Marvel Comic Book Letters with Chipboard and Mod Podge

Marvel Comic Book Letters with Chipboard and Mod Podge For Father's Day
Marvel Comic Book Letters with Chipboard and Mod Podge
For Father’s Day

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)
  • Scissors
  • Mod podge
  • Paint brush
  • Wet wipes (for easy cleaning)
Picking out the type of letters to use at the store, checking out the wood ones
Picking out the type of letters to use at the store, checking out the wood ones

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.

I mustache you a question. Would this chipboard be the best option?
I mustache you a question. Would this chipboard be the best option?

The chipboard letters are about 8″ tall and roughly 6″ wide.

Spider-man Marvel Comic Book Letter D with Chipboard and Mod Podge
Spider-man Marvel Comic Book Letter D with Chipboard and Mod Podge

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

Batman Marvel Comic Book Letter A with Chipboard and Podge
Batman Marvel Comic Book Letter A with Chipboard and Podge

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).

Captain America and Thor Marvel Comic Book Letter D with Chipboard and Mod Podge
Captain America and Thor Marvel Comic Book Letter D with Chipboard and Mod Podge

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.

Incredible Hulk and Iron Man Marvel Comic Book Letter D with Chipboard and Mod Podge
Incredible Hulk and Iron Man Marvel Comic Book Letter D with Chipboard and Mod Podge

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.

Superman Marvel Comic Book Letter Y with Chipboard and Mod Podge
Superman Marvel Comic Book Letter Y with Chipboard and Mod Podge
Gluing Letter D Hulk and Iron Man
Gluing Letter D Hulk and Iron Man

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.

Gluing Letter D Hulk and Iron Man
Gluing Letter D Hulk and Iron Man
Gluing Letter D Captain America and Thor
Gluing Letter D Captain America and Thor
Gluing Letter D Captain America and Thor
Gluing Letter D Captain America and Thor

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.

Showing Daddy Our Project: Marvel Comic Book Letters with Chipboard and Mod Podge  For Father's Day
Showing Daddy Our Project: Marvel Comic Book Letters with Chipboard and Mod Podge For Father’s Day

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.

Marvel Comic Book Letters with Chipboard and Mod Podge For Father's Day
Marvel Comic Book Letters with Chipboard and Mod Podge
For Father’s Day

 

Glitter, Sequins, and Plaster of Paris Ornaments

finished Moomin Troll ornaments
finished Moomin Troll ornaments

Sophia adores glitter so I came up with this project for her. When we started I wasn’t sure what we would make with the end results but we ended making them in to hanging ornaments 🙂

Glitter and sequin Moomin Troll ornament
Glitter and sequin Moomin Troll ornament

What you will need:

  • Molds of your liking
  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Beads or anything else small like buttons, rocks, etc
  • Water
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Tray to contain the mess
  • A cookie drying rack
  • Ziplock bag
  • Measuring cup
  • Scissors
  • Mod podge
  • Ribbon
  • Paint brush
  • Tin foil
  • Hot glue gun and stick of glue
  • (Optional scale)
Things we used in the molds  (minus the googlie eyes, she didn't want any)
Things we used in the molds (minus the googlie eyes, she didn’t want any)
Excited to glitter!
Excited to glitter!
Small beads got poured in
Small beads got poured in

After the first mold was all done to her liking we moved on to the next.

TIP: In case of glitter spills, wet wipes and also play doh are great fast ways of picking up the strays

Excited to make Moomin Trolls
Excited to make Moomin Trolls
Mixing glitter
Mixing glitter
Adding sequins after she was satisfied with all the glitter
Adding sequins after she was satisfied with all the glitter
The last of the sequins got poured in
The last of the sequins got poured in

Once she was satisfied with all the glitter and sequins in the mold. We mixed up a batch of plaster. I didn’t think we would need a full one pound (It comes in one pound bags in the box), so we mixed first a half a pound and halved the recipe on the box.

TIP: Instead of using a bucket and a stick as the instructions on the box say, use a gallon ziplock bag to mix in. Sophia demonstrates how to mix in the bag below.

Once mixed just cut a small hole in one corner of the bag and pour it on the molds. I found that we were a little shy so we made another 4 oz (with the recipe quartered for water amount).

For the molds I used up 12 oz of the 1 pound bag of plaster
For the molds I used up 12 oz of the 1 pound bag of plaster

We were left with 1/4 pound of unused plaster.

Plaster poured in
Plaster poured in
Hearts plastered
Hearts plastered
Removed the ornaments out of the molds after they had set for about an hour, so they would dry better
Removed the ornaments out of the molds after they had set for about an hour, so they would dry better

I did remove the ornaments out of the molds after they had set for about an hour, so they would dry better. In the process I did break two of the Moomin Trolls arms off. But glue them back on once they dried with mod podge.

Mod podged ornaments to seal on the glitter and sequins
Mod podged ornaments to seal on the glitter and sequins

After the ornaments were dry I took a larger paintbrush and mod podged the tops and sides of them to seal in the glitter and sequins. I set them to dry on a sheet of tinfoil.

Hot glued ribbons on the Moomin Trolls
Hot glued ribbons on the Moomin Trolls

Sophia was happy to cut up all the ribbon pieces we needed. I hot glued them on. You have to let the glue cool before touching it or they do peel off pretty easy when wet yet.

Hot glued ribbons on the hearts
Hot glued ribbons on the hearts
Finished heart ornaments
Finished heart ornaments

All done!

finished Moomin Troll ornaments
finished Moomin Troll ornaments

Decorating Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Decorated Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Decorated Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments

This is for different ideas for decorating your ornaments. For directions on how to make salt dough cookie cutter ornaments click here.

Ready to Paint Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Ready to Paint Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments

What you will need:

  • Salt Dough Ornaments
  • Acrylic paint
  • Mod podge glossy finish
  • Ribbon/ string
  • Paint brushes
  • Toothpick
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Beads
  • Felt
  • Glitter
  • Pony beads
  • Different sized gold beads
  • Googlie eyes
  • Buttons, cotton balls, pom poms or anything else you find laying around
Painting Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Painting Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Paint the ornaments as desired and allow the paint to dry.

Painted Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Painted Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments

TIP: Make sure you don’t fill the ribbon hole with paint or the ribbon won’t fit through. If you get paint in it just use a toothpick to remove the excess paint.

Decorating Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Decorating Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments

We added glitter to the white parts of our candy canes. Lightly brush a thin layer of mod podge on and sprinkle glitter over the wet mod podge. Allow to dry.

Decorating Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Decorating Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments

Using gorilla glue we glued on googlie eyes and pony beads for the “gum drop” buttons 🙂 I tried out buttons I had first but we liked the pony beads better.

Gingerbread Men Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Gingerbread Men Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments

We cut little felt mouths for the gingerbread men, which we gorilla glued on.

Decorating Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Decorating Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments

We gorilla glued on two different size gold beads on the Christmas trees.

Christmas Tree Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Christmas Tree Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments

I gorilla glued on pieces of gold string as “tinsel garland” on the trees.

Decorating Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments
Decorating Salt Dough Cookie Cutter Ornaments

We gorilla glued on gold string as halos for the angels.

Once you have all your ornaments decorated as desired allow the glue to completely dry. Once it has dried paint a thin layer of mod podge over the ornaments to help preserve them and it will give them a nice glossy finish. The mod podge dries clear so don’t worry about it looking cloudy when you put it on.

Displaying our finished ornaments on our painted branch tree since we don't have our Christmas tree up yet :)
Displaying our finished ornaments on our painted branch tree since we don’t have our Christmas tree up yet 🙂

Once the mod podge has dried string your ornaments and they are ready to be hung on a tree.

Resin Ornament Painting

Painted Resin Ornament
Painted Resin Ornament

I found this resin deer ornament at Michaels craft store. I wasn’t sure how the paint would stick to it since it’s a pretty smooth finish on it but decided that for a $1.00 we’d give it a try.

What you will need:

Resin Ornament

Acrylic paint

Mod podge

Ribbon

Paint brushes

Resin Ornament Painting Set Up
Resin Ornament Painting Set Up

I set up Sophia to paint it. TIP: Remove the string from the ornament before painting.

Resin Ornament Painting
Resin Ornament Painting

After the first stroke of paint I realized that it works great. The resin ornament wasn’t repelling the paint.

Resin Ornament Painting
Resin Ornament Painting

Sophia thoroughly enjoyed painting the deer. Allow to dry after painting is done. I placed it standing up on a paper plate out of reach, since Sophia wanted to go play with it 🙂

After the paint has dried paint a thin layer of mod podge on it. This will help preserve it longer. The mod podge dries clear so don’t worry about it looking cloudy when you put it on.

Put ribbon back on after it has dried.

TIP: the resin ornaments are more on the fragile side (I’m basing off the fact the of the 3 deer at the store this was the only one with both antlers intact) So handle with care.

Painted Resin Ornament
Painted Resin Ornament

 

Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments

 

salt dough and handprint ornaments and a free style salt dough ornament
salt dough and handprint ornaments and a free salt style dough ornament

I’ve done salt dough handprint ornaments the last two years (Sophia was 6 months and 1.5 years old). There is a good recipe and instructions for the salt dough handprints here on The Imagination Tree. I did a few things a bit differently like adding water a little at a time so it doesn’t get sticky plus they dry faster the less water there is.

The first year I made these I didn’t trim off the excess dough. I found that those were really heavy. So this time I trimmed the dough around the edges with a kitchen knife. Below are a few more helpful tips.

What you will need:

Salt

Flour

Water

Parchment paper

Acrylic paint

Mod podge

Ribbon

Paint brushes

I set Sophia up to work on top of the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. This keeps the dough from sticking to the pan when cooked and you wont have to worry about moving their finished master piece.

exploring salt dough
exploring salt dough

TIP: If you want to smooth down cracks and rough edges, you can do so by dipping your finger in water and smoothing them out, adding water as needed.

exploring salt dough
exploring salt dough

TIP: If you are making the dough by yourself, as I did, have it all set up before inviting your toddler to join you. This is very helpful since little ones have short attention spans so it’s best to use it doing the project instead of them watching you set up for it.

making salt dough ornament
making salt dough ornament

TIP: Also we did the handprints first as quickly as I could crank them out, maybe took 4-5 minutes. After which I allowed Sophia to explore the dough with different tools as she wanted.

DON’T: Forget to poke holes in the ornaments (for the ribbon to go through when done) before baking

baked salt dough handprint ornaments
baked salt dough handprint ornaments

After the salt dough ornaments had cooled off and I was certain they had fully dried off (the next day) I set Sophia up for painting them. I had originally thought about painting them my self and making these cute Santa’s out of them. But then figured that family getting the ornaments would like them better if Sophia had her own hand in painting them.

TIP: You can do this in one day if you make the ornaments first thing in the morning and get them baking. If you make them really thick they take a lot longer than the 2 hours recommended bake time.

painting salt dough handprint ornament
painting salt dough handprint ornament

Look of hard concentration 🙂

painting salt dough handprint ornament
painting salt dough handprint ornament

Paint a layer of mod podge on them after the paint has dried. This will help preserve them longer. The mod podge dries clear so don’t worry about it looking cloudy when you put it on.

On the red “sun” ornament we sprinkled red glitter on top of the wet paint.

The instructions for the handprint bauble ornament pictured below will be posted soon. Check back soon 🙂

salt dough and handprint ornaments and a free style salt dough ornament
salt dough and handprint ornaments and a free style salt dough ornament