DIY 3D Quote Wall.

A little white ago, I introduced you to my personal mantra and told you it was involved in my last project for the studio. While I said I wasn’t going to show you the studio until the final reveal–I couldn’t not share with you this simple project that has me smiling.
First, I picked up all 25 8-inch, paper mache letters from two separate Hobby Lobbys.  (Yeesh).  I arranged them on the floor fun fun to see an arrangement that would work best.  I tried left-aligning the entire thing, centering and ended on the idea of justifying all the lines to create a blocked quote.

When I had an arrangement I liked, I took them outside and gave them all several coats of white spray paint.

I know, I know.  Why not a bold color?  Ultimately, I want the studio to be a place where I can not only work and paint but also photograph my art and such a large installment needed to not reflect any color onto the opposite wall.   Also, and more importantly, I really dig the white-on-white look.

Starting with the top line, I played with the placement of the letters until it was centered on the wall.  Once I had this line just as I wanted it, it became my guide.

For the second row, I started out making a light pencil line on the wall with my level (a laser level would be dynamite for this project) and placed the first and last letter lined up under the top row of words.  Then, I just filled in the remaining letters.

Initially, I used masking tape to temporarily hang the letters so that I could make quick adjustments to placement.

Once I had each letter exactly where I wanted them, I stuck two heavy duty velcro squares cut into half-inch(ish) pieces to the back to hold up the light-weight letters for the long term.

The final look is just how I imagined it.  I actually used this idea in a mood board for a client who needed help designing his office break room.  I couldn’t wait to get it into my own home.

This project can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it depending on how many letters you need/want.  This quote came in just under $75.  Each letter cost around $2.50 + $5 for spray paint and $6 for the velcro.  But for something this large and this personal, it feels completely worth it.

Do you see any 3D wall quotes in your future?  Can’t wait to show you the rest of the studio tomorrow!

19 Comments

  • Reply December 29, 2012

    Kathy

    I also want to do this! Hobby lobby is sold out of a few letters online. But I found another site with them. Can you let me know how thick each letter is? I think the pop off the wall is key :)

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Ashley Rae

    I love love love the white on white. Annnd just so you know, I’m heading to Hobby Lobby this weekend. I have a HUGE wall that needs something and I think this is JUST what it needs. Thanks, as always, for daily inspiration. (:

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Chris loves Julia

    Awesome!! Let us know what you come home with. :)

  • What a great idea! I LOVE the way this looks!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    meaganbriggs3

    Stop it right now. I want to do this. SO amazing!!!

    (love that mantra-quote….so so sooo inspiring)

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Christie

    So creative! Great job. :-)

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Heather Gearhart

    Such a great idea! I must find a hobby lobby around me!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Jessie McKinley

    Beautiful!! What a fabulous idea. Looks amazing…as always :)

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Meg - 18Preston.com

    Just Beautiful – I think the price tag is just right for something so elegant and special

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    R Grokan

    I really like this! Great idea!

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Wrenaria

    Sooooo awesome.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Andrea Hernandez

    Love how it turned out, and just when I was wondering “but how did they stick?” I scrolled, and you answered! I was a little surprised with the price tag, I see DIY and I wouldn’t think $75. I can’t tell how big it is though, I’m excited for the full room reveal!

  • Not a word of a lie: I’ve pinned this kind of white letter on white wall thing and have been wanting to do it for ages! Great minds . . . ;)

    It looks fabulous – you did a beautiful job. And kudos for doing and not just dreaming it.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Kathy

    oh my freaking goodness I LOVE it. I’m dying over it. I need it. I just found my next project.

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Guest

    Looks great! If the adhesive doesn’t pan out try these. They are amazing! It won’t ruin the wall either! http://www.command.com/wps/portal/3M/en_US/NACommand/Command/Products/Catalog/~/Command-Small-Picture-Hanging-Strips?N=5925378&rt=rud

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Kristinecmetcalf

    really love this

  • Reply December 31, 2012

    Janecmetcalf

    yep yep yep. this is MONEY! oh man. i think i’m gonna snag this idea. SO in love julia. brilliant.

  • Reply July 29, 2013

    gustoandgrace

    Wow. I love this! I just found your site via CocoCozy and am SO inspired by your projects. I just got married in April and my husband and I are working on turning his bachelor pad into our newlywed nest.

  • I absolutely love this! The white on white makes it so sophisticated! I have a huge wall in the dining room I have be trying to decorate. Maybe a quote is in it’s future. Thank you so much for sharing!

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