Hey Guys! This week we want to walk you through a fun afternoon project that will leave you with a super cute sign you can use in a multitude of different settings... for your kiddos, your front porch, anywhere your heart desires. Full disclosure here, the finished project was my second attempt at this, but most of the ‘walk-through’ is for sign #3 which we will post a picture of as soon as it is done!
There are three things that I love the most about this project; There are a million ways you can use your finished product, it’s really easy to pull off, ANNNND it looks amazing!
⦁ Jute Twine or Fine Wool (You can get 190ft of jute for $4)
⦁ Cardboard & marker (option to use wooden letters from Michaels or Dollarstore)
⦁ Glue Gun (optional)
Step 1 – Draw & Cut
Begin by drawing and cutting out your letter(s). I would recommend drawing them all at once, rather than doing them one at a time. This is so that you get consistent sizing with all your letters. It also means that if you’re like me, who’s writing changes from hour to hour, then it doesn’t end up looking like a four-year-old did half the letters!
You can skip this step if you choose to go with the pre-cut letters.
Step 2 – Measure & Glue
The aim of this step is to cut short lengths of Jute that will cover the ends of your letters. This can sometimes be easier said than done. A trick that I have learned (after making ALL the mistakes) is to wrap a large length of Jute around an object that is approximately twice the size of what you need, hold all the strings together and cut in half, than half again. Ideally, this will result in nice, even lengths.
Step 3 – Tape, Glue & Fold
I feel like sometimes in the DIY world tape is seen as ‘cheating’. If that is the case, let your cheating flag fly in this part, you’ll thank us for it! To make organizing and covering the ends easier, I lay each length of jute on a strip of tape to make sure each one is lined up nicely. Then, if you would like your project to be long lasting (ummm, why else would we do it?), use a glue gun to stick the lengths to the card or wood. If you are choosing not to use a glue gun, simply stick your tape directly to the letter. This step ensures that all ends of the letters are covered up, but this will look different from letter to letter. For the ‘V’ it entails the tops of the ‘V’ (as shown) as well as the base of the ‘V’.
Step 4 – Wrap & Wrap (& Wrap Some More!)
Here is where the project really starts to take shape. Fasten one end of your jute to the back of your letter using a drop of glue, a knot or a piece of tape. Make sure that whichever way you choose to adhere the end piece, you are placing it a centimetre or so below the end so that once you begin wrapping you can hide the tail by wrapping over it. Then wrap away! After every 10 or so wraps, arrange the Jute together so that no cardboard (or wood) is showing through the gaps.
Getting around some letters can be quite tricky. In doing this ‘V’ I realized that the base of the ‘V’ was a little tough to wrap without some of the cardboard showing. I got around this by wrapping the base from bottom up, this can be seen above with the gap on the left side of the ‘V’ where my thumb is. Get creative and cover that cardboard!
Step 5 – Finishing Touches
You are nearly finished! Complete the project by attaching strings to the letters to hang them or by mounting them straight on a wall or piece of wood like we have done!
Ways to mix this project up could be to use colored wool, or use LED wire string lights around wooden letters.
Further suggestions in ways you can use your letters:
⦁ ‘Name plate’ for a door or room
⦁ Add a letter to a present instead of a regular gift tag
⦁ ‘Mr. & Mrs.’ Signs for an engagement/wedding gift
⦁ ‘Welcome’ sign for the front door of your home
⦁ Favorite saying for a wall
⦁ Cute labels for organizing
⦁ Family Monogram as part of your gallery wall
If you can think of other ways we can use our letters, make sure that you let us know on our Facebook or Instagram page! Also make sure that when you try this out, you let us know any tips or tricks you used to make it happen, as well as a picture of your final product! We know you're proud of your work, and we're proud of it too! Show it off!!
P.S. Keep an eye on our social media to see our latest application of these letters!