Kraft Paper Letters

I love kraft paper letters (also called paper mache letters) for simple, inexpensive kids room and party decor. My latest use was as a colorful backdrop for our moving party.
I have also used large letters above the beds in the girls’ shared bedroom:
And Better Homes and Gardens featured this monogram family collage in their May issue (it was an idea I pitched to them – woohoo!):
Ranging from $3-$4 a piece for the small letters and $10 each for the large letters like above, the price can’t be beat for wall decor! I got the small letters for our party from The Land of Nod, but craft stores like Hobby Lobby also carry them in various sizes.

Kraft letters start out looking like sturdy cardboard, but the options for decorating them are endless!
I kept it simple when decorating the letters for the party. I just used Martha Stewart acrylic craft paints and some foam brushes to paint the letters in a variety of colors that coordinated with our party invite.

So easy, even a 3 year old can do it! In fact she painted most of the letters for me. I just smoothed out any big globs. 😉 We put 2-3 coats on each, letting them dry 10 min. or so in between coats.


The small kraft letters are so light, I just used a few strips of painters tape on the back to hold them on the wall for the party. For the large letters in the girls rooms, I used 3M Command strips.


Of course these would work for so many parties beyond a moving party – I could imagine spelling out “Happy Bday” or “Congrats!”, a couple’s monogram for a wedding backdrop, or a child’s name for their birthday party that could then be reused as decor in their room.

Have you ever used kraft paper letters in your decor? How did you decorate them?

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