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3D Cardboard Letters


How many of you have seen this big cardboard or paper maché letters in the craft store? Beautiful, ah? And with a lot of options to decorate. But, when I see my daughter’s name length, I realize thata I was going to spend a lot of money in them. So, I decided to make them myself. It was not that difficult and the things that you need, you probably have them around your house. So, let’s begin!

You will need:

  • Cardboard box 
  • Stencil (I print some letters made in Word. Insert a Word Art in your Word document and make it big enough to cover almost all the page. I did it at 750 pt and the letters are like 9″ high.)
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Exacto knife 
  • Scissors
  • Things to decorate (Craft paper, gift wrap, acrylic paint, spray paint, or whatever you want to use to decorate them.)

      How to make it:

      1. Cut the stencil with the scissors.
      2. Put the stencil in the cardboard and draw it with the pencil. You can put a little tape so it doesn’t slip. You must trace 2 of each letter for the two sides.
      3. Cut the letters out with an Exacto knife. Use the ruler to make sure the lines are straight.
      4. For the sides, cut long cardboard strips of 1.5″ wide.
      5. Start the assembly putting hot glue and attaching the cardboard strips to the letter border. If the letter has a hole in the middle start making the hole border first. You must bend the cardboard so it fits in the borders.
      6. Put hot glue in the top of the finished border and put the other side of the letter.
      7. Cut any excess and you have made a 3D cardboard letter!
      8. Now it’s time to use your imagination and decorate them. Since mine are for my daughter’s Frozen birthday, I decorate some of them with a silver gift wrap with snowflakes that I had left from past Christmas. The other half, I painted them with acrylic paint and put some white cardstock simulating snow. You can use whatever you want and add flowers, beads or literally anything. 

        8 letters are as long as my rectangular eating table for 6 people

      Hope you liked this post. Please share and comment if you try to do this 3D cardboard letters and share your pics with us.

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      Balloon Stand


      With my daughter’s second birthday, I found a good Reason to Craft. I checked out in the internet the price of the balloon stands to make some balloon columns, but the price was high and didn’t look to good to be outside. So, I decided to ask my husband how we could do them. He came out with this idea, so we decided to go to Home Depot and buy the materials needed. In total it was less than $50 to make 2 6ft columns. The result was better than expected and it was so easy to make. The best part, they are going to last for years! Well, here is the step by step.

      Materials:

      • 2 pieces of plywood 2’x 2′ x 1/2″ thick
      • 2 side mount run-off drain tube the one that come like in the picture 3/4″

      • 2 floor flange 3/4″

      • 8 screws 1/4″ long
      • Ruler 
      • Pencil
      • Screwdriver

      Steps by step:

      1. Cut the wood at 18″ by 18″ and smooth it with sand paper.
      2. With the ruler and pencil make a horizontal line at 9″ and a vertical line at 9″. At the point that both touches is the center.
      3. Put the floor flange in the center and secure with the screws.
      4. Now you just have to attach the tube and it’s ready to put some balloons on it!

      Hope you liked this post and I will post pictures from the balloon columns after my daughter’s party! 

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      DIY Chalkboards

      Family Poll

      Chalkboards are one of the most used the things this days. They are used in parties to make invitations, write party theme related messages, etc. 
      In this case, I made them to put some data in my sister in law’s Gender Reveal Party. One of them I used to write the final results of a family poll that we did about who thinks is girl or boy. The other one to write baby’s gender in accordance with some Old Wives Tales. I must say that everything indicates it was a girl, but no, it is a boy! 

      Anyway, today I’m going back o tell you how to do this easy chalkboards for your next party or to decorate the house.

      You will need:

      1. Foam board white or black, I used white one. (you can found it at Dollar Tree, Walmart or any craft store)

      2. Chalk paint (At Walmart or any craft store)

      3. Sponge roller (at Walmart)

      4. Chalk (I used the sidewalk ones found on Dollar Tree)

      5. Chalk marker or any other chalk (at Walmart)

      6. Ruler

      7. Exacto knife

      8. Pencil

      Steps:

      1. Measure the foam board with a ruler and mark it with a pencil in accordance with the measures you want yours. Mine was 8″ x 10″. Cut it with the exacto knife.

      2. Paint the foam board on one side with the chalk paint and the sponge roller. Wait 1 hr and paint again.

      3. The worst part is waiting. Because after this last coat of paint, you have to let it cure for 24hrs.

      4. After the 24 hrs have passed, the next step is coat the chalkboard with chalk. All of the painted part to conditioning it. Wipe it of with a damp cloth and your chalkboard is ready to use. 

      Also you can put it in a frame or make one on it. In this case, I paint the borders with acrylic paint.

      Old Wives Tales

      Use your chalks or chalk marker to write the message you want!

      Isn’t it easy? And the result is cute!

      The best part is that they are reusable. I redecorate and reuse them for my daughter’s Frozen birthday party, to write some movie quotes. The only con is that I used chalk markers on it and when I try to erase it, I could still se the marks. So, I put on a fine coat of chalk paint, cure it and conditioner it again for 24 hrs. Then redecorate them. Here’s the final product: 

      I put some glitter tape like a border instead of painting it and glued some Frozen characters that I cut from some play cards that I bought on Dollar Tree.

      I used the marker again because I like the fine point. But, normal chalk is good too. 

      The decoration is on you!

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