Today’s project is altered letters!  These make great Christmas gifts.  While Christmas-themed words are great, you can also do monograms or other words in non-Christmas papers for gifts or decorations to be used all year round!  Like the look, but don’t have the time?  Check my etsy shop HERE for letters you can purchase.


  • scrapbooking papers in co-ordinating colors
  • letters – paper mache, chipboard, or wood (mine are 8″ chipboard)
  • crinkled seam binding or ribbon (mine is from bluebirdlane on etsy – she has the prettiest color selections and beautiful packaging!)
  • gluestick
  • hot glue gun or tacky glue
  • sand paper or emory board
  • fabric flowers (precociouspaper on etsy has beautiful ones in lots of colors and designer fabrics!)
  • DistressInk*
  • sheet music*
  • paper or fabric leaves* (mine are paper cut out with a sizzix)
  • 3d foam adhesive*
  • scalloped circle punch*


Supplies for fabric flowers if you are making your own:

  • fabric
  • felt
  • buttons
  • embroidery floss
  • sizzix and flower dies

Altered Letter Tutorial

Step One – Flip your letters upside down and trace on to the wrong side of your patterned papers.

Step Two – Cut out letters from and use gluestick to adhere to the front of your chipboard letters.

Step Three – Use sandpaper or emory board to sand edges of paper and smooth down. Then ink edges if desired.

Step Four – Punch circles from sheet music using scalloped punch (ink if desired) and attach adhere to letters with gluestick.

Step Five – Layer leaves (inked if desired) and flowers partially overlapping the sheet music circle.  Adhere leaves using gluestick or 3D adhesive foam.  Adhere flower using hot glue or tacky glue.

Step Six – Tie on seam binding and arrange as desired.  Use a little hot glue or tacky glue to secure it in place.

Making the Fabric Flowers

  1. Using sizzix flower die, cut flowers from felt and coordinating cotton fabrics.
  2. Stack fabric layers up, alternating types of fabric.
  3. Using a large-eye needle, sew a button on the top of the flower, being sure to pass through all fabric layers so they stay together.
  4. Knot and trim floss.