At the landing of our stairs we have this gigantic wall. I’m talking 12-feet-high-6-feet-across gigantic. I never knew what to do with it, or what to put there. I’ve been looking for 5 years – 5 long years. The wall being empty drove me crazy because it was one of the first things you saw when you came in the door.
The issue was finding something that captures our family, and doing it on a very tight budget. I was searching good ol’ Etsy for ideas when I cam across giant scrabble art. I loved it! I could customize it with fonts and words. It could be one of a kind, totally Monster family style art. It was perfect.
Well it was perfect until I looked at how much it would cost for someone to create this for me. The display above was going to be well over $200. Not happening. But I still loved it so I searched Pinterest for ideas on how to make my own.
Turns out it was pretty simple – if I could paint. Which I most defiantly cannot, even with a stencil. But you know what I can do – I an put stickers on tile. That’s when I decided vinyl would be perfect. Having these vinyl letters done was actually super cheep. I just went to my local mom-to-mom sale group and posted what I was looking for (see dimensions below) and I had several responses in a matter of minutes. I even found out hat my local library prints vinyl for really cheep.
This project took me 3 hours to complete. It probably would have not taken the 3 hours, but mom duty calls even if your
doing a DIY project.
What You Will Need:
- Vinyl (My wood was 8″X8″ so I had the letters cut to fit with an inch to spare all around, and the numbers were 1/4th that size. I had mine done in Ariel font)
- Sand Paper (if you are buying rough wood like I did you will need a course paper, like 60 grit, and a fine paper, like 140 grit. If you are buying a finished wood, you will just need the 140 grit.)
- Wood Cut To Size (I went with an unfinished wood because I wanted the knots and rustic vibe to give the tiles more depth. They have a wide selection of finished woods that would require no sanding too. Also, they will cut your wood to exact measurements for you right there)
- Clear Spray Pant
- Picture Hangers
What To Do:
- Prepare the wood by giving it a sand. If you choose a rough wood like me you will need to sand it with the rough paper like crazy first. Finish smoothing the surface with a light sand with your 140 grit paper.
- Clean off your tiles with a damp rag to remove any sawdust. Let them dry completely before moving onto the next step.
- Carefully place your vinyl letter on in the middle of the tile. You will want it in the middle.
- Add your vinyl number to the lower right hand side.
- Once you have your vinyl on and looking good, turn you tile over and add your picture hanger to middle.
- Then turn your tiles vinyl up and give them 2 quick coats of your clear spray paint. This is just to ensure the longevity of your tiles, and seal the vinyl into place
- After the paint dries, all that’s left is to hang them up and enjoy. I’m still working on some filler pieces for our wall. But I love it just the way it turned!
And now for the giveaway. One lucky Canadian is going to walk away with a $50 Home Depot gift card and some custom vinyl so they can make one scrabble tile word to hang in their house. Here are some examples:
The winner’s vinyl will be supplies by Kiss My Ashley. It will be mailed to your home. Let’s take a minute and admire her work (because it’s awesome). Check out more of her work HERE. She does custom work, so if you need a gift – or something for yourself- pop over to her Facebook page and send her a message. She will help you create your one of a kind item.
For more easy DIT projects, check out my DIY section HERE