How to Decorate Wooden Letters With Scrapbook Paper

    by Pat Olsen

    About the Author

    Pat Olsen has over 35 years of experience as a professional journalist in California. She attended San Francisco State and Pacific College. Olsen has several published books, is a staff writer for Mill Creek Living Magazine, and currently writes for Demand Studio. She is a retired educator who still teaches twice a week.


    Craft stores carry a wide selection of wooden letters. Sheets of scrapbook paper and some acrylic paint will help create a decorative word or phrase that will make you smile when you see it. A labor of love like this might take a few nights to complete, but it won’t take much more than scissors and glue to finish.The letters can match the decor of a room with the right choice of scrapbook paper.

    Things You'll Need

    • Wooden letters
    • Fine grit sandpaper
    • Tack cloth
    • Scrapbook paper
    • Scissors
    • Acrylic paint
    • Foam paintbrush
    • Decoupage medium
    • Decorative brads or nail heads
    • White glue
    • Acrylic lacquer spray finish

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    Sand the surfaces and edges of wooden letters with fine grit sandpaper. Wipe off the residue with a tack cloth. Paint the front and sides of each letter with a coat of acrylic paint, using a foam paintbrush. Allow to dry for 1 hour. Paint the back of the letter and let it dry for 1 hour.

    Place the letter face down on the backside of the scrapbook paper. Trace the letter with a pencil and cut out the scrapbook letter with scissors.

    Apply decoupage medium to the front surface of each letter with the foam paintbrush. Press the scrapbook paper into the decoupage medium, matching the edges. Let the decoupage medium dry for 20 minutes.

    Lightly sand the overhanging edges of the scrapbook paper letter with sandpaper. Apply a layer of the decoupage medium over the front and sides of the letter and let it dry for 20 minutes. Apply a second layer of decoupage medium and let it dry for 20 minutes.

    Glue small decorative brads or nail heads to the letter with white glue for embellishment. Spray the letter with a light coat of acrylic lacquer spray finish and let it dry for 20 minutes.

    • Rip up small pieces of scrapbook paper and apply them to the letter in a confetti style, for an alternative look. White glue, diluted with water, can be used as an alternative to decoupage medium.
    • Do not apply additional decoupage medium layers over the surface if the previous layer is not completely dry.