DIY: Mini Dimensional Quote Made From Alphabet Pasta

I really like all of the dimensional quotes and artwork that I’ve seen on Pinterest over the last several months.  Do you know the ones I’m talking about?  They’re made by writing out the quote (or drawing the design) in glue, and then letting it dry and painting the whole thing.  I’ve wanted to make one for myself, but right now I just don’t have the wall space for something like that.  So I decided to use that concept and make a miniature version using alphabet pasta.

The idea is very simple.  I used one of those cheap wood plaques that you can get at any craft store for about 50 cents (I think the one I used was about 4 inches square), and then I used tweezers to dip alphabet pasta into Mod Podge and then position the letters onto the piece of wood.

If Mod Podge filled any of the holes in the letters, I used a straight pen to remove the excess.

I didn’t do any measuring or marking for the letter placement.  I just kind of eyeballed it.

When all of the letters were in place, I mixed up some Mod Podge and water (about 1:1 ratio) and brushed it over all of the letters, getting it into the cracks and crevices, but being sure to smooth it out as much as possible.

After the letters were dry and securely attached, I gave it a coat of spray primer.

And then followed up with a coat of spray paint.  Of course, you could leave it just like this…

…but I decided to highlight the letters with just a bit of metallic craft paint.  I just used my finger to lightly dab the paint on the raised areas of the letters.

These are super cheap and easy to make.  Wouldn’t they make a cute gift for someone with a desk job?  You could customize the quote just for them, or add a Bible verse that has special meaning to them.

Of course, pasta letters aren’t perfectly uniform, but we’ll just say that the imperfections add to the charm.  :)

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  1. Angela says

    This is such a great idea! I am going to make some for my girl’s stockings! I think it would be a great craft for older kids.

  2. Susan says

    No stinkin’ way! (Imagine me popping my hand to my head and saying “why didn’t I think of that!). I wanted to do this with foam letters on a $1.00 unfinished wood picture frame from Michaels – figured it would be a great craft project with my granddaughter and she could give to her mom and other grandma for Christmas. All the letters were way too big though and I had just about moved on to the good old standby of decoupaging 4×4 tiles.

    This is brilliant!

  3. says

    What a great idea! I love the way this came out. And this project would be a lot better for me because I’m sure me + trying to write with glue would not turn out so well! =]

  4. Vel Jaeger says

    What a great quote for the last day of the wettest January we’ve been having here in Florida ~ this is supposed to be our DRY season! Thanks for all the nifty production hints ~ if the job still existed, you’d make a great paste-up artist, back when we had to use this process for titles! I learned “re-purposing” found objects from my grandmother, who taught me how to make Christmas tree decorations from toilet paper rolls and red crepe paper [they were out in the woods on a hunting trip; I have no idea where the crepe paper came from]. Thanks for your generous sharing.

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