For my daughter's joint-birthday-rock-climbing-party, I thought that it might be fun to have an initial for each birthday girl to place near her cake on the cake table. In addition to being a fun design element, it would allow for guests to know which cake is for which birthday girl, provide another opportunity to bring in the party palette of blues and greens (the fave colors of each birthday girl), and would later do double duty as bedroom decor and a fun memento of the event for each girl.
For this project, because I wanted the letters to be free-standing and not too big, I searched high and low for just the right kind. I went to A.C. Moore and Michael's, but was underwhelmed by their options. Most of their letters seem meant to grace a wreath or hang on a wall, not stand independently. I trudged off to Joann's as a last resort and was THRILLED to see that they have a HUGE selection of letters, both hanging and standing styles, in a variety of materials, fonts, and sizes. I found the perfect sized 3-dimensional cardboard letters for each girl and the price was great as well - with a coupon for one, I ended up paying less than $4 total.
Back at home, prep work involved removing tags and stickers from the letters and then assembling a variety of blue and green acrylic paints from my collection. I painted each letter using lots of different shades for depth. I painted all sides of the letters just to be safe.