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How to Make Decorative Letters for Your Walls

March 20, 2017

Decorative letters are a great way to completely customize a space in your home with a unique touch!

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OMG, this has to be one of the best decorative letters I have ever seen! Love the idea of this big decorative letter. It's perfect to make a huge impact on a wall!

Goodness y'all! It's been a long time since I have fallen so in love with a DIY craft project, but this one gives me all the happy feels! You know I love me some typography art (you can read all about how to create a typography gallery wall here) and since we’re in the process of creating separate bedrooms for our twin girls, I knew it was the perfect time to create some decorative letters for their walls.

My sweet Avery is obsessed with the color purple, so I came up with a creative way to add a big pop of purple to her wall by making a giant decorative letter using one of my favorite materials…felt balls! You can see my round-up of amazing felt ball projects here.

Decorative letters are having a bit of a heyday right now. They’re super popular and for good reason. You can use big, decorative monogram initials to personalize your walls, to hang on doors and windows in lieu of a wreath, or to perch atop a bookshelf. Decorative letters add tons of personality and are an inexpensive way to add extra color, repeat a pattern or continue a theme you love throughout a room.

It’s easy to DIY monogram letters, as well. This is a project anyone can totally do–no crazy craft skills required! I cut my own letters (‘cause let’s admit it, I kind of enjoy using power tools), but you can totally find store bought letters out there and all you need to do is paint and glue!

Find inexpensive wood, MDF, metal or ceramic premade initials and paint, decoupage or even cover them with silk flowers and faux succulents. In this case I chose felt balls to cover my decorative monogram letters, but there are tons of options out there, so have fun with it!

Now, without further delay, read on to learn how to make these amazing decorative letters for your walls! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

DIY Decorative Letters Tutorial

This short video will give you a great overview of the project start to finish, so I recommend watching it first :)

 

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Materials Needed to make decorative letters:

  • 2cm Wool felt balls (I order all of my felt balls from this awesome Etsy shop–I used about 175 felt balls for this project)
  • White hardboard from Home Depot {you can buy pre-cut hardboard on Amazon, if you prefer.  Just be sure that you do not try using a trifold foam core—I tried it and it caused a wrinkly mess}.  We had some leftover hardboard from a HUGE 4 x 8 sheet of hardboard that we paid only $11.00 for this large scale art project).
  • Circular saw or a utility knife and straight edge to cut your hardboard
  • Scroll saw or jigsaw to cut out your letter (if you prefer to buy a pre-cut letter, I recommend CraftCuts–choose a thin, MDF option for the most affordable option)
  • DAP RapidFuse All Purpose Adhesive (RapidFuse has been a favorite craft/DIY “tool” of mine for a while now! And now you can buy super awesome 2-packs of RapidFuse at Wal-Mart or Home Depot (online only))
  • Paint (I used Amy Howard At Home's One Step Paint in Orchid)

 

Steps:

1) Trace the shape of your letter onto your hardboard. I pulled down one of the decorative letters from our typography gallery wall to use as a guide.

If you’re great at free-hand art you could draw your DIY monogram letter template from scratch. There are also a number of resources and printables online. You can even zoom in on a font you like, bold-it, and have it printed as large as possible (take it to your local copy shop if you need assistance). There are also plenty of places to find pre-cut initials for under $10 a piece.

OMG, this has to be one of the best decorative letters I have ever seen! Love the idea of this big decorative letter. It's perfect to make a huge impact on a wall!

OMG, this has to be one of the best decorative letters I have ever seen! Love the idea of this big decorative letter. It's perfect to make a huge impact on a wall!

2) Cut your hardboard down using a circular saw or a utility knife and straightedge. Be sure to wear safety goggles and use precautions if you opt for the circular saw to cut down the hardboard for your big initial wall art. Safety first ya’ll.

OMG, this has to be one of the best decorative letters I have ever seen! Love the idea of this big decorative letter. It's perfect to make a huge impact on a wall!

3) Use your scroll saw or jigsaw to cut out your decorative letter. Don't worry if it's not totally perfect–the felt balls will cover up any imperfections. This project is very forgiving, which is one of the things I love about using felt balls to cover these DIY letters.

OMG, this has to be one of the best decorative letters I have ever seen! Love the idea of this big decorative letter. It's perfect to make a huge impact on a wall!

To make the inside cuts (if your decorative wall initial requires them), use a paddle bit and drill to make one or more holes. Then insert your blade into one of the holes and keep on cutting!

OMG, this has to be one of the best decorative letters I have ever seen! Love the idea of this big decorative letter. It's perfect to make a huge impact on a wall!

OMG, this has to be one of the best decorative letters I have ever seen! Love the idea of this big decorative letter. It's perfect to make a huge impact on a wall!

4) After your letter is all cut out, clean it (using sandpaper if needed). If you bought your wall letter pre-cut you can skip right to this step and start painting!

Paint it a color that is close in color to the felt balls you have chosen. I applied two quick coats of paint using Amy Howard At Home's One Step Paint in Orchid. It dries super quickly, which is awesome. Gotta love those DIY art project that come together fast!

OMG, this has to be one of the best decorative letters I have ever seen! Love the idea of this big decorative letter. It's perfect to make a huge impact on a wall!

5) After your paint dries, you are ready to apply your felt balls, which is where these decorative letters really come to life! Felt balls are easy to work with and there’s something so cheerful and cute about them; I just love them! They’re perfect for this initial wall art, especially for a kid’s bedroom.

Just dab a small amount of DAP RapidFuse All Purpose Adhesive on the bottom of each ball and place it on the letter. It takes about 30 seconds for the glue to start to set, but you don't have to hold it in place during that time. Keep on moving and gluing more balls, just be careful not to shift those that have not yet grabbed onto the giant wall letter.

OMG, this has to be one of the best decorative letters I have ever seen! Love the idea of this big decorative letter. It's perfect to make a huge impact on a wall!

After you've applied all of your felt balls, let your letter sit on a flat surface for about 30 minutes (RapidFuse fully sets in 30 minutes). Then hang it up and enjoy the visual delight of your DIY decorative letter.

I am sooooo in love with it! And Avery was beyond excited when she saw it! Now I just need to finish her room so we can hang it up in her new space! Attley quickly requested that I make one with “all the colors of the rainbow” for hers and I happily complied! :) No two decorative letters can be exactly alike in this house and they shouldn't be! I love that their decorative letters are totally unique, just like they are!

The multicolor wall letter looks so yummy–like gumballs or candy sprinkles! I just love how the felt balls can work with almost any decor and can match a rustic country feel or a modern pop-art look.

Initial wall-art is so versatile, especially depending on the typography you choose for your giant wall letter. Experiment with serif and sans serif fonts for your DIY initial art and find a lettering type to fit your unique style! Happy lettering!

OMG, this has to be one of the best decorative letters I have ever seen! Love the idea of this big decorative letter. It's perfect to make a huge impact on a wall!

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OMG, this has to be one of the best decorative letters I have ever seen! Love the idea of this big decorative letter. It's perfect to make a huge impact on a wall!

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