I’m in the process of redecorating our guest room so that it can become our daughter’s room. Not only does she need more space than the nursery where she currently sleeps, we need the nursery to be her little sister’s room come early June! I don’t want to spend a lot of money on this project, but I do want to surprise her with a space all her own, filled with touches to make her feel special. Luckily, we have furniture in there already that will work just fine for her, so I don’t need to spend cash on any big-ticket items. I’m taking a cue from that HGTV show, Design Remix, where designers use what homeowners already have to create a new space. I’ll have to buy some things, of course, but I’m hoping to keep the cost to $250 or less. You heard it here! I’m going to blog about my progress on this endeavor, not only to keep me honest, but to pass along any successes to others who may want to duplicate some of my projects!
Here’s the first idea: to replicate those upholstered letters you can find at Anthropologie and other stores so I can spell out OLIVIA on her new bedroom wall. The ones I liked at Anthropologie were $12 to $14 each, which means it would’ve cost $72 to $84 to spell Olivia’s name. I made mine for about 18-bucks total! The picture shows one of the completed letters, sitting on some scrapbooking paper that will be used for another project. The quilt I used inspired the rest of the colors I’m going to use in the room, which (luckily) is already painted yellow.
Nap Rating = 1 to 2 naps, depending on how long the word is and if you need to spray paint the letters first
Tools & Materials
- Wooden or paper-mache letters (I found mine at Michael’s for $2.99 each and they were painted white)
- Spray paint (if letters aren’t already painted); choose one with a quick drying-time
- Full-sheet labels (I used Avery 8165, but choose whatever works in your printer)
- Any quilt or piece of fabric with a variant pattern that you like; you could also use several coordinating fabrics, or even scrapbooking paper.
- Color copier
- Utility knife
- Scrap cardboard
- Choose the fabric(s) you want on the letters. I used an old quilt, and it turned out really nicely because the puckers and stitches still showed when I copied it, giving it dimension.
- If your letters aren’t already painted, you’ll need to spray paint them in the color of your choice. The front of the letter will be covered, but the edges will show so you’ll want them to look nice.
- While the paint dries, color copy the fabric onto the full-sheet labels. The size of the letter will determine how many sheets of labels you need to use. I used 5-inch letters, so pretty much needed one full sheet for each letter.
- Once the letters are dry, peel the backing from the label, and place the front of the letter face-down on the sticky side of the label.
- Use a utility knife to trace around the letter, cutting the excess label free. Use a scrap piece of cardboard to protect your work surface from the knife.
That’s it! If you don’t already have full-sheet labels (which I did, saving me about $13), and don’t want to spend the extra money on them, there is an alternative–but messier–way to complete this project. Just color copy the fabric onto regular paper and decoupage the paper onto the letters using decoupage medium and a sponge brush. Just make sure the ink is completely dry on your copies before brushing over them, or the colors will run. You can cut out the letters the same way when the medium is dry.
Of course, this project needn’t be confined to a bedroom! You could put letters on the wall of your kitchen or family room that spell out words like WELCOME, BONJOUR, BON APPETIT, CAFE, FAMILY, LOVE, JOY…the possibilities are endless.