Learn how to make giant love letters with this easy to follow tutorial with template. Perfect for weddings and Valentines day this large love sign makes a statement! You can see more pictures of the finished project here.
For this project you will need:
Fleece Fun’s Printable Template (see below for download)
2 cans of spray paint (one color for the letter and one for the heart)
Tape, regular and masking
Download the free printable here, tutorial below.
1- Assemble the Pattern
Print up and assemble the free template provided. You will want a large space to work with this piece it’s nearly 36 by 36 inches in size. Once the pattern is assembled, use the scissors to cut out all the white space (including the space between the letters).
2 – Assemble the Styrofoam Boards
This is one solid pace. We will need to join the boards together to cut it out properly. Place toothpicks along the seams (about every 3 to 5 inches) then place glue on the edge and slide the boards together to join them. Repeat again so all three boards are joined, making a square that is 36 by 36 inches. Allow glue to dry.
3 – Cut out the Shape.
A few tips when working with the Styrocutter:
Go slow. Basically you’re melting the foam away, but you need to let it do it’s job and not force the tool.
Watch for toothpicks. If you can’t get the cutter to move – odds are it’s either not plugged in or you’re hit a toothpick. Simply skip over the toothpick and continue to cut. The Styrofoam will fall away and after you’re finished simply snap off the exposed toothpick.
Work off an edge. Like the edge of a table or counter for easy cut out.
I have to say I really liked using this tool – so much better (and neater) than sawing the Styrofoam to cut it out!
Remove the template (but don’t discard)
4 – Add Texture
I didn’t want a “Styrofoam” texture so I added this cool stuff called “Smooth finish”. I lathered it on using a spatula to give it a more plaster look and not just a flat styro look. It’s also great for hiding the seams between the Styrofoam sheets. Let that dry over night.
5 – Add Color
Cut the heart shape away from the template. Using pins, template and tape mask off the “LVE” section and spray the heart the desired color. Allow to dry. Then mask off the heart using pins, template and tape. Spray the “LVE” section the desired color. Note: I used spray paint, but you can use almost any type of paint on Smooth Finish.
Take it farther
You may have notices the yellow dots on the template. These are for if you wanted to add patio lights to the sign. It’s designed to work with a 25 string of lights.