Thursday, February 3

CRAFT | "LOVE" letters

I am crazy-excited to share with you this clever little craft project I absolutely LOVE!!

It started out pretty generic with me purchasing wooden LOVE letters for Valentine's Day.
Not an original idea in the least so far, right?
After contemplating what crafting method to use to decorate them...(with paint or mod podge as the primary options)
I finally decided to paint them.

I chose black paint to coordinate with the other black decorative accent pieces around my home...
which also allows me to be "non-committal" on my color scheme selection for Valentine's Day.
(we all know this time next year I'll be wanting something different).
With the letters being black, I can now add whatever accent color I want through the use of various ribbon.

red gingham ribbon for a "classic" Valentine's feel...

very cute. and very simple.

The fun doesn't end there folks...we're just getting started.
Here's where the REAL creative ingenuity comes into play...

I wouldn't consider myself a frugal person...
BUT with that said...
I am always very conscientious as to whether or not a purchase will offer a variety of uses.
So it was bothering me that I was going to spend time painting these letters...
display them for Valentine's Day and then box them up until next year.

That's when this came to mind...

By printing out a variety of "accent" words...
I could do any of the following options for Valentine's Day...

or swap out the ribbon color to pink and white polka dots & add it to only one letter for a different look.

see how it's just tucked up underneath the ribbon - easy!


change up the ribbon color and accent word to reflect the current season...

like this one for SUMMER...  "

or this one for Halloween?

a play on words from the phrase "a fool for love"...*wink*
LOVE this whole concept!!!

There are SO many different things you can do with this one word to personalize it for your home...

This one has a special place in my heart because our big thing with Ella right now is asking her...
"Guess what?"  and she responds "Love You!" Sooo...cute.
(Actually, Ella is now running up to us asking "Guess what?"...and then she responds for us with a resounding "Love You"!)

I kept the concept REALLY simple but feel free to get as creative as you like...
• paint it whatever neutral color you prefer to match your home decor (white, black, vintage blue, etc.)
• wrap the letters with any type of ribbon, fabric, scrapbook paper or just leave it plain
• add any word or a combination of words to make an entire phrase/sentence.
• make the "accent words" fancy by backing them with colored cardstock or turning them into cute tags to hang from your wooden letters.

and guess what...
you can use this same concept using a DIFFERENT word to display in your home year-round...
like "FAMILY"?!

I hope you are inspired.
This is SUCH an easy craft project that will be worth every bit of your time.
And because I ADORE you to pieces...

I created an entire 2 page .pdf of "LOVE" letter accent words
for each month of the year...just for YOU!!! (your version won't have the months written in) *wink*

I'm in LOVE with this idea.
I hope you'll feel moved to try incorporating this into your own home decor.
You can even get your kids involved in the painting process...
Or have them come up with your own family words to print out...
You can even put someone in charge of changing out the word every month. *wink*

I purchased my letters from JoAnn's - they finally have a new selection of letters to choose from.
• I painted my letters with black acrylic paint...spray painting is an option too and will probably be a faster method.
• I sealed my letters after painting with a light mist of "matte" finish acrylic sealer. (like this)
• Attach your accent words by tucking them into your ribbon, punching a hole and dangling them from your ribbon or using tape that won't leave residue behind.
• Because the letters don't "free stand" very well, I lean my letters slightly back against a surface and then nestle them close together to keep them balanced.

I completely left out the month of January in the .pdf...oops.
I decided to use the acrylic spray sealer on my letters after realizing during the first 1/2 of the photo shoot that the black paint was showing tiny scratches, smudges and painting imperfections. (reference the "love deeply" photos above).
In fact, I added another coat of paint and THEN used the sealer. MUCH better results.


staci @ lizard n ladybug February 3, 2011 at 10:07 AM  

I LOVE this idea...totally sharing it!

heidi greer February 3, 2011 at 10:07 AM  

A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!!! what a great idea!!!

Amy @ Amy Miller Designs February 3, 2011 at 10:12 AM  

Cute & simple...just what I like! Ribbon can just dress up anything. Thanks for the idea!

con-tain-it February 3, 2011 at 10:14 AM  

"This is too cute for color TV Clairee" ;) Thanks for sharing this's adorable. You could also paint it with chalkboard paint and write the inspiring words OR you could paint it with magnetic paint and print your lovely tags and laminate them with magnetic laminate. Have a great day. Fondly, Roberta

Renee February 3, 2011 at 11:00 AM  

Wow, Jess, this is so very sweet and beautiful! It was fun scrolling down the page to see all of your cool ideas!! Thanks so much for sharing!!



simplysandi February 3, 2011 at 11:45 AM  

I love it!!! I love the simplicity of it and the versatility. Too cute!!!

Alison February 3, 2011 at 12:09 PM  

I lovvvvvvvvee it!! Looks like a great craft to do with my kids...

Jenny @ Embellishing Life February 3, 2011 at 12:45 PM  

I love this! I am doing this. Thanks so much for sharing the printable! :)

Pampered Sweet Tooth February 3, 2011 at 1:49 PM  

Nice post! I like the use of exchanging the various LOVE accent words as well as ribbon color to place on the black painted letters. Thanks for sharing!

Gypsy Heart February 3, 2011 at 1:53 PM  

I "love" this! I would leave the letters out all year just to share the sentiment. Thanks so very much for the printables!!

Your daughter's little "guess what" interaction is adorable.


The Savvy Moms Guide February 3, 2011 at 4:10 PM  

LOVE it! Sharing for sure! Super Savvy. Smiles~

Renee' February 3, 2011 at 4:37 PM  

Wow...I absolutely LOVE this!!

Thank you for sharing your lovely idea!!!

Ooh La Lollipop February 3, 2011 at 5:26 PM  

This is GENIUS!! I love it!! Thanks for the free download!

Lisa ~ The SweetTalk Shop February 3, 2011 at 9:06 PM  

I'm going to be sharing this on my blog.
You are so clever!!

Fancy Frills Style Studio February 3, 2011 at 9:17 PM  

How did no one think of this before, such a good idea!! I have a post featuring it tomorrow =)

Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. February 3, 2011 at 9:42 PM  

What an amazing idea! This is truly one of the most versatile crafts I have ever seen and so affordable, and very approachable for even the beginning crafter. Love your word choices for the entire year, what a brilliant idea!

CraftCrave February 3, 2011 at 11:18 PM  

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [04 Feb 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

CBH February 4, 2011 at 10:21 AM  

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 6 post on Feb. 04, 2011. Thanks again.

Suzanne Johnson,  February 4, 2011 at 5:10 PM  

You just might be a genius!! I LOVE this idea. Can't wait to do make my own version! Thank you for the inspiration!

Jordan - Polkadot Prints February 8, 2011 at 7:56 AM  

The 'simple' ideas are often the most striking! Love this 'discovery' of yours! So versatile :)

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