I can’t think of a snazzy name for it but oh well. My nephew will be starting school soon and one thing they need to work on is having him write/recognize his name. My sister wanted to get him a sign with comic books but I was like “Hey! I can totally do that!” I mean, I did make a pair of shoes. Why give someone $90 on Etsy when you can do it for maybe $20?
The first thing I did was head off to Michaels (armed with a coupon) to pick out some letters. They had a few different styles but I wanted something that was big enough to work with that I was doing. Plus it needed to be easy for Aiden to read. Anything too fancy just wouldn’t work. Luckily I found something that did the trick.
Obviously I picked up one of each letter, plus some extra brushes. I already had ModPodge from my previous comic book DIY but you’ll need that too. Then I hit up the comic book shop and grabbed some $1 comics. Of course you can always use some comics that you already own. Now, I ended up doing two different techniques. The first time I did the typical “cut & paste,” trying to fit as much of the character as I could onto the letter. It doesn’t look horrible but then my dad suggested just using an entire page, then cutting/trimming when it was dried. That’s how I did the remaining letters. First you’ll want to line the letters up on the different pages until you find something you’re happy with. I tried to pick a page that had a few panels of the character I wanted that would fit the shape I was working with. It took some time but it was worth it. Once you have your page selected, cut it down a bit. It just makes it easier to trim later. Then cover the entire letter in ModPodge and then place your comic right on top! Make sure you’re careful when placing it so everything lines up the way you wanted! Then once everything is dry (I waited til the next day), just grab your razor/knife and trim around the edge! Boom. DONE! Pretty easy and awesome right? Now photos!
Here are the two styles side by side. You can obviously tell the difference! The SP letter is much cleaner than the C&P letter. Both work, but it really just depends on what you like! Be sure to put a layer of ModPodge on your letters too. It will help protect the paper! Once you’re finished all your letters, the last thing to do is attach them to a backing! My dad took care of that part of the project. Just attach your letters and you’re done!
Looks pretty good right? It didn’t take that long to finish either! It’s easily a project that could be done with the help of a kid too. But this was a surprise so I did it on my own. Have you ever made something like this? Let me know about your DIY fun in the comments!