Dollar Store Crafts | Letter Art with Thumb Tacks

By on March 7, 2014
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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.

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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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Stephanie is the executive editor of DIYready.com. She is curious, creative, and an expert mess maker who is not afraid to try anything a couple of times to get it right. Her specialties are inventing things, writing no nonsense clear instructions, artistic endeavors, paper crafts, digital media, kids crafts, creating recipes and figuring out new and better ways to do almost anything. Stephanie is a DIY guru who thinks maybe she should have been banned from DIY forums years ago, but enjoys being part information junkie, mad scientist, uncertified gourmet chef and mom of three budding DIY enthusiasts.


5 Comments

  1. Guadalupe Rabadan

    March 30, 2014 at 1:20 am

    I will like to learn more,

    • Guadalupe Rabadan

      March 30, 2014 at 1:21 am

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

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  4. Sammie Hartelle

    July 26, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Where’s the template please!!!

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