Fabric Covered Letter

As I sit in Rae’s room rocking her to sleep (which btw, has become my favorite thing to do), I have plenty of time to look around and come up with ideas to make.  I have a list so stay tuned.  I inventory the materials I have and create ideas.  This is the latest.

This is budget friendly (free to me) and only takes a few materials.

Materials: cardboard (I used a diaper box), scrap fabric, glue gun, pencil, scissors (use separate scissors for fabric and other things).

I have access to plenty of diaper boxes, so I grabbed one before I threw it out and cut out the side.

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Next I drew out my letter, an “R” for Rae of course.  I had to draw and erase to make it look like I wanted it, and it still isn’t perfect, but it’s a good thing I like a “homemade” look.

Cut out your letter.

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And you can also see my fabric scraps.  I used different purples, and cut them in about 1 inch wide strips.  You’re going to be wrapping the fabric so size really doesn’t matter here,

Use a dot of your glue to secure a starting point and begin wrapping, gluing the end of the strip.  Continue this wrapping process, cutting fabric to fit as needed.  I tried to only glue on the back of the letter.

You’ll end up with something that looks like this.

DSC_2670I used some purple ribbon and tied it to her closet door.

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Very simple but we like it  It adds a little more color to her room. Plus, monograms and initials are all over the place now.  Just use what you have on hand to make one, and make it your own.  You can see another use of cardboard into letter here.

And because this is all for little Rae here she is…

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Driftwood Monogram | DIY

While in Tybee Island over Thanksgiving I collected a bunch of driftwood.  I wanted to make a monogram H (H is for our last name).  This was a simple and free project, and I have since confirmed my love/hate relationship with a hot glue gun!

First, I layed the driftwood outside for a bit to make sure it was good and dry.

Once dry I brought it inside and sorted it into sizes.

You can skip this step, I just thought it would be easier as I was looking for a particular shape/size.

Next, I cut out an H from some cardboard.

I wanted to make it as sturdy as possible so I glued pencils on the back.

I used my table as my work surface, and used my usual, garbage bags, to protect the table.  My glue gun was hot and ready to go, but I didn’t want to just start gluing, so I placed the driftwood on the H first.

I started with the bigger pieces, and the more unusual pieces I knew I wanted to use.

Once I was happy with placement I started gluing.  I just picked up a piece from its location, glued, and placed it back down.  This is where I burnt my fingers, but the hot glue works beautifully.

After gluing, I needed to go back and fill in all of the open spots where I could see cardboard.

And here is the finished product.

I was happy with how it turned out, and happy that I had a lot of driftwood left for another project.  (I am starting to become a craft hoarder, so this is added to the stash).

For now I propped it up behind the sweater candles.  You can see how I made those here.

I couldn’t help to think about how great this would look in a beach house, on Tybee Island.  Maybe one day…

If you can’t get to the beach to collect driftwood, you could easily monogram with sticks, moss, or wine corks.  I’m lucky that my monogram has straight lines, curved letters would be a bit more tedious.  I may give it a try on the letter C for my sister.

What I love most is that the driftwood is collected from the place we love the most.  This is the one rule I follow when decorating, use items that have meaning to you and your family.  You will love it so much more than just picking out a random piece.

So what would you use to monogram?  I would love to hear your ideas!

Btw, who has tried the Fudge Ritz Crackers that are in stores for the holidays?  I am ashamed to say we are averaging at least one box a week.  Sometimes two.