DIY Decorative Dipped Letters

Make your own decorative dipped letters with glitter and paint! via

I often find inspiration while wandering. Which means that sometimes I buy craft supplies because they strike me as something that could be awesome. I don’t have have particular project or vision in mind, but I know that I can do something with it at some point in the future.

Such was the situation in Michaels a few weeks ago. I’d passed by these sets of cork letters on several shopping trips, always stopping to pick up the packages and try to imagine what I might do with them. But I’d always left without them—until this particular trip when most of the store was on sale for 60% – 70% off, including these sets of letters. Waiting sometimes pays off, my friends.

After I got home, I realized that these would be perfect for making some decorative dipped letters. While they’re a bit small for single monograms, glued together they become cute little inspirational words and phrases.

I love any type of art and decor that includes letters and words. I guess it’s the English major and word nerd in me. I could probably craft up stacks of these decorative dipped letters, but I stopped myself after creating these two inspiration word art sets.

These came together in mere minutes. I rummaged through my craft supply stashes and couldn’t decide between paint or glitter, so I did one of each. And I love them both, although I may love the glitter-dipped letters just an eensy bit more.

To make your own dipped letters, you’ll need:

  • letters in your preferred material and size
  • craft paint
  • glitter
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brushes
  • hot glue gun

Paint-dipped cork letters via

Paint the bottom half-to-two-thirds of each letter. I eyeballed this, but if you prefer a crisp, even line, tape off the section you don’t want covered. If using glitter – coat with Mod Podge, then shake glitter over a bowl until evenly coated. Don’t forget about the sides of each letter! You may need a second coat of paint; mine covered fine with just one.

Use Mod Podge to give illusion of letters "dipped" in glitter. via

Once the paint is dry, use hot glue to attach each letter together. A small drop of glue should be plenty! Some letters are trickier than others; I was very careful to hold the “r” and “i” in “write” together for about a minute until the glue began to cool.

Now your letters and words are ready to display!

Paint-Dipped Decorative Letters and Words. via

I love the range of possibilities of this craft; you could dip a set of letters for a bridal or baby shower, or even a whole alphabet that older kids could use to mix and match as part of a vocabulary exercise! They also make cute, fun reminders to keep on your desk or craft table. How would you use these?

Paint and Glitter Dipped Letters via


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6 thoughts on “DIY Decorative Dipped Letters

  1. Meredith @ unOriginalMom

    I almost bought those letters the other day! I had picked them up and put them back a few times, too. I just couldn’t think of anything specific to do with them, so I made myself put them back. But this is such a clever and simple idea! I love how they turned out. I think I may just end up getting them next time I’m at Michael’s…
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    1. Two Purple Couches Post author

      Thank you so much, Meredith! I try not to buy craft supplies without a use for them, but these won me over! My local Michaels still had these sets on sale for 50% off last week… I was tempted to empty the whole bin into my cart, but that felt a little over-the-top!

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