RECYCLED CARDBOARD NAME LETTERS
I am happy to announce that this March I am expecting my first child and it's a girl! Now that we are starting to set up the baby furniture I've decided to make my own baby room decorations. Because we live in a one bedroom apartment she will not have her own room. Instead, she will have a corner in our bedroom. These letters will spell her name Eden and hang above her bed. It will also make the corner of the room feel like her own space. To make the letters you will need:
- Recycled cardboard for the letters
- Recycled cardboard roll
- Recycled newspaper
- X-acto knife
- Self healing cutting mat
- Mod Podge glue
- Paint Brushes
- Hot glue gun
First draw the letters onto the cardboard. Cut them out using an X-acto knife and a ruler. Use a self healing cutting mat underneath.
Papier-mach newspaper over each letter. This step will take a while but it's important. The newspaper will make the letters stronger and will help create a background for the layered effect. Rip the newspaper into small pieces. Make sure to apply glue to the front and back of each piece of newspaper. Smooth down each piece with your fingers and slightly overlap the next piece.
I kept out any colored photos from the newspaper and only used black and white pages. Cover the front and back of each letter with the newspaper making sure to also wrap the newspaper around the edges.
Use a dry hard brush to dry brush on off-white paint. Use a thin layer so that the newspaper is not covered up completely.
Next dry brush on yellow paint. This paint is left over from a wall I painted in my bedroom. Again, be sure to apply a thin layer of paint so that the white and the newspaper writing can be seen underneath.
Using a recycled cardboard roll, dip one end into paint and use it as a stamp to create circles on the letters. This blue paint is also left over from when I painted my apartment.
Create another layer of off-white circles using the other end of the cardboard roll. I have to mention that after this step I decided that the letters needed something extra. Using a thin sharpie maker I drew some doodles over the paint but then decided I did not like the way they looked. So I changed my mind again and dry brushed a layer of blue paint over the letters to cover everything I just did. Sometimes this is the way my creative process works. It's hard to tell in the photo but you can still see some of the yellow paint underneath the blue.
I stamped a few off-white circles on top of the blue. I am much happier with the blue letters and like they way they look next to the yellow wall. The layering of paint is exactly the look I was thinking of when I started.