My Type of Decor – DIY 3D Letters

I’ve had this post drafted since May but today I can finally share it with the world!

The reason it’s been under wraps is because I had planned to make 3D letters as housewarming presents for my housemates but obviously I didn’t want to spoil the surprise so I’ve kept it hush hush. Yesterday was the first day that all housemates were together in our new house (and also Danielle‘s birthday – Happy Birthday!) so I was able to finally give them!

I made 5 letters; b for Bobbins, h for Helen, a for Amy, d for Danielle and n for Natasha(because I like ns better than ts)

They are all lowercase Helvetica(controversial?) letters made from cardboard, masking tape, paper mache and wallpaper. It took me 3 days to make all 5 and I burnt my finger with my glue gun quite badly so I don’t have a fingerprint on that finger atm haha But I like to think it was worth it…?

Here’s a few pictures I took to document the process…

I printed out letters in the size I wanted them and then drew round the templates onto corrugated cardboard. I then cut out two of each letter…

To make the letter 3D I placed some card in between the two corrugated card cut outs…

… and then covered them in masking tape to make it more of a solid shape.

Next up was getting messy with the paper mache mix – 1 cup of flour, 1 tablespoon of salt and water. Add some newspaper strips and it was a sloppy mess!

After they were all dried and a lot more solid I set about covering them in wallpaper which I got samples of from B&Q haha…

I burnt my finger when making Amy’s a! :(

And finally the finished letters:

It was good fun and these are something that you can’t buy anywhere else (mainly because they aren’t perfect – not consistent widths and some lean to different sides haha) so they’re all one of a kind!

The guys seem happy with their letters and now I have another n to add to my collection…

What do you think – Impressed? Inspired to have a go at making your own?


  1.' Sapphire 09/08/2011 / 10:06 pm

    Love the blue lamp. . . Where can I get one ?

  2.' Creative Cowell 10/08/2011 / 9:38 am

    Loved it, thank you!

  3.' lestaret 12/08/2011 / 8:35 pm

    Oh, go one then, I’ll send you a poster for your new house! email me your address…


  4.' Gareth 27/10/2011 / 9:39 am

    Absolutely brilliant – been trying to find how to do this to make something special for my wife’s birthday – thanks

  5.' Scritch 30/08/2012 / 6:14 pm

    pretty darn impressed. i’ve NEVER invested so much energy in a flatmate’s gift – except one time i did a drawing. but that was it

  6.' Stacy Renee 07/08/2013 / 6:08 pm

    Where can we get the lettering to print if we don’t have Word to do them ourselves?

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