How to decorate letters

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  • Country Homes & Interiors shows you how to use patterned papers and nature-inspired cutouts to decorate everyday accessories

    Take plain papier-mache letters and cover with cutouts from patterned and leaf-motif papers.

    You will need
    • Selection of decorative papers or patterned giftwrap (we used Brown Banna paper; gold/terracotta Japanese Grass on Natural paper, both from Paperchase, and Yellow Cross Hatch Stem paper from Orla Kiely at John Lewis)

    • Papier-mache letters (we used plain papier-mache 8in letters from Hobbycraft)
    • Pritt stick
    • PVA glue

    Step 1) Choose a patterned background paper
    and tear it up into small pieces (around 3cm to 5cm). Check that the
    papier-mache letter is clean and free of dust and grease, then use a
    Pritt stick to glue the torn paper in place, overlapping patches all
    over the letter, leaving some parts uncovered so that the bare
    papier-mache shows through.

    Step 2) Carefully cut out a
    selection of decorative motifs (we used a gold/terracotta grass design
    and a leaf stem print) and glue in your preferred positions on the front
    of the letter. Leave to dry.

    Step 3) For a longer-lasting
    finish, apply a coat of PVA glue to the papered surface of the letter
    and leave to dry completely before displaying.

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