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And we’re back! It feels so good to be back at here on the blog. I appreciate how patient you’ve been while we’ve been transitioning to our new name and look. Just like we’ve started in on a new chapter in our lives, we’re starting a new chapter on the blog and I am definitely loving how it’s going so far. And I could think of no better way to really kick things back off around here than bringing you guys my latest home decor crush: our vintage letterboard DIY.
We’ve been settling in here on the farm for a few months now, and I have to say it’s been really interesting decorating our new space. It’s an older farm house, which a definite change from our previous Florida home. So it has been a lot of fun embracing the more vintage style here, and one of my favorite decor pieces has definitely become this letterboard. It’s vintage with a little bit of quirky fun to it, and that’s kind of how this home feels to me. It’s a perfect match!
I have been crushing on these letterboards for some time, but could never quite break down and spend the $75+ I kept seeing them selling for. I figured if I can’t afford to buy it, surely we could figure out how to make our own. So that’s exactly what we did!
What you’ll need:
- Frame of choice: for this DIY I went with a 12×18 frame.
- ¼ in square wooden dowels same width as your frame: I overestimated with 72 but definitely didn’t end up needing them all
- Black felt: enough to wrap your dowels
- Scissors or this game changer
- Letterboard letters: This is the kind I went with and I am completely in love!
Quick little tip, make sure to use SQUARE dowels. If you use rounded dowels you will run into a much higher risk of your letters not sticking to your board. Most letterboard letters have very small lips on them for keeping them in place on the board, so making sure those lips have something to stick to important. Rounded dowels don’t create enough surface area for the letters like square dowels do.
I’m speaking from experience on this one friend. My husband really wanted me to start off with square dowels (he was smart enough to know all about that surface area stuff), but they didn’t come already cut to the length I needed like the rounded ones did. So being the stubborn wife that I am, I went ahead and did the entire project with my rounded dowels, only to begrudgingly realize my husband had been right. Not a single letter stayed in place! So after I picked my pride up off the floor, I made another run at Hobby Lobby, grabbed the right dowels and successfully finished my letterboard!
The moral of the story is: get SQUARE dowels.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get to it.
To get started, go ahead and cut your felt into strips wide enough to wrap your dowels. While scissors will get the job done, these will absolutely save your life when it comes to this and future craft projects.
Then you’ll want to take one of your strips of felt, and lightly spray your adhesive. Give the adhesive a few seconds to activate (you’ll know it’s activating when it starts to bubble) then place your dowel in the center of the felt. Wrap the felt around the dowel and seal the felt together. Make sure the felt is tight around the dowel to ensure a snug fit for your letters. It’s okay to have excess felt in the back because you won’t be seeing the back of the board.
Place your covered dowel horizontally in your frame. Repeat the steps for covering the dowels until you’ve covered enough to fill your frame. Make sure your dowels are snuggly fit together so your letters will be secure on the board.
Once you’re done, replace the backing of your frame and you’re all set.
*If your frame doesn’t have a backing, don’t panic! Take some glue (spray adhesive or a hot glue gun will work) and secure dowels along the edge of the framing.
Voila! You have an adorable vintage letterboard all your own for half the cost!
Now the hardest part is thinking of what cute sayings to use first!