Letter Art

6 Jun

Hi All! Hope your Monday is going well.

We all know the zinc letters at Anthropologie, right?

Well they’re totally cute but at $18 a pop, that just won’t do.

I decided to DIY them by using paper mache letters I got at Joann Fabrics.

I sprayed it pretty heavy so I could get that blotchy uneven look.

And here they are hung up in the kitchen! I used doubled sided tape to attach them to the wall.

Ok next up!  I had Ryan do these, because we wanted to mix two colors together and he’s the best man for that job.

We used these two colors, first he sprayed the top coat in the lighter gold and then lightly sprayed some of the darker gold over it.

Here they are on top of our mantel, I’m obsessed.

I love how using two colors made them look a bit more aged and not so perfect.

This project was so easy and fun, I seriously want to keep going but can’t think of anything else cute to write.

I’m definitely going to do this in the babies room. When the time comes..




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80 Responses to “Letter Art”

  1. kellyt June 6, 2011 at 9:11 AM #

    Great idea. I was a sucker and bought the $18 letter at Anthro but now need another one. I’ll definitely check out Joanne.

  2. Allison June 7, 2011 at 4:44 PM #

    That’s awesome! I just bought those same letters to cover with fabric and yarn :)

  3. Darcy July 25, 2011 at 11:27 PM #

    I love it!!! you can do a good quote in the living room or by the front door…I mean, I have no idea what your house looks like, but immediately I started thinking of a million places to put these….i could OCD out on this! lol….even just a simple “live, laugh, love” somewhere would be really cute. i love the “XOXO” in the bedroom!!!!

    • Raynie March 24, 2014 at 10:05 PM #

      “OCD” would be a perfect maybe in an office

  4. Becky @ Farmgirl Paints September 29, 2011 at 5:00 PM #

    YOU ARE PURE GENIUS! love love this idea. thank you for sharing!!!

  5. Rita Oliphint October 15, 2011 at 9:15 PM #

    What color was the rustoleum metallic on the “EAT”?

  6. Catherine October 17, 2011 at 3:27 PM #

    I really love these! I’ve been looking for cheap letters everywhere with no luck! Great job :)

  7. Meg October 18, 2011 at 7:34 AM #

    Great idea! I am definitely going to have to try this!

  8. Stuff and Nonsense October 19, 2011 at 11:32 AM #

    such a simple idea
    and so inexpensive

    love it!

  9. LittleMrsOrganized October 20, 2011 at 1:37 PM #

    Awesome! I’ve been wondering how well that metallic spray paint works and looking for something to use it on – looks great!

  10. Veronica October 20, 2011 at 11:24 PM #

    Hi. I just discovered your blog through my twin sister, Andrea. Love your art letters! And your bedroom looks so comfy and cute too!

    Andrea just got married and we used the paper mache letters, wrapped in jute, at her wedding. It took me a while to wrap the jute around each letter (A and G), but it was worth it! We sat the letters on her guest book table and added flowers to the left top corner of the A.

    Veronica Padilla

  11. Ursula November 1, 2011 at 2:19 PM #

    Brilliance! Need to try this!

  12. Meredith Resnick From A Mother Seeking... November 3, 2011 at 8:22 AM #

    So great. Just pinned this.

  13. carrie221vision November 3, 2011 at 8:48 AM #

    Love this! Especially the gold XOXO! :)

  14. Julie M. ~ The Little Red Shop November 21, 2011 at 1:51 PM #

    Oh, what fun! I’ve been throwing paint at 3 letters for the last week and haven’t been happy with them yet. I think the paper is a little less smooth on mine, but this looks like a neat idea to try. Thank you!

    : )

    Julie M.

  15. Renee November 26, 2011 at 5:03 PM #

    BRILLIANT! I had two letters in my shopping cart on their site but kept hemming and hawing because of the price. YOU JUST MADE MY DAY! I am totally doing this this week. You rock.

  16. Carli@fearfullyandwonderfullymade November 30, 2011 at 2:22 PM #

    I just bought the same E.A.T and have yet to finish them, I like the metallic silver finish-nicely done, found you on pinterest.

  17. emily December 18, 2011 at 7:59 AM #

    I am a huge fan of the hammered metal spray paint and think that would look extra awesome on these.

  18. Ruby January 2, 2012 at 12:17 AM #

    I love how simple and pretty that is. Great idea!

  19. Rita February 12, 2012 at 5:46 PM #

    Where did you get that gorgeous mantle…love it as much as the letters.

  20. JenV February 29, 2012 at 12:51 PM #

    I found your link on Pinterest and made the word YUM to hang over my stove. I did a base coat of black then sponge painted silver metallic on top. LOVE THEM!! Thanks for the great idea!!

  21. theimperfecthomemaker April 19, 2012 at 8:11 PM #

    What brand double sided tape did you use? Mine keep falling down.

    • Lizzie Stewart April 19, 2012 at 9:28 PM #


      Here’s the link for the tape I used. It’s actually mounting tape so it’s way stronger than just plain tape.
      Hope this helps!

  22. mayette April 27, 2012 at 5:37 AM #


    We are manufacturer of paper mache boxes and letters. Paper mache letters at only 2usd per piece minimum of 30letter per alphabet total of 780letters. 24x15x1inch. Let us know at mayette.quias@yahoo.com

    • Helen May 11, 2012 at 8:41 PM #

      Hi there just wondering if you have a site I could see your letters and possibly order from? please email at helen_fehr@yahoo.ca

  23. Eva MC July 20, 2012 at 9:40 AM #

    This is a wonderful idea! Also, I’m curious, where did you get your bedside table lamps? Yours are exactly what I’m looking for!

    • Lizzie Stewart August 11, 2012 at 3:05 PM #

      Thank you! The lamps are from Pottery Barn.

      • Brandi August 23, 2012 at 6:28 PM #

        What paint color are your bedroom walls?

  24. Susan August 24, 2012 at 6:30 AM #

    I already have a huge letter from Joann that has been sitting around in my closet. This is a fantastic idea. Thanks.

  25. Suni September 2, 2012 at 10:34 PM #

    I wonder if metallic silver spray paint could be used to paint a sleigh bed ? I haven’t had
    Good luck with metallic paints covering . Thanks

  26. Val @ Home Made Modern October 29, 2012 at 6:04 AM #

    LOVE this project…it’s my craft of the week on Home Made Modern! Thx for the inspiration!


  27. augcott June 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM #

    Someone is very, very, very clever :-)
    Thanks for the great ideas!

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    Great post! Take care, Val

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