Sunday, January 23, 2011

R is for Recycle

It seems every store I go into these days or every catalog I get in the mail has some sort of initial display, wall hanging, accessory, etc. Whether it be one letter or a whole wall of letters like the photo below, letters are very popular! I am totally adoring the walls below :)
I am loving all the letters and symbols that I see!! I am not sure if it just goes along with my reading habit or what but I totally Love letters. It is not simply my own Initials I love - I love them ALL! The fact that this post features my own initial is purely circumstantial -- honestly ;)

I have seen quite a few people decorate letters in a number of different ways but my favorite has to be using torn book pages. Since I am an avid reader it seems I always have more than a few books laying around and as you know there are only so many times you can read the same book(unless it is reaaaalllyy good) so I like the idea of recycling them into other things.

Today I actually took some time to cover an R that I bought a few years ago so I thought I would share the How-To with you guys.

Book Page Monogram
  • Letter of Choice - R found at a Flea Market for $.50
  • Old Book - I used two with different size font
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint Brush

The actual work is so easy that you could have your kids do it if you wanted. Just tear pieces of the book pages into all sorts of sizes and apply a small amount of Mod Podge to the back of the paper with the paint brush. Put the pieces on the letter/symbol, overlapping as you like to give it the decoupage look.

There is no rhyme or reason here, simply cover the whole letter with the paper.
Once the letter is completely covered in paper, let it dry then apply a few coats of Mod Podge to finish it off.(Let dry between coats)

Excuse the yellowed photo -- will take a better one tomorrow.

Hang or display in your house for everyone to Ohh &Ahhh over :)

I am now on the lookout for letters for everyone in the family along with some unique symbols.
Feel free to let me know if you see any I would like!

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  1. I'm definitely oooing & ahhing :) I've seen a lot of the letter displays lately too & I love your rendition on it! So clever & unique with the book pages on it.

  2. I love this with the words all over it - what a great idea!!

  3. I love it - layering the paper like that probably gives it a lot of texture too ... those letters are so IN these days! Congrats on a great project :o)

  4. Hello! I found you through Making the World Cuter! I see you are from Dahlonega....I went to NGCSU for four years! Small world.

    I love your project! It's fantastic. I'm your newest follower! :)


  5. Thanks so much ladies :)

    Kristan - Yes the texture is one of the things I like the best about it.

    Kelly -- Small world indeed :) We love it up here in Dahlonega and if you happen to come to town for a reunion or anything let me know haha

  6. ah I love how this turned out!! if you ever have a chance I'd love for you to come link up to handmade tuesdays @ ladybug blessings

    p.s. I also have a giveaway for an inspirational dog print going on :)

  7. I love this, I haven't thought to cover a letter in newsprint before.
    Nice idea

  8. This is adorable! Very West Elm! I love it!


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