A few weeks ago my good friends at Walnut Hollow asked me to do a blog hop wth them – of course I was in!
I received a set of ready-to-use wooden letters from Walnut Hollow, spelling my niece's name. These letters are available for every letter of the alphabet so you can use them to create personalized name art for anyone, for any occaision. I'll be giving these to my neice for her birthday, to adorn her brand new bedroom. My sister painted it bubblegum pink, of course!
With that in mind, I wanted a softer look with a homespun feel to these letters. They should compliment her pink decor but I also wanted them to stand out in the sea of pink that is this little princess's room.
First I painted each letter with a different color of Ann Butler's Iridescents paints from Earth Safe Finishes. It is so cool that these paints are so safe for the environment – they are made in the USA, non-toxic, lead-free, and have no or low VOCs. The shimmer in the paint was just the touch I needed to make these letters girly but not over-the-top. I was also surprised at how fast the paint dried – this is definitely a new favorite in my supply box!
Next, I used Ann Butler's Unity Stamps quilt stamps to stamp patterns onto each letter using ColorBox Crafter's Ink. These inks coordinate with the colors in Ann's line of Earth Safe Finishes so it was really easy to make everything match. Since ColorBox Crafter's Ink is a pigment based ink, I heat set it to dry it. I sanded the edges of each letter with an emery board to give them a distressed, almost country feel.
Next I added yarn, twine, and baubles to each letter to customize them. Here is a complete how-to video to show how I created these in more detail:
My sister can hang these on the wall, attach them to a bulletin board, or set them on a bookshelf in my niece's room.
You can get the basic supplies on Amazon:
(Disclosure: these are affiliate links from which I make a small commission if you make a purchase)
- Walnut Hollow 5″ Wood Letters
- Clearsnap ColorBox Crafter's Ink by Ann Butler in Tangelo, Lilac, Berry, and Aquamarine
- Earth Safe Finishes Ann Butler Iridescents in Tangelo, Lilac, Berry, and Aquamarine
- Unity Stamp Co. Ann Butler Faux Quilting Stamps – Leaves All Over, Doily Picnic
- Yarn, Twine, Ribbon
- Crocheted Flower
- Felt Flowers
- Shimmer Bling Heart
- Emery Board
- Foam Paint Brush
- Heat Gun
- Acrylic Stamp Block
Thanks for checking out my project today! Continue on the hop….
Here is the complete hop list:
Jennifer Priest YOU ARE HERE
Melissa Cash GO HERE NEXT
Continue on the hop by going to Melissa Cash's blog.
Who would you create personalized letters for?