Letters are all the rage right now, or so I’ve learned since starting to watch Fixer Upper. Oh goodness, can’t Chip come re-do my house? And won’t Joanna come and show me her secrets and be my BFF? Seriously, I love the way she decorates, and though my letters are nowhere near as neat and eclectic as hers end up being, they’re still something! I’m not bold enough to be able to do completely different sizes, fonts, and all that, but I did do different patterns! That was a step out for me 😉
I am completely obsessed with nautical little boy rooms. I love the bold colors and the cute anchors and the fact that it can be grown into. I mean, I don’t exactly want to make an adorable toddler room, just to have them outgrow it in elementary school, and then the same in middle school, high school, etc. Little changes here and there can take a sweet, nautical toddler’s room into a sophisticated teen’s room! So I had to make my letters nautical.
I bought a couple of packs of 8×10 canvas, jute, nautical scrapbook paper, and the letters that I needed to spell the boys’ names. I already had the hot glue gun and mod podge. Altogether, I think it came out to less than $30 with the Hobby Lobby coupons.
First, you need to trace the letters on the scrapbook paper. I did mine on the front because when I did it on the back, I ended up having a backwards C. (Whoops, didn’t think enough to realize if I was flipping the paper, I’d need to flip the letter. So this was easier!) The cutting needs to be exact anyways so there’s nothing hanging off of the letters, so I didn’t end up having any pen marks on the front of the finished product.
Once you’ve got it cut and fit nicely, mod podge the paper to the letter. You can go over the top too for a little extra protection, but I didn’t want my letters to be glossy. The rough-looking paper fit right in with the weathered/nautical look that I was going for.
Next up was using the glue gun and some jute so the letters could hang. This took some time, because the letters need to be balanced. They won’t all have the same spacing, so they will need different lengths of jute to make the balancing happen.
Once this part is done, the letters are ready to hang! I love how they turned out. They look perfect, they’re sturdy, and they’ve even moved with us! No damage, just pop them right back up on the wall and you’re good to go!
Once the boys are old enough, we’re going to bunk them in the same room, go all out on making it adorably nautical, and then I’ll be able to post some more on how it looks as a finished product!