I was shopping at Paper Source the other week and came across these cute little cardboard letters. I immediately had visions of mod podging them with scrapbook paper to create something along the lines of what Artsy Fartsy Mama did with her adorable monster letters.
So I set to work. And ended up with this:
I hated it. It looks tacky and cheap. I didn’t like the paint or the paper and this definitely isn’t something I was going to display in my house. So I asked a couple of my crafty blogger friends how I could spice this up and make it better. Someone suggested using burlap… and thats when my creative juices started to flow!
First order of business was to cover up the hideous paint and paper. You know how much I love yarn, and I had the perfect fall colors by Vanna’s Choice on hand. So I got out my hot glue gun and started wrapping the letters in yarn. It helps to hot glue the first couple rows down and then you can start wrapping a couple rows and hot gluing here or there or when needed.
Next, I used felt and burlap to create leaves, rosettes and an acorn embellishment.
I cut leaf shapes out of felt and stitched around the edges with yarn and a tapestry needle. I cut a piece of burlap in a leaf shape that was slightly larger than the felt leaf and hot glued the two together.
To make the rosettes I cute a 2 inch circle out of felt (don’t worry if the circle isn’t perfect). Then cut it into a spiral. Roll up the spiral felt and use a dab of hot glue here and there to help it all stick together.
Hot glue all embellishments onto the letters (yes this project takes a lot of hot glue!)
Here are some up close views of the embellishments
Since the letters have yarn on the bottom, they don’t stand up so well on their own. I thought it would be cute to frame them and that would also give me the option of hanging them or just leaning them on a mantel (or table). I lucked out and found these 8×10 rust colored wood frames at the Dollar Store! When I saw them, I knew they were PERFECT! I took the glass out and mod podged burlap directly onto the backing. Then I warmed up my hot glue gun one more time and glue the letters in the center of each frame.
I went from hating my Fall letters, to absolutely LOVING them! Even my husband commented on how nice they look! I think this was the perfect project to welcome the first day of fall