Recently, I’ve noticed a trend where there are family surname letter decor items in all the stores. However, these items are often pretty expensive, running as much as $40 each. Since I’m a cheapskate, I don’t want to pay that. I decided to make my own with the types of decorations I like and this is what I came up with (picture above). I also stenciled an “S” on a white fake pumpkin, which I think adds to the effect.
- 18″ wooden letter with the first letter of your last name.
- Chalk spray paint (I chose white because I plan to repurpose this letter for other seasons, but you can use the colors of your choice)
- Burlap in a burnt red
- Yellow fall silk flower
- Wooden buttons
- Glue gun with glue
This is a super easy project, but there are a few things that make it look even better.
- Lay your letter out on plastic or papers and spray paint it. You may want to do this outside. My husband let me use his little garage workshop.
- Apply even pressure to the spray paint can as you go from side to side. Do not spray too much on any one spot or you will get runs.
- Allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes and add a second coat.
- Now, I started to turn this over and paint the other side but then I realized that was silly. No one will see that side. I did a single coat to seal the wood, but didn’t worry too much about being perfect with it.
- Once the letter is completely dry, bring it inside and wrap the burlap. Start with the end on the back. You can add a dab of hot glue if you want to hold it in place. Wrap around a couple of times. You will need to glue it down here and there to make the burlap tight around your letter. This can vary depending on your letter. “S” is curvy and was harder to get straight. If you have a letter like “L”, this will be much easier.
- Tuck the stem of the bunch of fall flowers into the top of the burlap. I actually didn’t secure this. I want to be able to easily swap it out for Christmas with a poinsettia.
- Hot glue the buttons on top of the burlap. If you want to swap out the burlap color later on, then you might want to make sure you don’t press down too hard as the glue will attach to the wood if you do.
That’s it. I chose to lean mine up against the house next to the front door. You can also hang it up if you’d like. Easy and adds a very personal touch to the house. I’m in love with it!