Whoo Hooo! Today is the official first day of Summer and the Blogger Block Party is in full swing! Today the linky party continues with Drop Cloth Projects over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia!
Have you ever had one of those projects that you have created in your mind and you just hope it comes out like you imagine it? Well this was one of those. Letters seem to be all of the rage these days. I have seen so many projects using them that I just love! I knew I wanted to use them to spell out something fun as a piece of art in my new kitchen remodel. I started out with purchasing some nice large ones and some pretty paper at Hobby Lobby. I was able to get the letters and the paper for half off…which is always great!
I just loved the colors of the scrapbook papers I found and thought that it would be fun to decoupage the letters instead of painting them…messy…but fun! First lay your letter on the wrong side of the paper and trace around it leaving a nice large margin so you can fold the paper over the edges of the letter. Use a ruler on your straight edges.
and free hand your margin around corners
Next using mod podge decoupage your paper unto your letter. I had to make small cuts to the parts of the paper wrapping around curves. I also occasionally ended up with part of the wood showing through and had to glue on small scraps of paper to cover those areas up.
When I had completely adhered the paper to the letter, I completely covered the front of the letters in mod podge to seal it and give it a nice protective coating.
I loved how they turned out but I wanted to do something a little different than just attach them to the wall.
That is when I had the idea to utilize some other fun elements. I think art that incorporates different mediums is really interesting and I was excited to try something unique and different.
I dug up a piece of wood left over from our window seat project that I knew was the perfect size for what I wanted to make. Next, I washed one of my drop cloths and cut off a large section.
Then using my staple gun I attached the drop cloth around the entire length and width of the board pulling it tight as I went.
After I had completely attached the drop cloth remnant to the board, I was ready to add my next element
What is it you ask? You are asking aren’t you? It’s galvanized metal roof flashing. I know not quite what you were expecting…but stay with me. The flashing comes in a 10” X 10’ section and it rolls out nicely when you attach it to the board. I measured the length I needed and using tin snips carefully cut off the excess
Then using small galvanized nails I centered the flashing on the board and nailed down each corner
Here you can see exactly how large the complete board is and it’s a blank slate waiting to be filled! Can you envision my project with me now? To finish up the project I attached picture hangers to the back of my board (it is very heavy) and glued magnets to the back of each letter and then hung it in the perfect spot
What do you think? I just L.O.V.E. it! I really like the soft colors which match my new color scheme in my kitchen perfectly.
Of course my favorite part is what it spells out…
But you know what makes this project super duper extra cool? I can change the letters out! By holiday, season, or event! I am already picturing the word LOVE for Valentine’s Day, or NOEL for Christmas! What about LIBERTY for the 4th of July or Bama Boy’s favorite idea…ROLL TIDE! The options are endless and I am pretty sure you’ll be seeing this project again with some of these ideas so stay tuned!
Now I’m going to be sharing this project over at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia where Kristin is sharing Drop Cloth Projects as part of our Blogger Block Party!
Thanks for meeting me at the fence!
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DIY Showoff: DIY Project Parade
Home Stories A to Z: Tutorials and Tips
Today’s Creative Blog: Get Your Craft On Tuesday
This turned out great! What a cute idea! I love the different colors you used on the letters!
This takes the cake…. There is so much talent out here in Blogland it amazes me everyday.. Great job…
Sherry @ No Minimalist Here says
Heather, This is adorable! So creative and very cute.
You get a lot of impact from a project that most of us could do.
Christine @ Stonehouse Living says
I love this idea! It is so creative, decorating & a purpose. The colours are so soft. I can see you changing this up for the different seasons! So much fun!!
All the Best,
TOUCHDOWN! That one scores in a big way. It has every element that I like, decoupage, words, family, and the ability to change the mind.
This is lovely! I really like the idea of being able to switch the letters out for different words ~ I have a hard time with committing to permanent design features :O)
Heather – what a great project. You really outdid yourself with this one…lots of putzy work but SOOOO worth it! You found the perfect spot in your house for it too! xo Diana
You are a genius! Beautiful work. I love it!
The Old Block House says
Love this! Now I’m kicking myself for not grabbint the $1 roll of flashing at the auction this weekend.
gertie @ http://www.theoldblockhouse.blogspot.com
What a cute idea! love it! I like the option of changing the letters out too!
Terry @ La Bella Vie says
OK this is just about the cutest thing I have seen in a while! Love the idea, it would even be cute for a child’s room with their name on it…
Thanks for stopping by and becoming a follower and for hosting this amazing week long party!
That is really awesome. I have to figure out somewhere to do something similar. It really looks amazing.
Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia says
I love this idea!!!!
We are just about to head down to the lake and I’m loving all the links 🙂
I love this project!I’ve never seen anyone else use flashing but me for art projects.I made Christmas ornaments. They came out really pretty.
Bravo, Heather! That is an awesome project!! It looks fabulous in your kitchen!
⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ says
Fantastic idea! I really like it.
Pam - diy Design Fanatic says
What a great idea! I love your sign! I also love that you can change the letters! How versatile 🙂
marty (A Stroll Thru Life) says
I love it. What a creative idea and the letters are just so cute. Love all the colors. Hugs, Marty
ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says
Heather I LOVE it!! Martina
Heaven's Walk says
That is SOOOO COOL! 🙂
The Polka Dot Closet says
Just when I think there are no more fabulous original ideas on the web…I find another one! Great job!
Crystal @ Ordinary Days says
This is great! I am your newest follower. 🙂
Live Better For Less says
So creative! And, so original! I love the idea of being able to change out the letters & colors! Fabulous!
Courtney ~ French Country Cottage says
Fantastic project Heather~ came out so charming!! Well done!:)
Cottage Rose says
Hello, I saw your link at Marty’s blog, and I am so happy I did,,,, I just love what you did with the lg letters,, what a cleaver idea… I just might have to give it a try..
P.S. I so enjoyed your posts,,, I will be back.
O.M.G. … how cute and creative is this ?! I LOVE it … and, the fact that you can change out your sayings is genious !! I so wish I could create something like this; alas … mine would be an example of how NOT to do it. As always, thanks for sharing !!! xo
Catherine Anne says
I LOVE it here! Wonderful ideas~
Paper Scissors Paint says
What a great project! I love the patterns you chose!
Sunny Biggs says
Um I will have to steal this idea. Love it!
Brambleberry Cottage says
Well, aren’t you the crafty one! I’ve never thought to use roof flashing that way. Neat idea all the way around!
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
Confessions of a Stay at Home Mommy says
WOW! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: https://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/06/tuesday-confessional-link-party.html. I hope to see you soon!
Jess@Balancing The Dream says
LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT!!! I’m pinning it…then I’m attempting it!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!
How did you magnetize the letters?