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!