I bought these craft letters at Paper Source (LOVE that store!) before Jack was born. I planned to cover them in cute papers and put them over his crib. It was just one of many things that didn't quite get finished before he came. I've made it my goal lately to chip away at my growing list of unfinished projects. (I say growing, because I keep adding to it, of course). One down...
Here's how I did it:
First, I spray painted the letters white on the sides. I had not decided if I would cover the sides with paper yet or not, paint them a color, or just leave them white. No matter what, I wanted to cover the craft paper, and the white would be a good base if I decided to paint color on the sides.
Once the spray paint was dry, I started cutting out the paper to go on top. To do this, place the letter on top of the paper, both right sides down, carefully trace around the letter and cut it out.
Once you have the paper cut out, you're ready to glue. I used PVA from Paper Source - it's made especially for paper crafts and bookmaking, but you can find similar adhesives at any crafts store. It's important you choose a glue that's specially made for paper crafts in order to prevent wrinkling and bubbling (no Elmer's this time!) Now I learned a little trick through trial and error - you don't want to try to glue the entire letter down at once (error #1). It's really hard to keep it lined up.
The best way to do it is to line the paper up exactly where you want it to be on top of the letter (no glue) and hold it in place. Glue a little bit at a time, starting at one end being very careful not to let the paper shift at all. By the time you finish gluing, it should still all be lined up!
Follow these steps for all the other letters, and before you know it you'll be finished!
Jack looking on, overseeing the project!