I was digging around out in the garage this morning looking through some craft supplies when I came across 4 packets of  wooden bases and pegs that I had purchased over a year ago.  I had completely forgotten they were there.  I'd only purchased them at the time because they were reduced to 50 cents a packet at Michaels and I had been meaning to purchase the wooden letters to go with them but of course kept forgetting.  So a quick trip back to Michaels today fixed the problem.

What you need to make this:

Apple Barrel Playwood base and pegs

Wooden letters (they should already have the hole in the base for the peg – if not get a drill) IMG_9705

Acrylic paint

Acrylic sealant

Scrapbook paper

Mod Podge

Paint brush & sponge brush


Wood glue

X-acto knife


How to make:

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The number of bases you need will depend on how you want to layout your letters and how many letters you are using.  I needed 4 bases.  To attach the bases to each other cut a wooden peg into 1cm pieces.  Put a little wood glue on the ends and slide each peg into the holes along the side of the base (pic 1).

Give the sides and back of each of your letters and bases a couple of coats of paint.

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Place the scrap paper of your choice face down on a smooth surface.  Spread a little mod podge over the back side of the paper and press the letter face down firmly onto the paper.  Wait until it is dry and then very carefully with you x-acto knife follow the outline of each letter to trim away the excess paper.  Turn each letter over and apply another coat of mod podge to the top of the scrap paper.  Don't worry about bubbles appearing.  They will smooth out again on their own so leave it to sit for a little while until it is dry.

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Using the sandpaper very roughly go around the edge of the letter to smooth out the rough edges made by the knife on the scrap paper.

Apply a little wood glue to the pegs and insert one end into the base of each letter and the other end into the hole in the top side of the base.  Make sure you have already decided on where to position your letters because once the wood glue is on there it will be near impossible to reposition them if you change your mind.

Paint the base and the pegs with a couple of coats.  Once dry spray on an acrylic sealant to help protect from dust.

Once the sealant is dry tie on some pretty ribbon.  You are done!

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The Romero-Schroeder September 8, 2008 - 5:00 pm

WOW i just love it!

Christy September 8, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Oh I LOVE this! Something like this would go perfectly in the girls’ new room!

AudreyO September 10, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Wow, this is great. I am not a crafter at all. These are just so cute.

Scrappinfor3 September 10, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Awesome! I think I am going to have to link to you from my blog:)

Sharlene September 10, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Cute cute cute cute cute! Great idea to use paper and modge podge. I am inspired.

i'm kelly September 10, 2008 - 5:00 pm


Dorsey September 10, 2008 - 5:00 pm

That is ADORABLE!! I just love it! I’ve thought about doing something like that for my niece and nephew for Christmas this year.

Shannon September 11, 2008 - 5:00 pm

Just lovely! Marisol is so lucky that her mommy makes her such pretty things! Great idea and great, clear instructions too!


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