DIY fabric wall letters

Textured letters CraftI have been drooling over the anthropologie-style wall letters (like these at Tip Junkie) and Elmers & Xacto gave me the perfect opportunity to make my own set with an Elmer’s Summer Craft Party!   They sent me a big box of goodies including foam boards, glue sticks, glue dots, markers and more!   They also sent us these adorable burlap canvas bags – my inspiration for our project.   The Quirky kids and I invited another family over for a total of seven kids to have a great crafting time.


We love the finished product of our wall-art.   Thank you Elmers !   And you, my beloved reader, have the chance to have your very own Elmer’s Craft Party too!     Giveaway details below.Oversized Textured Wall Letters


We used Elmer’s Mini Bi-Fold Foam Boards.   These boards are the perfect size.   Each foam board makes 2 – 12″ tall, 9″ wide letters.     I made our letters a bit more narrow as I wanted a “taller” look.   Trace the font of your choice onto the boards and carefully cut out the letters with a razor blade (obviously, the kids did not “help” in this phase).     making giant Textured letters


Can you imagine a glue stick that can glue burlap to paper?   And be strong enough that kids can fuss with it?   I was very impressed with the Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue sticks!   They are powerful stuff!   Oversized Textured Wall LettersAdd a dag of glue stick or one of the glue dots and wrap your letters in textiles.   We cut tissue paper into strips, added scraps of yarn, glitter, and of course burlap strips from our Elmer’s gift bags – it’s brilliant orange fits the color scheme of our playroom perfectly!.making giant Textured letters

Half the fun was trying to figure out how to “wrap” the yarn and the scraps.   One of the kids had more fun knotting the yarn – and another had fun gluing her fingers and feeling how they stuck together.

Oversized Textured Wall Letters

Personally, I loved (yes, pun intended) the finished product.

Oversized Textured Wall Letters


Want to win some nifty Elmers supplies to have your own craft day?  

Note: We have a winner!!!  

My kids and some of their friends (Thanks, Laugh with us Blog) have voted!   They want to make fairy houses!   Jennifer Radtke is our winner!   I will contact her shortly and arrange for Elmers to send her some supplies.


Leave us a comment and tell us what you would make with Elmers Giftsome of these Elmer craft supplies.   Winner will not be chosen randomly.   A kiddo will pick the craft they think is the most creative (or that they want to do next).   Check out their site for lots of ideas!   You may not be related to any of QM’s writers/editors or the child doing the “picking” to win (sorry, Mom).   You   must be a US resident to win.


Thanks bunches Elmers for making our day and sponsoring QM – the kids, myself and our guests enjoyed the supplies and the gift card.   You made our day!


  1. Wow, what a fantastic way to let children express themselves! I love how the random placement and the use of various textures looks on the finished letters. If I win the giveaway I’d help my 4 year old daughter make her name for her room and either our last name or another fun word like “joy” or “love” for the living room. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Wow these are so cute and I love that the kids were involved! They look great and have the greatest memories attached now! If I won the giveaway I’d like to do something similar but with flowers and butterflies to hang on the walls! My daughter loves Butterflies!

  3. I”m thinking monster collage trying out all of those different supplies. I bet those scissors would cut great on fun foam.

    Also, then I have a chance of my kids actually doing the project I’m thinking of.

  4. We have a small aviation museum near us that has models of the Wright Brothers planes that fascinate my kids. I bet those foam boards would be great for making little airplanes out of, which is something we’ve been meaning to try. Wouldn’t it be fun to sail your own little airplane off the deck and into the yard?

  5. My two and five year old both love to use glue sticks. Last week we made paper pizzas. We may just work on some collages.

  6. ELIZABETH says:

    My son has been begging me to make an interactive city wall since he saw one online. I bet the posterboard here would be perfect for making cars and trucks to “move” (with velcro) on a city street! The wall art is very cool too! We could definitely use the idea of wrapping textiles to make the buildings on our wall scene even more amazing!

  7. So cool! I thought it would be fun to make a fish pond for my toddlers but didn’t want to just used construction paper. The foam board looks perfect for little fish and maybe even the pond. And now that I look at your letters how fun would it be for the kids to make unique fish of their own like you did with the letters. So excited!

  8. Ooh I love these – great idea!

  9. I think we’d use any or all of those Elmer’s supplies in all of our crafty art projects! I have a letter one like yours in process, but never thought of the collage aspect for it! It looks so nice! I guess we did something similar for our Birthday “3”.

  10. Oh my! How can we top your wonderfully gorgeous letters? They look fantastic? What would we make? What would we make?

    We love the craft foam in our house too and would probably make more “pegs” for our art washing line.. we colour the pegs in bright colours and then cut out funky animal faces out of the foam and glue it on. Perfect.

    Thanks for a fab giveaway


  11. We would make some funky frames to highlight the first day of class.

    Your letters are great! I like the “painted” look of them.

  12. Love those letters!! We’d love to use those supplies along with a couple boxes we’ve been saving to make a dinosaur cave + parking garage, because my son’s been wanting a place for his two loves (dinosaurs and cars) to share.

  13. I’d like to make a hair bow holder with my toddler! Maybe a foam flower top, with ribbons hanging down to hold barrettes and bows? !

    LOVE the letters you all made- very cool looking!

  14. My daughter would make animals, dinosaurs, and probably puppets–she currently loves puppets. Great giveaway!

  15. well since my kids just had their rooms painted this weekend and new carpet comes tomorrow I’m thinking they would love to take their cork boards and give them new life/decor to match their new room colors. Similar to your letters, cover the boards with fabric, add ribbon for holding photos, add sequins around the edges and more. whatever they wanted!!

  16. Oh wow what an awesome giveaway! I love the design the children came up with. Well we would use the craft supplies to decorate our new home! We will be moving to another state. Our homeschooling crew will use it to decorate their room and have an under the sea theme..a wall dedicated to oceans and each day they can see their under water adventure. We would use the fabric letters to make their ocean vocab words and make little fish all over the wall with our art supplies… My homeSCHOOL of fish would love this!!

  17. I love this idea. Family Fun had a idea using sticks and paint which I was planning on doing but I think I like this idea better. We could do both. For the giveaway we’ve been really into making books and wall art. These supplies would help us out tremendously with our continuous art activities. With 5 homeschooled children one can never have enough art supplies!

  18. Love this idea. The girls and I are building fairy houses this week. I want to start letters next week so that we end closer to school starting. This would be a fantastic way to celebrate each letter.

  19. I’ve been thinking about creative ways to “illustrate” our favorite story books. My plan was a basic popsicle stick theater with pictures we print and color. We could get much more interesting results with all that great texture. Thanks for getting my wheels freshly turning.

  20. Heather W. says:

    I LOVE THESE!! the letters are so great. And I love how all the kids came together to make some fun stuff.
    I ask my 5yr old son what would he like to do with somthing like this and he said “We could make the airplanes for my wall MOM!! And we coould cut out stars and wrap them in your shiny fabric and put them all over the ceiling or paint them with glow paint. Then we could make some planets and decorate them in more fabric like blue and green for earth and red and brown for the Mars one then some how make rings around a big one!!!”. He is excited and his little mine is working so he ram off to draw is idea on paper, lol…. I would have to make some cupcakes wrapped in fun fabric for the shop, and try and see if this would be the perfect thing for some large fairy wings covered in lots of fabric scrapes for a custome I’m making.. :c) fingers crossed on that last one..
    Thank you for the chance to win

  21. 🙁 Why do I have to live in Canada eh?! LOL

  22. Love the letters! We may have to make some.
    If I win the prize I can only imagine the project my son would come up with. One that we’ve been wanting to do is make a “town” for his cars to drive through. Complete with stop signs, roads, buildings. This prize pack would be perfect to put this city together!

  23. Those are awesome! Hmmmm … where can we put some of those great letters? You’ve got me thinking. Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. I’m thinking these supplies would be good for making Christmas Decorations.


  25. Those letters are really beautiful!

    Next month is my son’s 4th birthday. I’d love to use those supplies to make some dinosaur decorations. I could cut dinosaurs from the foam board. Then we could use fabric and tissue paper to cover them (similar to what you did, but without the string). I’d do several different colors (blue dinosaur, green, red, etc). I think I could also make a cool volcano with tissue paper and ribbon spouting from the top and flowing down the sides. Once his party is over, we could move the decorations to his room; multipurpose!

    I’d also like to make a picture board for my daughter. I’d cover a foam board with fabric and criss-cross ribbon around it to hold pictures (the ribbons would appear diamond shaped from the front). I’d add a Panda bear to a lower corner for her too, she loves pandas! Then she could easily stick pictures in the diamonds without tacks or anything and I would have a bunch of tacked-up pictures on her wall.

  26. This project is so fun and creative! It’s great that at first thought you’re making a mess but apparently it comes out actually quirky and colorful.

  27. I’m in Australia, so not eligible for the competition – but wanted to say how cute I thought the letters were! This would be great for kidlets learning their first letters – I know my girls would be highly motivated to make their own initials!

  28. My little girl and I would love to use these supplies to make a pasta and dried beans collage! first we will draw out a basic flower garden scene with some bugs and a path and then fill out with varied pasta, beans shapes. or maybe a fun seaside theme collage with some coconut trees, a tranquil sea, seagulls, sand etc depicted with wool / paper/ cloth scraps from past projects. the possibilities are endless!!

  29. We could really use all of those art supplies! Hmmm! What would we make? My girls really love scrapbooks and journals, so I think we would use cereal boxes and the Elmers supplies and make our own creative books.

  30. Simple and lovely. Thanks for sharing! I would love to do an alphabet for the long hall this way.

  31. With school about to start, I would suggest we make customized message/bulletin boards for notes and artwork. But, knowing my boys, they would probably end up making buildings, airplanes or treasure boxes.

  32. I just learned how to make stars with one and cut and I would love to make stars with the boards (that glow in the dark) for my sons’ room. I want to make planets too using that balloon wrap the string/yarn method. I think he would live it!

  33. I would use these supplies for countless fun art and craft projects in the preschool class I teach. The first one would be a community collage Where all of the children get to participate in beautiful collage as our first activity as a new classroom community. They will all glue on found objects and old things. Then as a group we will paint it all shiny and colorful. It Will hang in the classroom all year as a reminder to us about all being integral parts of a great community.
    We will share pictures of it in its glorious completion of course.

  34. What fun wall letters! Love it that the kids can help!

  35. My littles have been very interested in making a family tree for our ‘school’ wall ~ this would be perfect for that! =)

  36. Kristy Life n Reflection says:

    Great craft project!

  37. moriyah shalom says:

    Wow! What a great idea. I have seen fabric letters but this is the best idea so far. It turned out really really great. With the elmers supplies, I would for sure do this project. Even without them! We have been doing all sorts of cutting and gluing this summer. I have three boys 7,5,3 and this is the first year they are really getting into my little crafty projects and making their own.We are running out of supplies. 🙂

  38. I would love to do this activity within my speech therapy sessions with kids! How fun to let them do their initials!

  39. Great idea! I love the look of the letters like this I have seen, but hate that they were expensive! You’ve taken that aspect out of it! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing!

  40. great project! so smart to take this idea into the realm of kid’s crafts! loved the manilla folder car garage too, and thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday, I hope you’ll be back to share some more quality projects! (and from the look of things it seems quite likely you’ll make it into the features next week!)

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