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DIY: How to Paint Chevron Letters

I may be majoring in Fashion Merchandising, but as a sorority girl, my unofficial minor is in sorority crafting. If only it could be a real major…

This summer, I decided to get a head start on Little Crafting. Along with those crafts, I decided to make some for myself for cute dorm decor! My small idea turned into a product that I was very happy with- so I want to share this DIY for other crafters out there!

I made Chevron Glitter Delta Gamma letters for myself and Alpha Omega Epsilon ones for my roommate!

DIY: How to Paint Chevron Letters

What you’ll need:

  • Wooden letters (found at any crafting store)
  • Paint
  • Glitter
  • Modge Podge
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Spray Sealer

Here are my super easy DIY instructions:

1. Take your letter and trace vertical and horizontal lines with a ruler, creating even squares. Then, take the ruler and make diagonal lines in each square to make your chevron pattern. Start with a line going down to the right, and then in the next box, a line going up to the right. As you trace these, you will see a pattern forming to go off of.

2. With all of the diagonal lines done, erase all of the vertical and horizontal ones like so:

DIY: How to Paint Chevron Letters

3. The pattern is now done and you’re ready to paint! Decide the order of your colors and write down in each section to make sure no mistakes are made. I decided to go with the sorority’s colors. Now you can put painter’s tape around the sections you plan on doing with your first color. In my case, it was blue.

DIY: How to Paint Chevron Letters

3. Wait for the paint to dry and do as many coats as desired- I found that with the blue, it was pretty light on the wood so it required a few coats to get a darker color. Once it’s all dry, you can take off the tape, carefully.

DIY: How to Paint Chevron Letters

4. Repeat step 3 for the remaining paint colors!

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5. Now, it’s time for the glitter! This will be the messiest (but best) part of the process. Make sure to be an area where you can get some glitter on (we know how easy it is to get it everywhere). Put Painter’s tape around the section for glitter as you did for the paint, but paint on Modge Podge. Once that’s on, you can sprinkle the glitter all over it.

DIY: How to Paint Chevron Letters

6. Once the glitter is dry, you can scrape off the glitter that did not stick and then take off the tape.

DIY: How to Paint Chevron Letters

7. Now that the paint and glitter is applied and looking fabulous, it’s time to seal it so it stays that way! Any kind of spray sealer will work for this purpose, and can be found at any craft store. Place your letters on something like a trash bag and spray one coat. It can take 20 minutes to dry but then 24 hours to fully set. I decided to spray around 2 coats on the glitter section to fully seal it.

DIY: How to Paint Chevron Letters

And you’re done! The final product looks perfectly shiny and the glitter will not have any problem falling off. I couldn’t be happier with my letters! Happy Crafting!

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