We love it when the talented Bess Harding of Beeb sends us her monthly craft. This would be a fun one to do for a baby gift or with kids. Check out Bess's blog for more creativity and her etsy shop for adorable softies and prints.
Letters Craft Project
Most people will be familiar with the kind of outsized letters you see so often in interiors magazines or gift shops these days - vintage, cool and propped casually on a shelf or hung artfully on a wall. But - in demand as they are - they can be expensive. So here’s how you and your kids can make them together at home.
You will need
Print outs of your chosen letters (optional)
A craft knife
Thick cardboard from an old brown box
Sheet of wrapping paper or paints
What to do
1. Decide what letters you’re going to make - maybe just an initial for a bedroom door, or a whole name for the kids’ room, or a relevant word for the kitchen or playroom (e.g. EAT or PLAY). Then either choose a nice bold font and print out the letters as large as you can, or if you don’t have a printer just draw them freehand in the next stage. If you’re making a word you can have each letter a slightly different size/font/case to give it a less uniform look. I have made my name - for my B and first S I used Times New Roman at 800pt, the E is Palatino 600 pt and the second S is Georgia 600pt.
2. Cut out your printed letter and trace around it onto the cardboard, or draw a letter freehand if you like.
3. Use your craft knife to cut out the letter you’ve drawn and don’t worry about following the line perfectly. If you’d like a thicker letter you could glue two pieces of cardboard together then cut out once dry.
4. Time to decorate!
If you’re going to paint your letter it’s good to start off with a layer of white, then once that’s dry you can do whatever you like with whatever you have handy. Painted spots, stripes, flowers,… and you can glue things on, like sequins or buttons or glitter.
5. Display! Hang from a tack hammered into the wall, use double sided tape or blue tack or prop up on a shelf to be admired.