Faux Barnwood Letters

I finally did something with the unfinished chipboard letters I got from Hobby Lobby a long time ago. I made them look like letters sawn from old barnwood! Faux barnwood letters!

Easy to make faux barnwood letters

The regular price of  this size letter is $1.99 and I got them at  40% off.  If you wait eventually everything in that store  goes on sale.  I haven’t tried tracking their sales cycle but I’m sure their sales are on some kind of rotating schedule. So unless it’s something you’ve gotta have now – wait! Why spend more when you don’t need to.

unfinished chipboard alphabet letters

At first I thought I’d just paint them with some aqua spray paint. Very easy and they look quite pretty. So you could stop there.

chippy paint scrapbook paper

Then one day I went Hobby Lobby to  look at fabric and wandered into the scrapbook aisle and saw these wonderful chippy  faux barnwood scrapbook papers. Aren’t they fabulous!

They also have other images like pebbles, straw, bricks, rocks – very cool and different from the usual scrapbook paper patterns.  Again, they were  40% off but even if they weren’t, the regular price is  only 49 cents each.

How to Decoupage Letters

To cover the chipboard letters with the scrapbook paper  – I layed the letters on the paper and traced around each letter and then cut  them out. I wasn’t too particular about the cutting since I planned on using some sandpaper at the end to distress the letters.

*** TIP: I would recommend painting the edges of your chipboard first because otherwise you’ll see the unfinished board unless you wrap the paper around the edges (and to me that’s just a hassle). I had already painted mine aqua.****

letters cut from scrapbook paper

Then I used some Mod Podge and lightly covered a letter and pressed the scrapbook paper I had cut out on top. You could also use spray adhesive. I smoothed out any bubbles and wrinkles. Then I did each of the other letters the same way.

mod podge

I then sanded the edges of each chipboard letter. That takes care of any extra paper and gives them a nice clean edge.

decopauged chipboard


Covering chipboard with paper or fabric is a really easy and inexpensive way to decorate them and make them reflect your style.

DIY Faux Barnwood Letters - A Cultivated Nest

I think they look pretty cool!

home chipboard letters

Crafting with alphabet letters is an easy inexpensive project that gives you a lot of bang for you buck!

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  1. says

    Seriously love that paper! I kept looking at it to convince myself you were telling the truth and it was paper. Great job on that project. Like it a lot.

  2. says

    Whoa! Scrapbook paper? I thought you’d painted, antiqued, waxed, aged, sanded… the works of “mistreatment” from A to Z. This project turned out fabulously. Thank you for your ever-constant inspiration, Manuela!

  3. Lisa~A Cottage To Me says

    Great idea! I will have to check out the scrapbook paper isle next visit to HL. Your letters turned out great!

  4. Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers says

    They look amazing! I first thought you had painted old barn board and let it weather in the rain! I can’t believe how real it looks.!

  5. says

    Hey Manuela! I LOVE those! You can’t tell they’re not chippy barn wood pieces! Now I want to go back to Hob Lob (was just there last night!) and get some of those letters! :)

  6. deana says

    This tutorial came right at the perfect time. A neighbor of mine is expecting her first baby and it will be a boy. I was actually thinking of doing some letters for the babies room for her to hang on the wall

  7. Debbie says

    I am pinning like a gold medal wrestler! I love this idea, and I agree about waiting for stuff to go on sale at HL. It always does, especially stuff like letters and paper.

  8. says

    Oh Manuela, those turned out so good. Wow…you have me thinking. Would’nt this be a good idea for fall, or farmhouse themed sign. I want a welcome sign outside and this would be a great idea to do something like that. Love it. You make it look so easy! It really looks aged!
    Have a great week my friend. You are having a creative outburst I’d say! hahaha…

  9. says

    I agree with what everyone else is saying, these turned out wonderfully! I could not tell it was paper. It looked so real!! Great project Manuela!

  10. says

    I love the look of your letters! And I love the location you have placed them. I used Christmas papers a couple of years ago to do a couple of letters for the holidays and they just didn’t turn out right. Never thought of painting the letters first and then sanding the edges. That would have made a ton of difference!

  11. says

    These are fantastic!!!! I had to keep looking at them because I had to convince myself they weren’t really old painted wood. I have to do this project!
    (Found you at Jennifer Rizzo, btw.)
    Thanks for sharing!

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