Alphabet Wall DIY

Alphabet Wall DIY

Alphabet Wall DIY

When we first bought our new house, I was most excited to decorate Noah’s playroom. I had grand visions for the room. It’s right off the entry, with great french doors, and visible from basically everywhere on the main level. It’s everything I wanted in a playroom, and I couldn’t wait to start decorating! Six months after moving in, we are {almost} done!! Everything has been DIY, and I couldn’t be happier with the results! 

My absolute favorite project is the alphabet wall – it’s seriously amazing. With 10 foot ceilings, we have so much wall space, so I knew I needed a statement piece for the main wall. Originally,  I wanted two big book shelves, with a bench seat in between. After excessive research, I literally couldn’t make up my mind to save my life. Too expensive, not sturdy enough, too short, etc. Seriously, I’m too freaking indecisive. But, for once I am glad I was, because the alphabet wall could not be more perfect.

David was a huge help in getting this project completed. I’m notorious for starting something and letting it linger for weeks. With 26 letters – this definitely had the potential to linger. But, we knocked it out in a week! I waited until letters went on sale at Hobby Lobby (almost all items were 30-50% off!), then went and stocked up. I also grabbed a few sheets of fun scrapbook paper (I’m a total sucker for polka dots and chevron), and some bright, basic acrylic paint (all on sale!). I also spent some time searching through other wall art to see if there were any unique items I could use for letters. Overall my total budget was roughly $70. Heck of a lot cheaper than anything I could have found pre-made. And it’s so much more special being handmade and unique. Below is a listing of what I used for each letter, just to assist anyone wanting to try something similar!

  • A, D, E, H, K, M, S, V, X, Z – Solid wood, or paper mache letters simply painted in a variety of colors
  • B, N, and Y – metal letters I stumbled across and really loved
  • C, F, J, L, P, T, W – again solid wood or paper mache letters, but with scrapbook paper! I painted the sides of the letters, traced the letters on scapbook paper, cut, then modge podged the scrapbook paper on top of the letter (layer of modge podge on the letter, then smooth the scrapbook paper on very carefully and let dry fully, then put another layer of modge podge on top – it will go on white and you will worry that you ruined it. But, after it fully dries, it gives such a great, finished look!)
  • G – my sweet husband hand carved the G! He stained the wood, and engraved his initials on the back. So special!
  • I – cheap, small chalkboard
  • O – a button I found at Hobby Lobby which is by far my favorite
  • Q – paper mache square, painted white, and then freehand painted the letter
  • R – big, curly letter covered in glitter I found while browsing
  • U – Horseshoe I found in a western section of the store which I loved
Almost everything was hung using 3M Command Strips (except for the button and horseshoe), which made it so easy. I haphazardly laid the letters out on the floor, and then just kind of went for it. I tend to over analyze everything (hence my indecisiveness!), but I knew if I overthought this, it wouldn’t end well. So, I just started with A and went from there. And I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Noah loves them too! It is the perfect statement piece and brings so much color to the room! More playroom DIY to come 🙂
 
Alphabet Wall

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10 Comments

  1. I love this, such a great idea for a BIG space. I kept scrolling up to your photo from the list to check out each one! My favourite is the G, just because…

    1. Thank you so much!! It really was so much fun to make and I still love walking into the playroom and seeing it daily! Thanks for your sweet comment!

  2. This turned out so awesome! What a great idea for a large playroom wall. I’m tempted to go buy a bunch of letters now…my playroom walls are still blank and we’ve been in our house for a little over a year!

    1. Thanks so much!! It really is the perfect project to take up space and add some color to the walls!! Now if only I could find the motivation to fill other walls in our house!!

  3. This is so cute. I would love to do this in a play room. Hopefully someday I will have one. Thanks again for joining us at Family Joy Blog Link Up Party. Hope to see you this next week!

    1. I will definitely be there next week as well – there are some great things coming from your Link Up! Thanks so much for hosting!!

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