I absolutely love decorating my house with inspirational quotes and sayings. I’d like to think that their positivity rubs off on my crazy kids! I especially love putting up art that teaches my kids to embrace who they are and this “Be-You-tiful” inspirational DIY word art is no exception. One of the greatest things about this tutorial is that you can totally customize it to match any room in your house. I chose to put it in my living room for all to enjoy but it would look equally great in a playroom or kid’s bedroom!
- 6 inch Paper Mache Letters (B, E, T, I, F, U, L)
- 8 inch Paper Mache Letters (Y, O, U)
- 2 Basswood Rods – 1/8 x 4 x 24 inches
- One Step Stain and Polyurethane
- Yesteryear Gray Chalk Paint
- Ultra-Matte Vintage Mustard Chalk Paint
- Wide Ring Plate Hangers
- 2 Temp Glue Gun
Before you actually start painting the supplies, you’re going to want to layout the wood panels and figure out how to space the letters. You can use the picture I posted above of the finished artwork as a basic guide.
Once you’ve figure out where each of the letters will go, you can begin adding color to each of the elements of this sign. I decided to stain the wood panels to match the existing decor in my living room. But you could also paint it the color of your wall so that it blends right in.
Once the panels have been painted, add a few layers of chalk paint to the smaller letters until you’re happy with the coverage.
While the smaller letters are drying, add a few coats of paint to the larger letters and allow to dry completely.
Once both the panels and letters have dried completely, begin assembly with hot glue gun. Make sure to only apply hot glue on the sections of letters that will actually be touching the wood panel. Continue until all the letters are stuck in place.
Turn artwork over and add additional glue to the wood crease and along the letters to really secure the entire piece. Don’t worry about using too much hot glue, I’d hate for your artwork to fall apart! Glue the hangers in place.
I absolutely love how this “Be-You-tiful” inspirational DIY word art looks hanging over our couch. My kids have already commented on it’s meaning a number of times! Another great thing about this project is that it’s super light weight so I was able to hang it with a minimal amount of damage to my wall.
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Vanessa is a self proclaimed sleep deprived mother of two adorable boys and when she has a little time to spare, she makes things and posts about them on her craft blog, Tried & True. If she’s not cooking, sewing, gluing or making, she would probably go crazy. Join her on her crafty adventure at Tried & True.