It is no secret that word art is becoming more and more popular. From black and white prints and wood signs to chalk art; it is popping up all over in decor and blogs. Chalkboards are an easy fun option for word art because you can change them whenever the mood strikes. However, you also have to have chalk skills – the ability to create pretty words and pictures free hand is not the easiest feat.
So, when I saw the most recent fad in word art, I was so excited! I was seeing people post hilarious quotes and cute sayings on felt letter boards all over Instagram. They are basically the bulletin boards you might see in a school or at the post office, where you stick little plastic letters into felt covered grooves. This is the newest trend in word art, and all you have to be able to do is spell.
I searched on the internet looking to purchase one, and my hopes were dashed. They aren’t outrageously expensive, but they are out of my decor budget,especially for something I may not be in love with forever. I began scouring for tutorials to make one myself. Sure, I could wait for them to become more popular and less expensive, maybe save up for one, but patience is not my strong suit. However, I am frugal and resourceful!
Well, I only found two tutorials in my Internet search. One confused me to the point I couldn’t even finish reading through it. And the other involved cutting a ton felt, like 200 strips! It was great if you were making a small size, but I wanted something at least 16×20. I suppose this proves that I am frugal, resourceful, and a little lazy.
Then I had a revelation! When you look at these boards, they essentially just look like felt with white letters stuck on them. So, why not just use one sheet of felt and stick letters to it? So, that is exactly what were are doing today. If you want a felt letter board but you are frugal, resourceful and, let’s face it, a little bit lazy, this is the DIY for you!
First off, this is not an expensive project. It is not going to look exactly like the real thing, but it is cute, serves the purpose, and is easy. It is even a fun craft project to tackle with your kids.
For this project, you’ll need:
- You will need a frame the size you desire. I used an old frame I had laying around. Score!! PRICE: Free.
- A color felt you would like for the background. I chose black, but the beauty of making your own means you can use whatever color you want! I picked up a 1/2 yard of felt at Joann’s Fabric and Craft. I didn’t need 1/2 yard for my frame, but I always over-estimate. PRICE: $3.99/yard (I also had a coupon that made it less). If you are using a smaller frame, you could get sheets of felt for $1 or less.
- Iron-On letters. These may be a little bit trickier to locate. I also found mine at Joann Fabrics. They are 1-inch letters. I have also seen them at Hobby Lobby and on Amazon. The ones I selected are fuzzy in the front and have a tacky back. The brand was Dritz Flocked Letters. PRICE: $3.99/sheet. I used a coupon for these as well. I also bought three sets in order to have enough vowels. If you had a dye cut machine that cuts felt, that would be even better!
- Optional Items: Spray adhesive – I thought it helped the letter stay put. I also picked up a letter organizer/holder.
Cut your felt a little larger than the back of your frame. You will need this to pull the felt taut. Optional, spray the outward facing side of the felt with spray adhesive and allow to dry. You don’t want anything to stick permanently, just want it a little stiffer/tacky to hold the letters in place. You will not have to spray it every time you apply letters. (I found that they will still stick without this step but I preferred it. If you were using actual felt letters they would stick really well, and you’d have no need for this step)
With your frame turned upside down and no glass, place your felt tacky side down (on a smooth clean surface, to avoid lint.) into the frame. Push the back of the frame into place, pulling the felt taut as you go. Should end up looking like this in the back.
Clip the back into place, turn your frame around and start styling!
The best part of this whole DIY? I got the look I wanted and my grand total was: $12.82 with the use of coupons. That was so good, I had to make two!
Here is a larger version for my master bath. I used a charcoal grey felt.
I hope you will try this tutorial!