How to Decoupage Wood Letters for Fall Crafts

As you stroll down a wooded lane, the air is crisp. Beneath your feet, the ground is carpeted with vibrant fallen leaves in reds, oranges, and golds. You want to capture this moment, this feeling… You can! I’m excited to show you how to decoupage wood letters and make this perfect fall scene part of your home decor!

You can snap a picture and frame it. You can remember this perfect day in your mind. Or you can make it a unique display as part of your Fall decorations that you can bring out year after year!

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Plaid has come out with these amazing wood letters that are just waiting to be decorated! Just looking at them gets my creativity flowing. I know your mind is already coming up with some fun ideas too!

I’m going to show you how to decoupage these wood letters with a perfect fall scene. It’s as easy as using Mod Podge!

Oh…did I mention that I’m going to do a little crackling too?

Plaid Fall decoupage supplies

Materials you will need


Step 1: Go for the Gold

Using this really beautiful and vibrant gold paint (from the FolkArt Treasure Gold collection), paint the wood letters. The letters are smooth, so it takes the paint beautifully and has a nice finish.

Wood letters being painted with Plaid gold paint

Step 2: Finding a Fall Scene

If you have a perfect fall picture that you took, you can absolutely use that. I printed out a royalty-free image of a fall scene using my laser printer.

*TIP: I printed the image 3 times on 8.” x 11″ paper. That was to make sure I had enough image to span across the letters.

Wood letters being painted with Plaid gold paint

Trace the letters on the back side of the printed images and cut them out.

*TIP: Remember to flip your letters on the back of the image, otherwise your cut out will be facing in the wrong direction.

Tracing the letter F on the back of the image making sure to flip the letter backwards

Then, cut the bottoms a few inches up with scissors that have a decorative edge, or you can tear them for a rougher edge.

Step 3: How To Decoupage Wood Letters

Use Mod Podge to decoupage the cutout images onto the wood letters.

If you are unfamiliar with decoupage, it is basically applying or gluing an image onto a surface. The image can be printed, it can be a photo, it can be a napkin or so many different things.

I like to brush the Mod Podge onto the surface I apply the image onto, in this case, the wood letters.

Then, I like to also brush it onto the back of the image before carefully laying it on the surface.

Then, I brush more Mod Podge on top of the image.

Using Mod Podge to decoupage the fall scene onto the F wood letter

*TIP: To make sure your image is flat and doesn’t have any bubbles, apply Mod Podge to your finger and working from the center of the image to the edges, press and run your finger along the top of the image out. Excess Mod Podge will squish out but you can wipe it up. The Mod Podge on the finger ensures your finger will not stick to and ruin the image.

When your image is flat, brush another layer of Mod Podge over it, to make sure your surface is smooth.

My typical “go to” Mod Podge is the Super Gloss, but I have every Mod Podge under the sun in my craft room, for different purposes. In this case, I would recommend using the regular gloss, satin, or matte and I’ll explain why in the next step.

*TIP: Often when you decoupage, the image ends up being a little larger than your item. Sometimes you can wrap the image around or over an edge. However, for the letters, I wanted a clean edge, so I used an emery board to file off the overhang and give it a crisp edge.

Using an emery board to sand the edges of the decoupaged wood letters for a crisp edge

Step 4: Time to Crackle

Using Mod Podge Crackle Medium, brush it over the letters.

Brushing Mod Podge Crackle Medium on decoupaged wood letters

It is important to note that Mod Podge Crackle Medium will only work over Mod Podge. It is recommended to use over the matte, satin, or gloss.

As I mentioned in the last step, my “go to” Mod Podge is typically the Super Gloss but that formula is different than the regular Mod Podge and will not crackle.

*TIP: When you apply the crackle medium, do not brush over it or it will not crackle correctly.

*TIP: If you put on a thin coat of the crackle medium, the crackles will be very fine. A thicker coat will give you larger cracks.

Allow to fully dry.

Step 5: Bring Out the Crackle

To bring out the crackle, use acrylic paint. I used a combo of black metallic paint and bronze metallic paint mixed together.

I could have gone just black but like my mascara, jet black is too harsh for me.

This project has warm tones. The bronze was not enough and the black was too much, so a mix made it perfect.

Brush the black/bronze mixture over the now cracked decoupaged wood letters, making sure to get it into the cracks. Then, wipe it off with a damp cloth or paper towel. How much you wipe determines how much stays on the wood letters.

Wiping off black/bronze metallic paint from wood letters

The real goal here is to keep the color in the cracks, so they show up.

What I really like about the Mod Podge Crackle Medium is I had a range of crackle sizes, depending on how much I applied. I feel the varied cracks look more natural.

Close up of crackles created with Mod Podge Crackle Medium

Step 6: Sealing and a Little Bit of Sparkle

Once everything dries, it’s time to seal the project. I used Mod Podge Gloss Spray.

How did I not know this spray existed?

Quick, easy and I don’t have to worry about brushstrokes…Win…Win…and Win!

It’s a pump spray and I felt comfortable spraying it in the craft shed, whereas an aerosol, I definitely would not have.

Using Mod Podge Spray in gloss to seal the decoupaged wood letters

Then, I sprinkled just a bit of a copper fine glitter on some of the edges. You can do that when the spray is wet or if you want it more controlled, you can brush just a little Mod Podge and sprinkle the glitter where you want it.

I just put it on the tops of the letters, as if it fell from the sky and landed there…like sparkly copper snow!

Speaking of snow…I have a holiday craft coming up soon with these letters that will be COMPLETELY different than this project, so be sure to subscribe and follow along so you don’t miss it!

Adding a little copper glitter for a little sparkle

I’m just going to say it…


Decoupaged fall wood letters close up

You can put it on a mantel, in a bookcase, on a cabinet, a plant shelf, or use removable sticky tabs to hang the letters right on the wall!

Decoupaged fall wood letters on cabinet
Decoupaged wood letters with pumpkins
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Be sure to let me know what you think of this project in the comments!

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Other Fall Crafts to Enjoy!

If you enjoyed this Fall craft, I think you’ll love these:

Thanks for stopping by! Remember: Life’s too short not to shimmer, so grab your glue gun and your glitter!™ Stay safe!


2 thoughts on “How to Decoupage Wood Letters for Fall Crafts”

  1. Hi Mona! 🙋🏾‍♀️
    This is beautiful.
    Looks like a great easy DIY.
    I didn’t know about the ModPodge Sealer Spray either. Gotta get some.
    Thanks for sharing.


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