I found this idea of covering cardboard letters nearly a year ago (link here). I’ve been wanting to do it ever since. I was even hoping we were having a boy so I could do some cute Super Hero nursery art, but Sophia will be getting a little sister (we are all thrilled 🙂 ). So this year for Father’s Day, Sophia and I, made the word DADDY. He does so much for our family that he truly is a super hero to us.
What you will need:
- Letters of your choosing (you can use cardboard, paper mache, wood, chipboard, etc. Things to consider, what do you plan on doing with it after it is completed. Do you want it to free stand, or hang on the wall, or attach to a plaque, or add into a shadow box etc)
- Several Comic books with pictures of your liking
- Sticky notes and pen/pencil (for marking out the pictures you like before you start cutting anything out)
- Mod podge
- Paint brush
- Wet wipes (for easy cleaning)
When we went to Hobby Lobby to find letters to use I wasn’t sure what kind would work the best for what I wanted. So we checked them all out. If you want free standing ones I would recommend the papermache. I wanted something light weight and wide enough to glue pictures on so we ended picking the chipboard, which also happened to be the cheapest and was on sale too. This way if we wanted to hang them separately or attach to a plaque or shadow box later, the whole project won’t be too heavy to hang up.
The chipboard letters are about 8″ tall and roughly 6″ wide.
After picking out the letters Sophia and I looked through the comic books I had available and started marking pictures we liked in them. I cut thin strips of sticky notes and wrote what character was on the page that I was marking, so I could see who was where without having to flip through all the marked pages.
TIP: If you are only making one letter then writing the character wouldn’t be necessary. Just mark the pages
After I had marked the pages, I looked at who I had the most pictures of and assigned them their own letters (Batman, Spider-man, and Superman).
The ones that I only had a few pictures of I doubled up. The cool part was I was able to pair up Captain America with Thor, as well as, The Hulk and Iron Man since they work together quite a bit in the Avengers Movie.
Once I had the characters assigned to letters. I started looking at the pictures I’d marked and lined them up on the letters where they would fit well and cut them out.
Once I had them cut out Sophia applied the mod podge with the paint brush (I’d thin and even it out before applying the picture) and then we rubbed the picture carefully on. Then I would mark where she needed to add the mod podge next since I left the pictures over lap some spots.
This whole project of 5 letters with a 3 year old helping the whole time (which included having snacks and practicing cutting paper too) took us about 3 hours from start to finish (with frequent bathroom breaks for me (pregnancy problems).
Sophia was so excited about our project that she wanted to surprise daddy as soon as he came home from work. She hid the letters in the bookshelf on her bed and then brought him up to show him as soon as he walked in the door.
After the letters had dried really well I applied a thin layer of mod podge over the top, allowed to dry again and applied a second coat.