Thursday, December 27, 2012

Easy Letter Craft--Great Gift for Teachers or Friends

My girls and I made these cute J O Y letters for their choir and piano teachers.  I thought it was a perfect idea for a gift.

Christmas craft, kids craft

I simply bought paper mache letters from Hobby Lobby.  They were priced at $2.47 each but on sale for 30% off, making them about $1.73 each.  I then searched the internet for Joy to the World sheet music and printed it off.

We decided to tea stain the paper for a more aged look.  I just boiled some water in my tea pot, added tea bags, then poured over the paper in the sink.  I let it set for a couple minutes and even threw the tea bag on to bleed more.

Christmas craft, kids craft

To dry, I placed on cookie sheets with old towels underneath so drips didn't stain my counter top.  For faster drying, I placed the second batch in a warm oven (turned off).

Christmas craft, kids craft

Then we got busy.  The letters looked like this to start:

8" Paper Mache Letter - J

We tore up the sheet music into pieces about 1.5" to 2" long.  Some were larger and some were smaller.  Any size you choose is fine.  The girls then used Modge Podge (purchased at Hobby Lobby with 40% off coupon) to glue the a paper on, overlapping and completely covering the letters.   We used sponge brushes but you could just as easily use a paint brush.  It is a messy job, but simple.  However, it is time consuming (we made three sets of JOY letters).  You can tell they had fun with it.  Or at least at the beginning.

Christmas craft, kids craft

I did have to help touch up things a bit and tuck edges down.  I also added a final coat of Modge Podge.

When dry, I took scissors and punctured a hole in the bottom of the J, hot glued a Christmas pick in and voila, we were done!

Christmas craft, kids craft

Here is the final product:
Christmas craft, kids craft

By the third set, I was rushed for time, so I didn't tea stain the letters.  The girls liked the tea stained letters, but I don't think it looks bad this way.  What do you think?

Christmas craft, kids craft

The thing is, you could really do this with any paper and any letters.  Why limit it to Christmas?  Why not spell out your kids names and decoupage things that reflect their personality?  Or cute scrapbook or wrapping paper?  It would make a great decoration!  You could even add hooks to the back and hang them.  The possibilities are endless.


Hobbies on a Budget said...

I love these! You could use their initials for a teacher gift, or A, B, C for a kindergarten gift (in the bright crayola colors!) I love this!!! Now my mind is racing! Great idea!

The Southern Fried Bride said...

I'm a musical girl and I'm crazy about the sheet music DIY letters!

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