Wall names can add personality and make a big statement in any room. Wall letters are relatively inexpensive to decorate if you buy the paper and letters when they are on sale. These letters are so easy to personalize, and can be re-done as your child gets older. By using cute animal paper and stickers, or covering them in a favorite sports team’s colors, you could use this concept for decor for any age group. These wall letters would also be great for wedding, baby shower, or classroom decorations.
This is a picture of some wall name letters that I had made to personalize my kids’ rooms in our old house, but these letters had seen a bit of love. It was definitely time for a face lift!
Wall letters. I used card stock letters which are lighter in weight and a little less expensive than the wooden letters. I couldn’t find an “&” sign in card stock, so I used a wooden letter for that.
Scrap book paper
Glue, scissors, pencil, ruler
Sticker embellishments, if desired
Paint, if desired
Glitter, if desired.
Wall tacky putty, small nails (for wooden letters with a hanging hole in them), or some other means to fasten the letters to the wall (unless your letters will sit on a shelf.)
You may need a hammer and level when you are putting the letters up.
My first step was to rip the old paper off of my letters.
Step One: Trace the letters onto the paper.
Place your paper pretty side down. Place your letter right side down. Carefully trace around the letter with a sharp pencil. Make sure and trace all of your letters prior to embellishing the sides of the letters in step two.
Step Two: Embellish the sides of the letter, if desired.
My letters had already been painted purple. You may choose to paint the edges of your letters to match your paper, or an alternate color. I wanted my letters to have a little “bling”, so I painted the edges with glue and shook glitter over them. Let them dry thoroughly.
Step Three: Cut out the paper letters that you traced.
Step Four: Glue the paper onto your letters.
For thicker paper, use dots of glue around the exterior. For thin paper, use a paint brush to smooth the glue before sticking the paper on. You don’t want the texture of the glue to show through. Let dry thoroughly.
Step Five: Embellish your letters as desired.
My letters needed a little more “bling.” Your local craft store’s scrap book aisle should have lots of choices of embellishments for any style of letter that you might be making. Watch for sales! You will usually be able to find this stuff 40% to 50% off every few weeks. Let any glue that you used for the embellishments dry thoroughly.
Step Six: Hang those letters!
I used wall tack to hang them. This works great all summer, but it can be problematic on an exterior wall in the winter as the tack gets cold and doesn’t stick as well. For best results, don’t be “stingy” when using the tack. Work it with your fingers to get it nice and sticky, then apply a generous amount to the back of each letter, in several different places.
If you want the letters to run in a straight line, use a level to help hang them. I could imagine these letters done in bold colors and hung in a vertical line or a diagonal line for a cool effect in a teen’s room. Get creative!
My first attempt at hanging these letters was just… blah! Sticky tack is easy to remove from the walls and reusable, though, so it wasn’t too much of a disaster!
So, forget that level and get a little sassy!
Here’s an example in my son’s room:
Get creative and have fun making these wall names! I would love to hear any suggestions you might have or to read about your projects with these wall letters.
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