2.21.2011

.Textured Letters.

After teasing you with this, I feel awful for waiting an entire month to show the final result. I hope you do not mind too much :)

I did a craft involving letters again..please forgive..they are just fun, what can I say! I have had some ideas for a while and decided it was time to let my creative juices free to do a craft for my little home. There is no tutorial to follow along with because let's face it--I did not know what my final product would be. I was simply feeling crafty and found myself roaming the aisles of Michaels, imagine that! I knew I wanted to incorporate a "K" and an "A" to place on my walls in a spot I stare at everyday..a very bare, BIG, spot..did you find it in this post? Okay, I'll give you a minute to look.




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Did ya find it? Well here it is:
See friends, it even calls out to me everyday.. everyday I stare at it's emptiness.

I started this whole process by purchasing two wooden letters, a "K" and an "A", with beveled edges from Michaels. I brought my letters home and began my experimenting. Textures have always fascinated me and I love incorporating them into the projects I do. My first thought was to cover my wooden letters in glue and cover them in a light colored sand. FAIL. The color sand did not cover the shade of the wood and the wood grain. I quickly gave my letter a bath and let dry while I pondered. Good news at this point..I was not feeling defeated, just challenged :) When my letter was dry, I used white acrylic paint I had in my craft corner and painted both letters white. Paint covered perfectly! When I was pleased with the letters, I did one last coat of white paint and before the paint was dry, I sprinkled my light colored sand onto the letters. SUCCESS. The letters appeared just as they did in my head. I was thrilled.

Once the letters were nice and dry, I pulled out my hot glue gun and began outlining the beveled edges. When I had a straight line of hot glue drawn, I took some twine I had in the house and placed it on the glue. My intension was to outline the letters using the beveled edges they provided me with..FAIL. The hot glue did not want to stick to the sand.. Good news again, the glue and twine pulled off the letter like a Twizzlers Pull N' Peel! No damage done. I was persistent and found a way to have the glue stick. I used my fingernails, yes I know, and scraped off the sand and some of the paint that was on the beveled edges. When there was a little bit of wood showing, SUCCESS, the hot glue stuck perfectly followed by the twine. Phew. Again, my letters looked the way I pictured it..just took a few more steps than anticipated ;)

Here they are:
Now that my letters were made and I was one happy crafter, I knew I was not finished. I needed to place my letters on something to make them pop and pop on my wall. Hm. I like nature and rustic items and my favorite color is green..what is something that has both..MOSS! Perfect. I found two lids from old shoeboxes I had in my closet that were the right size..no pun intended ;) 

I got in my car and headed back to Michaels to pick up some moss. When I came home I had my work station already set up--hot glue gun CHECK, hot glue sticks CHECK, two shoebox lids CHECK, clean table CHECK, and I added bags of moss! Friends, I will not lie to you..working with the moss kinda grossed me out. The smell and all the little things I found within the moss got my mind wandering and I did not like the direction my thoughts were traveling. I got over it..kinda..and finished hot gluing until the lids (top and sides) were completely covered with moss.

They looked like this:
Now the moss and letters were ready to meet. How did I attach them?--HOT GLUE! I am amazed at the strength of the moss and hot glue..so far so good, it all seems to be stuck rather well..keep those fingers crossed!

Take a look:
Does it look finished?--well, maybe, but I was not done! I bought two wooden frames 3 years ago at a garage sale for 25 cents. They were used in my first college townhouse and have been sitting in a closet since being married. I decided to bust them out, give them a fresh coat of brown spray paint, and hang them on my wall! The sizing again is spot on!


Enjoy the final result! I am not certain how "final" this set up is over our television, but for now, it fills the space and that was the only goal!! :) 
Thanks for reading about my unexpected "adventures" in creating my Textured Letters. I hope you like them and are inspired to make something lovely for your home! Have a wonderful day :)

Happy Living--Happy Crafting
and remember 
--Little Things Bring Smiles--

39 comments:

  1. I love it!! It perfectly describes the two of you!!! :0)

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  2. VERY cool Katie :o) I love how they turned out. You're so clever!

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  3. Ok, I can't even handle this post. The fact that this idea came from random things in your house has me very impressed! I just can't get over it! so cool!

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  4. Looks great... that spot did need something... well done darlin!

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  5. Love it! So clever and unique :)

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  6. Another clever and creative idea. It looks very nice over the TV.

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  7. Oh MY!!! that is so fun!!! I'll have to do another letter post and include this :-)

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  8. WOW! That is such a cool idea. I love moss and this is breath-taking, girl. {{high fives}}

    Laurie
    Tip Junkie

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  9. I absolutely LOVE these! I have a serious crush on that moss...

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  10. oh my this is stunning...
    Don't forget to add this project in our linking party where every Wednesday we showcase projects for our readers to discover.
    http://www.passionatelyartistic.com/2011/02/colours-of-spring-be-inspired-linking.html
    Thank you,
    Maggie
    http://passionatelyartistic.com

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  11. I found you through Someday Crafts and would love for you to come link up at my link party! Every month the featured links have a chance to win tons of prizes, just for linking!

    http://www.thesaturdaymorningsblog.com/2011/02/strut-your-stuff-for-february-link-up.html

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  12. It looks fantastic!
    Great job.

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  13. What a great idea. I'm your newest follower. Be sure to stop by my blog Monday and add your project to the More The Merrier Monday Link Party.

    http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

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  14. Those look great! I love all the different textures!!

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  15. I love how you mixed natural materials with your letters and frames. This is a beautiful look!

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  16. These look amazing, a great way to fill that empty space!

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  17. Love that textured look! And your tutorial was very entertaining! I would be thrilled if you stopped by my Commercial Break Thursday at http://www.suzyssitcom.com and linked this project!
    suzy

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  18. Oh wow!! Now that is some creative thinking!!

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  19. Alot of work but these look amazing! Great job

    http://itsybitsypaper.blogspot.com

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  20. Wowza!! Loving this project! I love the extra detail you gave the letters. The moss is a fabulous choice of background. And then framing the whole thing! Just wow!

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  21. Wow! This looks fantastic :o) Love the textured look!

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  22. Wow. I was following you every step of the way thinking, what is she gonna do next? You are a genius crafter, and those letters are to die for!

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  23. They look great! I love the moss behind the letter.. and it's such a great color of green!!

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  24. Those are so cute...I love them!

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  25. Wonderful job! I love your creative use of the shoebox lid! I also love that this project is really simple to do...it seems =]

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  26. I love the texture on these, they look very elegant too! Thanks for linking up at www.thrifty101.blgospot.com :)

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  27. Those are FAB!!!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  28. I love this! So creative. Thanks for giving me the link!

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  29. I've put together a round up of fun letter/monogram projects on Craft Gossip today and included your post. :) You can see it here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/9-letter-monogram-craft-ideas/

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    Thanks for sharing your craftiness!

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  30. It is really a great work of art. Simply amazing.

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