Children's Wall Letters

I love the look of the large wall letters that are displayed in so many childrens' rooms these days.  A few weeks ago I was on a mission to create this look with my little bub's initials, "AM".

Cute, huh?

You can purchase these letters in local stores, however they are pretty generic (usually white) and can be quite expensive.

I wanted these letters to demonstrate Anthony's love of all things "transportation" while leaving plenty of money in the bank for more important things (like new shoes for his ever growing feet).

Spotlight (the closest craft store), here we come.....They even have the letters displayed on the wall for inspiration.

I couldn't wait to get started.

First step:  I painted the entire letter in dark blue, gloss paint.  I love how the can of paint says "can do".  It must be an omen that this is the way it's done.

Second step:  I used Craftworks spray adhesive to spray the "right" side of the letter.  I then placed the glued side of the letter on the "wrong" side of the scrapbook paper I had chosen.  I turned the letter over and pressed across the entire surface to ensure it was firmly glued without any air bubbles.  Once satisfied with my gluing efforts, I flipped the letter back over so that the paper was down with the "wrong" sides facing up at me.

Third step:  I used a sheet rock knife (known in Australia as a "Stanley knife") to cut the paper along the sides of the letter.  Once the letter was free of the paper, I turned it over and used the razor to clean up around the tight corners (such as the inside of the "M")

These are almost perfect enough to hang as is, however, I have some leftover paint from Anthony's table I recently refurbished. 

Fourth step: I cut a small square off of a kitchen sponge.  I dampened the square with water and dipped it in the acrylic paint.  I dabbed the paint on the plate to make sure there wasn't too much on the sponge, then lightly pressed the sponge around the edges and sides of each letter.

Once dry, I placed picture hangers on the backside of the letters and hung them on the wall with clear adhesive hooks.

Tonight, while I was cuddling him above his bed, the little fellow looked at the letter "M" and said "Broom, broom" (he's just 16 months old).  My mother pride shined just a little.

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