DIY Pretty Poster

Have you seen those pretty Kate Spade posters with the inspirational phrases and quotes on them? I love those posters, they’re happy and colorful, and I think they have the potential to add a nice touch to a room. But being a broke grad student, I can’t afford to buy “frivolous” items that much right now. So I decided to make my own version, and I love how it turned out!

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What do you think? Here’s how you can make your own pretty poster!

DIY Quote Poster

You’ll need:

  • Thick art paper or cardstock (I used paper made for acrylic paints)
  • Colored paper for the letters (I used pretty wrapping paper that my grandma had wrapped some gifts in. Reuse all of that good stuff, am I right?)
  • Mod Podge (I made my own using Elmer’s glue and water! It’s extremely easy and inexpensive, I’d recommend trying it!)
  • Paintbrush to spread the mod podge (use a cheaper one that you don’t mind using glue on)
  • Paint (optional)

Let’s get started:

1. Make a plan for your picture. Choose a quote, decide if you want a shape, plan how big your letters will be and the layout of your quote.

2. Cut out letters with your colored paper. I lightly marked the letters with a pencil, and then cut them out.

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3. Paint your paper (if you want to!). I wanted a light pink color for the background, and I love how it turned out! But you could easily leave your paper white, if you wanted to!

4. Arrange your letters on the paper. Take your time, You want to make sure that everything is exactly how you want it! I left my letters on the paper while I pasted them on, so I knew exactly where they needed to go.

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5. Use your paintbrush and mod podge to glue the letters to the paper. I made my own mod podge, with 1 part glue and 1 part water, and spread the mod podge on the back of my letters before sticking them to the paper. They stick pretty fast, so be careful with where you put them down! After all of the letters were glued down, I went back and painted over them with a thin layer of mod podge–don’t worry, it’ll dry clear!

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6. Let dry for at least a few hours, I let mine sit overnight just to be safe since I live in a humid city. Once dry, you can hang it up!

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I love how this turned out. This is a pretty easy and quick project that would make for a fun craft night with friends.