When I moved into my studio at the beginning of April, I knew I wanted to hang wall letters spelling out Inspire, Create and Craft. I had decided to use flowers for the word “inspire”, which I posted about in mid-April. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going to do with the other words, until a month ago when I was inspired by a beautiful combination of burlap with vintage and costume jewelry.
My studio is 900+ square feet and the full length of the wall that faces Main Street has four big windows.
Each wall section measures over ten feet, so I needed letters large enough to be impactful.
I came across this gorgeous wreath on BlogHer shortly after posting the flower wall letters. I loved the way the burlap and the vintage jewelry pieces looked together. That got me thinking. I had a bunch of vintage and costume jewelry pieces saved, but not enough for all the letters I wanted to make.
So I asked if any of my blogging friends had some they could spare. Beckie from Infarrantly Creative sent me some gorgeous pieces from the Tori Spelling collection, my neighbor Debra gave me quite a few shiny baubles, and two other blogging friends sent me care packages as well. So special thanks to Debra, Beckie, Lisa of Condo Blues and Adrianne from Happy Hour Projects for digging through their stash to be part of this project! I feel like they are part of my studio now, and it’s great to have friends here with me!
Vintage Jewel Burlap Wall Letters
I really do love the way they came out. Only one more word to go on the third wall. Hopefully I’ll have those wall letters done soon!
I bought these MDF letters at Hobby Lobby on sale for $2.44 each. Most of the letters in the store were around $12.00 each, so these were definitely a bargain!
I bought a big roll of burlap which worked out perfectly. I didn’t use it all, but I did use a lot.
When I made my flower wall letters I painted ALL of my letters white. In hindsight, especially after wrapping the burlap I would suggest leaving them natural. With them painted white I ended up having to cover the letters with burlap and then wrap them in burlap so the white didn’t show through.
Another thing to note, when I started wrapping the burlap around the letters the edges began to fray and made it really difficult to work with.
So I took my glue gun to a long strip of burlap and “hemmed” each side. That did the trick.
It took me about two and a half hours to wrap all the letters. So it was a bit time consuming. After wrapping them all, I layed out the jewels and started layering. I started with the largest pieces, then gradually worked down in size, filling in tight spots with small pieces and small shank buttons.
My other concern was attaching the Command Strips to the back of the letters. I was worried that they wouldn’t stick well to the burlap, so I actually cut away at the burlap on the back and glued the cut pieces in place. Then I attached the Command Strips. The other issue was that the burlap was thicker than the Command Strips, so I had to double and sometimes triple them up in order to build up their height so they would touch the wall. That was it though, and they are hanging beautifully!
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I hope you enjoyed this project as much as I did!
Here are my Flower Wall Letters if you would like the tutorial for those!
More you might like:
- MDF letters
- Hot glue gun
- Vintage and/or costume jewelry
- Decorative shank buttons
- Command strips
- Cover and wrap letters in burlap tacking with hot glue as you go.
- Glue jewels onto one corner of the letters, starting with large pieces and layering as you go.
- Hang with Command Strips.