Wooden Letters Joann’s
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This is a DIY for 12″ (or whatever size you buy) painted letters with different sports. I have provided .studio3 (Silhouette Cameo File) for download, or you can buy ready to use stencils in my shop.
Wooden Letters Joann’s
These letters are fun for a kid’s room, or even a basement bar. You can buy these exact wood letters from the places I listed in the supplies, or you could buy any size letters you find at a craft store.
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I’m happy to answer any questions you have while working on your project, just contact me here or through my blog/facebook @ She’s Crafty LLC.
12″ Wooden Letters – can be purchased in my shop or at your local JoAnn’s. You can also find them online at Amazon. Or you can find similar letters at any local craft store, and I believe even Walmart & Target Also. The steps should be the same and the stencils should work if it’s a similar size. I’m happy to resize the stencils for you too if needed.
Stencils (or freehand it) – You can buy stencils from me here, or you can find some at craft stores. You could also freehand the details.
Hanger – I usually use 3M Command Bands to hang my letters, but you could also use a sawtooth hanger on the back.
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First you may want to sand the milk down if you like a smoother finish. You don’t have to do this step, but I always do.
LETTERS LITTLE base color is needed, so orange for basketball, black for basketball, brown for football, white for baseball, etc. You will probably need at least two coats, maybe three. I use a small 4″ roller for the doors/cabinets on mine, but a paint brush or foam edge would also work. Allow to dry thoroughly before adding stencils.
Football and field – Part green, part brown. Look at the stencil to decide how you want to put it out on the letter before you know what part of green paint and what part of brown paint.
Football – Paint all the letters brown (sometimes there is a small part that the football does not cover. I usually paint this part green.
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Baseball bat – Paint part green, part tan (sand/dirt), and a white line between the two to resemble a baseball field.
I have provided .studio3 files for download if you own a Silhouette Cameo or Portrait you can cut these files. If you don’t and would like to buy stencils, you can do so in my shop.
Once the base coats are nice and dry (at least two hours suggested) you can add the stencils and start painting again. Some letters may require two different stencils in two different steps, always stencil the background first and then, once it is dry, make second stencils (for example, lines on the football field first, football on top of that).
I am working on a video to show the stencil process, but for now, here are some pictures.
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Apply the stencil – first figure out how you want to put the stencil on, once you know the way you want it to go, remove the paper backing. Flip the stencil over and roll the paper background gently. Once removed, carefully place the stencil in place and use a flat object such as a credit card to smooth it into place.
You can apply stencils in the video here until I had a chance to make the sports letter video:
Once the stencil is applied, add the paint with a dabbing sponge or brush for smaller details or a roller for larger ones. I usually roll on the black for the soccer ball since it is the only two colors. For stencils like the football, I use brushes to fill in the small detail areas.
Football: Darker brown for the lines, white for the big bands (which will be described in darker lines), then I freehand the ‘strings’ in the center. The stencil has these in place, but I personally freed it to make it more realistic.
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Baseball: painted the thread red and then I put a gray line in the middle to make it look like some space between the materials where the ball is sewn together.
Baseball bat: I start with a time to color the main bat, then once it is dry lie on the ‘grain’ and paint it a little darker than the color of the main bat. Once dry, remove the grain stencil and apply the ball play logo stencil with this black paint.
I like to add small simple details to give it a little more realistic feel. I just freehand them with paint brushes. To make the points on the football and basketball I actually cut the tip of a Q-tip and use the round stick dipped in paint and then on the letter to make the circle shape.
Football – add small dots of a slightly different brown than the main color to give it a textured feel.
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Basketball – add dots of a slightly different orange than the main color to give it a textured feel.
Baseball – add small light gray rings around the lace holes. You could also go along the red strings with a thin line to give it a more three-dimensional feel.
Tennis – use a sponge to add a slightly different shade of green / yellow to make it look kind of fuzzy.
If you used acrylic craft paint, I would add a clear coat like Mod Podge to your letters. I like the matte finish personally.
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Let me know if you have any questions or want to see a design for a sport not shown. I am happy to add more stencils to my collection as the demand comes.