Whenever I use the word rad, my husband likes to question what time period I think I’m in. I always ignore him and was totally inspired to make a rad paper mache project! Paper mache letters are so fun because they literally can be turned into anything you imagine. I thought it’d be fun to add cut out vinyl to add a fun pop of color and pattern to the plain paper mache letters. You can do it to multiple letters to spell a word or just to a single letter. So many fun options.
- Paper Mache Letters
- Acrylic Paint
- Cutting Machine (or you can cut out your own patterns with scissors)
- Download Pattern that I used HERE
First you want to paint your letters in your desired accent color. Then let it dry. Then pick your pattern (or download mine) and turn it into a pattern in your chosen cutting program.
Now you’re going to type of letters on your cutting machine and make them approximately the size of your paper mache letters. Then place your patterns on top of the letters. I made the letters into different colors so I knew which color paper will go where and how big. Stretch your pattern out to make sure it is the correct width of the letters.
Move your letters around so they fit on your cutting mat. You are going to need your vinyl to be as big as the letter. You might need to do one letter at a time if your letters are all to big to fit in one cutting sheet.
After everything is situated for cutting, Remove your letters. We just want to cut out the pattern.
Once your cut out your pattern, lay your letter on the vinyl and trace your letter shape on the vinyl wrong side. Then cut it out and weed out the pattern pieces. Then using transfer paper, place it onto the paper mache letters. Trim any vinyl along the edges or inside.
And you’re done!
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Havalah is a creative blogger over at Sisters, What! and is DIYer who loves to try anything creative. But especially loves to sew, craft and paint. She seems to have millions of projects going on at one time, but enjoys every minute of it.