DIY Vintage Monogram Letters

I am SO VERY excited about what I’ve got coming for y’all through this beautiful month of June! It’s taking everything I have not to spill the beans now (yes, again!), but let’s just say that I’ve teamed up with some lovely bloggers and we’re working on a top secret project that will bring you a whole month of fabulous DIYs just in time for summer!!! You’ll get a chance to learn all of the exciting details in Thursday’s post.

I’m kicking off the week with a super simple DIY project I made for our little guy’s bedroom.

Hubs and I have been planning to transform our (almost) empty spare room to make a big-boy room for our little man pretty much since the day we bought this house. With our recent travels and the arrival of this beautiful weather, we’ve definitely been dragging our heels a bit to get things done. With Carson perfectly happy in his current room for the time being and bigger priorities at the moment (you know, like enjoying our short summer while we can!), we don’t really have any plans to get going with things until the Fall … but, that doesn’t mean that I can’t start chipping away at the CRAZY LONG list of things I’d like to see happen (take a peek at our plans for the space here).

A few weeks ago, I came across this tutorial by one of my very favorite bloggers and couldn’t help but be inspired. *By the way, this SUPER talented lady never ceases to blow me away with her mad crafting skills and creativity! You should absolutely check out the AMAZING bedroom she designed for her little guy!!!* Though I totally LOVE the letters that she created, I’m not sure that the industrial look of them is really what we’re after for Carson’s rustic bedroom design. So, here’s what I came up with to tie them into our design plans:
DIY Letters @ making it in the mountains
I started with some paper mache letters that I found at Hobby Lobby. There were a ton of material choices (ie. wood, canvas, ect.), but I liked the dimensions (and low price) of these ones best.
DIY Letters @ making it in the mountains
I decided to paint them with some chalk paint (Antibes Green by Annie Sloan) mostly because I’m slightly obsessed with the stuff, but you could totally use acrylic craft paint if you’d rather. I intend to coat a few other pieces in Carson’s room with this same chalk paint, so I thought it would help to tie it all together. Because I’ll be covering the front with scrapbook paper, I only needed to paint the back and sides, though I did wrap the colour around the front a bit just in case.
DIY Letters @ making it in the mountains
It was definitely love at first sight when I found this super cool scrapbook paper with the green chippy paint design at Hobby Lobby!!! While my paint was drying, I placed the letters onto the back side of my scrapbook paper, traced around them and very carefully cut them out.
DIY Letters @ making it in the mountains
With everything cut and dry, it was time to put it all together. I sprayed the back of each scrapbook letter with a light layer of adhesive and placed the paper letters on the front of my paper mache letters pushing everything down firmly to make sure there were no air bubbles.

I was so thrilled with the way these were coming together, that I actually debated about stopping here, but I had a tub of nails calling my name and I just couldn’t help myself … so I hammered in what felt like thousands of nails all around the edges of each letter. I’m SO happy I did! What do you think? I tried not to be too precise with the placement as I wanted that imperfect, rustic look.
DIY Letters @ making it in the mountains
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I’m SO in love with how these turned out! My affinity for chippy paint has me totally swooning over this paper and the bright green will bring such a fun pop of colour to the room!

Supply List:
– paper mache letters – $2.99ea at Hobby Lobby
– scrapbook paper of your choice (1 sheet will cover 2 letters) – $.59ea at Hobby Lobby (I got mine for 50% off!)
– chalk paint or acrylic craft paint – I already had this, but you can get Martha Stewart craft paint at Walmart for $2.99 per bottle
– spray adhesive (I used Krylon Spray Adhesive) – $7.99 at Hobby Lobby
– approximately 60 one inch finishing nails (per letter) – $3.00 at Timbermart

So, for only $7ish per letter, you too can have custom monogram letters to display in your home! Where will you put yours?
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77 thoughts on “DIY Vintage Monogram Letters

  1. they turned out really good. Im sure your little one will love them too. Im sure it added that rustic look you were looking for.

  2. these turned out so cute. I have always have large letters like this for each of my kids. I never thought to rough them up, this is a cute idea!

  3. LOVE these, Kristi! That scrapbook paper is amazing. Another fabulous project!

  4. I love the nails! I have a huge tub of little nails, and I think I have a great way to use them now! I’m so glad I found your post through the Twirl and Take a Bow link party!

    1. Awww, thank you Anne!!! I so happy to have given you a bit of inspiration! Thank you SO much for stopping by and have SUCH a lovely week!!!

  5. Brilliant. I thought it was a paint effect, not paper. I love the finished effects with the tacks. #tuesdaytutorials

  6. I too did just one letter and put it in the kitchen. I started off with the same kind of letter, painted and put craft paper on. Wasn’t as cool as yours. Wish I would have seen your post first. It’s very Mary Tyler Moore(ish) Love it!!!

    1. Awww, you are super sweet Paula! I’m sure yours turned out beautiful! The nice part is that if you want a re-do, they cost next to nothing to make 😉

  7. Love these! Kinda inspires me to make some 🙂 Yay, I am just loving your blog – hope it’s not too stalkerish to already add your button to my sidebar 🙂 lol

  8. Thanks for linking to Create Link Inspire at The Crafty Blog Stalker. You have been featured and pinned! Thank you for sharing.

  9. These letters came out awesome! Love the scrapbook paper choice! Stopping by to let you know I will be featuring them tomorrow on Made in a Day P3 Features! Thanks so much for pinning them to the party!

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