My creativity hits in spurts. When a burst of creativity hits me, I hunker down and hammer out projects left and right, just trying to get as much done as possible. Unfortunately when that happens I often forget to blog about them. And the blog in general gets neglected. But I am trying to fix that right now with this post and several others that will follow soon after in the days to come. And I’ll tell you a secret, if you ever want to see what’s going on in the house just follow me on Instagram or Facebook. I post plenty of pictures there as I am working on projects. It will be like a sneak peek so you won’t miss me too much.
I am currently making over my daughter’s room. It’s been a long time in the making. I painted her room a dark gray, got her a cute chair and changed her bed to a big girl bed, but that was all almost a year ago. Finally, a few weeks ago my creativity fuse was lit and I decided to try and get some projects done in her room.
One of the first ones was hanging that awesome Dream sign I got from Home Goods for only $15. It was on clearance. I brought it home and gave it a white wash finish. I want my girls room to be playful, colorful, and full of inspiring words and ideas. I want her to know always that it’s okay to Dream Big and live to her full potential.
Since the dream part of the sign was taken care of I decided I wanted the B-I-G part to be in gold, and I wanted it to be made with metal letters. The thing is, I didn’t have a budget for metal letters. I couldn’t afford to spend $30-$40 per letter. But I could afford to spend $4-$5 dollars per letter, which is just what I did. I had the gold spray paint left over from a previous project so in total this project cost me $15.
DIY “METAL” LETTERS
- You’ll need to head to Joann’s and buy whichever cardboard letter or letters you want. There were two sizes in this style of letters, and I chose the larger ones. Remember to use your 40% off coupon!
- Buy a sharp craft knife or X-acto knife if you don’t have one at home
- get some fine grit sand paper too if you don’t have any on hand
- buy a can of metallic spray paint
- Buy a pack of 3M Command Medium Picture Hanging Strips
- Use the craft knife or X-acto knife to cut through the cardboard all along the top face of the letter where the front of the cardboard letter meets the side of the cardboard.
- Once you’ve cut the front face of the letter off, use the sand paper to smooth out the inside of your letter and remove any unwanted cardboard pieces that might be on the inside.
- Use your metallic spray paint to paint the letter or letters. One of two coats should do the trick.
- Let the letters dry completely.
- Use 3M Command Strips and a level to hang your letters on the wall. They are great for holding light weight things like these letters.
Stand back and admire your genius idea to save yourself some money!
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