How to Decoupage Letters


What kid doesn’t love seeing her name up in her room? It’s the one place she can claim as her own, even though we all know it’s not really her room, but a room that Mommy and Daddy are nicely letting her use rent-free!  I made these cute name letters all for a total of only $12! Talk about a cheap way to make a statement!

how to decoupage letters to make a name

  • wooden letters (regularly $2.99 at Hobby Lobby, got them 1/2 off)
  • Mod Podge (had on hand)
  • foam applicator brush or paint brush
  • scissors
  • scrapbooking paper ($.29-$.69 each at Hobby Lobby, got them 1/2 off)
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Mod Podge and the other two supplies I ended up not using

Game Plan:

1. Purchase scrapbooking paper to adhere to the letters.  Choose all the same paper, coordinating papers, or mix-n-match to your preference.

Make sure the paper is big enough to cover your biggest letter.

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The scrapbook paper and letters I purchased at Hobby Lobby

2. Flip the letter over so the front side is touching the backside of the scrapbooking paper.  Trace the letter onto the back of the paper.

Make sure the paper pattern is going the way you want it.  Trace onto the back of the paper so you won’t get any pencil marks on the good side.  Continue this process for all the letters.

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The frontside of the letter should touch the back of the paper

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Trace the letter using a pencil

3. Erase any pencil marks on the wooden letters from tracing them.

4.  Cut out the traced letters. Cut a tad bit inside the traced letter so that it will fit perfectly when cut out.

Cut one letter out and see how it fits on top of the matching wooden letter to see if you need to adjust your cutting.

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Cut a tad bit inside the traces letter so it will fit properly on the wooden letter

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Lay the cut-out paper letter on top of the wooden letter to see if you need to trim any excess paper off

5.  Use a foam brush or paint brush to spread out a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the top of a letter.

Try to make the coat as even as possible.

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I used a rag to put the Mod Podge onto the letter, but later switched to a brush

6. Carefully lay the paper onto the letter and press down.

Before pressing down, make sure the paper is lined up in all appropriate spots.  It is hard to remove the paper after it has been pressed down…speaking from experience!

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After lining up correctly, press down on the paper to adhere it to the glue

7.  Remove all air bubbles from under the paper.

I was going to use a paint stick to remove the air bubbles, but I found my fingers worked best.  I went over the letters several times, making sure all the paper was smooth and flat.

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A letter with all air bubbles removed, waiting to dry

8.  Let dry for 20-30 minutes.

9.  Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper to seal it.

Again, try to make it a thin even layer of Mod Podge.  Air bubbles may pop up–don’t fret right now because really, there’s nothing you can do at this point anyway.  I had several come up and was very sad, but after drying they went away!  Yippee!

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Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper to seal it

10.  Allow to dry for 20-30 minutes.

If you want, you can put more layers of Mod Podge on to create a stronger seal.  I only did one because I was afraid of air bubbles popping up and not going away.

11.  Hang up!

pink patterned decoupaged name letters for girls room

I think she likes them!

What other ideas do you have for displaying kid’s names?

11 comments to How to Decoupage Letters

  • Caroline

    Of course I’m a fan of this post…probably because I received the benefit of this wonderful project! Micara loves the letters…almost as much as I do. Such a wonderful addition to her room and really dresses it up! THANK YOU, Brady!!! You’re the best!

  • Heather

    I’m so glad I found this! I was wanting someone to make these for my girls rooms but now I can do them myself! I’m even thinking about picking it up as a hobby thanks!

  • janelle

    I tried this last night, it came out great! Wonderful idea!!

  • Sarah

    Im going to ask what is probably a very stupid question but here goes. Is it possible to glue the letter to the paper, then cut out the shape using an exacto knife after the glue is dry? I can totally see me not being able to get the cut out paper back onto the letter properly.

  • Mandee

    Hi! This is so cute! I want to repaper the letters in my daughters room to go with the new colors. Is this possible and how can I do that? Help!

  • DeAnna

    I followed these instructions to the letter, however, after smoothing all the bubbles out with my finger I notice the paper rises back up. It almost seems as though the paper is drawing up(like bacon) leaving ripples all over it. Any continued attempt at smoothing threatens to rip the mod podge soacked paper. Any suggestions?

    • Brady

      A lot of those bubbles should go away after drying, at least mine did, so I would only worry about large ones and perhaps just make sure your coverage is more even next time. It is a difficult technique but gets easier the more you do it.

  • Juliana

    did you paint or prime the wood letters white? It seems that the raw wood might show through.

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