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How to Make Decorative Wall Letters

So I had this horrible blank space that I was told is called a “soffit”. I didn’t care what it was called. It was a glaring blank, white space in my kitchen and something needed to be there. STAT! I decided that I wanted something cute. I thought about quotes, and words, but I settled on our family name, Roark (pronounced Row-Ark). Once I settled on that, I had to figure out how to do the letters on my, yep, that’s right, non-existent budget.

Here’s what I did.

What You’ll Need:

  • Cardboard
  • Trace paper
  • Pencil
  • Exacto/Box Knife
  • Computer
  • Thumb Tacks
  • Super Glue
  • Paint

I absolutely LOVE the font that Twilight uses, so I decided to open up a word document and size up the letters to the size I wanted to use. Choose a font that you like, and go with it. I used the trace paper and traced the letters from the computer screen. *Note* Be SUPER careful if you have a soft screen, you can damage the pixels!

After tracing the letters onto the cardboard, you cut them out with the exacto knife. Be careful.

cut out the letters

cut out your letters

After I cut them out, of course, I had to paint them a different color. Cardboard brown just isn’t my taste! 🙂

Paint the Letters

Make sure to Paint your Letters

Lastly, I had to figure out how I was going to get them on the wall. I decided on tacks, because I had some thumb tacks in the ever-so-popular “junk drawer”. You know you have one, too! I used super glue to attach the tacks to the back of the letters. Try to get them in the middle of the letter, or wherever the letter will hang straight. Its like a picture frame, if you have too much weight on one side or the other, it will tilt. hang the letter on your finger to figure out which side might be heaviest and decide from there.

Hang your letters on the wall

You can hang the letters on your wall now!

I measured the “soffit” to see how many inches between each letter I needed, and then hung each letter in the middle of that space. Ultimately, this is what I came up with. Since I had a matching blank space on the opposite wall, I made more letters that spelled out “Family”.

There you go! Cheap, easy, and decorative! I’ve had quite a few compliments and have been asked where I bought them. HA!