Wednesday, July 20, 2011

ABC Wall

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Now I can share that I have finished something! I had this all finished, but then one of the letters fell off and broke - so I could not very well share it with you when it was minus one letter. (it was the M and it is pretty big in my design) I have seen ABC walls around blog land and I had a perfect spot in my house that I could not decide what to do with. This was the perfect project for my empty space.
I started collecting letters a few months ago. I really do not have much of a budget for crafts so I had to collect them as they went on sale or I had a coupon for them and if I found any at thrift stores. It took me about 5 months to collect all the letters.
After I collected them I had to decide how I wanted each of them to look. I let the kids pick out the letter of their first name and tell me what color it should be. I painted this D green as per the request of Thing #1, but he really wanted a dragon painted on it. I had my mother-in-law paint the dragon when she was here a couple of months ago, because I have shared before that I really lack in the drawing abilities. And as you see, she is super talented at drawing. Thing #1 loves how this turned out - which makes me love it as well.
I had this F painted a cream color and distressed the edges. It looked so good, but then I put it up on the wall and it just blended into the wall. I asked Conan what I should do and he was the one that came up the great idea to cover it with flowers! Now it stands out and looks great!
I cover my C with crayons because crayons and coloring starts with C. It was super easy and it is the letter that gets the most compliments. I cut a C out of cardboard and then covered it with the crayons - I had to put a nail right through the cardboard to get it to stay on the wall. This what not my idea, I had seen this idea as a gift for teachers and even featured one forever ago on Fantastic Friday.

Everything else I either covered with paper, or painted a certain color and stamped a design on it. I covered my Y with yarn. When I was deciding how to paint these I tried to do something that had to do with the letter.
I really love the way this looks in my family room, and it was easy to do - just a little bit time consuming collecting the letters. I kept a copy of the ABC's in my purse and would cross off letters that I had collected so that I could not get doubles.

I hope that all of you are staying cool and enjoying your summer!

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5 comments:

  1. This is a fantastic looking ABC wall! I can't blame you for buying the letters over time, hate to think of the cost if purchased all at once!

    Looks wonderful.

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  2. I've been wanting to do that for a long time, you've inspired me to just get started! And I really love the idea of tying in something starting with that letter!

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  3. Very cute...worth all the time collecting the letters!

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"

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  4. Great job! Thank you for linking up last week at Sew Woodsy! Please come back tomorrow and link up your most recent project!

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