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.

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.



2. 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.




3. 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. 



4. 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.


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



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71 comments:

  1. That's adorable!! I've actually been kind of obsessing over letters lately... I actually just finished a little project tonight!! You can see it on my instagram (birdfriend) if so inclined. I kind of freaked out when I saw you were doing the same thing :) I love all your crafty projects!!

    Mackenzie
    www.heybirdfriend.com

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  2. I really love the method you used to cover the letter - it looks so easy!
    Happy new week,
    Sarah x

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  3. I go for an"A" !!!!
    thank you, xxxx Ale

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  4. This is too cute, Erica! I love this ideas for decorating baby rooms as well. Maybe someday! :)

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  5. Cute! I love the fabric.

    lyckoland.blogg.se

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  6. So cute! Might make them as bookends!

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    1. Bookends are a fantastic idea! I'm sure there is a way to fill them with something heavy so that they will do the job. Love it! :)

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  7. Love how you used the tacks! nice find :)

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  8. Lovely blog! So happy to find you! Awesome tutorial, lovely photos.

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  9. Oh I love love love this DIY! And the fabric is so cute & homely. Enjoying watching your craft space come together :)

    Claire x

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  10. Very cute! I've done this before with paint or magazine photos, but never tried it with fabric!

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  11. I really love how initials look in rooms, I've seen so many but never a fabric one before! Such a cute idea for a craft room :)

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  12. Erica, this is it! I just LOVE your tacky letter... although I would call it wonderfully whimsical! Such a lovely textile pattern, in total contrast with the studs!

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  13. You are so creative, I love this! I made letters for my friends for Christmas one year with paint (and my sub par artist skills). I definitely want to find a piece of fabric and try it your way!

    Alyssa
    The Glossy Life

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  14. This is awesome! So much cuter than the similar ones at anthro - and customizable to boot. I gotta make some!

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  15. Really cute! I've seen ones like this with map prints- I would love you try that! <3

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  16. LOVE this idea! I made some decorated wooden letters for everyone in my family for christmas, but I love this idea for a decoration that can be used year round. I need one of these in my office. :)

    Stephanie
    twenty-something

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  17. Oh my gosh this is fabulous! LOVE IT! I've been eyeing tack projects too lately and the combo with the fabric is so perfect. I am sure this will go great in your craft room! ~Stephanie

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  18. This is seriously beautiful. I am not kidding. I have to do one now!! And, of course, I have to start following you because you're full of great ideas! Yay :)

    xo
    brittanykytecreated.blogspot.com

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  19. eek, how fun!!! i really love that your projects are always so beautiful, but simple to do :)

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  20. It's coool. ^^ Really cute I think ! I want my very own "S", or two as book ends.

    Satu
    Indie by heart

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  21. We are so twins. I have one of these hanging in my room right now. Only I didn't make mine. oops!

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  22. wow - i am totally in love with your blog! it is gorgeous! keep on the good work - i follow now! <3
    i'd be very glad if u could visit my blog too :)

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  23. This is SUPER cute. Love the gold tacks!
    -Bree @ aBree Fashion

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  24. What a perfect decoration for a craft room!!

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  25. Loving the Sesame Street reference. ;) And obviously this is super fab.. Your DIYs are all so simple & beautiful!

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  26. I bought about a zillion upholstery tacks a while back and never knew what to do with them - now you have me inspired!!

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  27. ah, my favorite letter :) and, I love this SO MUCH! I'm definitely going to give this a go. you are brilliant, ma'am. brilliant.

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  28. The fabric you chose is absolutely wonderful!!!
    This is a super idea!!
    Thanks for sharing Erica!

    Tania

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  29. this looks great! those gold tacks around the edge are the perfect touch, it definitely stands out a lot more than a plain white letter too.

    little henry lee

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  30. This looks fabulous! I love the touch of hardware :-)

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  31. I love this Erica! And it looks so easy. Perfect for the monogram trend.

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  32. So great! Love the fabric and the E looks fabulous on your craft desk!
    Kate :}

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  33. This is awesome! My fiance made me some wooden initials for our names that I have stashed to cover in yarn. Love the tacks around the edges!
    Trish

    www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

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  34. I think this has turned out really well, it looks amazing :) You're very creative.

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  35. that's such a great idea!!


    www.beckspick.com

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  36. Beautiful! What a great idea to use tacks. Wonderful addition to your craft room!

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  37. Okay, I rarely do DIYs...like almost NEVER. But I LOVE. THIS. I want to do this for my craft room! This is seriously the cutest letter I have ever seen! And I am NOT just saying that! It is. You are so talented! Uhh..ETSY shop??!!

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  38. erica!!! this is incredible, next to the crochet word sweater, this is one of my faves so far!!! it's beautiful, you could sell these in shops :)

    xo

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  39. That is very cool!

    Here's a link to my post on the hats inspired by your socks!

    http://givethanksandpraise.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/heart-hat/

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    1. Oh, so fun! The hat turned out beautifully! I love the monogram. Such a great way to personalize the hat. :)

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  40. ooh super cute Erica, i love that letter. whether it is yarn wrapped or fabric with tacks, I love using an solo letter as decor and how you used it with the lamp and the books looks great. everytime i come to your blog, you convince me I need a sewing machine

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    1. Hi Meg! I don't think you need a sewing machine for this project. You could just as easily fold over the fabric edges and tack it down with the Mod Podge.

      But, so fun if you decide to get a sewing machine. I just got one for Christmas and am having fun learning how to use it. We could learn together.

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  41. Oh, I do love clever names for projects ;)

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  42. Amazing DIY! Thanks for sharing:)

    Check out my blog: http://theprintedsea.blogspot.de/

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  43. pretty! i love the gold. thanks for the inspiration!

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  44. LOVE your E!!
    And I think this is a great way to make your workspace even more lovely.

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  45. That would be perfect for my craft table too!!!
    xx

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  46. You've done it again! I love your "E" and the colors are so perfect for spring!

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  47. I have bookmarked this post and I am definitely doing this! Although, I'll probably do an S but either way, this is a lovely idea! Thank you so much for sharing x

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  48. Love it. I am so pinning this for later.

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  49. I love this version of the Letter Block. I am usually not impressed by them but this is so cool. I want to do one for my daughter's room. I think she would think this would be very trendy for a teen. Love the tack idea.

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  50. Okay, so your fabric choice = perfect. Love it!

    Katie

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  51. Love the nailhead style trim and the vintage fabric! Greens and yellows are my faves. :)

    Also, love the blog design. (Mostly the fact that you don't have the "traditional" header.)

    Newest follower! Would love for you to follow back at toddlindsey.com

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  52. Awesome. You totally transformed that plain jane paper mache letter.

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  53. That looks so finished and fancy with the sewn edge. Awesome!

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    1. Thanks Katie! I just got a sewing machine for Christmas, so I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was about that little strip of fabric on the edge. It was the first thing I sewed... EVER! :)

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  54. That is so cool. I really want to do this for maybe a 'Mr & Mrs', for my house when i get married! So beautiful, Thanks for sharing!

    Rachael xx.

    http://theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk/

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  55. I saw this and thought it was a cool spin off idea of the initial thing: http://bridalmusings.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Aqua-and-Orange-Modern-Vintage-Wedding-Jessica-Ames-1.jpg yes, I've been looking at a lot of wedding sites recently (that's pretty much all I pin these days) no, it's not for me. Just wanted to clarify ;)

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  56. Erica! I am so in love with this initial! I adore all things personalized, and with the addition of the tacks: so classy :-). Featuring this on my "Fabulous Finds" today. Hope you guys had a Happy Valentine's Day! Do anything fun?

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  57. I really like this project! It's so different from most of the big letters I've seen. Great job :)

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