Saturday, October 2, 2010

ABC's- A Collection

I finally finished a project that has been on my to-do list for quite some time.  Months.  I stumbled across several variations of this around and fell in love.

I have quite the soft spot for unique typography, and thought this idea would be perfect for a huge, empty wall in Buddy Boy's room.  So, the hunt was on for letters on the cheap.  I spent the past few months using my Michael's and Joann's 40-50% off coupons, browsing ebay, and even making a few of the letters, to complete the collection below.  After I had all 26 letters, I went to town modge podging, spray painting, and overhauling almost every letter, then practiced arranging them on the floor before committing to holes in the wall.

And here's the finished product!  I love it, and most importantly, so does the boy.  I wanted him to take some ownership in decorating his room, so he helped pick most of the colors, and even painted the "N" himself on a small canvas.  I took color inspiration from these things in his room, and went from there:

Most of the letters came from Michael's or Joann's, with the exception of a few cool finds:
H:  made from a ripped children's book and a file folder, I just cut out rectangles and assembled a 3D letter with my hot glue gun

I:  an old wooden ruler

K:  a reflective letter from a highway sign, found on ebay for $7.00

P:  wire letter from Pottery Barn Teen, on clearance for $5.00 plus free shipping... although these are long gone, *these* cute ones are on clearance!

T:  a letter from an old marque sign, $3.00 on ebay

&Z:  this antique school slate was given to me by Gary's Grandma, and I've been wanting to do something cool with it ever since... it was hers from childhood!
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Rachel said...

I love, love, LOVE this!

You are so stinkin' creative and this turned out just amazing!

I especially love that you didn't just buy a kit of different letters (they sell those on Etsy) - but that you collected them and that your kiddo got to help too!

Classy Clutter said...

This is adorable! Savannah (another blogger at Classy Clutter) has something like this up in her baby girl's nursery! I loooove the creativity with the Alphabet! So adorable and creative! Great job!!

XO, Mallory

Jhen.Stark said...

I love love love this!!! So beautiful and creative! I can imagine the room looking so fun and personable! LOVE IT!

CB said...

How creative of you. I plan on making an "art gallery" for our daughter. She can name her art, then put it onto the wall. When the wall gets too full they will go into a book to make more room.

Angela said...

Cute!! I have a soft spot for letters and can't help but buy just about everyone I see. My vintage shop is stocked full of them :)

I especially love your "H"

Robin said...

WOW! This is SOO awesome!

Laura@Corner House said...

This is great. So cute. Good work finding all these letters. I have been planning on doing this in our playroom. But first we have to finish the playroom and the rest of the basement.

The Momma/Nanny said...

Super cute. :) A friend helped me do something similar with my son's name. I LOVE the alphabet idea though, especially the painted 'N'. Good job, Momma. :)

Amanda said...

Gorgeous! All your hardwork and patience certainly paid off!

Kimmie @ Sugar and Dots said...

My son's room is "vintage alphabet" and he has a big empty wall...I am totally stealing this idea! (You're okay with that, right?) :)

LOVE this. SO awesome!

kentucky girl (marissa) said...

I love this! Great job! Saw your link up at Tatertots and Jello.

Hailey said...

Love it!!

Adam's Blankie said...

This is fabulous, Michaela! I can't wait to redo Adam's room, with his help, in the next year or so...this will (hopefully!) get my own creative juices flowing!!

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