A long, long time ago, I wrote a post about alphabet walls, and how I wanted to make one for the kidlets. And then I found other things to do and as time went on I kind of forgot about the idea. But lately I’ve seen some really cute ones and now I’m motivated again to do this project.
The one above, from Better Homes and Gardens, is one of my favorites.
via Spearmint Baby
And I’m in love with the texture and colors of this one from Spearmint Baby.
Unfortunately, it would take quite a bit of time and possibly a small fortune to round-up a bunch of cool, vintagy, found letters like I would like to. So instead I’m using a variety of my favorite fonts for the letters, to decorate however I choose.
I made the letters above using my Silhouette machine, Elmers Foam Board, an X-acto knife, a pencil and a steady hand.
There are so many free fonts on the internet, so I’ve been collecting them. I then chose what I liked and cut them out on to cardstock using the Silhouette. Then I just traced on to the foam board, and carefully cut out the letter with the X-acto knife. It didn’t take as long to cut out as I thought it would, maybe an hour for the four letters. I smoothed the edges with a sanding block and now they are ready for decorating! Noticed there is no ‘D’ yet..The ‘D’ and the ‘R’ are going to be extra special since they are the first letters of the girls’ names.
Only 22 more letters to go!
Linked to: Tatertots and Jello, I Gotta Create, Serendipity and Spice
Such a fun project. It might get tough cutting all those letters but so worth it in the end.
nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma
great idea to use the foam board…esp if they are for the kidlet. my boys tend to knock all the pretties from my walls…
i just bought a cameo, and the thing intimidates me. i was the same way with my sewing machine. do you know of any good tutorials to use the cameo?
The silhouette blog has some really good tutorials. I still am intimidated by the thing, but it’s fun to play with!
Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life
Why didn’t I think of that? So clever to use foam board for letters. That stuff is so cheap! I keep wanting to do names for my kids rooms, but don’t want to spend the money on the wooden letters. I will so have to try this! Thank you for the inspriation
I don’t know what your budget is, but after you figure in your time, you might consider getting this set: http://www.etsy.com/listing/74676830/wooden-alphabet-set-unfinished-wood We purchased it for our daughter’s room and I painted them and modge-podged scrapbook paper on them and they look AWESOME! They’re big letters too. They guy is FANTASTIC to work with.
Pamela @ Pink Hammers & Sippy Cups
Omg this is brilliant! Where did you find foam board? I wonder if I could get it at Walmart? I too want a collage of letters on my daughter’s wall but had no clue how to make the letters. Thank you!!!
Yes! You can get it in the school supply section.
Christina at I Gotta Create!
Great idea! I can’t wait to see it all completed 🙂
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Melissa @ Love Bug Living
What a great idea! I love the alphabet walls too. But it would cost a small fortune to collect all of them!
Thank you for sharing this, it is a great inexpensive idea for any craft that needs letters. I am going to pull out my Cricut this weekend and make some! Stopping by from Serendipity and Spice.
What an adorable idea! This would be great for my son’s room. Thanks for linking up!
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Could you also cut the foam board with the correct settings? Or maybe cut partially through the foam board and make cutting with the X-acto knife easier?