A few weeks ago, I found some pretty paper at Michaels and used it to decorate ordinary trays. I really like the colors and the patterns and had so much left, I decided to do another easy project with the green paper and Mod Podge.
I have been looking for things to decorate my bookshelves and found this 8in. paper mache letter that I thought would look great with some added color and pattern. It cost less than $4 and since I already had the paper and Mod Podge, that was all I needed to spend for this project!
I painted it with white craft paint because I didn’t want to decorate the sides with the paper. I painted the sides with two coats and painted a very thin coat of paint on the top just in case it showed through the paper. I don’t think it would have since it is a nice thick paper, but I would rather be sure before than after. By the way…a cereal box in the recycling bin provides a great surface for this project!
After the paint was dry I coated the top with Mod Podge, then turned the letter over flat onto the inside of the paper. I placed some heavy books on top of the letter as the Mod Podge dried so the paper wouldn’t wrinkle. You can see I didn’t paint the back of the letter. I didn’t want to waste my craft paint on something no one would see.
After the Mod Podge dried I just cut the paper around the edges of the letter with my craft knife. I had a few small pieces I had to trim away after cutting the excess paper. I then coated the top with more Mod Podge to seal it, especially concentrating on the edges of the paper.
This was such a fun and easy project that will add a nice color to my decor. I am thinking it will look nice on my built-in bookshelves once I gather everything I need to complete the look!