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How to... Make light-up fairground initials.

YOU WILL NEED: Two 8-inch papier mache letters (available at craft stores like Hobbycraft) One 8-inch papier mache ampersand Green, blue and copper acrylic paint Paint brush LED tealights and batteries Pencil Craft knife Drill with a 7-millimetre drill bit

WARNING: Always cut away from yourself when using a craft knife, and be careful using a drill - a second pair of hands is advised.

1 To create a vintage metal effect, paint the edges of each letter in green and leave to dry, then roughly paint over the top with blue, using a semi-dry brush, allowing patches of green to show through. For the ampersand, we used this look across the front as well.

2 Add in the copper detail to the front of the intials using an almost dry brush with most of the paint scraped off. Use rubbing and sweeping brush movements to apply and work as lightly as possible to avoid If you project, try making whole 'Mr & any blobs. Do the same over the edges, making sure you can still see bits of green and blue.

3 Once completely dry, lie the letters down and put the tealights on top, spacing them out evenly. Make a small pencil mark where the flame from each tealight will sit.

4 Turn each letter face down and, using your craft knife, cut out sections in the back where each tealight will go. The letters are hollow, apart from folded cardboard, which can easily be removed.

5 Turn each letter so the right side is facing you, then drill holes in the spots marked for enjoy this why not your name, or 'Mr s'? the flames using a seven millimetre drill bit. Use a craft knife to tidy any excess card protruding from the hole.

6 Place the batteries inside each tealight and ensure they are working, then insert each tealight into the spaces in the back of the letters. Push through until the flames poke out of the holes in the front. Don't worry if the tealights look like they are causing the letter to bow slightly - once they are all in place, this won't show.

7 Tidy up the front of each letter around the flame by poking any stray bits of card back through to the inside of using the craft knife, or cut them off. Touch up with paint if necessary.

Tip

If you enjoy this project, why not try making your whole name, or 'Mr & Mrs'?

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Publication:The People (London, England)
Date:Apr 19, 2015
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