Twine-Wrapped Initial Letters

Wrapping those standard cardboard initial letters with string or twine is a great way to spruce them up while adding texture. We couldn’t hang anything up at our wedding reception, so I painted extra original doors from my century home and placed them behind the bar. With the addition of a homemade ribbon garland (I tied strips of ribbon to a length of twine), poms and our initials, the doors transformed a simple bar top into a welcoming locale.


Photo courtesy of Wilmack Photo.

I followed this Yarn Covered Monogram Letter tutorial fairly closely, except instead of yarn , I used twine sourced from Home Depot.

Challenge: Because of the twine’s thickness and the shape of the letters, a different wrapping strategy was needed for each letter to prevent massive unevenness.

Solution: For the flat ends of the letters, I cut small strips of twine until I had enough to tape over the ends of the letter. Then I followed the tutorial wrapping instructions. My method left small gaps at the corners, but because the base letter and the twine were the same color, they weren’t noticeable.

Total Cost: $15


Hand-Lettered Chalkboard Signage

Creating your own signage is a great way to spice up any party for minimal cost. Several years ago, I created a giant chalkboard by purchasing a whiteboard and painting it with chalkboard paint (I couldn’t find a nice large chalkboard at the time). I knew I could use all of that space to my advantage for signage at our wedding reception.

There are two tricks to a good hand-written chalkboard: (1) a chalk marker and (2) planning sketches. Regular chalk is messy and hard to control. A chalk marker is easy to use and will allow you to create precise clean lines. And, the marker erases almost as easily as as regular chalk.

My Plan of Attack:chalkboard-sketch-E

  • Searched “chalkboard lettering” on Pinterest and found several signs and lettering examples for inspiration.
  • Narrowed down inspiration to examples I felt I could somewhat replicate.
  • Sketched out my design in pencil on paper, adjusting until I was happy.
  • Sketched out my design and the letters VERY faintly with regular chalk onto the board.
  • Went over the sketch with the chalk marker, erasing the regular chalk marks along the way.

Final Results:

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