Note from Design Mom: While I’m busy with the move to France, I’ve got a crew of talented Guest Moms filling in for me. Here’s a really cute project from Destri of The Mother Huddle. Enjoy!

I am just in the beginning phases of decorating my little girls room and after tallying the cost of everything I wanted, I found my eyes to be a little bigger than my pocket book, dang it. :) So I made a list of everything I wanted in the room, and decided which items I could make myself to save money for a few key items. This project came from that list. Let’s get started!

Supplies:

alphabet stencil
white spray paint and primer
scrap fabric or paper
double sided tape
frame

I found my stencil at a craft store for $1.50. It’s blue, and we need it white. Any excuse to use spray paint, and I’ll take it. Have you played with it lately? The best instant gratification!

I like to put things in a box when spray painting, it helps to contain the mess. Give it two coats of primer, and then a few good coats of paint, letting the paint dry in between each time.

Alright, we now have a dry, white canvas to work with. At this point you could just take a sheet of patterned scrapbook paper, or one sheet of fabric and tape to the back, and frame. That would be the easiest route, but I had the cutest little fabric swatches that are in the colors of the room. Use what you have.

I just cut them to size and put a little double sided tape on the back of the stencil to hold the fabric in place. The tape I used was some fancy little tape dispenser, but halfway through I was wishing I had a good ‘ol roll of tape.

And there you have it. Patch work alphabet art…so cute! This is where you squeal because it turned out even better then you thought it would.

Then you frame it, and walk past it every five minutes to remind yourself how cute it turned out.

And if you’re like me, you put it in the room, wishing you had it painted already so you could hang it on the wall.

My little girl loved it, thank goodness, and my husband has been trained to show the appropriate amount of enthusiasm when I show him something I’ve made, so of course he loved it. Then I say “See, now we can buy that really fun pendant lamp with all the money I saved us!”. I might have to save that for when I am finished with all the projects. :)

I would love to see photos if any of you tackle this project, I kind of live off them! If you would like to follow along with the rest of the room, you can find me on The Mother Huddle.

Thanks for having me Gabrielle, wishing you safe travels and kids who will sleep the entire flight!