I can’t be the only one who has been seeing these amazingly adorable felt letter boards all over the internet. I’ve seen them EVERYWHERE! I love all the uses people have come up with to use them in new creative ways and I love all the fun quotes people put on them!
I needed one of my own.
However, a quick search on Google quickly led me away because those things run for like $40. I had seen a YouTube video on how to DIY your own and so I thought “I can so do that myself for way cheaper”.
So today, I’m bringing you an awesome, trendy, easy DIY that cost me right around $20.
First and foremost, here’s what you’ll need:
- A frame (I got mine at Home Goods for like $7). A note about this, I chose my frame for the way the back opened up like a book rather than the whole back coming out (does that make sense?). With the kind where the whole back comes out, there probably won’t be enough room after you put in the felt covered dowels to put every back in place and it gets kind of tricky. However, with the back that folds open like a book, everything fits perfectly (at least it did for me) so use your best judgement when choosing.
- Black felt (I got mine at Joann Fabrics for around $5 for half a yard and that was way too much felt in the end)
- 1/8″ x 12″ wooden dowels I got mine at Joann Fabrics. They came in packs of 22 and I got 3 packs. I believe I only ended up using 2 full packs for my frame but they were only around $1.25.
- Letterboard letters I got mine from Amazon for less than $20 (the most expensive supply on the list) and you can find them here.
- Hot glue
I gotta preface this by saying that Ryan was totally the brains behind this operation, as per usual. So I can’t take full credit for this as he’s the one who helped me strategize how to cover the dowels.
So this did take a bit of trial and error before Ryan jumped in and helped and it initially started with me using a Dollar Tree frame that I had here at home and gluing all of the dowels inside. I was going to then just kind of wedge the felt in using a gift card. However, I quickly learned that that was not going to work as the dowels are just too thin for that and there wasn’t anything to put behind the dowels for support so I ended up taking the dowels back out of the frame and starting over.
This is when Ryan’s genius mind came in.
He suggested that I glue down a bit of the felt onto the cardboard that came with the frame and then tuck the dowels in, covering them and gluing them as I go and keeping them nice and close together by using a gift card.
So here’s how this all comes together:
First, you’re going to need to cut your dowels to length. I didn’t have an exact measurement for this as I just cut them based on the length of the cardboard from the frame but if I had to guess I’d say I cut them to about 8″ maybe a little less.
Then, attach your felt to the back of the cardboard:
Then, flip your cardboard over and place a dowel down onto the cardboard. Add a strip of hot glue to the dowel where it meets the cardboard. Flip the felt over it and using a gift card or credit card of some sort, push the felt tight up against the dowel. Here’s what that looks like:
Once you’ve got a few rows down, you’re going to want to test your letters to make sure they fit between the dowels:
Then, after all of your rows are complete, simply add the whole thing into your frame, close your frame up and you’re ready to go!
I loveeeee how this turned out! I do have to admit that it’s not perfect by any means but it will work just fine for what I’m going to be using it for!
Please let me know if you end up trying this out as I’d love to hear how you all made out with yours!
Until next time, friends!