DIY Huge Letter Art on the Cheap

Even though the nursery has a long way to go and will be under construction while we install new floors in the coming weeks, continually collecting and adding pieces is still a priority. Furniture and fixtures are on their way! I recently added a huge DIYed typographic piece to the otherwise bare room that was easy and cheap to make and I’m pretty smitten with the 30 minute project outcome:

DIY Huge Letter Art on the Cheap

I was inspired by this framed giant letter, but put my own twist on it. I already had the largest 28×40 Ribba frame in an aluminum finish sitting in a closet. I refreshed it with a few layers of gold spray paint and left the mat behind so the letters would be a full bleed in the frame.

DIY Huge Letter Art on the Cheap

The print itself is actually an “engineer print”–which is a large format black and white print on butcher paper, basically. The best part about these prints is they are very cheap. Our local print place, Alphagraphics (I know that Staples and some Fed Ex locations do similar engineer prints) has three different sizes for engineer prints 18×24 ($1.25), 24×36 ($2.25), or a 30×42 ($3.25). Since my Ikea frame was just smaller than 30×42, I went for that size. Like I said, I wanted the letters to fill the entire frame width-wise, so I mocked up a comparable paper size in illustrator and played with some typography until I was happy with it. Since my frame was 2″ narrower in width, I made sure to account for that, too.

DIY Huge Letter Art on the Cheap

I ended up using classic Helvetica in bold and moved the letters a little closer together. I also changed the opacity of the black to 78% so it wouldn’t be too stark for the rest of the nursery.

DIY Huge Letter Art on the Cheap

Four dollars later, we have our first piece of personalized art on the walls–and it’s huge! I’m not sure where in the room it will actually end up, but over the crib is definitely a contender. If you don’t already have this large frame on hand (about $24) or the spray paint (about $6), this project would cost a little more, but I love the way it turned out. It’s chic and sweet for a nursery, but could definitely go anywhere in a home, don’t you think?

 

32 Comments

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Beth

    baby girl f?!?!?!? you tease! i really really really hope it’s francesca!! or francine!! xoxo

    • Reply January 28, 2014

      Julia

      Such a tease. Such a big tease!! Hahaha.

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Beth

    or fiona? :))

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Amanda G

    Faith? or Farrah? :) Cant wait to see more progress!

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Lisa

    My guess is Freya…

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Emily

    SUCH a tease! But since you knew it’d happen, I’ll throw my guesses into the ring: Faith, Faye, Felicity, Fiona.

    The nursery is looking adorable so far!

    • Reply January 28, 2014

      Julia

      We are loving all of the guesses, and yes, totally knew they’d be coming. Thanks, Emily!

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Meagan Briggs

    I am so honored to know the name of this baby! Muahaha!!!

    and I love this art! So neat.

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Jennifer @ Brave New Home

    This is lovely! And yes, I’m so intrigued!

  • Frida?? Ooooooooooo the suspense! Wishes of good health to you and the baby.

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Kim // Yellow Brick Home

    Ack, LOVE huge art! I was just about to print something this morning for the nook…

    We also have engineer prints on our to-do list for something in the living room (or dining room?), and it’s been on our minds for a year now, just need to execute it and get them printed. They’re so inexpensive, but have a fun vintage feel to them.

    • Reply January 28, 2014

      Julia

      Totally. So inspired by some of the photographic ones I’ve seen.

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Alise

    Love the print!! My guesses for baby girl: Felicity or Farrah or Faith. Best wishes!!

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Tara S

    Love this! Love the hint. You are a teese. I have a girl and a boy, Grace and Jasper. If we decide to be crazy and have a third and it’s a girl I totally love the name “Fae”. So that is my guess!! Good luck the rest of the way. You have a lot of people praying for you and that precious baby.

    • Reply January 28, 2014

      Julia

      Aw, thank you so much, Tara.

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Lucy

    Love it!! And all of the guesses. My guesses are Frances (nn Francie), Faith, and Fae (my daughter’s middle name). My fave is Frances!!

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Marie

    Ferrari. Fandango. Flagella. Fluoride. Stop me when I’ve got it! Fantasy. Freedom. Futurama?

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    caroline [the diy nurse]

    Oooh I love Farrah. #yourekillinmehomes

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Linda

    So happy that you’re able to be up and about! My guess is Felicia or Fleur. My grown daughter is guessing Florence.

    • Reply January 28, 2014

      Julia

      Ohhhh! It’s not Florence, but that is absolutely gorgeous. I love it.

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Sarah

    Fiona!!!! It’s my girl’s name if I have a daughter, just one boy now. Don’t go making it all popular now! Her room is going to be very cool.

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Bethany R

    Frances! With cutie patootie nicknames: Frankie, Fran, Frannie… : )

    Love this art!

  • Love this! Such an awesome giant custom piece!

  • Reply January 28, 2014

    Ashley Carmody

    Love the art! My guess is Fae, Fiona, or Finley!

  • Reply January 31, 2014

    christie

    could you explain more how you designed this…is it in word? i’d like to do one with a quote, but am not sure how to set it up.

  • Reply May 7, 2014

    Krystal

    I love this idea! I’m not really tech or computer savey….when you say you did this in Illustrater – is that a program? Is it in Photoshop or something different?

    • Reply May 7, 2014

      Julia

      Illustrator is in the same Adobe suite as Photoshop, but they aren’t the same thing. You could use any program that will allow you to dictate the size of your final image (to avoid graininess).

  • Reply July 17, 2014

    Angie Price

    Do you know what, that has given me a really great idea of what to do with our new Grandson in his cot when he comes to stay with us.
    I think its a brillianht idea – thanks for sharing it with us :-)

  • Reply August 6, 2014

    polly plum

    ILOVEthis idea!!!I could use our last initial and hang it in the foyer or living rm

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