Creating Candyland Letters
First you will need to pick up your supplies. I purchased the letters from hobby lobby. If you are on a budget I would recommend you check online sale ads for any craft store and purchase the letters at half price. I paid $0.75 each for the letters. I also used pink and white acrylic paint, medium width foam brushes, and red sharpies. Make sure you have at least two red pens for this craft because it took a lot of ink.
Start out by painting each letter pink. My letters, because they were cheaper and not wood, soaked up a lot of paint. They also dried really quickly. I used two to three coats of paint on each letter.
After your letters are covered You will need to add the white stripes.
I tried to curve the stripes so they would resemble the board game letters. You can see from the picture that my stripes were slightly wider than the brush. I did one curved brush stoke so that I had a smooth side and then worked on the opposite side of the stripe. I found it worked better if I used one swift continuous motion. I used two coats of paint for each of the stripes.
I let the letters dry 24 hours before striping them. To add the red stripes I used a sharpie marker. I found that the marker had a fine enough point that mistakes were less pronounced than if I tried painting them with a small brush.
Starting at the edge of my white stripe I followed the brush stroke and added a thin red line to each side. From there I gradually made each side wider until I liked the look. With some stripes I went too thick, but when everything was finished minor imperfections did not stand out.
I added three additional lines to each stripe. I tried to curve these slightly to mimic the look of a candy cane.
Again, these do not have to be perfect, but are much simpler if you follow the brush stroke of the white line.
All in all these letters were very simple to create. It took about one hour on the first day for painting and two additional hours on the second day to draw the red stripes. The total cost for this project was $17.