diy: wall letters

I'm taking another little break from home renovations to share a diy project I did a year and a half ago, after we had baby #2! This one I can actually take full credit for, idea and handiwork and all :)

As I've mentioned, I'm a bit of a nerd. So after we picked a name for our daughter, I started playing around with the letters of my name, my husband's name, our son's name, and now our daughter's name to see if I could connect them in some cool way. As it turned out, using our last name, I could branch our names out in a scrabble or crossword style motif.

And so with a rough idea in mind, my logical next step was to run out to Michaels to see what I could create. And here's what I got (the links here are to amazon.com, but many of these items or similar ones can also be found at Michaels):

  • Wood letters (I got them in white, but you could also get unfinished wood and paint them, and make sure you measure the wall space so you get an appropriate size)
  • Modpodge
  • Foam brush
  • Scrapbook paper (I chose different patterns of grey and white, but you really have so many options here. you could do one color, lots of colors, solids, patterns, etc. etc. I went to the craft store to pick out sheet by sheet what I wanted, but you can also buy a pack like the link I included if you're not so particular)
  • X-acto knife
  • Cutting mat (for a lot of these items... this, x-acto knife, mod podge, you may already have them. Or if not, you'll likely use them again for other projects)

Here was my process:

  1. Lay the letters out on the floor
  2. Decide which paper will go on each letter, trying to randomly mix them up
  3. One at a time, trace each letter onto its respective paper and use the x-acto knife and cutting mat to cut out the shape
  4. One at a time, use the foam brush to apply mod podge to the paper to adhere it smoothly onto the letter (make sure to apply mod podge around the edges so they don't peel up or get caught on anything)
  5. Lay them out on newspaper or something similar to dry
  6. Presto! 

*warning: gratuitous baby photo included :)

I used command removable hanging strips to hang them on the wall, which makes them super easy to remove, and will eventually make them super easy to hang back up on a new wall in the new house! 

You may be wondering if you can scrabble your own family's names, but if not, you could instead do a letter or name for a kid's bedroom, a letter for each family member's cubby in the mudroom, or play-themed words on a wall in the playroom. And if you like the idea but don't think you have the time or patience to DIY, send me a message. I love this stuff, and would be happy to chat with you about a custom project!

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