DIY: Tack(y) Letter

Today’s blog post is brought to you by the letter ‘E’! 😉

I’ve been wanting to create an initial decoration for my craft room to add a more personal touch. With some kitschy fabric and brass tacks, I was able to add a bit of personality to a plain old letter ‘E’.

Ready to create your own tack-y letter?

HERE’S THE HOW TO:

Stuff You’ll Need:

Tacks (I got upholstery tacks from the hardware store. There are lots of different finishes to choose from.)

 

Paper mache letter (Look in your craft store.)

 

Fabric

 

And…

 

 

Elmer’s glue and Mod Podge did the job in holding it all together.

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Method:

 

  1. Use the Mod Podge to adhere the fabric onto the letter.  First, I covered the letter with a piece of fabric large enough to cover the front and wrap around the sides. Then, I did the same with the back. I cut out notches at the corners and folded the fabric up as if I was wrapping a present as shown below.

 

 

 

  1. To give the letter a more finished look I created a strip of fabric that I then wrapped around the edge of the letter to cover the fraying fabric edges. A bit of Mod Podge glued it in place.

 

 

 

 

  1. Now it’s time to get tacky! I drew a line on the fabric with fabric chalk to use as a guideline as to where the tacks should go.

 

 

 

  1. To keep the tacks in place I used a bit of Elmer’s glue. Other glues may also work, but just be sure they won’t be too messy or stain the fabric.

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That’s it! Now you have a tack-y letter that is pretty stylish as well…

 

 

 

Pssst… More on my craft room here.

 

 

I’ve been on a mission to find fun and functional yarn storage for my craft room, and I think I finally found the perfect solution! I snagged this oversized wire basket on a recent trip to TJ Maxx, and I just knew that it would work like a charm.

 

The open weave of the wire makes it easy to see all the yarns I have in it, and since all the pretty, colorful strands show through, it really brightens up my craft room too!

 

 

 

 

I love being able to see my yarns at a glance, and I’m hoping it’s going to make me want to put these neglected strands to good use. Right now, I’m trying to work through my yarn stash by creating a Granny Tree Skirt in time for Christmas. I’m really hoping to use up my stash soon, because even though it’s pretty sitting in my fancy new storage basket, these skeins will be put to much better use in a crochet project, or two, or three, or four….  😉

(Of course, while I may be in love with my new basket, my pup, Tanner, looks a little less amused. lol! Secretly, he is waiting for me to leave so that he can grab a skein of yarn to chew on. He’s crafty that one.)

Do you guys have any crafty storage tips? I’m gradually trying to tame my craft supplies and could use some suggestions.