Craft Room Makeover: How to Cover 3D Cardboard Letters {Tutorial}

I'm desperately trying to finish my craft room makeover. At this point, I've finished organizing and sorting my materials. I'm just working on adorning the walls a little bit with things that are functional and practical and pretty.  Let's not forget pretty.

Some time ago, I purchased these 3D cardboard letters from Hobby Lobby.  I didn't immediately know what I'd do with them, but I knew I wanted them to hang in my craft space one day.  If you recall, earlier I mentioned that I intended to decoupage them, but later I decided against that when I stumbled upon some toile contact paper at the Dollar Tree.  Yes, the paper was $1.  And with said roll of contact paper, I was able to cover all of the letters.

The contact paper didn't adhere like I wanted so I added spray tacky glue.  My other challenge was getting these letters on the wall.  Initially, I didn't want to put fresh holes in the wall.  After the Command Strip debacle, I just decided to rig up my own hanging system.

How to Cover 3D Cardboard Letters
Materials Needed:
  • 3D letters
  • contact paper
  • spray adhesive
  • thumb tacks
  • push pins
  • paper clips
  • scissors
  1. Lay letter face-down on contact paper.
  2. Cut the outline of the letter on the contact paper, making sure to leave an edge to fold over the sides of the letter.  Several strips may be needed to completely cover the letter on two of the dimensions.
  3. Remove the backing of the contact paper.  If your contact paper isn't properly adhering, lightly spray it with spray adhesive.  Then "wrap" the letter with the contact paper as if wrapping a present.
  4. To hang the letters, adhere a paper clip to the back of each letter using a thumbtack.  Then place a pushpin in the wall and hang the paper clip from the pushpin.

Happy Crafting,

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  1. You are so crafty. Letters like these cost an arm and a leg at Anthropologie. I need some fabric covered one for my living room but I am too lazy to make them. argh!!

  2. That is just so cute! Love this!!

  3. Thank you for sharing your tutorial. I always pass on these because I think they would be such a pain to recover. You made it seem easy!

  4. They turned out great! What an easy project for any where in the house. Thanks Libby!

  5. Brilliant idea to use the contact paper...this really turned out adorable! Love the toile. Come link up at my party going on now at the Style Sisters Centerpiece Wednesday and share this post.

  6. These look great Libby! And what an easy way to cover the letters with contact paper!

    I, too, am working on making over/organizing my craft room but it seems to be one step forward and two steps back in there. Is there such a thing as an organized craft room?


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