First of all, I like to buy a base to put the letters on, since I change it out for each season.
If you were doing this for a child's room where the letters were going to stay for a long time, you could also just put the letters individually on the wall like this:
So first thing's first: You need the letters you plan to use. In this case F-A-L-L.Then choose the patterned paper you want:
I painted my base first thing so it could start drying while I worked on the letters. I just chose black, because I was at the craft store and wanted to get the paint...but didn't know what paper I was going to use at the time. Ideally, you would find your paper choice FIRST so you could match the paint to it (I could've done maroon, or chocolate brown or something if I'd known what color paper I was planning on....) But black worked fine.... I also added a layer of mod-podge once the black paint was dry to give it more of a shiny look to match the mod-podged letters.
To do the letters, my method is to flip the paper and the letter upside-down and trace around the letter as closely as you can. If you have a method that works better for you, by all means, go for it. :)Then cut it out and lay it on top and make sure everything looks right. Trim if necessary. :)
Do this with each letter.Next, you are going to want to paint the sides of your letters.Then lay your patterned paper on top of the letter, and mod-podge away! If you have never mod-podged before, the key is to just keep running your fingers over it so you don't get bubbles.Do this to all of your letters and let them dry...making sure to smooth out any bubbles.
After I had mod-podged them all and they had dried, the next thing I did was take some silvery paint and sponge it around the edges to give it more of a finished look.
Then I hot-glued the letters onto my sign.I followed the same exact method to make my "Winter" sign.
The only difference between my Fall sign and my Winter sign is that I sprayed a layer of glitter on my Winter sign to make it look more shimmery like snow and ice.So go get your letters at your nearest craft store and start mod-podging!!!!