- 30″ x 11.5″ white pallet board
- 4″ tall paper mache letters (the ‘b’ is 4″ tall, the ‘e’ is 2.5″ for reference)
- Cursive chipboard letters
- Martha Stewart Craft Paint in:
- Wedding Cake (white)
- Amaranth (pink)
- Habeñero (red)
- Marmalade (orange)
- Chamomile (yellow)
- Pea Shoot (green)
- Beach Glass (blue/green)
- Pond (blue)
- Purple Yam (purple)
- Gold metallic
- Paint brushes
- Push Pins
- Yard stick
- High temp hot glue gun (this is the gun I use)
- Professional strength hot glue
Step 1: Prep
Cover your work surface and insert 3 (or more as needed) push pins into the back of the paper mache letters. This will keep the letters elevated off your surface in order to dry without sticking.
Step 2: Paint
In order the help the colors show the brightest, I first painted the letters with white paint to provide a nice base for the colors to stick to.
Once the white paint is dry, I painted each letter in a different color in a rainbow-ish order:
C-pink / R-red / E-orange / A-yellow / T-green / I- teal / V-blue / E-purple. While the big letters were drying, I also painted the chipboard letters with the metallic gold paint.
Once everything was dry, I added a second coat of color to all the letters
Step 3: Glue
To help keep the letters evenly spaced, I laid a yard stick across the bottom of the pallet to pre-space the letters.
I kept the yard stick there while working (it also helped make sure that the base line for the letters stayed the same) and use hot glue to hold them down. I should point out that you should only use hot glue if your hot glue gun gets VERY HOT and you use professional strength hot glue. If you don’t have those 2 things, use a wet adhesive likeE-6000. This is not a “green” adhesive but it will hold excellently.
Step 4: Hang
Once it was set, all I had to do was hang it on the wall!
– Tutorial and pictures from www.creativegreenliving.com