String Letters

WORDS AS DECOR:

We have an “EAT” sign in the kitchen which is more parenting-driven than décor-driven. If the kids are trying to squirm out of eating a proper dinner, I don’t even say anything: I just point to the sign. They know that when I do that there’s no point even trying to argue. But I did read a funny column once by Megan Nicol-Reed who pointed out the ridiculousness in needing all these signs telling us to “relax”, “eat” or “sleep”. She nailed it in my opinion.  I do however love quality typography, and the end result of this craft project is very beautiful. Even if it is “word art”.

THE INSPIRATION:

I love the “It’s Beautiful Here” wire coat-rack by South African Artist Heath Nash, but the price point meant it was more in my “inspiration” basket.  What drew me to it was it’s message and also the handwritten script: it’s not “heavy” like most off-the-shelf-words-as-décor.

string letter inspiration

I used this sign as my inspiration and created our own custom messaging for the entry-hall table using three el-cheapo ingredients: string, mod-podge & spray paint.

INSTRUCTIONS: 

Decide on your message. I went for “home sweet home”. This is going in our entry hall, so it’s welcoming. Literally. It’s a bit cheeseburger, but so am I, therefore it’s authentic.

Find a font you love. I used signericia from dafont.com in its “fat” form (free for personal use). This is a beautiful, natural looking handwritten font and I’ve loved it for ages. Download font onto your computer, then type your message in Microsoft word. Play around with the font size. I went for size 100, print out.

Now the tricky-part…lay your string on top of the words you’ve printed out. Be patient. It’s worth it.

string letters in progress (2)

Coat with mod podge to make the string hard. I found it easiest to coat each letter as I went along.

Wait for it to dry and do another layer.

This bit’s not dainty…rip the paper off the back of the letters removing all the little bits that go beyond the edge of the string. You’re after a dainty look for the letters, not an “I couldn’t be faffed doing this properly” look, so I used a scalpel to get a clean edge. It would be easier if you printed the letters onto transparent paper so that it would be easier to remove for easy removal once you’ve mod-podged. If you want to be really thorough, coat the back of the letters with mod podge too.

string letters in progress1 (2)

Spray in your chosen colour or just leave the string natural. You could find some striped bakers twine and use that instead for a kid’s room and then skip the spray-paint step. I chose white so it would stand out on the wooden table (but not jump off it) but you can arrange on the wall using blu-tak if you prefer.

The best part? If you constantly changing your mind on your decor, you can re-spray as your heart desires. Whoops! just noticed that the close-up below still shows blue-tak from when it was on the wall. I am a dreadful stylist.

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