I’m excited to share my DIY Wall Art With Wooden Letters project with you today! Follow along as I share step-by-step instructions of how I made this beautiful piece of artwork.
After deciding on the quote for my wall art (you can find tons of inspiration on Pinterest), I headed to 163 Design Company to order my wooden letters. Once I chose my font, they sent me a mock-up to look at to make sure I liked the layout.
163 Design Company was fabulous to work with. It’s easy to tell that they take pride in their work. When my letters arrived, they were carefully packaged and bundled with care!
The retail price of this 39 X 29 piece is $45! (If you’ve ever shopped around for wooden letters, this is a fabulous price. Especially considering the size of this piece!)
Painting the letters was extremely easy. Once I got into a rythm, they were done in no time at all. (I painted all of the sides first and then the top.)
The folks at 163 Design Company recommended that I use the sample paint at Home Depot/Lowes. At only $3 a jar, this was a fabulous deal! The paint went on nicely with my Purdy paint brush (hands down, Purdy are my favorite paint brushes).
Don’t laugh! This sad little piece of wall art was one of my first attempts at decorating our house when I first moved in. The piece is simply intertwined pieces of wire ribbon.
I removed the ribbon from the sad little frame that I constructed years ago and this became my backdrop for my wooden letters. (You can definitely use any type of fabric.)
I cut a piece of foam board to the dimensions of my frame. (I bought my frame when it was 50% off at Hobby Lobby and it ended up only costing me $33 – a fabulous price for a ginormous frame!) Between my fabric and foam board I placed a piece of batting.
I originally wrapped the batting around the foam board, but it was too thick on the back of the frame and would have caused the frame to stick out on the wall. So, I cut the batting to the size of the foam board and attached it with hot glue.
In an effort to line up my ribbon to keep the lines straight, I taped it to the foam board. This worked like a charm!
I then secured the ribbon to the foam board with strips of hot glue.
This was one of the tricky parts. The frame I bought has an open back and I wasn’t sure how I was going to “attach” the foam board.
My first attempt was to tape the foam board to the edges (you can see the reside in the picture below). When that didn’t work and the board fell off of the frame, I put on my thinking cap. And I was quite amazed when it finally came to me!
I recruited Trent’s help for this part of the project. He cut paint stirrers in half and nailed them to the edges of the frame. Genius, right?
Voila! The paint stirrers worked perfectly. Isn’t it amazing what you can come up with when you use the things you have on hand and add a little ingenuity?
Once the wooden letters dried, I placed them where I wanted them to go on the foam board.
I’m sure there are a ton of ways to attach the letters. I decided to use these Velcro Wafer Thin Fasteners (you can find these at the craft stores for 50% off) so that if I needed to move the letters around I could do so much easier than if I had secured the letters with, say, hot glue.
I placed 2-3 pieces of velcro on each letter. When attaching your letters to your fabric, press firmly. (I didn’t press a few letters firmly enough and they fell off.)
Here’s the finished project! I’m thrilled at how well this project turned out! (And, it looks a zillion times better than the piece that was hanging here before.)
The folks at 163 Design Company gave me a discount for sharing their wonderful wooden letters with you. Like I said before, they are fabulous to work with, and the next time I need wooden letters they’ll be my first call.
This piece is beside a collage of our wedding pictures in our bedroom. I just love how it turned out!
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