How to Make Your Own DIY Felt Letter Board

Today we have an awesome gift idea (and, of course, make one for yourself, too!) — a DIY felt letter board! Make one in any size and color you like!

Other simple DIY projects that make great gifts: Yard Dominoes, Two-Tiered Square Lazy Susan Organizer, and I-pad/Tablet Stand.

DIY Felt Letter Board Tutorial | Instead of spending big bucks to buy one, make your own felt letter board for messages, your weekly menu, or whatever you'd love to spell. This tutorial shows you how to easily make your own letter board, in any size you want, on a budget.

 

 

How to Make Your Own DIY Felt Letter Board

by Allison of  Shark Tails (blog currently unavailable)

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Felt letter boards! They have that retro element that I love and are also so versatile: I can see myself changing it up on the daily from song lyrics to sassy turn-of-phrases to movie quotes. Endless possibilities!

DIY Felt Letter Board Tutorial | Instead of spending big bucks to buy one, make your own felt letter board for messages, your weekly menu, or whatever you'd love to spell. This tutorial shows you how to easily make your own letter board, in any size you want, on a budget.

I looked into purchasing a letter board online from a couple different places (Amazon, Letterfolk) but since I am Canadian (the horror!), the shipping prices were insane and once the exchange rate was factored in I was looking at over $200. No can do. I decided to DIY one using a few simple materials and my trusty hot glue gun.

What you’ll need for DIY Felt Letter Board:

  • frame with a backing and a deep enough inset for your dowels (I made my own using scrap 2x2s and plywood, but you could easily grab one from your local thrift store or a craft store.) Or make your own with this DIY frame tutorial.
  • 1/4″ wooden dowels, cut to size
  • felt or other thick fabric (more on this below)
  • fabric scissors
  • hot glue gun and lots of glue sticks
  • letter board letters
  • lint roller and utility/putty knife

DIY Felt Letter Board by Sharktails featured on Remodelaholic

How to build a DIY Felt Letter Board

Step 1: Dowels

Cut your dowels to size, if necessary. The inside of my frame measured 16″ across, and the dowels I got at Home Depot were 48″ long, so I cut them into three using my mitre saw.

Step 2: Fabric

Cut your fabric into strips. I was unable to find black felt so I used some black velvet. I love the way it looks, but I will warn you it was super messy due to the edges of the strips fraying. Use felt if you can. I cut each strip a little longer than 16″, and about 1″ wide. I did not do this precisely: I simply eyeballed it.

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Make a DIY Letter Board by Shark Tails featured on Remodelaholic

Step 3: Hot Glue

Crank the tunes, fire up that hot glue gun, and start wrapping dowels! I found the technique that worked best for me was:

A. squeeze one line of glue down the middle of the strip and place the wood dowel on top.

How to make a Felt Letter Board by Shark Tails featured on Remodelaholic

Make your own felt letter board, featured on Remodelaholic

B. Add another line of glue onto the edge of the fabric and roll/fold it until the dowel touches the glue.

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DIY Felt Letter Board by Shark Tails for Remodelaholic

C. Do the same to the other side: glue and roll/fold so the entire dowel is covered.

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DIY Letter Board tutorial by Shark Tails for Remodelaholic

This probably seems like it would take forever, but it actually wasn’t that bad. I think I had all the dowels I needed wrapped in about two hours, and I didn’t even end up using them all!

Step 4: Install into Frame

It’s time to secure your dowels into the frame. I squeezed out a strip of glue and then placed the dowels into the frame as snugly together as I could, holding them in place for a few seconds while the glue dried.

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DIY Letter Board by Shark Tails for Remodelaholic

Step 5: Finishing touches

Once you have all of your dowels snugly secured in the frame, remove all the little glue wispies from the fabric. A lint roller worked really well! I also went all around the edge with my utility knife tucking in any fabric ends that were peeking out.

DIY Letter Board by Shark Tails

(Although the velvet was a pain to work with, I do think it adds a certain luxurious element to the board that you wouldn’t get with felt.)

All in, this project cost me under $60, a steal for a large wooden felt letter board! The most expensive part were the 1″ tab letters that I purchased online from Amazon. (I bought 3 sets: search “letterboard letters” and a ton of options will come up). The fabric was $6 and the dowels were $20: everything else I had on hand. The final result is even better than I’d hoped!

DIY Felt Letter Board Tutorial | Instead of spending big bucks to buy one, make your own felt letter board for messages, your weekly menu, or whatever you'd love to spell. This tutorial shows you how to easily make your own letter board, in any size you want, on a budget.

 

We recently put an opening and breakfast bar in the wall that separates the kitchen from the living room, and this DIY felt letter board is the perfect piece of decor to fill the empty space on the right hand side. Extra points for anyone who can name that movie reference!

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This thing is seriously so much fun to change around…

 

 Letter Board by Shark Tails

 

DIY Letter Board tutorial by Shark Tails for Remodelaholic

For a little effort and minimal dough, I think this DIY felt letter board makes a great impact! I love how versatile it is: you could make it as big or as small as you want to suit any space and you can make it any color or design to fit your decor!

DIY Felt Letter Board Tutorial | Instead of spending big bucks to buy one, make your own felt letter board for messages, your weekly menu, or whatever you'd love to spell. This tutorial shows you how to easily make your own letter board, in any size you want, on a budget.

I contemplated hanging this in our bedroom, but in the end decided the kitchen was the best spot for it because more people would be able to enjoy all the clever musings I intend to display.

 

Thanks for reading, everyone — until next time!

-Allison

A few things about myself: I’m Canadian (I’ve lived my whole life in the same small town except for a 6 year hiatus spent living in South Korea), I have three rambunctious dogs who I love an insane amount, and I’m a huge fan of mid-nineties gangster rap. My style is relatively eclectic and ever changing; something I loved last month I most likely hate today, which is a constant source of frustration for my poor husband. I started Shark Tails to document the process of updating our 90s home (seriously, my house is where all the golden oak came to die) and hopefully inspire others who may be trying to do the same on a limited budget (did I mention I’m cheap?)


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DIY Felt Letter Board Tutorial | Instead of spending big bucks to buy one, make your own felt letter board for messages, your weekly menu, or whatever you'd love to spell. This tutorial shows you how to easily make your own letter board, in any size you want, on a budget.

Originally published 11/23/2016 — Updated 12/09/2020

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