Plastic Letters Are Great
But Custom Letters Are Even Better
It’s as if this party planning took three months…oh wait…it did! Every time I thought I was seeing the light, I kept finding something else that I wanted to make. This time, I found my inspiration through another crafting buddies blog. Christine, over at Studio Xtine, created her own letters for an adorable and witty 5 Year Old’s sign. I knew I wanted to incorporate my letter board some how, and after seeing her post, it encouraged me to create one that fit right into my Modern Little Blue Truck theme.
These letters are so simple to create, and you can use just about any font you desire, which makes for great custom letters for your own letter board.
Start by opening up Silhouette Studio and create your text. Size is up to you, depending on your overall layout.
Our theme was Modern Little Blue Truck, which is my son’s favorite book. While I didn’t want to go the country theme route, I still wanted to incorporate some of the book, which is why I chose to stick with a font that closely resembles that in the book. You can find the font Edmunds at Dafont.com.
Next, Ungroup your letters, but right clicking and choosing Ungroup.
Then, create a small rectangle using the rounded edge tool, sizing it to 0.15 inches high by however wide you need it to be.
Place these rectangles on each letter as shown.
Select each letter along with it’s rectangular tabs, right click, and then press Weld.
If done correctly, your letters and tabs will be joined as one. If they don’t look like the photo below, you may have not placed your tab close enough to your letter lines. Undo, move your tabs up, and try again.
Time to cut. Load your cardstock onto your mat and cutting machine, I used my Silhouette Curio. Set the material to Cardstock, Plain, adjust your blade as needed, and press Send.
Once they are cut, all you have to do is fold the the tabs back and insert into your letter board.
Depending on how you have your board sitting or hanging, you may need just a tiny bit of reinforcement so that they don’t fall out. I ran a small amount of glue dots over the top portion of my letters on the backs, so that they would stay in place, since my board was sitting up right, and not leaning back. If you have a felt letter board, I foresee this not being as much of an issue.
This custom birthday letter board was the perfect mix of modern meets Little Blue Truck! With my new found knowledge of DIY letter board letters, I’m sure we’ll see more and more custom signs throughout the year.