Since I did my last DIY Letter Board that my husband did most of the work for, I really wanted to keep trying to make the ones I had originally read about. So I headed of to Dollarama to see what I could find and try it out a few more times. I am happy to say I was able to make it work, but it did take a few times. You will see pictures of 2 different attempts, but I will explain that as I go!
You can get almost everything needed to make this letter board from Dollarama, minus the letters. I have only been able to find letters on Amazon.
To make the Letter Board you will need-
- Deep picture frame, I picked up a 4 x 6 for $2.00
- 1/4 inch dowels, you can get them at Dollarama for $1.25, I had this left over from my last attempt I ended up needing 2 packs.
- felt, I picked up a 9 x 12 inch from Micheals for 0.59
- Rulers, to measure dowels and to help push in felt
- hand saw, something to cut your dowels to the length you need
- glue gun
- very thin something to push in felt
All in all I think you could get everything at Dollarama for under $10.00, not bad!
- Dis-assemble the frame, you only need the frame and the back piece with the stand.
- Put the back piece back in the frame and mark around where the frame is on the back part.
- Measure the dimensions that you marked off, mine were 6.5 x 4.5 inches
- I took off a 1/8 inch off of the measurement, to leave room for the felt on the edges.
- Cut your dowels to the length you need, mine was 6 3/8 inches, I ended up needing 14 for the 4 x 6 inch size.
- Run a bead of hot glue along the top of the backing, leaving enough room that the dowel isn't right up against your mark.
- Put your first dowel down on the glue.
Heres were you will start seeing 2 different projects! The premise is the same just not the spacing!
- In my first picture you will see that I used 2 spacers, don't do that! The space ends up being to big but all the other projects I saw said to leave a 1/4 inch space between that is way to big. My second attempt I only used 1 spacer.
- What worked for me was setting my spacer next to the previous dowel and running a pencil line down the length, that let me know where the next dowel needed to go, not to mention leaving the spacers in while glueing wasn't always the best thing they sometimes got a little stuck...
- Keep going in this way until you have filled in the whole backing piece with rows of dowels. I ended using 14.
Sorry, again with the 2 different ones!
- I checked to make sure the backing would fit inside the frame before I started putting the felt in.
- Now its time to put the felt in! I did this in the same way that I did my big Felt Letter Board.
- You can put a few beads of glue between the dowels before putting the felt in the grooves if you want, but you don't need to.
- I used the rulers to hold in the previous rows but ended using an old Tupperware orange peeler to push the felt in.
- The third picture shows using the piece of grey felt, it was the perfect size! I just cut off some of the excess felt and put it in the frame.
Lastly think of a saying you want to display and use your letters! You do have to be somewhat careful with this letter board, the rounded dowels don't hold onto the letters quite as well as the square cuts my husband made on the big one. But it does work and it can be set upright without the letters falling out!
I am happy with both of my finished projects. The smaller one is great because anyone can probably do that one, no power tools needed! Not to mention that even if you have none of the materials, they are easily found at your local Dollarama. And did I mention, it was under $10.00?! If you want to see how we made the big board you can find it here.
Have you made anything lately? How did it turn out?