Today’s DIY Letter Board has been a LONG time in coming. I’ve had this idea in my head for quite a while, and now that the Christmas season is approaching I thought it would be fun to try and make what was in my head a reality. So with that said, here’s my tutorial for how to make an oversized letter board wall & how to frame it out with a giant DIY holiday wreath.
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I’ve been gravitating towards more simple, minimalistic decor lately. Simplicity feeds my soul & calms my spirit. I think it’s probably just that my life can get pretty crazy with my three little ones. So the less clutter & things I have to keep up, the less stressed out I am.
Backstory: So like I said, I’ve been obsessed with the look of letter boards for a LONG time, and when we installed shiplap in our kitchen I just knew that it would make all my decor dreams come true. I mean, you can basically leave those walls blank and they are a masterpiece.
Haha! Enough with my crush on shiplap. I wanted to do a big statement piece on this wall for Christmas. An oversized wreath was floating around in my mind, along with my never ending need to switch things up occasionally… so I just KNEW a letter board-wreath was the perfect solution!
One thing I love about this particular project is that I could easily get the kids involved. And they can pick out quotes (bible verses, songs, or even spelling words- aren’t I super fun?) and things that they want up on the wall too. It’s super easy to switch out the letters.
Originally I wanted to use those acrylic letters they use on fast food, hotel or church signs. But those things are pricey… like ouch. There is no way I’m spending hundreds of dollars on those. So I racked my head against the wall, and spent hours upon hours searching… and I found my christmas miracle… these shadow box letters from amazon! It actually worked out better that the letters I got were smaller. Now I can do larger quotes, and as a graphic designer, I LOVE this font. It was the perfect minimalistic look I was going for. Another important thing I was looking for in my letter tiles was a clear background. These are clear & plastic, and they look super great in real life.
Note: You can see how many of each letter one pack of these letters come with in the above photo. I personally purchased four of these to make sure I had enough letters for the specific quotes I wanted to do.
I wanted the whole piece to flow with the space, and I am so happy with how it all looks.
So now for the tutorial. First off, my wonderful husband Silas ran these 1×2’s through the table saw to create the smallest groove on the “shelves.” This allowed me to be able to place the letter tiles in the groove & have them lean upright. If you don’t have a table saw to cut a groove, don’t worry! You can still just use a straight board and get the same look- your letters may just slide around a bit more.
Each 1×2 was 3 feet long.
Next, I hug them up on my shiplap wall. One thing I love about shiplap is that all the horizontal lines are level & evenly spaced… so I don’t need to worry about measuring. I literally nailed into the studs in the cracks between my shiplap & just rested the shelf boards on top of the long nails I used.
Lots of you have asked me about my wreath. First off, I wanted to go with real greenery, but I knew that faux was the only way to go if I wanted to keep it up for an extended period of time. So I scooted myself to Hobby Lobby & bought two vine garlands. I tried to find the ones I used online, but I didn’t see them. But they are the ones with the small leaves in my arrangement.
How I Made The Wreath:
- I cut one of the vines and made it shorter (you could also just fold it over onto itself, and wind it together to make it shorter)
- Next I attatched the portion I cut off to the larger vine.
- Lastly, I ordered some faux eucalyptus from amazon & wove all my branches together to create a two part circle. I just added the eucalyptus in the places I wanted a thicker section. Don’t be afraid to cut your florals either! I added small branches with leaves here and there throughout the arrangement.
Then I secured it to the wall wrapping the wire vines on a couple of nails I added to the shiplap.
Next I went outside and grabbed some real bradford pear tree branches from our front yard & added them to the garland. A couple tips on using real branches:
- Incorporating something that is real and has imperfections side by side with faux florals will make your arrangement look more authentic.
- Use real tree branches that have thicker, more glossy leaves. These type of branches will dry out better and wilt less. Evergreen type plants work best for this method.
- Incorporate the real branches while they are still fresh. Weave & mold them into your display. This allows them to dry in a realistic position & look the most natural.
- I didn’t do anything special to the branches to preserve them. They will just dry out naturally. It’s also cold outside here, so having heat on in the house makes everything dry out faster.
Once I had the wreath and shelves all lined up, I leveled out the edges of my four shelves to make sure they were centered.
This photo is a little washed out, but I thought the angle showed the construction of the wreath better.
Honestly, I think the wreath as a stand alone looks gorgeous.
Now for some tips on how to line up your lettering.
I made a pencil mark on the exact center of each shelf to help me align all my letters. I always count how many letters there are per line (blank spaces between words count as one letters) and then would center it according to that marking. When writing out my text, I like to place a tile between each letter (and one sideways for a blank space) so that all the measurements are precise & even.
The hardest part is locating all the letters in the piles of tiles.
My little helper loved the assembly part of the process.
I didn’t want to use Christmas greenery for this wreath simply becuase I wanted the option to keep this display up all year if needed.
And since I still have pumpkins and fall out in my kitchen, and because Thanksgiving is right around the corner, I did a fall’ish quote for the time being.
So now I’m holding off on the Christmas quotes until like next week. Ahhh! I hope I can make it that long.
But that’s one of the things I love about this- it still looks great with fall in mind.
I do miss my barnwood gather artwork, but this is so unique & simplistic that it makes my heart happy every time I walk by it.
I can’t wait to share my house all decked out for Christmas with you all! So stay tuned. Also, if you create a version of this letterboard I want to see it! Tag me up on Instagram: @welivedhappilyeverafter
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