Last week, when I finished the hallway with Mr. Poppin, an Ikea canvas, and an original piece, my mom called me up and said, “It’s just so easy for you, isn’t it?” I had to laugh, because although the hallway wasn’t difficult to put together–other things are. It definitely isn’t always easy for me. The last 48 hours I have been working on a project that I would put in the “challenging” category. I just could NOT figure out how to execute the oversized letters I fell in love with at Anthropologie. Good news, it won’t take you 48 hours, a case of carpal tunnel, burned fingertips or even the $98/letter Anthropologie is asking. I have to thank my sweet hubby, Chris, for being such a mastermind. He thought of the final solution and we now have our own 25″ tall, 2″ thick HUUUGGGEEE letters to prop above our bed:
But let’s back track (just for fun) so you can see the mess I went through before getting to this point. First, I thought of cardboard. I had a bunch of boxes in our storage closet, but only two were large enough to fit a 25″ letter. Welp, I only needed two. Victory. I thought, “Wow, this is going to look awesome. So easy.” I was taking pictures a long the way to show you how I was doing everything. I burned my fingers a hojillion times trying to hold the pieces together while hot-glueing (not recommended). I got this awesome spray paint that Rustoleum makes that is a “hammered metal” effect–perfection!…. …. ….until it seeped THROUGH the cardboard leaving it just solid silver and looking very cardboard-y. Blah!
So, day two rolls around (yesterday) and I went out and got foam core. I figured if I made the front and backs of the letters out of something smoother, then I wouldn’t get the texture showing through the spraypaint. I was also crossing my fingers that the sweet spray paint I found would actually stay on top of the surface–I didn’t get that far. Once I cut out the “J” using a box cutter (I don’t know if that’s what it is technically called, but it has a different name in my book now. I blame my carpal tunnel on gripping that sucker for too long.) and glued the sides to the bottom (more burns) I realized, the top wasn’t going to fit exactly. Arrrgggghhhhhhh!! AAAAAHHHHH!! I was so close to giving up.
|The light is shining through my hair–looks faareaky!|
I am so glad you figured this out! I have been trying to get my mind around it for a while too! Husbands are the best!
I LOVE these! So awesome! And much better than the $98 price tag.
You can buy floral spray paint that won’t melt the styrofoam. Michaels has it.
LOVE these letters – the size if fabulous and you did a great finish too! I am a new follower.
Cute letters. Glad I’m not the only one who struggles through these projects! :)
love! utterly fantastic!!!!
It depends on the look you want to go for. These were styrofoam, but we wanted a metal look so I used a paint brush to brush on black acrylic paint and then dry brushed (did not dip it in any water) sterling silver metallic craft paint. A word wall could also look great with glossy solid color letters. This could be achieved with a bright color (like red) or even a nice white with a layer of gloss over top (like Mod Podge). Whatever you do, make sure to disguise the styrofoam for an expensive look. Hope this helps!
We wanted to do a word wall for our living room, all letters and typography stuff! So we went to the big craft store here, and can you believ ethey have a whole aisle of large styrofoam letters and numbers. But its foamy looking…they’re just about 2 inches thick too. If I buy some, what should I use to paint it with?
The cousin pieces to your styrofoam are currently cut to fit in my bedroom window. 1)because it leaks cold air like a sieve, and 2) my delightful neighbors have an outdoor floodlight aimed directly at the window. Pretty fantastic solution for the price!
The letters turned out great! I love DIY solutions.
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