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 andΒ 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?

  7.' robert cornell 30/07/2015 / 2:58 pm

    You inspired me to make a 5 and a 0 for my wife’s 50th Birthday. I’d like to paint a design on the numbers instead of using wallpaper. Should I just paint over the paper mache part with acrylic paint or do you suggest something different?

    • Natasha Nuttall 03/08/2015 / 10:10 am

      Thanks for stopping by Robert and I’m glad that my tutorial helped you! Yes, I’m sure that acrylic paint will cover the paper mache just fine. Hope your wife likes your creation – Happy 50th Birthday to her! :)

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