I got some inspiration after seeing these cute letters at Anthropologie. Taking the DIY approach, I purchased these wood ones at Michael’s, along with a variety of craft papers to attach to the letters with Mod Podge. I don’t have any words of wisdom for this process, other than to be confident it will turn out well, no matter how much you doubt it during the application of the soggy paper. I do recommend having a wet rag handy, so that you can wipe your fingers often – it’s a messy and sticky endeavor! I applied the Mod Podge to the surface of the letter, as well as to both sides of the paper, which I tore into strips to be able to turn the tiny corners of some of the letters.
For the background of “Lake Life,” we broke up what was previously used as a front stoop to the cabin. We sawed the wood in random sections, distressed it (i.e., took a whack at it with the usual culprits – a hammer and a chain – and threw in a lake item (anchor) for good measure), applied diluted stain, and reattached the wood to some pieces on the back.
Although the letters have slots on the back from which to hang, hanging each letter level with the next using that method seemed like a dauting task. So, I opted for the 3M hanging strips. I love how they attached the letters firmly, but gave me some wiggle room to move the letters if needed.
Reality Check. I must say, I really liked the process of deconstructing the stoop and distressing the wood for the “frame” (perhaps because we generally are terribly un-handy and this made Trevor and me feel pretty accomplished), but If I had to do this again, I would totally just buy the Anthropologie letters. The Mod Podge process took a LONG time. Had we not had a couple of rainy days in a row, and had I not been able to send the “K” and the “F” home with my mom to finish (those two seemed like they may push me over the edge), there is a very good chance “Lake Life” would never have been completed.