Alphabet Wall Art (Pottery Barn Inspired)

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You might remember this House Rules Painting Upcycle I did a while back.  I was never totally happy with the finish that hand painting the black gave it and I always wished I’d used spray paint.  Well, problem solved.  I decided earlier this week I wanted to make the kids an alphabet themed piece of wall art.  So I upcycled this large canvas (again).   All the craft supplies I already had on hand so I didn’t have to buy a single thing for this project!

Once I decided on an alphabet themed piece, I started checking my favorite kids sites for inspiration.  I scored with the first try!  Below is the new Alphabet Wall Plaque from Pottery Barn Kids (which will set you back $129, by the way).  I used the basic idea, changing the colors to be reversed to a bright background with white lettering and also making it more gender neutral since I have a boy and a girl.

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What You’ll Need:

  • Canvas (mine was 40″x40″).  Check clearance sales and goodwill to find a cheap one!
  • Scrapbook Papers
  • White Copy Paper
  • Spray Adhesive or Glue Stick
  • Silhouette Cameo
  • Mod Podge/foam brush

I started by determining that for my 40″x40″ canvas, I’d need 10″x10″ squares to make the bright tiled background.  (I cut down 12″x12″ scrapbook squares).  I attached them to the canvas with spray adhesive.  (It might just be me but this stuff is messy.  I always end up with super sticky hands and a sticky floor!).

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Then I followed the Pottery Barn sign and opted for the same number of letters in each row.  This meant I needed my letters to each be about 7.5″x7.5″.  I cut them on plain white copy paper using my Silhouette Cameo.  Even with the machine doing all the cutting, it was time consuming to re-size each letter…and to decide on a font!  I used “Vaguely Repulsive” which you can download here.

I layed out the letters as I cut to be sure they fit as planned.  Thankfully, they did!  When I was done cutting the whole alphabet out, I used the spray adhesive to attach them to the canvas.

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Then, using patterned scrapbook papers in coordinating colors, I started cutting out all kinds of kid related images: cats, dogs, birds, the moon, the sun, butterflies, an airplane, etc.  I bought most of them from the Silhouette store.  So, that means I lied about spending $0, I guess.  I spent about $15 downloading images to cut.  Once I had that done, I attached them to the canvas with the dreaded spray adhesive.  I didn’t really make a plan.  I just hung it on the wall and kept adding things until I liked how full it was.  These pictures were in the beginning stages of adding the little images.

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Then I simply carefully applied two layers of Mod Podge Matte over the whole canvas.  I allowed the first coat to dry overnight before deciding it needed a second.  Now, I’m fairly new to the wonders of Mod Podge and it did wrinkle the papers up a bit which concerned me at first, but after it dried I think it just added to the “artsy” look.  I did see after the fact that there is a Mod Podge Paper formula that may have been a better option.  Any Modge Podge experts out there, feel free to leave suggestions in the comments!

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About Dawn Warnaar

Dawn is the DIY & Lifestyle blogger/Graphic Designer behind By Dawn Nicole. She is a mom of 3 who believes in "throwing kindness around like confetti". While Dawn loves all things creative, she has a passion for hand-lettered typography. A clean-eating foodie who loves cooking as much as a a good long outdoor run, she believes in balance and rarely lets a day go by without dark chocolate and over-caffeinating. She is also a contributor to the Silhouette Blog and Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke.

Comments

  1. Love it! I’m all about PB knock offs. I’d love it if you would share this at Whimsy Wednesdays at http://www.thenymelrosefamily.blogspot.com/2012/03/whimsy-wednesdays-1.html. I’m following via bloglovin.

  2. Cute! Cute! Cute! The room is darling also! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. Oh my word! I love this!!

  4. This is adorable! You did a great job! Super cute!! :)

  5. This looks so great! I would love for you to link up to our Pinteresting link party going on now http://herestohandyandy.blogspot.com/2012/03/pinteresting-link-party-week-30.html

  6. I adore this!! I love that you could make it in girl colors or boy colors!! Definetly thinking of making this for my little boys room! Would be thrilled to have you share this at my link party going on now….or you could wait until this weeks and if you like what you see become a new follower! Following you via FACEBOOK :)

    http://www.pincushioncreations.com/2012/03/homemade-by-you-3.html

  7. Awesome!

  8. Oh, oh, oh!!! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!! {insert squeals} How stinkin’ cute and at first I didn’t realize how ginormous it is! It would be easy to switch up the colors for any room’s decor and now that you’ve got the files from the Silhouette store I’m sure you’ll use them over and over. I’m not lucky enough to have a Silhouette, yet, but it would cost way more to buy a cartridge or images for the Cricut. So $15 still sounds really inexpensive for something you can use endlessly. Great project, I’m featuring this on the next A Crafty Soiree. Thanks for joining in “)

  9. Great job! I was thinking of doing something similar for my daughter’s play area. I love the way yours turned out :)

    Visiting from a Crafty Soiree

    Angela @ A little about A LOT
    http://www.alittle-aboutalot.blogspot.com

  10. I love this! I would love to make something similar for my daughter’s room. I pinned it! I would love for you to link it up to my first link party. I know my readers would love it too! http://weliketolearnaswego.blogspot.com/2012/03/what-i-learned-wednesday-1.html

  11. Absolutely Awesome!!!!

  12. Thanks for sharing, I love this! x

  13. Wow! I’m impressed! This is so much better than the PB version! I can’t believe you used only scrapbook paper and copy paper! It looks so vibrant. I thought you used vinyl or something! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Dawn! It looks great! I actually like it a lot better than the one at PBKids. You are so talented!!

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