DIY Embossed Monogram Letter Decor

Last year, I made a marquee letter for my second son, and of course, my other kids wanted their own monograms to display in their rooms.  My oldest son wanted his to be different from his brother’s, so I had to come up with a new letter decor idea.  Since he has a car themed room, I decided to embellish his monogram with gears and make it look like a machine.  I think I was successful!  Here’s how you, too, can emboss metal to decorate a paper mache letter.

Embossed-Letter-Decor-Crafts-Unleashed-1Supplies needed to make your own DIY letter decor:supply2

Step one:  Cut the aluminum into sheets that will fit your embossing folder.  Mine was 4×6.

Step two:  Emboss the aluminum. I found that I could place 3 sheets in my folder at one time to speed up the process.

Embossed-Letter-Decor-Crafts-Unleashed-step 1Step three:  Use Mod Podge to adhere the sheets to the paper mache letter.  First, I wrapped the sheet around the straight edges of the letter.  This was the easy part.

Embossed-Letter-Decor-Crafts-Unleashed-step 2For the curved sections, I had to trace and cut pieces to Mod Podge on.

Embossed-Letter-Decor-Crafts-Unleashed-step 3Step four:  Lightly paint over the metal, being sure to work the paint into the recessed parts.  Use a clean cloth to wipe off some of the paint.  This helps give your metal a more aged, interesting look, I think.

Embossed-Letter-Decor-Crafts-Unleashed-paintYou can glue a saw tooth hanger to the back to hang the letter decor, or just let it stand.  I used a gear shape for my letter, since it’s for my 11 year old son’s room.

Embossed-Letter-Decor-Crafts-Unleashed-close upYou could use different shapes to make it match the theme of your room or party.  There are hundreds of embossing folders to choose from, so it will be easy to make letter decor that is as unique as you are!



About Morena

Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at She loves to share ideas for projects that are fast, frugal, and fabulous: easy on time and money, and great to look at! Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Make sure to swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!



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