As you know, Christine and I recently hosted a baby shower for a friend of ours before her gorgeous baby boy was born. (For all the details on the shower click here.) While brainstorming for ways to decorate, I spied these really cute patchwork fabric letters in the Pottery Barn Kids catalog and decided I was going to attempt to recreate one for her – with my own little twist, of course! I wanted her to not only have a special memento from the shower, but also have something that she could put in the baby’s nursery (and hopefully serve as a reminder of how loved she is during those sleep deprived, covered in spit up, I could cry at the drop of a hat moments during the first
days months after giving birth) and thought this was the ticket. Plus, the letters aren’t even sold by Pottery Barn Kids, so I knew I would have to make it myself.
Here’s what you will need:
Paper Mache/Cardboard letter
Coordinating scrapbook paper in different colors and patterns (I used colors that I knew would coordinate with the freshly painted nursery.)
Modge Podge (I used the matte finish)
OK, let the fun begin!
First, decide what order you would like your paper “patches” to be in so your monogram has some cohesiveness. For example, I decided that I liked the blue stripe and the green gingham patterns next to each other and that I liked the combination of those two patterns next to the dinosaur print.
Next, cut your paper to create patches. The size you choose is entirely up to you! I primarily used 3 inch patches, but made modifications for curved areas. Really, there is no wrong way to do this — it is simply what appeals to your eye. I started in the upper left hand corner and applied my patches in a counterclockwise motion until I reached my starting point. To apply your paper patches, simply paint Mod Podge directly on to your letter and then place your paper over that, pressing out any wrinkles and air bubbles.
Once you have covered your letter, let it dry completely and trim any excess paper off with your Xacto knife. Then apply a top coat of Mod Podge according to the directions on the bottle to seal everything and protect your work.
And there you have it! This was my first attempt at decoupage and the project certainly didn’t turn out perfectly, but it was made with love and that is “perfect” in my book.
What have you created using decoupage? Let me about it!
P.S. For those of us who love to entertain and create a beautiful home, we are often inspired by ideas online, yet implementation is time-consuming. Though we hope to encourage you to try things on your own, we understand that sometimes you don’t have the time, and we would love to help. As full-service creative lifestyle designers, Simply Tangerine specializes in designing beautiful living spaces, sourcing or refinishing furniture, planning special events, and creating menus to meet personal dietary needs. We will discuss your needs, assess your situation and put together unique ideas to make your room décor, furniture, event, or menu exceed your expectations. We would love to bring a Simply Tangerine twist to your home or event. Please contact us anytime!