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Holiday Mantel Wooden Letters

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Create your own custom holiday decor this season, and craft beautiful wood letters for your mantel. Paint or stain these letters to incorporate them seamlessly with your existing decor, or spell out a seasonal message with mismatched letters for an eclectic look. You’ll need just a few items, including plywood and a jigsaw.

How to Make Holiday Mantel Letters

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    Decide on a festive word (e.g., “snow”), and determine the size of your letters. Then, select your choice of thickness or "heaviness" for each letter. If your letters have thin sections, choose a thicker piece of plywood to avoid snapping your letter during cutting. Print out large letters in various fonts, and trace them with a sharp pencil to create an impression of the letter.  Retrace the lines on the plywood with the pencil using a straight edge if needed.

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    Clamp the 2 x 2 foot plywood piece between two sawhorses or blocks. Using the slow curve setting on your BLACK+DECKER 5 Amp Jigsaw with CurveControl™, carefully follow your traced pencil lines to cut out your letters. You might have to rotate your piece of wood to cut in certain directions comfortably.

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    Eliminate any rough edges, bumps and pencil lines on your letters with the BLACK+DECKER MOUSE® Detail Sander. Use the attachment piece to sand the tight spaces and corners of the letters. If you'd prefer a more weathered look, round out the edges by putting more pressure on the edges of the plywood.

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    Break up the 2-D feel of your letters by scaling one letter down when printing and cutting a duplicate piece. Glue the scaled-down shape on top of the larger one with wood glue, and allow it to dry overnight before painting.

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    Chalk paint is a quick and economical way to cover wood surfaces with just a few coats. Brush a layer over the surface and sides of your letters and let dry before assessing whether you need another coat. Drying can take a half hour to an hour, depending on how much paint is used. Create a distressed look by strategically brushing over the letters with fine-grit sandpaper.

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