Alphabet Art from Destri Bufmack

January 31, 2011

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!


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

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!

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1 amyks January 31, 2011 at 8:27 am

Love that…So simple, but so sweet. Very clever!


2 Heather {WhipperBerry} January 31, 2011 at 8:38 am

I LOVE this project. Gotta say…you hit this one out of the park!!



3 Mom in Mendon January 31, 2011 at 8:44 am



4 Adrienne Conner January 31, 2011 at 9:02 am

I am soooo going to do this project! Ikea has ridiculously inexpensive frames so this project will not break the bank at all!! I’ll be sure to send pictures when I’m done. We’re doing an owl/bird/butterfly theme for the nursery with cream, pink and varying shades of green. I needed one more item for wall space in the room and this is it!!


5 Ashlea Walter January 31, 2011 at 9:04 am

Wow, this is fantastic! Love this.


6 bdaiss January 31, 2011 at 9:28 am

Oh, so cute! Love that you can customize it with your favorite fabric/paper.
And a stencil!?! What a brilliant idea! Because when I saw the first photo I thought, “oy vey! I could certainly get my mom to cut the letters out with her cricut, but do I really want to try to glue them on and get them right?” So yeah. You’re a genius. : )


7 Destri January 31, 2011 at 11:48 am

Exactly! There have been so many projects I don’t take on because of the no cricut situation. :)


8 Jenni January 31, 2011 at 9:42 am

Beautiful! And such a great, simple idea.


9 Miranda January 31, 2011 at 9:54 am

I love that this is simple, affordable, useful and adorable! A perfect craft combo!


10 Melissa B. January 31, 2011 at 10:06 am

Amazing project!!


11 Anne January 31, 2011 at 10:09 am

I am a tip junkie, and spray painting in a box is new to me. Genius!


12 Anne (flax & twine) January 31, 2011 at 10:52 am

Love, love, love it! So clever and adorable. Hmmm gorgeous fabric scraps and stencils, what can I do with that . . .


13 Meagan January 31, 2011 at 10:53 am

This is darling and inexpensive. Fabulous! I’m thinking it will be the perfect thing to do with some of the leftover fabric from the baby quilt that grandma-to-be is sewing for baby. Thanks! And good luck with your other nursery projects!


14 Stoich91 January 31, 2011 at 11:28 am

Niiicccee! :D


15 claire January 31, 2011 at 11:33 am

This is genius! I’m so inspired by this project to switch it up a little and maybe use a stencil of a butterfly or flowers for my daughter who’s a little too old for the alphabet letters!


16 Destri January 31, 2011 at 11:46 am

Claire, that would be adorable. I even have stencils of trucks from an old project I could use in my little boys room! Great idea. Please send me pics of you have a chance to make it!


17 Destri January 31, 2011 at 11:53 am

Thanks everyone. I am still walking by it, at least hourly :)


18 Heidi January 31, 2011 at 12:19 pm

What a clever idea! I love that you used the actual stencil rather than tracing the letters onto the fabric.


19 Becky Burk January 31, 2011 at 12:32 pm

crazy cute now I’m wondering what all I can make with different stencils… hmmmmmmm.
Also I’m trying to train my husband to show how obviously proud he should be of his multi-talented wife–and well.. we’re still working on that :)


20 alejandra January 31, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I love this idea, I can’t wait to go buy some stencils and do some projects for my kiddos rooms, thanks!


21 Sydnie January 31, 2011 at 1:32 pm

This was such a great post! I’ve been wanting to do something for a nursery like this so this came at the perfect time!


22 Marcie January 31, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I *LOVE* this! Will definitely make it!


23 Adrienne January 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm

This is a lovely project – thanks so much for sharing!


24 Heather January 31, 2011 at 3:58 pm

VERY cool – I love diy kids’ room projects! I think I’m going to put this on my to do list for my 2 year old. Thanks so much for sharing this.


25 Tina January 31, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Oh my dear,
You are your usual self, full of crafty awesome sauce. Seriously…so cute and simple.


26 Sarah Fritzler {Daily Design Inspiration} January 31, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Using a stencil is such a good idea! My first thought was … it would take forever to cut out those letters. But your solution is brilliant!



27 Sarah @ KYC January 31, 2011 at 5:32 pm

This project is amazing! It looks so simple and quick but it looks like it cost a few bucks! I’m dying for more art to cover my white walls so I’m definitely inspired by this!!!



28 marta January 31, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Love it! can wait to do it for my boys…


29 Steph at Modern Parents Messy Kids January 31, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I love me a good alphabet print and this one is simply lovely.


30 Heather @ REOlisticRenovation January 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Saw something like this at IKEA yesterday and told the Hubs how cute it is. What a fun project!


31 Bettijo @ Paging Supermom January 31, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Totally cute! I hope you’ll be sharing all your projects since I’m collecting any ideas I can find for our new baby’s room :)


32 the sleepy time gal January 31, 2011 at 7:16 pm

awesome idea!! and super easy!


33 april's craft nest January 31, 2011 at 7:31 pm



34 Sarah January 31, 2011 at 8:28 pm

omg! this is so so beautiful. thinking of making one even though my kids are about 3 years away:) thanks for sharing:)


35 Bridget January 31, 2011 at 8:50 pm

what an awesome idea! so clever!


36 christy January 31, 2011 at 10:33 pm

It is adorable from A to Z!


37 andrea @Dwelling on the Positive February 1, 2011 at 12:20 am

I have been eyeing alphabet posters since pregnant with my 2 1/2 year old. I’m definitely adding this to my to-make list!


38 sara February 1, 2011 at 2:45 am

Oh my gosh, I can’t stand how awesome this is. I’m taking this idea and running with it – it’s awesome and clever and cheap – all wonderful! THANK YOU! Great post!


39 Pam February 1, 2011 at 5:43 am

seriously!!! CUTEST thing ever! I am obsessed with it! :) Can’t wait to make one…


40 tanya February 1, 2011 at 9:07 am

How clever!


41 Chaz Kemp February 1, 2011 at 11:29 am

This is wonderful and quite ingenious! I loved the crack about your husband being trained to show the proper amount of enthusiasm… Being an artist I feel that I sometimes have to remind my girlfriend to do the same, although thankfully she’s pretty good about that. :) Anyways – great blog post!
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42 vanessa @ silly eagle books February 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Such a perfect idea! I love how you used fabric swatches–I’ll be saving this idea for a rainy day.


43 Hannah Stevenson February 1, 2011 at 1:48 pm

This made my heart beat reallllly fast…totally doing this for the new baby boy coming NEXT MONTH (wow…that made my heart beat even faster!) Good luck in your travels today Gabby!


44 Suzanne February 1, 2011 at 9:23 pm

love it Destri, I can see myself using craft paper behind it since that’s what my crafting medium is :)


45 Martha February 1, 2011 at 10:28 pm

that is so surprisingly awesome!


46 Brenna February 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm

I adore this project! This is going on the to-do list for sure.


47 Julie February 3, 2011 at 11:42 am

Oh my heck! I love it! I’ve been looking for something like this. The one’s I saw BEFORE this were ho hum and UN-inspiring. I love it and will be making it this weekend for my little prince.



48 Erin @ Letter Soup February 3, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I love this! I seriously can’t get enough alphabet wall art.


49 Madison Judd February 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

Great idea :)


50 Julie February 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I often use stencils to paint, but never thought to intentionally paint the stencil itself. What a cute idea!


51 Cindy J February 5, 2011 at 8:52 am

This is adorable. Just thinking about the variety of stencils this would work for makes me so excited. Thanks for sharing!


52 Casey February 5, 2011 at 10:56 am

I LOVE this! it’s such an easy, fun idea!


53 Karee February 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Wonderfully clever! I am thinking of all the stencils I have but have not used in yrs… ohh la la!
Thank you.


54 Mary February 5, 2011 at 2:35 pm

What a great idea! I’ve been scouring stores for a good stencil since I read this post, but I haven’t found any that would work yet. Could you tell me where you found yours? I’d appreciate the help!


55 Destri February 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Mary, I bought mine at Hobby Lobby but you can find some online here

The pack with six has the alphabet on the same page, the one with the stars and hearts does as well.

I think amazon has a bunch to choose from too.

Hope this helps!


56 Ashley S. February 8, 2011 at 1:04 am

I love this so much! Thanks for sharing. Beautiful!


57 DoubleFab Eliza February 8, 2011 at 11:46 am

Wowzers! So rare to come across a project that requires so little design skills and turns out so rad! Warms the heart of the slightly-less-crafty girl. I absolutely love this idea and I can’t wait to give it a shot.


58 katie February 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Oh my, I love love love this!! Must do stat!!


59 Linda Davis December 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I just finished making this project and it turned out awesome! I was wondering though what brand/type of primer paint did you use? My first round of painting the letters did not turn out at all but the second one did. So I was wondering if I was using the wrong paint. Thanks for you posting of this project. Linda


60 Jody Nebesnik January 4, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS TUTORIAL! I couldn’t remember where I saw it. Thanks again!


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