DIY Mod Podge Wooden Letters

Looking to personalize your kid's room? Whether you call it modge podge or mod podge, I'll show you how to use this easy-to-use medium on wood to decorate wooden letters with paper for a fun pop of color and pattern!

Adding a kid's name to the wall in their room is a perfect way to personalize the room, but over at my mom's house the grandkid's room gets used by all 4 kids, so we decided to add the first initial of each kid on the wall to personalize the room.

Mod podge is a very easy to use medium and can be used on many surfaces including glass, canvas, tin or metal, and wood. In this case we'll be using modge podge on wood and decorate one wooden initial for each kid using fun patterned scrapbook paper.

I love how the different patterns and colors turned out and this cost less than 20 bucks!

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This was a really easy project. It took me way less than one nap time (which is how I currently gauge projects).

Supplies For Mod Podge Paper To Wood

  • Wooden letters - I found thin 12 inch wooden letters at Michael's, and I've seen them at Hobby Lobby as well. Most craft stores carry wooden letters in different sizes and thicknesses.
  • Scrapbook paper in prints and/or colors that you want to use in your space
  • Acrylic paint in colors that complement your papers
  • Mod podge - Mod podge is a type of glue that dries clear which creates a coating
  • Foam brush
  • Pencil
  • Clear acrylic sealer (optional)

How To Decorate Wooden Letters With Scrapbook Paper

Paint your wooden initial letters with acrylic paint

First you'll decide which letter will have which patterned paper and paint each letter in a coordinating color with regular craft acrylic paint, making sure to get the sides really well. (The sides won't be covered by the paper and will show.)

For this step you can use a regular paint brush or a foam brush to create a smooth finish and create a nice work surface for adding the mod podge and the paper to the wood.

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Cut out your scrapbook paper for each wooden initial

To create the shape of the paper letter that will lay on top of the wood, place your paper good side down. Then lay your letter on the paper, face down and trace each letter onto the back side of the coordinating paper using a pencil.

My letters were bigger than the paper, so I traced the extra portion separately. Depending on the pattern of your paper, you may want to try to get the pattern to match up.

Then cut out the letter carefully just inside of the line you drew.

How to use mod podge on wood to attach your paper

Spread a thin coat of mod podge on the wooden letter with a paint brush or foam brush and lay your cut out letter on carefully starting at one end.

Smooth the paper down as you go with your brush so that there are no air bubbles or wrinkles.

Then spread another very thin layer of mod podge over the top of the paper. Be careful not to mess with it too much because the paper is wet and will start to ball up.

Let them dry over night.

Optional: For added durability you can paint a coat of clear acrylic sealer over the top.

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Hanging Your Mod Podge Wooden Letters

We used small picture hooks on the back of each letter to hang them.

In our case we staggered the letters since each one belongs to a different kid, but you could line them up if you're doing an entire name across the wall.

And that is it! These pull all of the colors used in the room together and give the room a personal touch.

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This is the last project in this room! Painting Stripes was the first project that we did and I love how this unisex kid's room came together!

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