Whimsical Wednesday: DIY Personalized Wall Letters


 When I was shopping for wall décor for Petunia’s nursery, I fell in love with a personalized wall hanging I saw in a children’s boutique.  Wooden letters that spelled out the child’s name were each individually decorated to coordinate with your nursery colors.  I thought it was the coolest thing, but at $12 per letter, ummm… no.  My baby has 7 letters y’all!  So, what did I do?  I studied those letters, and made a mental note that I could do it myself! 

Well, that was two years ago.  Petunia no longer has a “nursery”, but I still wanted those letters.  I was determined to have those letters!  So after gathering left-over craft items I already had at home, I set out for Michaels and Walmart.  Between the store and my basement, I was able to gather the wooden letters, glitter, scrap booking paper, ribbon, pearl strands, rose appliques, Mod Podge glue, white spray paint, a glue gun, staple gun and some glossy finish acrylic sealant.


I purchased the letters unfinished and spray painted them white.  Every other letter I covered with purple glitter by first brushing the letter with Mod Podge and then sprinkling with glitter.  Once completely dry, I repeated this step for better coverage.  Once this second layer was dry I sprayed the letter with a glossy protective finish to prevent any glitter from falling off.  I then finished the letters off with decorative rose appliques for a girly touch. 

The remaining letters I covered with the scrap booking paper using the Mod Podge.  These were a bit more difficult as I had to use a blade to trim the paper off of the letters.  Because I did not do such a good job for this step, I ran back to Michaels, purchased a few strands of pearls, and hot-glued them around the edges of the papered letters to hide the imperfections.

I cut strips of decorative ribbon and attached them to the back of the letters with a staple gun.  I then used the glue gun to cover the staples with the excess ribbon.

And there you have it!  My DIY personalized wall letters! 

Are you a DIY-person?  Have you ever seen something in a store and DIY’d it?



Fall Decor and Fleur de Lis

I love the Fall season!  Temperatures are not too hot and not too cold.  Leaves turn into beautiful shades of gold, red, bronze, yellow and orange.  One can rock the stylish layered looks, the preppy blazers, and the cable knit tights without bundling up with the heavy winter necessities.  Autumn reminds me of the smell of freshly baked sweet potato pie, hot apple cider laced with caramel, and anything cinnamon! 

This year I’ve decided to get more into outdoor decorating.  This would normally be reserved only for the Christmas season, but I figured why not extend it?  With a visit to the local Michaels, Ikea, and Home Depot (and a few odds and ends from around the house), I was able to create a welcoming front porch.  Since hubby is naturally a New Orleans Saints fan, I decided to incorporate the fleur de lis.  (He actually thinks the fleur de lis will remain on the door the entire football season – ha!)

Pumpkins sprayed with Rust-Oleum’s “Pearl Mist” for a shimmery look.

Leaf garland and stencils were purchased from Michaels.  Pumpkins and paint (Rust-Oleum in Pearl Mist and Martha Stewart Textured Metallic in Lamp Black) were purchased from Home Depot.  The door mat was purchased from Ikea, and I did the monogram myself.

DIY monogram welcome mat

The lovely KariAnne over at Thistlewood Farms has an awesome tutorial on how to make the monogram welcome mat.

What about you?  Do you like the Fall season?  Do you decorate your outdoor spaces for Fall?