Thursday, June 23, 2011

How To Texture A Wooden Letter Using Rolled Up Book Pages

As promised in my last post, I'd like to share the tutorial of how I textured a wooden letter "M" using the pages of a book, as seen on my newly revamped bedroom bookcase.

As much as I'd like to take credit for coming up with this brilliant and creative idea, I was actually inspired to do this project by Katie over at Little Things Bring Smiles.   I've had her tutorial of this very project on my side bar for months now because I love it so much.  Check out her blog for many other great ideas.  I followed her tutorial pretty closely, only changing a few things to better suit my preference.  I'll be sharing my slightly different way of doing the same project with you today.

How to Texture a Wooden Letter Using Rolled Up Book Pages:

You will need the following items:

1- The  letter or letters of your choice.  I chose the letter M because it is the first letter of our last name. The letters can be purchased at most craft stores.  Mine was purchased at A.C. Moore.

2-A chapter book with no pictures that  you no longer want (Be sure the pages of the book are the color you wish to use on your letter.  If you do not own such a book, a thrift store is a great place to find one.)

3. Scissors

4. Hot glue gun and glue refills


1-  After collecting all the necessary items,  be sure to connect your hot glue gun so that it will be ready to go.

2.  Begin by tearing the pages out of the book you'll be using.  Just to give you an idea of how many pages you'll need, I used about 60 pages for me letter.

3.  After all the pages are torn out, use the scissors to cut the margins off the pages, leaving only the text.

4. Cut a handful of the pages in half (for the narrower parts of the letter) and leave the rest as full sized sheets.

5. Begin rolling up the sheets of paper.  I rolled mine up tightly because I preferred the look of many small rolls of paper as opposed to fewer large rolls, but this is completely up to you.  When you near the end of the roll, leave a 1/2 inch overhang and apply hot glue to the inner edge and then finish rolling up the paper,

6. Using the roll of paper I'd already made, I roughly calculated how many rolls I would need and I made a
handful of paper rolls before I began applying any of them to the letter.  I just felt the project would move quicker this way. When you've made a good bundle of paper rolls, choose whether you will cover the letter from top to bottom or from bottom to top, (I did it from bottom to top) and place the first roll at your starting point.

7.  Using the letter as a guideline, cut the roll of paper to match the exact width of the area you are covering.
(In the picture below I am simply demonstrating how to cut the roll of paper to size so it's not placed at my starting point)

8.  Glue the roll of paper to the letter. Because mine was a symmetrical letter and I wanted both sides to match, I alternated sides, gluing a roll of paper on one side, then the other and so on.

9.  Repeat steps 6-7 with each roll of paper you already have.  I glued the rolls of paper together tightly because I liked the way it looked that way.  Again, a matter  of preference.

10.  When you run out of the rolls of paper you've made, begin making more, repeating all above steps until the letter is covered. For the symmetrical letters, be sure the rolls of paper on both sides of the letter match up.

Got any questions?  Feel free to ask.  I'd love to help in any way I can.  Stay tuned for a tutorial on how to make this felt wreath.

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  1. Thanks so much for the tutorial.
    I am definitely doing this.


  2. Soooo cool!! I am so going out in search of a letter soon!! This is sooo cute. :o) Can't wait to see the wreath tutorial next!!

  3. That is amazing! Thanks for the great tutorial! Found you from Fingerprints on the Fridge. :)

    Kelly @

  4. What a fun idea! I love the look...simple but with texture!

  5. This is amazing. I love the 3D look to it. Thanks so much for the tutorial; it's going on my "to do" list.

  6. Thank you for writing such sweet things about my little blog :)

    Can I just I was reading your tutorial I had a total, "A-Duh" glued the strips on THEN cut them! AMAZING. My mind did not think of this at all. I dont think any of the scissors I currently own are sharp enough for the job so I may have to pick up some new ones ;)

    You are BRILLIANT! Your "M" turned out so so good, just love it!

    katie@little things bring smiles

  7. p.s. Excited to see how you made the wreath!

  8. Wow! This is very cool!! I have never seen this technique done on an initial before! I will have to try this out!! Thanks for sharing!!

  9. I love how you rolled the book pages. Very cute idea.

  10. I love this...thanks for showing how. I've got a bunch of letters that I am going to do this on!

  11. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful inspirations and pictures. I’m your newest follower and look forward to your next ideas!

    Have a nice day!

  12. That's really neat! Your book shelves look so nice.

  13. This is fabulous! You should sell them on Etsy. There's a market out there of people who no longer make; they only buy.

    I'm your newest follower; found you via an old post of Debbie's. Put you one closer to 100!

  14. That is a super project. You did such a nice job of rolling. Looks tedious but well worth it. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  15. OH OH OH....super project, I can even do this! Thanks for the inspiration!:*~:*~Wendy

  16. What a cute idea for that letter! I have not see that yet. It gave it really nice texture and made it interesting to look at. Thanks for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!

  17. Oh, I love this! It turned out so cute, too! I also love your bookcase~ it is arranged so beautifully! And felt wreaths? Love anything with felt! I will be back to see how you did it for sure! :)

    I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!


  18. I love this! I actually copied it and put it on my blog, of course making sure to let everyone know you were actually the genius behind it all! :) I looove your blog and the whole bookcase you just did! It was so beautiful, serene, and peaceful!

  19. I definitely need to try this- thanks SO much for the tutorial and inspiration :D

  20. I made this just yesterday and it turned out great! Thanks for the inspiration!

  21. You are awesome what more can I say? I really want to try this and maybe put in on my little white desk. I miss u!!!

  22. Another idea I want to steal. :) It so cute and doesn't seem hard to achieve with these easy-to-follow directions. I can't wait to see the tutorial on the book coverings.

  23. I love this idea and actually made one myself last night! I wanted let you know that I put a link to your blog in my post! Thanks for sharing!


  24. I'm soooo gonna make this -when Jr is napping :o)How do you manage ur time with family,kids,homeschooling,blog,DIYand ministry..
    Hats off t'ya. big big fan.

  25. Hi Stacy, what a great idea. Yours look fab. I think I just might make one for myself. Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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