How many kids LOVE sports? I know my littles do! So I’ve worked up some 12″ letters to hang on a wall in a sports theme. In this posting I will show how I made the 12″ wooden letters in the sports: Basketball, Soccer, Football, Baseball and Tennis. I will tell you where to find the supplies needed for your project and the step by step to make your own. Feel free to ask questions if you need some help.
- 12″ Wooden Letters (Can be purchased at JoAnn’s Craft Store or at Amazon)
- Paint (all colors needed for the specific sports you will be doing)
- Sandpaper (optional)
- Paint Brush or Roller
- Stencils or Paint by hand
(order stencils here)
- Sawtooth Hangers (or 3M Command Strips)
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Sand your letters to make them smooth on the edges and the surface.
Paint the base coat for each letter.
Once you know what sport you want to do for each letter, use a roller (or brush) to paint each letter a solid base color. You should either purchase your paint in these needed colors, or do a little mixing with colors you already have to make the color you need. I find plastic solo cups to be the best way to mix paint, that way you can plastic wrap the top to store the color a few hours/days since you’ll need several coats of this color.
Time to stencil / paint!
The next step is adding the details. You can do this by using a stencil or free-hand painting. If you need a stencil, you can purchase them here.
I created stencils for my letters using my Silhouette Cameo machine. I designed the stencils and then had my Cameo machine cut them out. (Um, the Silhouette Cameo is the BEST by the way. Purchasing this machine has opened up so many crafting doors for me. I love it!) Once I created my stencils, I placed them on the letters where they fit best. I made my letters look like the balls used on those sports, so I wanted to make sure the recognizable details displayed on the letter so it was obvious what the ball was. Once placed, I did a first coat of the same color as the base of the letter. This is to prevent bleeding of the stencil. I find that this step, while optional, really helps to keep the final stencil lines crisp and clean. I didn’t do it on the tennis ball though because I wanted it to be a little fuzzy, just like a real tennis ball. When the stencil base coat is dry, then it’s time to add all of the other colors needed.
- Remove the stencils once the paint is dry. Carefully peal off the stencil, if you used them. If you need to make any touch ups, now is the time to take out that tiny paint brush and fix any bleeds or mistakes.
Add the finishing touches…
For instance, I put little dots all over the basketball and football to give it the textured look they have. I also took a sponge and made a slightly lighter version of the green/yellow for the tennis ball and splotched that on to give it a softer, furry look. Be sure to let the paint dry before moving onto the next step or you may smudge it.
Add Hanging Hardware.
You will need to attach sawtooth hangers to the back of the letters, or if you choose, use 3M Command Strips instead. Then hang them on the wall and you are done! (these could be propped on a shelf as well)
OPTIONAL: Seal the letters for durability. If you used a craft paint I suggest sealing the letter. Since craft paint has a flat finish to it, if you touch/scratch it just a little it can easily leave marks. A quick coat of Mod Podge or Spray Sealer (I like Valspar Satin Finish Spray) will put a protective coat over your paint.