fabric/Scrapbook paper/wall paper
  • Newspaper to cover your work area
  • Scissors
  • Marker (optional)

The inspiration photo (from Nana) was created with scrapbook paper. I got a great deal on the damask fabric at Joann’s (50% off plus an additional 30%) so I went that route. You can really do it with whatever you choose.

First, I took the “M” and I covered it with the fabric. I traced around the letter lightly with a marker and then cut it out. I made sure to include fabric for the sides of my letter. After I made sure it lined up, I mixed 1 part water with 1 part modge podge. I mixed it together with my paint brush and applied a layer to the “M”; then I put my fabric over the letter. It was kind of tricky, cutting off the sides that were a little frayed, but it was bearable. Mister Mr. did the “E”, the exact same way (except his was darn near perfect :/). When I was finished making sure all the layers were glued down, I went over the fabric with another light layer of Modge Podge (just to make sure it was glued down good) and then a spray from some waterproof sealant.

Here’s what I got:

I have NO idea why the ribbon looks so baby blue!
Sorry it’s so bright. I was tired and, well, got lazy!
All in all, it took me about 2 hours to do both letters. I was going slow and wanted to make sure I was doing it right. Next time, I guesstimate it will take just a little over an hour.
I’m going to hang these letters in the hallway of our venue, where everyone will see it, and create another set of letters for our main entrance. The next letters I do will be the 24 inch letters you see in the inspiration above!
Me? I LOOOOOVVVEEE it! How about you?

Ebonee Monique
Posted by eboneemonique   @   6 August 2009 19 comments

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