Monday, 3 September 2012

Back to school.....

I realize it's been a while since my last post (I'm sorry!).  I guess I started to enjoy to the summer a little too much....

So I decided to make something to celebrate my new employment - something for my new (kinda) place of employment - something for my library - something that hopefully the kids will enjoy.

You can do this with any name or word.  All you need are wooden letters (or letters made of a similar material), scrapbook paper or fabric (I used paper), a pencil, sand paper, scissors, paint, a paint brush, a sponge, Modge Podge, ribbon, a glue gun, and any other embellishments you may want to add.

First, sand down the edges of the letters.
Next, trace the letters onto the scrapbook paper or fabric and cut them out.

Then, you'll want to use the Modge Podge as a glue to stick the paper onto the letter.  Once the paper or fabric letter is glued to the wooden letter, take a sponge and the paint and carefully sponge paint around the edges of the letters.  You'll probably have to dab the sponge every so often to remove excess paint.  Once the sponge painting is dry (shouldn't take long), you may want to paint the edges of the letters.  My preference would be a white or black paint for the edges of the letters.
After drying, use your finger as a brush to cover the letters with Modge Podge (to seal and finish each of the letters).

Your final step would be looping the ribbon and gluing the ribbon (which acts as a hook) to the back of each letter (near the top).

To finish the letters off, the final step is optional. Glue pieces of ribbon, flowers, sequins, buttons, or other embellishments on the letters and hang.  I'm still deciding if I want to add any embellishments to my letters.  We'll see....

Enjoy & good luck to all my fellow colleagues in education as we begin a new school year!


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