Distressed Letters

I have been trying really hard to not get ahead of myself with the decorating of a house that doesn't exist...but as it starts existing and showing signs of getting finished I get a little, um a lot, excited! I decided to do one little project...some letters to hang on my big girls headboards. I saw some at Land of Nod that I thought were really cute, but really limited on the color selection. I knew I could make some in the colors I prefer. Here's the finished product:

You'll Need:
-Wooden Letters (found mine at Hobby Lobby in the unfinished wood section-2 for .99)
-Scrapbook paper of your chosing -Brown Paint -Modge Podge -Emery Boards (nail files)

-On the back of the paper, trace your letter backwards. -Cut out the paper letter just inside the line you traced.

-Paint the tips of your fingers brown. ;) -While you're at it, paint the edges and sides of your letters brown.

-Coat the wooden letter with the Modge Podge. -Apply your cut-out paper letter. -Smooth out bubbles. -Allow to dry.

-Now take your emery board and distress that baby! -Concentrate on the edges and tips.

A close-up of the distressing.

-Apply another coat or two to the paper and wood to protect it.

There we have it...some pretty little letters. I will attach some ribbon to the back to hang on the girls headboards.

(Do not hang close to a crib if using ribbon or string)

Tara  – (April 22, 2009 at 2:11 PM)  

Woohoo! Love it, girl! They look fantastic.

Christy  – (April 22, 2009 at 2:25 PM)  

VERY cute!! I may have to steal this idea too. Audrey currently has boring plain white letters in her room. And I have leftover scrapbooking paper from the framed butterfly project you posted awhile back! I ripped that one off too! :) Thanks for the great ideas.

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage  – (April 22, 2009 at 3:09 PM)  

Those are adorable! You can just send that Hannah one to me -- my Hannah would LOVE it!

Rachel@oneprettything.com  – (April 23, 2009 at 4:22 PM)  

These are gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing the how-to!

Pixeltrash  – (April 23, 2009 at 8:09 PM)  

Love your letters. I did WELCOME for my guest room sort of like this. Yours are perfect!

Elizabeth Messer  – (April 25, 2009 at 1:30 PM)  

Hi Stephanie, this is Stacy's friend from Omaha. Every once in a while I come here to see your updates and I am so impressed with your distressed letters. It is so neat to see Christian Mom going to so much work to make her home so warm and beautiful. Great work! Stacy is a lot like you, too, and it has been so encouraging to have her as a friend. Anyway, thanks for the fun tips.

Lori  – (June 3, 2009 at 6:46 AM)  

Hi! I came over from Christy's blog - SO glad I did! What an awesome idea! I may have to visit your blog for more ideas!

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