Hiya, my fellow creative friends! I love to decorate for my favorite holiday… back to school! Back to school is every mom’s favorite day of the year, right?? Even though it may not be my kids favorite day of the year, they do love the decor and prep that we do together. This DIY ABC letter project was definitely a winner too. I have never tried marbling with my kids before, and this is a great, inexpensive method for kids and adults! All you need is a few supplies, so let’s get started!
Marbled DIY ABC Letters Supplies:
- Darice Clear School Glue
- Darice 6″ Paper Mache Letters
- Multi-Surface Craft Paint
- Mixing Spatula
- Wax Paper
First, lay down wax paper to protect your work surface. Squeeze some clear glue onto your surface. The glue will aid in the finished textured of the letters. Next, squirt 2-3 different colors of paint all over your wax paper. You want to use about 1-2 Tbsp. of paint in each color.
Next, use a spatula to mix and stir the paint in a marbled pattern. Don’t stress about perfection, you really just want to run your spatula through the paint a few times. Don’t over mix it or it will start to look “muddy” if you do.
Push your paper mache letter down onto your mixed paint, and carefully lift it back up.
You can use your finger or a paintbrush to fill in any areas that didn’t get covered.
You can dip several letters in this one mixture, or start with new paper and colors each time like I did.
Look at that cool detail and texture! The clear glue creates a fun crackled effect on your DIY ABC letters.
Paint the inside of your letters with white paint if you want to finish off the look!
I did a fun set of DIY ABC letters to put on our mantle, but this would be so fun to do with your child’s name too.
Do you decorate and celebrate for back to school? I think it should be a national holiday just for parents. Ha! Whether you celebrate it or not, I hope your school prep goes smoothly! Happy crafting!
Another fun way to use paper mache letters to decorate your home or kid’s room is with a fabric covered DIY monogram initial. You could even make one of these as a teacher gift.
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Natalie is a wife and mom to four fabulous children. Well, except the last one. She’s a bit of a stinker. Natalie is a full time crafter, thrifter, blogger, photographer and creator of Natalme.com. She has a studio in her home where she likes to hide from her children and watch Netflix on her iPad. I have done everything from being a power seller on eBay, to selling handmade goods and upcycled furniture at local boutiques and art fairs. In her free time, she volunteers for the Circle of Love Foundation and the Special Needs Youth Athletic Foundation, all in hopes of one day being forgiven for her constant use of profanity.