How to Make Your Own Word Decorations

Word art using decorated letters has never been more on trend than it is now. Pinterest and home décor sites are filled with funky patterned words, designed to jazz up your home and events. They can be expensive, so why not try making your own? Then you are able to create more personalised letters and words.

How about a hand decorated ‘Mr & Mrs’ as a gift for a newly wed couple? A simple ‘Eat’ or ‘Drink’ will add some craft to your kitchen. An initial or name is the perfect way to embellish a child’s bedroom or playroom.  An embellished number is the perfect accessory to celebrate a birthday or anniversary.

Our range includes letters and numbers in both wood and paper mache, available in a variety of sizes. So you can choose the one that suits your projects the best…


Here’s a quick step-by-step on how to make your own Word Art:

  1. The technique used for this craft is called Decopatch. Simply rip up the napkins or paper and paste them onto the shape with glue.
  2. We recommend painting your shapes first using a white acrylic paint as this will keep the colour of the paper bright and true to the original design.
  3. If using decopatch napkins, we recommend peeling off the bottom white layer and just use the design layer and one white layer beneath it. This stops the layers from sliding around too much and creating white areas on your finished product.
  4. If using decopatch paper, you can use one pattern or mix up the patterns to create a patchwork look.
  5. You can choose from gloss or matte decopatch glue, depending on the finish you want. Matte glue will give you more of a textured finish, whereas gloss glue will give you a shiny finish.
  6. Once your napkins or paper have set hard (the glue has dried) you can embellish your shapes, Fabric flowers, self adhesive jewels, ribbons, buttons, feathers and stickers are all great top add a 3D look to your letters. Just make sure that the embellishments aren’t too heavy as then the letters won’t stand up!

You can view the full details of how to make the sunflower SUN word art and other quirky letter art ideas in our Letter Box inspiration category on our website. Or view our Decopatch & Decoupage Pinterest board for more unique inspiration.