The holidays are the time of year that I put the most effort and time into making things. How about you? I am always looking for a “new project” for my decorating, so when I attended a local boutique and came across these hand-drawn, pre-cut words from a new local Utah biz, Woodland Press, I knew exactly how I was going to personalize to fit my home dec style for the holidays! It all centered around some paint, glitter and our new Holiday DIY Decor tape…especially the Gold Foil Polka Dot (my personal fav).
Aren’t these words just so pretty! They are big too! They are about 1/4″ thick and made out of MDF. So my original plan was to use my white acrylic paint. Once I realized how long that was going to take…the light bulb came on and hello…spray paint.
After is was dry enough to the touch (about 30-45 min) I was ready for the next step. You will need a good X-acto knife with a clean blade and your favorite style of giant washi tape – you can find lots of fun styles here in our shop. Some of them are on sale for up to 75% of right now too. Yay! You can also find the new Holiday DIY Decor Tape at your local JoAnn store.
Depending on the width of your tape (this gold foil dot is 4″ wide and all tapes have 10 total feet) you will want to roll it out slowly from right to left starting at the bottom of your word. Smooth the tape as you go and do your best to line it up straight at the bottom. The great thing about this washi tape is that it is re-positionable – so if you get bubbles or need to straighten, it’s easy to pull up and put back down. Continue adding lengths of tape until your word is covered.
Now that you have your tape on the word, take a minute to really smooth out the tape adding pressure to adhere more solidly to the wood surface. Next…grab your X-acto knife and start cutting by sliding the knife flat against the edge of the wood. It helps to slightly pull on the tape towards as you cut. This tends to give a cleaner cut. As you cut through all the pieces, make sure to clean any adhesive off your knife so your cuts stay crisp!
Once you have the tape all cut away – you can add some glitter sparkle! You will need some mod podge your favorite glitter and a paint brush or foam brush.
Generously apply mod podge with your brush to the inside edges of your word. Do this in small sections. I started at the left side and applied the mod lodge to all the levels from top to bottom one letter section at a time. Next, add glitter! Start with the top level as the glitter will fall naturally down to the bottom. Work from left to right until you have the insides covered and then you can go back and add to the sides of the letters.
I love how my wall word turned out and I decided to attach it to a white open frame I have on my wall. I just used a little burlap twine to tie it on. Easy!
This was a fun project and in all took me just a couple of hours. I decided to save my Noel word for another project and used my candy stripe tape in this cute frame with the trees. I love the way it all looks together! On to the next project!