Dollar Store Crafts | Letter Art with Thumb Tacks

By on March 7, 2014

Dollar Store Crafts | How to Make Word Art Using Thumb Tacks

We’ve been wanting to make our own letter art for a while now. We had a major a’ha moment while in the dollar store and realized we could easily make the letter art we want with some gold tacks and foam core! (Total project cost: $3!)

Follow the tutorial below to make your own letter art. If you like our “love” theme, click HERE to download our template. We kept our’s small because of where it was going on a wall, but you can easily scale this to any size.

How to Make Letter Art Using Thumb Tacks:

Supplies:

  • Foam core board
  • Tacks – we chose gold
  • xacto knife
  • Spray adhesive

Step 1:

The foam board at the Dollar Tree is 1/8″ thick. This is not thick enough to keep your letters together. Plus, the tacks will end up sticking out the back. Start by cutting the board down into two pieces and glue them together. Then glue your printout on top. (You can free hand your letting as well!)
Using the spray adhesive, stick your word template onto the foam core.

Using the spray adhesive, stick your word template onto the foam core.

Step 2:

Now, grab your xacto knife and start cutting out the letters. Hint: Be sure to be patient during this step. Slowly cut layer by layer through the foam board. If you try to rush this part, you will end up with extremely messy edges.

Start to slowly cut out the words.

Start to slowly cut out the words.

The letters look great!

The letters look great!

 

Step 3:

Now it’s time to grab your tacks and start decorating your letters.

Start to outline your letters with the thumb tacks.

Start to outline your letters with the thumb tacks.

Make your way all around the edges first. Hint: by working from the outside, in, you get a nice  embossed look in the center of the word.

Make your way all around the edges first.
Hint: by working from the outside, in, you get a nice embossed look in the center of the word.

Continue all the way around.

Continue all the way around.

Dollar Store Crafts | How to Make Word Art

Now start filling it in keeping the same method of outside - in.

Now start filling it in keeping the same method of outside – in.

 

Step 4:

Once you’ve completed the outline, start to fill the rest in. Continue placing the tacks from the outside, inward. Dollar Store Crafts | How to Make Word Art Dollar Store Crafts | How to Make Word Art

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Dollar Store Crafts | How to Make Word Art Using Thumb Tacks

 

We hope you enjoyed learning how to make your own letter art by using simple, cheap dollar store materials!



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  • Guadalupe Rabadan

    I will like to learn more,

    • Guadalupe Rabadan

      I will like to have more ideas, I love this!

      • Lisa Loperfido

        more ideas coming your way!!!

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  • Sammie Hartelle

    Where’s the template please!!!

    • Lisa Loperfido

      added, sorry for the wait!

  • Celia

    I need the template. Love this. Thank you!

    • Lisa Loperfido

      Sorry about that, I’ve added the link back in! XOXO

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  • Ali

    Love this idea. Just a couple of questions: What do you make the lettering from? Would you please download the “Love” template? I don’t think I could make one so pretty. Thank you so much.

    • Lisa Loperfido

      Sorry about that, I’ve added the link back in! It’s simply a file with the word “love” in cursive. XOXO

  • Kirstin

    Hi – itching to do this fantastic project and have everything ready except for a template for the lettering. Google is not proving that helpful. Can you advise a link or provide a template for the lettering at all pleeeease :) Thanks!

    • Lisa Loperfido

      Sorry about that, I’ve added the link back in! XOXO

  • http://pineconeshelf.com Pineconeshelf

    I love the way the letter art turned out. I have similar thumb tuck treble cleff art but it’s not cut out. I should do something cut out soon..

    Thanks for sharing.

    ** Wangu.

    • Lisa Loperfido

      So cool!

  • caroline

    How do I get the template for the word love?

    • Lisa Loperfido

      Sorry about that, I’ve added the link back in! XOXO