Thursday, July 12, 2012

One Giant Greeting

One of my favorite things about my apartment is the big archway that separates the dining room from the living room. I've been looking for art to put up there to draw the eye up to it, but couldn't find anything that fit the space.

Then I found these 12" papier mache letters from Joann Fabrics. They are regularly $3.99 but were $1 off! I already had paint and a brush, so this whole project came in at just over $15.


Here is where I admit that I did take some in-process shots, but I lost the memory card I took those on. However, I trust that you can visualize what it looks like when someone paints brown letters to white using a 2" foam brush. 

After the paint dried, I took my trusty staple gun to the back of each letter. This was the easiest way to create a "hook" to hang the letters from without visible string or complicated hanging kits or anything.
The other tool you see in the background is optional. It has nothing to do with the project as much as it had to do with me wanting some wine.

Time to hang! I used the tiniest nails I have, because each letter is papier mache and very light. 

I like how subtle they are but still add an interesting element to the room. I thought about going in with some mint paint and highlighting the insides of the letters, to tie together the room with the bowl on the table and a few other blue accents. What do you think? Maybe I'll do it when I start to get a bit bored of them.

What would you spell out in giant letters on YOUR wall? I really thought about making it something dirty until I remembered that family comes over and stuff....



  1. Zandi, I love these! I think I'm going to hit up Joann's and get a few of my own. And I think you should leave them white. The white on white is awesome.

  2. Funny, I just did a project with these cardboard letters and the first step to my project was to pour myself some wine. Ther must be something about any craft project that makes us want to drink! Anyways...great project. And I think the mint is an excellent idea!

  3. I LOVE this. I have one of those letters with twine partially wrapped around it (haven't gotten around to finishing that project). I also really like the idea of the mint poking out.

  4. Those are so fun! I don't have the scale for them in my place. I like the mint idea - or robins egg blue, maybe?

  5. I love this! I would probably do something similar but with shapes instead of letters, only because I would change my mind about words too much lol.

  6. Ugh, the price is fantastic! You have to pay here almost 10€ (12 $) for one letter! I did it though.. and i decopatch'd them all!
    It looks great ;)

  7. I'd wrap mine completely in twine and spell out "Help". Tee hee, get it?

  8. I love it! I love the white on white, the shadow on the letters makes it pop and looks so great! And using a staple for a hook, that is brilliant!


  9. I had to immediately stop on this post--I have a very similar archway and used old letters from a restaurant sign to put "hello" over the arch when I moved in. Love your version!

  10. Paint the sides of each letter mint!

  11. I love the white on white and I'm totally copying you.


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