So I sometimes get harebrained ideas and decide I want to make something.... My husband is a good sport and goes along with me, and sometimes he thinks he has a better idea of a way to do it than I originally thought of. This is one time where his idea worked out better than mine!
I have started seeing these felt letter boards on a few blogs and instagram and started looking them up on Amazon, they were not cheap! I figured there had to be a way to make my own...Enter Pinterest! I read quite a few posts how to make one with dowels and picture frames, but I couldn't find a frame the size I wanted. I originally did make one with dowels, but when I was finished I realized I didn't leave any room for attaching a frame, oops. My husband saw me struggling and decided he had a better idea on how to do this.....
I wanted my letter board to be 10"x10" (on Amazon this was almost $100 at the time!), hubby sent me to Home Depot to get a board that was 12" wide and said he would do the rest. So I went and picked up the longest 12" wide pine board I could find that would fit into our car, I wanted a board big enough for mistakes! He cut a 12" square from it and than set about figuring out how to get the channels and frame border. He ended up using a table saw for his whole part of the project. He set the blade at a depth of 3/8" and the fence/guide at 3/4" and ran the saw up each side of the square. He than set the blade depth to meet up to this cut when the board was on its side, I think?! He than ran each side through the saw leaving a raised square in the middle for the channels. The next step was to cut the channels to tuck the felt into so the letters have a groove to sit in. He set the blade depth to 1/4" and than ran the wood through the saw to create the channels, moving the fence/guide over approximately 1/4" each time. Ending up with the above pictures! I than gave the whole thing a quick sand and than it was my turn to do my part.
I had gone to Lens Mills to get felt by the yard, I wasn't sure how much I would need but knew the little squares from most craft squares wasn't going to cut it! I picked out a muted pink and made sure my piece was cut with at least 14" of width. I got out my trusty glue gun and a couple of thin rulers and went to work. I used the glue to just put a few dots of glue along each channel so the felt wouldn't come out, not sure if you would need to do this but it makes me feel better! Than it was a simple process of tucking the felt in with the rulers and moving on to the next channel. I did keep the previous ruler in and used a second and third ruler moving the first one as I went down the board, always leaving 1 to 2 rulers in the previous ones.
Here is what my board looked like after I had finished tucking in the felt. There is a lot of left over felt along all the edges of the raised square platform. I cut the felt fairly close to the inner block so that the frame would sit more level. Once I had done that it was simply a matter of cutting my 1" border for the frame and painting it. I than used wood glue to glue the frame in place using some clamps to hold them in place until the glue dried.
I went back to Amazon and ordered letters for my new board and here it is all finished!
If you were wanting to try this out yourself you only need a few things.
- 12"x 1"(or piece of wood the width you want your board) wide square board (this is what I bought) $10.00
- 1" x 1/4" molding for the frame $2.00?
- felt by the meter. to get the length $3.00 at Lens Mills
- rulers, at least 2. I picked up a 3 pack at Dollarama
- wood glue and a glue gun
- table saw
- paint, I used leftover wall paint.
If I only give a price for the materials I used for ending up with this board it would have been about $15.00 max with lots of leftovers, we won't talk about how much I spent on mistakes!
It was a fun project to make and I am so happy with how it turned out. I do still want to try to make one with a frame and dowels though...maybe soon! Have you tried to DIY something and it actually turned out? What was your favourite thing you have made?
I hope you enjoyed this little sprinkle of DIY on an otherwise beauty blog. Would you like to see more of our adventures into DIY?! We have lots of things we try, some good-some not so much.