December 29, 2011

DIY Numbered Monogram

I love monograms. And numbers. This is a combination of both
that I made to represent our last name + how many family members
their are. J to the fourth power = fun with math + art to start my
gallery wall in my dining room. And a new love affair with yellow.

Here's what I used in this project:

  • vintage linen napkin
  • matte Mod Podge
  • large wooden letter 
  • small wooden number
  • acrylic craft paint
  • fabric scissors
  • paint brush

I love to repurpose, so to go along with this theme, 
I used a pretty lemon yellow vintage linen napkin I found
 at a thrift store a few months ago.

I cut the cloth into little rectangles using fabric scissors.

I applied the matte Mod Podge onto the monogram with a 
brush, laid one piece of fabric down flat over it.

I then brushed more Mod Podge over the top of the fabric piece,
saturating it and smoothing it flat against the wood. 

I repeated steps 2-3, overlapping fabric pieces onto the top 
and sides of the wooden letter until it was covered completely.

To finish, I painted my number using Deco Art 
acrylic paint in a dark gray.
 After everything was dry, I nailed the my numbered monogram
to my gallery wall!

I love how it adds some fresh modern style to
my previously traditional wall. I plan on surrounding the wall
 with photos of my family, nature and some cheerful crayon and paint
works of art done by my boys. I can't wait to until it's done!

Stay tuned for a post in a few weeks showing the finished gallery wall...

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  1. Wow I never seen anyone use fabric on a monogram I love it!...and then the number idea is so cool. I might just try this on my wall.

  2. Thanks for your kind words, Jill-I have loved the yarn ones I've seen but wanted to try a different twist. And you can always change the numbers if your number of family members expands :)

  3. Wow I love how the finish looks on that J with the fabric. Very creative & it turned out fab!

  4. So simple yet so pretty! Would love love love for you to share this at my Best of 2011 party going on now Feel free to share a few projects if youd'd like. Happy new year! My

  5. I agree... never seen the numbers before... nice touch! thanks for sharing :) would love for you to follow over at !

  6. what a great idea! super super cute and unique! following you now from lifemadelovely:) pop by and visit me if you get a chance:)

  7. What a great project! Hopping over from My Girlish Whims and am now a new follower. I peeked at your bio--you've got a beautiful family!


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