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Grace Letters
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Thanks to Pinterest, I had delusions-a-grandeur that I could easily make cute little yarn-wrapped letters for  Grace’s room. Wrapping some yarn around some wooden letters? Has to be easy, right? I mean, you are literally winding yarn around pre-formed letters. I can be pretty crafty, so I figured I had this one in the bag. Be warned, my friends, crafty-over-confidence gets you a project you hadn’t originally planned for.

Guess what? Wrapping letters with yarn is Totally. Not. Easy. I mean, sure, parts of it are easy, but when you get down to the edges, it’s hard to get it to stay while you secure it or start winding it back up the other side, etc. Maybe it’s easier with sans-serif letters. Unfortunately, I had serif letters. I got the “G” done, and I didn’t like that the yarn was thicker in some spots, more bare in others. I wanted it to be smooth and even all around, and serif letters didn’t really play nice with my uniformity wishes. Still, I kept going and moved on to “R”, and, in retrospect, I should have planned better / shopped harder and found sans-serif letters. Those little nooks and crannies (or, serifs!) were a pain in the bejeezus to wrap neatly. I tried very hard, but inevitably, the yarn slipped, unraveled, etc. on some other part of the “R” while I was wrastlin’ with the serifs. Ugh.

I gave up.

And, rather than throw them out (the window) like I wanted to after my third attempt at wrapping the “R” in Grace, I packed them up in the closet while I regained my composure over the course of three to six months. Haha.

Then one day recently, I had a strike of creativity and a desire to do a project. I pulled out the letters. The “G” was still wrapped in white yarn. It looked nice, despite the un-even yarn coverage. It looked especially nice in contrast to its one-third-wrapped, hot-glue scarred sad partner letter “R”. The frustration of my failed project came rushing back, and I took great delight in unravelling that “R”. Haha.

I had now decided to try paper. I always imagined covering these letters in paper would be crazy-hard, but it wasn’t. I did it in an hour total. Including hanging them on the wall. For reals. Here’s how I did it:

Adhered the paper to the wooden letter with gluestamper dots. The letter should be backwards and on the backside of the paper that you want to be showing on the front of the letter.

Then, I cut around the letter using a small pair of scissors. I let the scissors be my guide around the letter, i.e. I didn’t get all crazy trying to make the cut exactly where the paper and letter came together. This left a little edge of paper that extended beyond the wooden letter, and it looks totally fine and I am totally OK with it. Voila. Done.

Of course, I still had raw wooden edges. I entertained painting them for about 3.2 seconds. I decided instead to marker the edges – actually, Highlight the edges would be more exact. I used a pink Highlighter. I figured if it looked terrible, I could always paint over it. But, guess what? It looked great. Completely fine. Of course, I have no idea how long it will last, but so far, so good.

I then put a few 3M poster strips on the back of each letter and stuck them to her wall.

I love them. And so does Grace.

On the plus side, they are much easier to dust than yarn-covered letters would be. 😉

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