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DIY Valentine Felt Letter Board

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Felt letter boards are all over Instagram right now. Make your own with this tutorial in any color and size you'd like. For the base, you'll need any type of shallow tray. I used the back of a wood canvas from the craft store. The measurements in this tutorial are for a 6x6 wood canvas. You'll need to cut the wood pieces and felt to fit your frame if you choose a different base. Let's get started!

What you need:

  • Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue
  • 9x12 sheet of felt
  • 6x6 wood canvas
  • paint (not pictured)
  • hand saw
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • 3/16" square dowels
  • gift card (not pictured)
  • nail file or sand paper (not pictured)
  • 1" plastic letters for felt letter boards (not pictured)

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Measure the inside of the back of the wood canvas (your tray or base). Mark square dowels to this length with a pencil. You'll need about 16-18 pieces.

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Elevate the dowels and cut with a hand saw. Use a nail file or sand paper to smooth the ends.

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Paint the wood canvas (base). Apply a line of Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue to two dowels and press them on either side of the inside of the canvas back.

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These two dowels will form the supports that the other dowels will rest on. Without these supports, the felt surface will be deeper inside the canvas base and might be hard to see.

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Rotate the canvas. Add a bead of Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue on top of each dowel in the canvas base. Lay the ends of the other dowels in the glue, every 1/4". 

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Use the plastic letters to check for spacing on the dowels. They need to be loose enough for the felt to fit between them. A 1" plastic letter should fit over 3 dowels.

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Continue adding the dowels until the entire base is filled in. Set aside to dry for one hour.

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Measure felt to the width of the board base and mark with a marker.

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Cut the felt to fit the width of the base. It should be about 2.5 times longer than the base. For this 6x6 canvas, the felt piece should measure 5" x 12".

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Tuck the end of the felt between the first dowel and the edge of the canvas base. Use a gift card to press the felt snugly in place.

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Use the gift card to press the felt between each set of dowels.

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Trim any excess felt left at the end. Add letters and enjoy!

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After I finished this felt letter board, I masked off the felt and spray painted it with glitter.

Change the sayings every day or seasonally. You can glue the felt in place with Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue or leave it loose like I did. If you leave it loose, you can remove it seasonally and add other colors of felt. You can even make a rainbow version if you like!

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Published Date

January 09, 2017