Every summer I tend to find my mind inspired with creative ideas that are sometimes overly ambitious; there is never enough summer to complete all the things I want to do and explore. Also I find that sometimes I would rather relax and simply enjoy the sun instead of busying myself with endless projects and reading lists. As I only see the sun a few short months out of the year, I have to take advantage of it when it comes, and my long summer list of projects often falls to the bottom of my priority list. This is one project that I actually completed! While perusing the aisles in my neighborhood Target (a place where most of the employees recognize me by now) I came across these plain wooden letters. I thought they would be cute painted and hung up on Coco’s wall! Here are the steps to the project I actually finished this summer :)
The things you need:
Masking tape or painter’s tape
Paint brush or painting sponge
I had all of the supplies already except for the letters, so this was a very inexpensive project. I am sure you can also find letters at any craft store. The paint colors I have are the primary colors, blue, red, and yellow, plus white and black. With these colors, I created a coral pink and a navy blue that I love. You can literally make any color you wish with these five basic colors, it simply takes some experimenting with mixing to get the shade you want. Or you can make it super easy on yourself and buy the shades you want so you don’t have to worry about mixing the right colors.
Paint the letter with a base color. I used white as my base color, because it is much easier to use a lighter color as your base, and then add colors in order from lightest to darkest. Let the base color dry completely. I used two coats of each color, letting the paint dry in between coats.
Once the base color has dried, use tape to create stripes or any design that you wish. Remember that the area you tape will remain white while the area that is uncovered will be filled in. It is easy to get confused when you look at it while taped off. For my second color, I used the coral pink.
When the paint is dry, remove the tape.
Repeat the taping and the painting with a second color, if desired. My overlapping colors and spacing between lines was totally random, I just tried to make it interesting. Let the paint dry and remove the tape. Once both of the stripe colors where dry, I painted the edges of the letters with white again, to cover up any paint drips and mistakes.
The finished product! This is a fairly easy and inexpensive project, and it is something that you can start and come back to for a couple of days; you definitely don’t have to do it all at once! I plan on mounting these adorable letters on the wall in Coco’s room. I love this project because the possibilities are endless! Use any colors, or write any word or name or initials, and hang it on a wall or prop it up on a shelf. Try it out and tell me how it goes, or post a picture for us to see!