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Some months ago I shared the Love wall art template, along with that one I made this one, but unlike the previous one I wanted to make this word different and special, so no cardboard. Instead, I used a piece of Styrofoam from a box we received last week. When I saw it a knew it was perfect for this project =] And instead of painting or covering it with fabric (my first idea) I decided to just go the Decoupage route with hot pink tissue paper. It ends up being so light! I just double tape mine to the wall and it works like a charm!

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– 23×8 inches piece of Styrofoam (I just used one from a box but you can buy a piece at Michaels)
Tacky glue
– 2 sheets of tissue Paper ripped unevenly with your hands
– Sandpaper
X-acto knife
– Download the template below
Marker to trace template
Sponge brush

[ Click on Images to enlarge]

1- Trace the patter and slowly start cutting around it, I used my x-acto knife with the smallest tip to make the curves smoother.
2- Be especially careful when cutting the bottom part especially where the C meets the R – And don't leave it on the floor – Curly ran over mine and broke it right there, but I inserted a toothpick and hot glue it together, problem solved
 3- After cutting your word, make a fillet with your knife all the way around the edges, I cut just 1/8″ all the way around.
4- Once the chamfer is ready you can sand your piece to make it smoother and to round the edges.
5- Now it's time to decoupage, I used about 2 sheets of hot pink tissue paper, I thought about using different shared, but the fact that the Styrofoam is white game me enough texture when gluing in an uneven pattern.
6- I mixed 1/8 cup of water with 1/4 cup of glue and used the sponge brush to brush over the Styrofoam and then carefully place the little pieces.
 7- After I finish and everything was almost dry I gave the whole thing a second coat of glue and water and you are READY!

I really like the texture it has and the different shades of hot pink, now I just need to find the perfect place in my office/sewing room to hang it =]

I hope you all enjoy and CREATE =]
ps. The font I used is called Bello you can purchase it here.

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Joy Kelley is a Chilean Designer & lettering Artist. Mom to 3 little boys. Crafter. Pattern lover. Color obsessed. Lemon pie dependent. And the hand behind the HowJoyful Studio & HowJoyful Shop. Read more about her & the blog here →

43 replies
  1. Kelli
    Kelli says:

    Love it! I would like to make one that says “Travel” and decoupage it with color copies of vintage postcards.

  2. Chrissy
    Chrissy says:

    I absolutely love this tutorial! Wall art is wonderful in any room & this right here could be one of my favorite art tutorials! Thank you for your inspiration.

  3. Barbara
    Barbara says:

    I just found your blog and I love it (It’s probably a new favorite). All of your projects are so fabulous, and I love this one!

  4. Christine
    Christine says:

    Hi Joy! I found your blog over the weekend, and love this idea! I have actually shared it on my own blog, I used one of your photos but linked back to your tutorial. I hope that is ok! Loving all your creative ideas!!! :)

  5. Rose
    Rose says:

    I am wondering where you got your lettering to do this with? I want to do some quotes on my sewing room wall and this would be so neat instead of having to paint them on the wall. I LOVE this idea!

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      I used a font from my computer to make the PDF pattern template, You can use any font you want to make your own template. Hope that helps =]

  6. Lauren
    Lauren says:

    Hi! Love this idea and the font is so pretty! Do you mind if I ask what font you used? I want to make one like this for my kitchen. Those wooden “eat” signs are all over the place, but if I could do it with foam instead of having to haul out the jigsaw that would be awesome! Thanks for your help!

  7. Xochitl
    Xochitl says:

    Que lindo tutorial, verdaderamente inspirador. Espero algún día tener el tiempo de hacerlo. Saludos desde Nicaragua :)

  8. Reva
    Reva says:

    Hey Joy! It looks really pretty, I was wondering what font your used, cause I wanted to try doing a different word. Thanks! :)

  9. Allison
    Allison says:

    LLOOOOOOVVVVEEEE this! You’re too clever! Thanks for sharing the how to! Gonna add this to the list of “must try” projects!

  10. Shirley Dehmer
    Shirley Dehmer says:

    I cannot find where to download the tutorial and templet!! It says to find it below – WHERE below???? I would like to try this. I’ll look again – third time.

  11. Ishal
    Ishal says:

    This is soo cute im trying to make one for my bestie that says “BFF”
    Can i just ask, what font is this?

    • KK
      KK says:

      I am not sure if you do this but I thought I would ask anyway. I was wondering if you could create a template for me. I am having alot of trouble getting this done but I need it so bad.

      • Joy
        Joy says:

        I dont know if this would help you but the way I make my templates is:
        I first measure the surface I will be using (in this case my piece of styrofoam) then I draw a rectangle on Illustrator with the measurements. I create my words and trasform them to path, so I can increase the size to the exact area I want, once I have the size I want I divide it to print in several pages depending on the size.

        Hope that helps!!

  12. Kimberly
    Kimberly says:

    If I want to create my own word, say like a name for my son’s room, what size font would you suggest?

    • Joy
      Joy says:

      Hi Kimberly, I would suggest you to select the size you want to cover first and then draw it on a program so you can have a reference. Since all fonts are different the best way is to trace them and then expand them. I hope that helps! I will be posting the explanation of how I made my son’s name for his nursery soon, there I will try to explain how I make my templates in detail.

  13. Michele
    Michele says:

    I would love an explanation of how to make my own template. I would like to try making my future son or daughter’s name in Greek letters font. I absolutely love all of your projects.

  14. Aja
    Aja says:

    Hi there!

    This project is one of the first pictures I pinnned, and now I’m happy to say I’m actually working on the project. I was wondering if you could share a short explained of how to create a template or pattern file….for other words? Thanks!!

  15. the
    the says:

    Your style is unique in comparison to other people I have read stuff from.
    Thank you for posting when you’ve got the opportunity,
    Guess I’ll just bookmark this page.

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