With Christmas coming soon (yes I know it's only the middle of November but for people who enjoy hand making gifts, we need to start early) I wanted to share with you a fun DIY project that I found on Pinterest which is a great gift, not necessarily for the holiday season, but for a baby shower, a wedding gift and so on.
This project is great on a budget especially if you've already got the basic supply of brushes, paints and extra tools on hand. Plus, who doesn't love a homemade gift, something you put lots of love and time into?!
Pictured above is the basic tools you'll need :
- Assortment of paint brushes
- Freshly sharpened pencil
- Wooden letter from Michaels ($6.99)
- A nickel or any size coin of your choosing (will understand why as we go along)
- 2 paint colours : A base colour and one for your design
First step is pretty straight forward, paint your letter in the desired colour on the front, sides and back. Make sure to give it two good coats to make sure there's no wood showing through.
This step is where your coin comes in to play. You will use it to trace the polka dot design, I went with a nickel because the sizing seemed to work with the size of my letter. I am very particular with random dots, so I took extra time to really space it out as even as I could.
Take a small flat brush and use it to fill in the circles with white paint. Even if the circles aren't perfectly round or smooth, it gives the piece a little extra character. I did two coats of white paint, depending on how it goes you may be able to get away with one!
For the next part of the letter is where the final decorative touches are added. So the supplies pictured above are what I needed :
- Cream coloured yarn
- Knitted Flowers
- Different size crystals
- Hot Glue Gun
This is an easy step, take your hot glue gun and attach the crystals to the centre of each flower. From there you are going to decide on the location of where you want your yarn to be and tie a knot around the letter (positioning it at the back so you don't see it). You are then going to wrap it around as many times as you want (I chose 27) and pull it tight so it's not loose. Cut the yarn away from the roll and hot glue the end to the backside of the letter.
Here you are going to take your flowers and glue them in any way you choose overlapping on the yarn.
Once you've done that, you can flip over your letter and measure out the length of the ribbon that will allow you to hang it on the wall. I wanted to make sure it was really well reinforced so I hot glued it all the way down the back and then stapled it into the letter on the top.
And Voila, you are now able to hang them on your wall. I think these are such a cute idea for everyone and I am so happy with how it turned out! I did a second one which is pictured on the right. Hopefully this was an easy step by step for you to follow if you're the crafty kind of person and if you do make any, please share a picture in the comment section below, I'd love to see them!