Happy Monday, guys! I have a fun DIY for ya today! I’ve been totally obsessed with these letterboards since they started popping up in every trendy blogger’s perfectly designed living space. Anyway- I felt like I needed one. But when I went online to start my search, not only are they really pricey, they’re also not all that popular. Like there aren’t a ton of places to purchase them from yet. So I went to Hobby Lobby to get stuff to make it myself.

I got 3 pieces of black felt, these skinny dowel rods, a picture frame, and the letters! I already had the glue gun but in total this cost me around $30. Hobby Lobby sells these boards for around $60 and the letters are anywhere from $15 to $30 depending on the size you get. Since you can always find a coupon at Hobby Lobby, there might be a time that I just buy a board, but for the purpose of creating blog content, and wanting to spend some time in my creative space, I still opted to just make it myself.

I removed the backing from my frame and cut the rods to fit and I hot glued them in place. You have to make sure there’s enough space that the felt fits between them 2 times, but also not too far apart that the letters just fall out when you go to use it.

I started with the felt when I was about half way done glueing the rods in place to make sure I was okay with this method before I had no other choice BUT to do it this way- but I pulled the top of the felt through and glued the very end to the frame so it would stay in place while I pushed it between the rods underneath.

I took a spare rod and broke it so there was a point and that’s what I used to push the felt through. I could’ve used tweezers, scissors, anything with a small, but dull point. And each time I pushed it through, I flipped it over to glue it in place so it didn’t pull out when I pushed it into the next space.

Eventually, this is what it looked it! I just kept at it until it was finished, and then I put the backing back in.

I love how it turned out, but like with most DIYs, it’s not perfect. The advantage is choosing your frame and felt color. The disadvantage is that the spaces are sometimes different and letters fit better in some areas than others – it’s not consistent. But I paid half the price, and had a lot of fun making it! Let me know if you’ve ever made one of these yourself or if you plan to!

xo, k

18 Comments

  1. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a tutorial for one of these! Genius! So cool and VERY pin-worthy! Thank you for sharing!

    • Kaleigh Reply

      Thank you!! I have seen a few but I didn’t like their way of doing it! It was super complicated!

  2. LOVE this DIY!! I will have to try this ASAP since I’ve also been seeing these lovely letter boards around Instagram & the blogosphere. I ended up Pinning this to my DIY board so that I can reference it later when I try to (*badly*) attempt this project lol. Thank you so much for sharing this!!

    • Kaleigh Reply

      Thanks for pinning it girly! It was super simple, I have faith in you!

    • Kaleigh Reply

      Thank you! It took me… maybe a couple hours? I tried it several different ways though before figuring this out, lol. I think had I started it knowing what I was doing, it wouldn’t have taken so long.

    • Kaleigh Reply

      Definitely save it for later! It was a fun little project.

  3. Totally love this idea. I recently got myself a lightbox but this looks way cooler and doesn’t eat up battery 🙂

  4. I love DIYs! I am usually not so creative so I guess it’s time for me to be! I think the audience of my blog would like these types of posts and I would definitely have fun. My creativity is fully charged when it comes to flatlays though! Having a felt letterboard would look so good in those!
    BS, xx | https://queenbsdiary.com/

    • Kaleigh Reply

      Well luckily this doesn’t take too much creativity!! You could totally do it! And they do look fabulous in a flat lay!!

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