Look --> my name in wooden letters

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  1. ms. yi

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    So I wanted to create my name to place in the window by my classroom door so that people could easily locate my room. I went to Joann's and found some wooden letters and with a little paint, glue and fabric -- voila!

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    (I only did the letters not the ladybug.)

    So now I need to figure out how to connect the letters and hang it. I'm thinking of using red gingham ribbon to hang it but I'm not sure how to connect the Y and the I. And I think I'm only going to go with one ladybug at the bottom, not the top. What do you guys think?

    Also, is the I upside down?
     
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  3. MrsC

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    I like the ladybugs at the top and the bottom. Could you hot glue all pieces onto a long strip of the ribbon? (Not sure about the "I")
     
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    Hmm. I didn't think of that. Originally, I had wanted to drill a hole into all the pieces and then link them together with chains but I'm afraid of what the drill might do to the fabric -- I don't want it to fray.
     
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    Sooo cute!
     
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    Way awesome! I'm in craft mode for the room today as well-it's so much fun!!
     
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    hmmm...can you take another photo with the I the other way. Then we can say which way we like it best.

    I agree with Mrs. C on the assembly though-hot glue it to some ribbon.
     
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    Okay, so here it is with the I turned the other way around and I placed the red gingham ribbon behind the letters to see what it would look like. I'm not sure if I like the way that looks. Maybe I should get a white ribbon with scalloped edges.

    [​IMG] (new) [​IMG] (old)
     
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    Maybe a wider ribbon...
     
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    I like the fatter part of the I up and I agree you need a wider ribbon at least two inches thick. I also like both lady bugs.
    Oh yeah! and the whole idea is great!!!!
    This is a good gift idea too!
     
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    I'm obviously a fan of ladybugs (check my avatar :))! So I love those! I saw that you are doing a ladybug theme in your room, you should post pictures!
     
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    Maybe a black and red ribbon and I'd go thicker too.

    Plus-I like the bump at the top on the I
     
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    I do agree that ribbon should be thicker but I don't think I'm going to line it up like that. I'm just going to use the ribbon at the top to hang it.

    @futureteach: I'm heading into the direction of a ladybug theme (over time) but right now you could say I have a Mary Engelbreit theme :) I'm definitely gonna post pics once my room's done.

    About the bump, I think I like it on the bottom. It appears more even that way -- at least to me, but who knows, the other way might grow on me too.

    A little unrelated but has anyone covered their walls with fabric and liquid starch? I need to create a bulletin board on the wall and really didn't want to use butcher paper and I stumbled upon the fabric/starch idea.
     
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    I like the way it looks on the left. You did an extremely good job! Wooden letters are a lot of fun to work with- and I wish I had a short a name as yours so I could get large letters. :)
     
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    That's funny because I was wishing that I had a longer name so that I could get smaller letters :lol: but I really liked how they turned out now.

    I'm going to go to Joann's (which is like my 2nd home) tomorrow to look for eyelets or some kind of hardware to put on the back of them.

    As for the ribbon tying, I thought I would do something like this:
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    As you can see, that may not work out so well with the ladybug on the top. How about both ladybugs at the bottom or one just crawling around the window somewhere? :)
     
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    Well Mary Engelbreit is another one of favorites so I'm looking forward to seeing it!
     
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    You could also link the letters and ladybugs together with screw eyes.
     
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    I LOVE THIS!!! I want one!!! I like the bump on the bottom... the reason is because look at the "Y" it also has a bump on the bottom I think that is the way it is supposed to go.. Just my :2cents:

    I wonder if they would have these letters at other craft stores??? I don't have a Joanes :confused:
     
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    AC Moore has the letters as well. Target has small letters already painted (polka-dots) in their toy section.
     
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    Thanks missk83 I will be sure to check them out
     
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    love it!! with the large part of the I on top
     
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    Here's what I did to make these letters:

    I first painted them black (otherwise the sides would be too noticeable against the black fabric).

    Then I traced the letters onto the back of the fabric. Luckily the black polka dotted fabric was light on the back.

    I cut them out carefully (had to do this 3 times!).

    I applied tacky glue onto the letters, a small section at a time. I also made sure to spread it evenly. Try not to stretch the fabric when you apply it because then it won't fit :(

    And then I let them dry.

    I'm sure other craft supply stores will have wooden letters too. Do you have a Michaels?

    I'm gonna go ahead and have the bump on the bottom. And I'll look into the screw eyes.

    Thanks guys.

    Oh, and btw, I'm putting up valances in the same polka dotted fabric :haha:
     
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    I love this site. Nowhere else would anyone spend three pages to discuss how to hang letters.

    I have not used fabric and starch on walls, but have used starch and tissue paper. It looks great, but is hard to remove.
     
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    I laughed out loud on this one! I was JUST thinking the same thing just prior to reading the third page.:lol:
     
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    Ta-da! All done!

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    Very cute!!!
     

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