Large Wooden Letters Joanns

Large Wooden Letters Joanns – Hope you are ready for an easy, COOL and unique DIY today! You can make this as a gift, put it on a shelf, style it into your decor…whatever you do, IT’S WORTH IT!!

Go ahead and stain your letter! I found mine a few years ago from JoAnn Fabrics… I looked online, and couldn’t find the EXACT one… but of course, you can use any wooden letter!!

Large Wooden Letters Joanns

Large Wooden Letters Joanns

I used my trusty Kilz Dark Wax to stain it! After it was all applied, I took a paper towel and wiped off the excess.

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Here’s what it looks like so far! Of course…if you didn’t like the stained look, you could always just use paint!

Next, write what you want to spell with your scrabble tiles, then hot glue them in place! I wanted Riley, obviously…LOL!

I’ve been asking a TON where you can find scrabble tiles to create! The ones I used were actually sent to me by a precious follower…BUT- Hobby lobby has them! You can buy them HERE.

Just to jazz it up a bit, I took this distressed burlap ribbon from Hobby Lobby, and lined it up along the edge of the entire letter.

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Look how BEAUTIFUL this turned out y’all!!! It just shows how a few small things and a little time can create a unique decoration!

I’m a HUGE fan of mixing my last name throughout my decor…if you’re like me, then you might like these other DIYs too! My students always LOVE using pointers in the classroom. We use them for print practice concepts (pointing to different parts of the books/words/letters), to trace words while reading in large books (these pointers are too large to display words in regular sized books), to follow letters and sight word hunts around our classroom, to display letters and words on post tables, and to use on our SmartBoard. I also like to call them wands—I just find that word funnier—and my students agree!

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I decided to make letter sticks to use when teaching letter recognition, letter sounds and beginning sounds. Since I want to use these for letter sounds, I’m using lowercase (when I have time, I’ll probably end up doing uppercase as well, and just use them for letter recognition). The best part about this project is that the final product only cost $16 total!

Large Wooden Letters Joanns

To start, I needed wooden letters. My search began by looking for small(ish) wooden letter blocks that I would finish with spray painting in neon colors. I quickly realized that this would be quite expensive and time consuming, so I redirected my search to wooden letter puzzles. I came across these amazing wooden letter puzzles from Amazon (yikes!) for $11.99 (no tax + free shipping). They are the perfect size for kindergarten pointers and they are already painted!

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For the “stick” part, I bought 30 wooden dowels (1/4″ diameter 12″ long) from Joann’s for $1.49 a pack. I can’t find them online, so here’s a picture of what I bought:

Attaching the wooden dowels to the wooden letters was easy! I simply drilled a small hole (with a 1/4″ drill bit) into the bottom of each letter, added a dot of wood glue, inserted the dowel, and let them dry for a few hours. That’s it! I definitely recommend using a drill bit that is exactly 1/4″ wide; there really is no room for error. Too small and the dowel won’t fit, too big and the dowel will fall out. The

I am so excited to have these letter sticks ready for the first day of kindergarten. I have 24 students this year, so having 26 letter wands will allow each friend to have their own wand (and a few extra for Miss Morgan). For the Letter Wands tag, click here (I’ve also included a “Letter Wands” version). The jar I put them in is from Target, and can be found here. Enjoy! 🙂

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