Making MERRY

Happy Monday.  We had another action-packed/fun-filled week-end.  Jordan and Mr. Spring had a romantic get-away in Quebec City, and Mr. Right and I entertained friends from London.  They are the couple that we hiked the Cotswolds with back in the fall.  We have quite a history together.  The four of us took in a play, stayed a night in an historic inn, went to a party, out to dinner, visited a museum, and visited some of Mr. Right’s businesses.  We had some more plans, but Mother Nature and her snow got in the way.  That’s okay, though.

 

Making Merry

When Jordan was here over Thanksgiving, we stopped in to browse in Anthopologie.  They had the cutest cardboard  letters in faux zinc and plaid that spelled the word “MERRY.”  I loved them immediately for two reasons.  One, because they were so cute and two, because I knew I could make them.

 

 

Making Merry

I bought some cardboard letters and metallic paint at Hobby Lobby and got some plaid paper wrapping paper at another store.  Luckily, I had everything else on hand.

 

 

Making Merry

First, I painted all of the letters with black acrylic paint.

 

 

Making Merry

While it dried, I traced an outline of the “M” on the wrong side of the wrapping paper, and then I cut it out.

 

 

Making Merry

Next, I applied Modge Podge to the “M”.

 

 

Making Merry

Then I pressed the cut-out paper to it.  I realized quickly that it wasn’t going to be perfect, but neither was the one in Anthro.  So, I decided to go with it, and celebrate the imperfection.

 

 

Making Merry

I grabbed two different wrapping papers from my bin and cut them out in haphazard shapes.  Then I glued them on.

 

 

Making Merry

Then I glued on a border of red and white twine using a glue gun.

 

 

Making Merry

Here’s a close-up of the three wrapping papers and the twine.  They are all in the same color family, and they play really well together.

 

 

Making Merry

To finish up the project, I painted the metallic paint over the black using a sponge brush.  It took only a few minutes for the paints to dry and a little longer for the decoupaged letter to dry.

 

 

Making Merry

This is the same technique Jordan and I used when we made the DINE sign for her dining room.  It’s important to let some of the black peek through so it really looks like zinc.

 

 

Making Merry

I am so glad I made some MERRY.  If fits in with the plaid/back woods theme I’m going for this year, and it ties in with our December article we wrote for Houzz.  You can read it here.  So, how about you all.  Are you making MERRY????

 

 

Take care.

 

Linking to Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style and DIY by Design

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Comments

  1. These look great. I love going into Anthropologie and getting inspired by all their cool stuff. I hope you are having a great holiday so far!

  2. Very cute idea – so easy and can be personalized to fit many aesthetics. Thanks for the DIY.

  3. I love your letters. They look really great. I would love for you to come and link these up to my Fall into Fall party going on right now. Hope to see you there. http://diybydesign.blogspot.com

  4. You did such an awesome job. Thanks for linking up to DIYbyDesign. I will be featuring this tonight at my Fall into Fall party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I’ve Been Featured button. Thanks.