This is what I got so far it isn’t done yet but I wanted to share what we have gotten done so far. I am not very crafty at all and I have to say that I could do an okay job at making these. I’m hoping by the time I get to my last word I will be a pro and my letters will be even a little more.
My plan is I am going to do LIVE, LOVE LAUGH and going to put it in my kitchen. I did find some ideas to make corner shelves out of paper mache that I want to try also!!
Paper Mache Letter’s out of Cardboard!
What you need:
Cereal boxes ( I tried other boxes we had celeste pizza it did work but not as thick)
one big cereal box I was able to get 2 letters but mine are smaller
Stencil’s or Print yours out
when you print out on paper with Microsoft Publisher you can pick your size and font, check dafont to find a font you like. I bought a pack of Stencils at Walmart for $4.77.
you are going to use a lot of tape or I did
Blender or Whisk
Take apart your cereal box so it’s flattened out. Trace your stencil on the box (you are going to need a mirror image or each letter) and for letters like O an V make a flat bottom. You are going to want strips of card board to tape with your letters (I did 1/2 inch) but it just depends on how thick you want your letter.
This was the tricky part trying to tape the cardboard strips to the letter. Trial and Error and I learned to already have your strips of tape ready! I just kept continuing with the other letter’s I forgot to make a flat bottom for my O but it isn’t to bad.
This is how my first letter ended up coming out. For someone who isn’t very crafty (I can’t seem to cut out straight lines for the life of me) it came out okay!
Now that I have all my letter’s done, I started with the Paper Mache
Because I live in New Hampshire and we do have humidity I added some salt to it since Flour can get mold. I did the Flour, Water and Salt because I have kids and didn’t want the chemicals but there is so many different recipes for Paper Mache
1 Cup of Water
1 Cup of Flour
1/2 tbs of Salt
Mixed all 3 up in a bowl and mixed it up until all lumps were gone. I cut out smaller strips of newspaper (I don’t know the size it just cut them up) Now came the interesting part it has been years since we did Paper Mache and boy is it messy!! Remember to wipe off the excess paste of the strips before putting them on the letters. I did one coat of paper mache and then set it out to dry over night. I will be putting a second coat on today going to wait for it to dry then going to sand a them just a little bit and paint them. I am not sure if I’m going to paint them black or make them look like the old and rusty?