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Vintage Map Decoupage Letter with Scrapbook Paper

Use Mod Podge, paint, and map scrapbook paper to make this unique decoupage letter for home decor. It’s easy to create your own with a fun vintage effect!

Use Mod Podge, paint, and map scrapbook paper to make this unique decoupage letter for home decor. It's easy to create your own with a fun vintage effect!

I’m in the process of creating another focal wall for my little apartment, and I decided I needed some fun letters with it – so I decided to buy some.

Since they weren’t the color that I wanted, I decided I would make over one to suit the rest of my wall decor. I really like map crafts, because I feel that maps are very versatile and go with so many different styles.

Thus the Vintage Map Decoupage Letter was born! See how easy it is to create your own and apply a vintage effect to any paper!

Decoupage Letter

Gather These Supplies

wipe down letter first before applying mod podge

Step 1. Procure a letter of choice and assemble your materials. I used a metal ampersand for mine with a rough surface, but any kind will do – but papier mâché ones will be the best choice (and probably the least expensive!)

spray letter

Step 2. Spray paint your letter – I used oil rubbed bronze as I wanted a dark brown town for mine, but black or a regular matter brown would work just as well.

trace letter

Step 3. Trace your letter onto your paper of choice – my husband is an avid map person so I decided to use map-printed paper from the craft store. If the back and front sides are the same, trace the backside of the letter.

Cut out map paper with a pair of scissors

Step 4. Carefully cut your letter, making sure it fits just right or just a little bit bigger – you just don’t want it to be too small to your letter.

Apply a layer of Mod Podge Matte

Step 5. Apply a layer of  Mod Podge, and then adhere your scrapbook paper. Once dry, apply two or more layers of Mod Podge.

Use Mod Podge, paint, and map scrapbook paper to make this unique decoupage letter for home decor. It's easy to create your own with a fun vintage effect!

Step 6. To give it a vintage effect, mix some Mod Podge Sheer Colors with a bit of black paint. Paint on the letter sparingly, making sure you don’t leave brush streaks.

If it does build up – don’t worry, just work in Matte Mod Podge to dilute the mixture on your letter/surface and it’ll clear it up.

Use Mod Podge, paint, and map scrapbook paper to make this unique decoupage letter for home decor. It's easy to create your own with a fun vintage effect!

And you are done with your decoupage letter! You can apply the sheer color not only on vintage themed scrapbook paper but to other designs as well to make them look ‘aged’.

Use Mod Podge, paint, and map scrapbook paper to make this unique decoupage letter for home decor. It's easy to create your own with a fun vintage effect!

I love this letter from all angles and I think it adds such a nice touch to my decor. What type of artwork do you prefer in decorating your home?

Use Mod Podge, paint, and map scrapbook paper to make this unique decoupage letter for home decor. It's easy to create your own with a fun vintage effect!

If you like maps, and decorating with them, I have good news: maps go really well with Mod Podge. Here are some other ideas that use both of these supplies:

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Trudy Hibler

Friday 19th of August 2016

I love this! I love to decoupage, for starters, and my husband enjoys old maps. I need to do some work on our stairwell and letters and ampersands would make nice fillers and splashes of color. Thanks!