I made this colorful playroom sign for our kids play area and I am really loving how it turned out. It was so easy to make, too.
Bright bold letters on white background – I couldn’t be happier. I kind of want to be a kid again just for that sign!
In the past, I have been wanting to get some of the bigger sizes of these wooden letters (following image) to hang somewhere where the kids played. But we did not have the space separated for this. Now that the kids have a separate room to play, I thought it would be perfect to hang the letters. I could not find all the letters to spell P. L. A. Y in the larger size so I opted for the smaller ones (I am doing another post soon with what I used the larger ones for). The one problem though is that the smaller letters only came in red and black.
Have no fear, paint to the rescue! A couple coats in different colors and my letters were as colorful as I wanted them to be!! I used folk-Art Acrylic paint for the letters – not regular kids acrylic paint. One of the first things I did when we moved was restock my paint stash for when inspiration hits.
Once the letters were dried, I glued them with gorilla glue unto a piece of shiplap wood. Like I mentioned earlier, I would have preferred to hang the letters by themselves if I had found all the letters I needed in the larger size. But when that idea failed, I decided to glue them unto the wood so they would stand out a bit more.
Originally, I purchased the wood as a memo board on clearance for like less than $5. It had no words and I did not really know what I would use it for. At one point, I attached clothes pins and hang the kids photos on it. And then I made a sign out of it for our bedroom. Remember this DIY coastal sign? Since we moved, I have not hang it back up so I thought it would be great to use for another project.
I’m telling you , paint transforms anything! Don’t you love the power of paint?! I sure do!!I used chalk paint (Rust Oleum Linen White) for the wood. Generally, there is no sanding required to use the chalk paint but I had to sand a little to remove the previous painted wording.
Just as a recap and to make the instructions easier here is what to do.
- Wooden letters in preferred size (s)
- A piece of wood (board) large enough to create the sign
- Wood glue or Gorilla glue
- Paint if necessary
- Picture hooks to attach to the back of the sign if you are going to hang it (or if the wood does not already have hanging hooks).
What to do:
- Paint letters and wood and let them dry if they are not in the color you want (be sure to use a contrasting background color on the wood).
- Glue the letters unto the wood – line them up nicely.
- Attach hanging picture hooks at the back, if needed
- Display sign where-ever you wish.
I have an upcoming post about how I organized the entire room and this sign is definitely one of my favorite pieces in the room. Stay tuned!!
So what do you think? Do you have kids area that could use a little sprucing up with something like this sign? I would love to know your thoughts in the comments.