Paper Mache 12 Inch Letters

Paper Mache 12 Inch Letters – There is always a favorite – the favorite element of the party. For Henry bash, it was ONE marquis’s letters. Not only did they turn out better than I expected, everyone went crazy over them and no one could believe I made them myself. Now I’m going to share how I made them and hopefully help you make them even better.

When I shared with Shannon what kind of party I wanted, we both started looking for inspiration and sharing what we liked through a secret Pinterest board. (Which is a bomb, by the way.)

Paper Mache 12 Inch Letters

Paper Mache 12 Inch Letters

In fact, I labeled this image “Excessive. Or not?” Just kidding, because it might be a little over the top, and where can I find a marquis sign? No seriously, where can I find one?

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But because Shannon understands me, she totally built it into the plan and then shared an online tutorial for the Oh Happy Day mini marquee sign so I could make it happen.

However, I knew this tutorial wouldn’t work for me because it requires a lot of templates, cutting, gluing, and time. And the truth is, I have almost no patience, zero extra time, and I’m not a perfectionist enough for that. (I know you don’t believe I’m not a perfectionist, but it’s true. Ask Michelle, she’ll tell you. I’d rather do lots of things imperfectly than stress about one small, perfect thing. I’m all about quantity, not quality (Not many people admit that, do they?)

So, I came up with another way. I’m sure this has already been done and blogged, but I refuse to look at Pinterest and instead continue to think I’m a GENIUS.

So here’s how I made the Marquis’s letters at Henry’s party, in case you’re crazy and a glutton for punishment too. This was truly my favorite part of the party. So it was worth a little electrocution, a cut finger, and a loss of sanity.

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(But seriously, I’ll tell you what I did and then what I’d do differently next time so you don’t make my mistakes.)

Globe lights (I bought mine four years ago at Big Lots, but have also seen Target and Kohls).

This was actually the only thing I had to buy for this project. So for this project I bought 12 inch letters at Joann’s. They were 50 percent off, so I didn’t spend much.

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Paper Mache 12 Inch Letters

Using a sharp knife, cut along the edge of the front letter. This will leave you with the edges and back of the letter. Paper mache letters are filled with more paper so they don’t fall out. When you’re done, just peel off that paper.

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Depending on the cutting job, you may have jagged edges. Just sand it lightly for a smoother finish on the edges. Wipe off.

I wanted mine to look ‘metal’ which was done very scientifically starting with blqck spray paint and then oil rubbed bronze and metallic silver paint I had left over in the garage.

Surprisingly, the toy turned out to be very similar to the old metal finish. I had planned to polish the edge with black, but that was unnecessary.

I debated the best way to do this and ended up just using a screwdriver. Since the letter is just cardboard, it was easy to punch.

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And do you even have to ask? Of course I didn’t measure between the holes. I just looked it up.

I swear I did, but they still didn’t work when I put them all in.

Your lighting style will make the difference in this activity. Mine were Christmas style lights in the back with a glass dome cut into the front. So I started by pushing the lights through the back and then attaching the glass dome to the light through the front. (See step 8.)

Paper Mache 12 Inch Letters

This process was tedious because I didn’t want to glue them so I could reuse the lights. I think if I were to do it again I would actually glue the domes to the front because I broke A LOT of domes in the process.

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If you’re buying lighting for a project, try to find lights where the dome and light are the whole bulb – like these. I think they will make the process easier because you can just glue the dome bulb to the front.

Since I was trying not to use glue, I tried several ways to hide the wires and hold the lights in place.

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Silver tape was the best option. It matched the color of the letters and kept many cords hidden in the back. It also kept the lights in the holes. So just use tape to cover all the cords and attach the letter to the back.

Then I added those glass domes. If you’re smarter than me and plan to use them over a long period of time, you’ll stick them on.

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Bam. You have the perfect marquee illuminated letters for your home or party. All my friends and family raved about them and they really played Southern Blues in the party theme.

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But it is the place that all the “blog ladies” have been talking about. Row upon row of plastic Christmas balls (in July, mind you), ceramic hippos next to pipe cleaners, and almost everything has patterns printed on it. What could be healthier?

Paper Mache 12 Inch Letters

Costs $3 each. Not bad…but I knew there would be 50 off if I could wait long enough.

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I checked the site the other morning… Half off. A short trip later, we returned with 3 complete words.

NO, I will not paint them silver and write E.A.T. hang in the kitchen…….If I ever do that, shoot me.

I didn’t like the I, it looked too Roman Numeral so I made mine with an H.

(Used a Dremel to cut the side, draped the open side over a grocery bag, cut a piece out of the bag and glued with Elmer’s)

Paper Mache Letter A

I started with primed cedar from Home Depot. It is about 1 1/2 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. OOOOhhh, and about 10 feet tall.

Shot it together with a brad nailer…and added some small pieces for support in the middle.

To roughen up and “age” the arrow, I sanded as much as I could with 60 grit sandpaper.

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Paper Mache 12 Inch Letters

Ok, now to make my sign look like it’s been hanging on the side of the road for a few years…

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Paint craft paint, Trail Tan, with about a cup of warm water in a spray bottle. Once my sign was standing correctly, I sprayed the entire top to simulate rain or dust…or something. I decided to make some 3D letters for my classroom this summer after seeing Mrs. Posted by Nights Artroom on Pinterest.

I first went shopping trying to find letters that I could buy and then just decorate, but after I looked around and letters that were big enough for what I needed were out of my price range, I decided to make them myself. The process was easy and cost me under $10!

I started by drawing each letter nice and big on poster board. I then cut each one out and traced it onto another piece of poster board and cut it out to make the front and back of each letter. Using extra poster board, I cut out two inch strips which I then glued between the front and back of each letter. (I used 4 pieces of poster board to write Create)

I then made the paper by mixing flour and warm water until I had a liquid that covered my finger but was still transparent so not too thick. From there, I simply covered each letter with paper macho and strips of newspaper and then let them dry in the sun, flipping occasionally.

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From there, the rest is up to you! For my art room, I decided to design each one differently.

After painting it white, I marked it with a Sharpie. (In this photo I hadn’t finished drawing it yet)

I wrapped the last letter in yarn. To do this, I glued the yarn to the letter and started wrapping the entire letter first horizontally, then vertically until the letter was completely covered.

Paper Mache 12 Inch Letters

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