yarn-wrapped letters - made cheaper than cheap

I love the yarn-wrapped letter trend that seems to be so popular these days, but I can be a total cheapskate.  So when I went to make some word art for the kids' playroom, I made my own from scratch.

Instead of buying cardboard letter forms from the craft store, I cut my own out of foam board.  To make a template, simply find a font you like in MS Word (or a similar program), and print it out as large as you'd like your letter.  I used the font "Rockwell," in bold (not to be confused with "Rockwell Bold", which was a little too chunky for my taste). To get really big letters, you can print out multiple pages or get them blown up at a copy shop.

Then wrap, wrap, wrap your letters in yarn, until they are completely covered.  Use dabs of hot glue in the corners and around edges to keep the yarn in place.

As a bonus, the foam board letters are really thin and lightweight, and which helps them hang flat against the wall.  I hot glued round picture hangers I had on hand to the back of each letter to hang.

My letters got a lot tidier with practice, so if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.  I made this big letter G for our mantel using a thinner yarn and a little more patience.

So far, I've used less than a full piece of foam board and all other materials I've had on hand ... so this project is coming in under $2.   Not bad for a bit of DIY decor!

29 comments:

Giraffens kaos said...

Sooo cool :-)

Have a nice day!

CrochetBlogger said...

Beautiful affordable yarny decor!

Jennifer said...

Brilliant! I love it!

Amber said...

This definitely falls under my *smart* DIY category - so cute for decorating a kids' book nook! Thanks!

emerzim said...

I tried a yarn wrapped letter a couple of weeks ago with little success. I think I need to try that 'patience' thing. :)

Tristin @ Two Girls Being Crafty said...

Under $2? You're awesome.

And your little nook looks too adorable and very inviting for little ones.

Felicia @ All Things Fee said...

I see a P for our last name in our future!

Catherine Denton said...

That sounds remarkably easy and fun! And I LOVE cheap. You're incredibly creative.
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Joy said...

OO!! i love these! Totally going on my pintrest!

Kate said...

That's a really fun idea.

jess (mumbo designs) said...

So cute! I love how they look in the reading corner! And, what cute yarn that is. Where did you find it?

Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home said...

Oh! Great minds think alike. I was going to make the eighteen25 BOO sign out of foam board after seeing how much the letters cost! But even that will wait since I'm taking my suppplies back...too many bills this month! This looks great!

Kenny and Teresa Wolfe said...

Super-cute! I love the "messy" one just as much as the "patient" one...and since I have little patience... =) Thanks for all the great ideas! I follow and use your ideas more often than I leave a comment, so just know you have a lot of silent fans out here!

Tamara @31dates said...

hold up, you have a reading corner? Jill, you always become more and more cool in my mind. :)

dana said...

cute! Great idea Jill

Jen~ Lipstick and Laundry said...

They look GREAT!

Tanya said...

So smart! Have a great weekend.

Tiffany said...

I took notice of these on your wall. Very cute, would have never guessed DIY.

Heather Is... said...

Thanks for posting this! I've been adding pages of these sorts of things to my "favorites" list on Etsy, and this will take care of my letter obsession without breaking the bank. :)

sweetestthings said...

I love it:)

Linda said...

This is the first time I've seen these letters. I LOVE them!

Jillian said...

They are adorable!I justs aw yarn letters this morning and thought of making one from pipe cleaners but this one is more lovely so this is what ill try:) thanks for sharing this.

im into making standees. yup,DIY standees. i

love the idea of turning every picture I want into a

life-sized memorabilia!theyre great for pictures too!


I got mine here: http://www.almostbreathing.com/
hope you enjoy it as much as i do.

Wag Doll said...

These are adorable, you're very talented and creative!

mamalaur said...

Such a great idea! I'm all about saving money and being creative doing so. Look forward to hearing more from you.

RobyGiup said...

Great idea!!! I wonder how it would turn out using a shaded multicolour thread!

Christine said...

Love it! Linked to your blog from mine:
http://little-olive.blogspot.com/2011/10/in-diy-mood.html

Prabin said...

this is a great idea and can be the Unique Gift as far as i am concerned.

cranny + b said...

hi Jill! I sell yarn letters in my little etsy store, Cranny, but I just want to say that yours are beautifully done! I love the thinness and color--my little boy loves to read--I might have to try your idea for a reading nook. I've spent a few minutes on your blog today and love the inspiration! will be back! ;-)

Daisy said...

What are the dimensions of the letter G? It looks so good, by the way!