I saw plain Mache letters at a craft shop and they immediately inspired me: covered with tissue paper with the papier mache technique (paper strips method), then decorated with ribbons, cardboard, buttons, laces – all scraps I have already at home. I made some as a little gift, I hope welcome, for the birth of five beautiful girls.
Oh-My-God! I still haven’t finished my girl’s initial, soon she will do it alone… why not? We will get right on it!
You will need
- Papier Mache Letters – 20 cm
- Plain tissue paper
- Scraps (decorative papers cut-outs, ribbons, buttons, wrapping paper trimmings, salt dough decorations…)
- PVA glue, glue stick
- Scissors, zig zag scissors
- Craft punches (butterfly in my case)
- Glue gun (optional)
- Guillotine trimmer (optional)
How to make
- Tear stripes of tissue paper approx. 2 cm x 6 cm.
- Make up a mixture of PVA glue (50%) and water (50%) and apply to all surfaces of the mache letter with a brush.
- Apply the strips on the glued surface, overlapping strips, but apply only one layer of paper. When you have completed a single layer, let it dry. Repeat with up to three-four layers.
- Cover with the glue mixture and let it dry.
- Using more glue, decorate as your fantasy suggests!
My idea was to recreate a summer garden party: grass, flowers, butterflies and buntings. The paper bunting recalls the fabric one in my daughter’s room.
And these are our results, mine and my little one’s!
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