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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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      Gender Reveal Piñata

      Today. There are many ways to let your family know the gender of your baby. People are getting very creative with that. Hope I would know some of these idea when I had mine. I may have another opportunity some day lol. For now, is my sister in law’s turn.

      She decided that she didn’t want to know the gender of her baby, but she wanted me to know it and prepare a gender reveal party. I was so on it, that I started months before the date of her ultrasound. She decided that she wanted to do it with a piñata. 

      All her family and my brother’s are in Puerto Rico. We are the only ones on USA, so I had to prepare everything and record the reveal moment to share it with our families. It was so exciting! 

      Anyway, this project is about that piñata! I didn’t take pictures or videos in the process but is easy to do.


      Materials:

      Cardboard box

      Blue and pink crepe paper rolls

      Blue and pink plastic ribbon

      Craft paper 

      Mod Podge (glue)

      Hot glue gun and sticks

      2 paper clips

      Ruler and white crayon or pencil

      Exacto knife 

      Instructions:

      1. Start drawing your pattern in a piece or cardboard. This time I use the shape of a baby onesie. I draw it by hand measuring with the ruler to make sure every side is the same size and the lines are straight.

      2. Cut the pattern with a Exacto knife and then use this patters to make the other side of the piñata. Draw and cut it. You must have 2 pieces in baby onesie shape. 

      3. For the sides, cut 5 inches wide cardboard strips. Enough to cover the sides of the piñata. Before start glueing everything, make sure the strip are enough to make the sides all around the onesie shape.

      4. Take one of the onesie shaped cardboard and start glueing with hot glue around the edges of the onesie shape. Bending it to make the shape all around. After that make two little holes in the neck part of the onesie and put plastic ribbon though them and tie them together. It will be the ribbon that would be attached to the tree or ceiling to hold the piñata.

      5. Take the other onesie shaped card board and glue it with hot glue to the other side of the piñata. It should have this shape by now… 

      To make sure everything stays in place, I put some paper tape too.

      6. With the exacto knife cut the leg parts so they can open in both sides but still attach in the center. Make 2 holes in every side, insert some plastic ribbon, tie them together in each side and then both sides in the middle. These are going to be the strings you are going to pull to open the piñata.

      7. Now is the most difficult and important part… Decorate it. Draw a line dividing the piñata in two parts, one would be blue and the other pink.

      8. Start by cutting the crepe paper ribbon and making some strips on them to look like that… 


      Start glueing them with the Mod Podge from the middle to the sides, then the back. Do one color first and then the other. Until it ends like this…

      9. Make a ? Symbol and two little hearts with the craft paper. I bought mine at Dollar Tree and they are metallic colors. Make the ? Symbols (2) in silver, (2) pink heart and (2) blue heart. Glue the ? In the center, one on each side. Then glue the pink hearts in the blue sides and the blue ones in the pink sides. It should look like this… 

      One side…

      The other side.

      Fill the piñata and close every side with a paper clip to prevent it from open before the right time.

      Now you are ready to throw a good and fun Gender Reveal Party!

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