The Perfect Holiday Gift Idea: $5 DIY Paper Maché


Creating Paper Mache Photo Letter Collages has to be one of the easiest, inexpensive, gifts you can make. However, it is also one of the most impactful gifts you can make. People love photos, especially if they are of someone they love  such as their kids, grandkids, spouse, or friend. So what better way to show someone you care about them than with a thoughtful photo collage gift they will cherish. So let’s get started. For video instructions, please check out the video tutorial below!


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or written instructions, please continue reading below:

How To Make $5 DIY Paper Mache Letter Collages


STEP 1: Paint the front, back and insides of your 8 inch paper mache letters with black paint. Allow them to dry completely.


Copy Your Pictures on Printer Paper

STEP 2: Copy your pictures on a word document and resize as needed. Print your pictures out on regular printer paper. You can either use black and white copies or colored copies.

TIP: In my experience, printer paper is easier to use than the actual photos, as the printer paper tends to adhere better.

Arrange Your Pictures on Your Letters

STEP 3: Arrange your pictures on your letters as to how you want your collage to look. Cut your photos as needed for proper placement. Use your letter as a template and place it on your picture. Trace your letter on your picture and cut off the excess for a more professional look.


STEP 4: Apply a little bit of modge podge to the back of your pictures and place them on your letters. Lastly, apply an even layer of modge podge on each picture.

I absolutely love how these $5 DIY Paper Mache Photo Letter Collages turned out! The outcome is stunning and will definitely have the person receiving this beautiful gift amazed!

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