but at $16 per letter, I said to myself, "self....there has to be a cheaper way!"
I wanted it to be simple and quick as well as inexpensive, so I decided to take a walk through one of my favourite craft places lately, the dollar store and that is where the plan started to come together. I decided that cork would be the perfect medium to begin my creation.
Since my 3 and half year old is into everything "hip hoppy" she calls it, I had to get some inspiration for the design of these letters, so I googled images for funky princess and found these letters as well as the ones above by Rosenberry Rooms...
I loved these, the style was perfect, so the first step was finding a font I liked. I started searching the web for free fonts and downloaded one that caught my eye. Once it was downloaded I was able to manipulate it however I liked, so I just printed one letter per 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper so that they were a nice size and then each sheet became my template.
From here I used a crafting knife to cut through the paper and the cork. Remember to use a cutting board or something underneath your cork.
I like the look of the void space in the cork as well, so I may end up using that for something else, but for now I am left with the first letter.
The cork doesn't seem to cut really smooth or it could be that I didn't have the sharpest blade, anyway once it is painted and hung you really can't see the imperfections from a distance. Once I had all my letters cut out I layed them out to make sure I liked the font and the size.
Not too bad for 30 minutes of work...if I do say so myself. At this point the project is half finished, now comes the fun part - the painting! I started by priming them all white.
I let them dry overnight but it wouldn't really be necessary to wait that long. Then I just took my little artists brushes and my paint and started creating different patterns on each one until I ended up with this...
While I was painting my daughter decided that she wanted to help and although I can be picky about these things I felt that I needed to let her express her creativity since they are for her room. Here are the ones that she did.
Pretty good, I would say!
After all the painting was complete and they were good and dry, I did a dry run of the layout on the wall above her bed by using painters tape and attached them where I wanted them. Then, since they are so light all I needed to attach them to the wall was 3M Command Poster Strips.
Here is the final result...
I love it!
Here is a breakdown of the cost:
Paper template - free
Cork - 2 packages of 2 sheets from the dollar store $4
Pink, black and white acrylic paint - on sale at Michaels 2 for $1 = $1.50
3M Command Poster Strips - $2.99
Total Project Cost $8.50
The great thing is that I have lots of paint left as well as the mounting tape, so all I need is some more cork and I can make all the cork letters that I want.
Do you have a simple, inexpensive project you would like to share? I would love to hear about it.