This is one of my most favorite gifts from this Christmas. My talented, sweet and so thoughtful sister came up with this adorable idea to make everyone’s names out of character letters.
G loved the Elmo themed letters! About each one he said “eh-mo.”
As I opened them I fought back tears remembering the year my parents had us all do homemade gifts for one another. Of the 18 Christmas’ I spent with my family, those are the gifts I remember the most.
These gifts will go into that category, unforgettable (and not just because they’re now hanging on my sons’ walls).
I called up my sister (to say thank you) and also get the D.L. on how to make them.
Here’s her how to.
- Letters – My dad made these which adds to the incredible gift factor, but you can order yours online.
- Spray On Glue – I know, right? You could also use Modge Podge, but the way these turned out was flawless. No Modge Podge lines. I can’t wait to try it myself.
- X-ACTO Knife
- Your Favorite Book/Character Pictures
- Command Strips
First you’ll need to make sure you have the pictures you want to glue on the letters. My sister did this by scanning and printing pictures of a book. Do you recognize the pages of “Elmo Loves You?” Oh, that’s just me – this mom of Elmo-obsessed boys. I imagine you could also use scrapbook paper (or pages of a book, but then you don’t have the book).
Next my crafty sister then put the letters on top of the paper and traced.
Then she cut out the paper with an X-ACTO knife. She really did an incredible job with this. I don’t think the “safety scissors” we’ve been using in my house would be up to the task.
Finally, the glue. She just simply sprayed a layer of the glue on the paper and laid it on the letter. She did try spraying the wood, but thought the other way was more effective. She also did not spray a layer over the letter – it looks great without the modge-podge-esq lines.
Wha-la! She sent them my way.
That’s where my job came in (and your job continues). To hang them on the wall. My first thought was that I would have to buy some kind of hooks to get them on the wall. Instead, she suggest the Command Strips. They worked like a wonder. Eh hem, no tools involved.
And it’s done. No drawing, no painting required.
And a final thank you to my craft and talented sister.