Love is in the air…on Pinterest, anyway. So, in the spirit of true DIY-craftiness…I came, I pinned, and I conquered.
This easy craft would work with any four-letter inspirational word- HOPE, LIFE, PRAY, LIVE- and, of course, L-O-V-E.
LOVE is always worth celebrating, because LOVE is at the very heart of the gospel. God SO LOVED *us* that He sent His only son to pay our insurmountable debt! True, undeserved LOVE! Love is worth celebrating, and this little craft is an easy (and pretty) reminder!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
8 wooden slats for the picket fence
( I used leftover flooring underlayment from a recent remodel. 1 x 2 x 4’s from the home improvement store would work great. My slats were 2.5″ wide by 16″ long, but the second time through I made a larger one, which I like more, and on that one I used slats that were 2″ by 19″)
2- 16 inch lengths of wood to join your pickets together
(I used a furring strip, which was 96 cents from Home Depot. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Unbranded-1-x-2-x-8-Furring-Strip-160954/100075477. This strip of wood will be used to attach the pickets together, and will also serve as a “ledge” for hanging the finished art)
4 wooden letters, sanded, primed and painted white
(I used ones from HobbyLobby, when they went on sale 30% off: http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/6-1/4-routed-wooden-letter-l-256933/)
1- 6 inch square of scrapbook paper for the “O”
7- 5 inch by 2.5 inch strips of coordinating scrapbook paper for the bunting
2- #216 screw eyes
1-length of baker’s twine
a tiny bit of paint! (whatever colors you choose)
Here’s What You Do:
To begin with, sand, prime and paint your letters and your pickets.
I was kind-of mimicking this Pottery Barn Teen plaque, so I went with white for everything.
Assemble your picket fence by lining up your pickets, painted side down, and gluing the furring strips to them, about 3 inches from the top, and 3 inches from the bottom. I used wood glue and then put several cinder blocks on the picket fence while it dried.
While it is drying, paint the outer edge of your letters, if you so desire. I have made several of these, and like the letters pure white and with the painted outer edge.
Place your O, wide side down, onto the 6 inch square of scrapbook paper, and trace both the inner and outer edges. Then, cut out your paper O and glue it onto the wide side of the wooden O.
Now, glue all your letters down! I just eyeballed it, but you could totally measure to make sure things are perfectly even and level.
Next, using a thumbtack, make two small holes on either end of the bottom of the picket fence. These pilot holes will make fastening the screw eyes MUCH easier. Screw the hardware into the pre-made hole, and then tie twine from eye to eye.
Cut out your buntings by making a triangle template. Mine was 2.25 inches wide and about 2.75 inches tall. Fold each strip of paper in half and trace the triangle onto the wrong side, cut out the triangle, and fold back over so that the right side is showing. (see the pics if this step is confusing).
Hook the bunting triangles onto the twine in your desired order and adhere with double sided sticky tape. (I made sure the sticky tape was actually touching the twine, so that the bunting triangles wouldn’t slide around).
Here are a few examples of the finished project!
Have fun making your own!