DIY “Thankful” Wood Letter Art

I adore typography and word art. Unfinished wood letters are the perfect base for creating a lot of different projects.  In this craft, I used 6 inch wood letters to create word art that would be perfect for a mantle or a centerpiece.  I chose the word “thankful” for Thanksgiving.  I didn’t use traditional fall colors, opting to match my living room color scheme, instead.  That’s the beauty of doing it yourself: you’re not limited to what’s on the store shelf, you can make whatever you imagine!

Thankful-wood-letter-art-Crafts-UnleashedSupplies needed to make your own wood letter art:

Step 1:  Paint the sides and back of the letters.  Paint the wood board.

Step 2:  Trace the letters onto the scrapbook paper and cut out.  The paper will be slightly larger than the front of the letter, and that’s OK.

Step 3:  Apply Mod Podge to the front of the wood letter, and press the paper on.  Allow it to dry.

Step 4:  Trim the excess paper off the wood letter, and sand the edges.  Then seal with another layer of Mod Podge on top of the paper.

DIY Word Art Tutorial at Crafts UnleashedStep 5:  Use the wood glue to stick the letters to each other and to glue them to the board.  (Tip:  to speed the process, use a dab of hot glue to hold the letters in place while the wood glue dries.)

Letter Wall Art DIYI’m really excited about the way my word art turned out.  It’s a great piece not just for Thanksgiving, but year round.

Thankful-wood-letter-art-Crafts-Unleashed-2What word will you spell when you create your own decorative piece?

Thankful Sign Art DIY

About Morena

Morena Hockley is the crafty mind behind the tutorials at She loves to share ideas for projects that are fast, frugal, and fabulous: easy on time and money, and great to look at! Morena is a stay at home mom to four young children, and crafting is what helps her maintain her sanity. It’s a wonderful outlet and it’s how she gets her “me” time. In a past life, Morena was an elementary school teacher and an assistant principal. She misses teaching, so her blog is in a sense a virtual classroom. Make sure to swing by and check out Morena’s Corner!


  1. JaneEllen says

    I like that you painted it to coordinate with your usual décor. Nicer then to use it all year and not be restricted by Fall colors. I tend to change some colors and decorations I use for Spring/summer and Fall/Winter. I change rugs and curtains in living room also. Gives me an good excuse to make things.
    Really love how your thankful looks, the colors are very pretty and the paper you used. Happy week


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