Butterfly Burlap Letters

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Disclosure: I was gifted supplies from Craftistas to make this project, but any opinion of these products is my own!


I've been itching to create a letter wall for my house—I love typography. Lucky me, I’m an architect, so occasionally I get a free sign sample. I've had a big R for a while, but it’s just taking me too long to collect the letters I want!


So when I was contacted by Craftistas to try out some of their products, I had to snag a couple of the paper mache letters that they have. Why only a couple? Well, the whole idea of my letter wall was to not have all the letters be matchy-matchy—I want them to be different sizes, colors, fonts and finishes. But I also want the letters to represent my family, a little, too. So since I have 2 little girls that are the same and yet different, well, two letters of the same size was perfect.

But how to make these letters shine? I wanted something with texture, and yet something with a geometric pattern…so when I found this burlap with a tile pattern printed on it, it was love at  first sight! I added the butterflies to create some additional interest, and as more symbolism. My girls are my “bugs”, and although they may look the same, they have different personalities that shine as soon as they spread their wings!!!

So, are you ready for this easy project?

Here's what you need:


Paper Mache Letters
Matte Mod Podge
patterned burlap (you'll need 1 sheet per 2 letters)
Cardstock 

Other supplies:
craft paint (I used dark brown)
a pencil or pen
scissors
Paint brushes

Place the letters face down on the back side of the burlap and use a pencil or pen to trace the letters.


Cut the letters out with scissors.


Use a paint brush to paint the front of the letters with mod podge.


Lay the burlap on top of the mod podge. Then brush mod podge on top of the entire surface of the burlap. This will seal the burlap to the letters and will keep the burlap from shedding. (Don’t worry, the mod podge will dry clear!)


After the mod podge dries, paint the sides with your chosen color of paint.


While I was waiting for my paint to dry, I cut out 4 butterfly shapes. You can use a craft cutter, a paper punch, or you can find a shape online and trace it and cut it out with scissors. Your choice! I then folded each butterfly in half and adhered their bodies together (using mod podge). I then adhered their bodies to the letters—perfect!




But do you want to create these letters for your very own word wall? You can buy the supplies (except those listed as "other materials" because I wanted you to select your own paint color) in a special package straight from Craftistas through the widget below, at or below prices at your craft store, and it gets delivered straight to your door! How cool is that! And even better, you--my awesome readers--get a 10% discount off the price of these supplies--just use the code "craft13" when you check out. I hope you enjoy this great deal.


 
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