Simple steps to create ABC display art

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NellieBellie: DIY display art with dollar store ABC's and wood. So cool!

Another little bit of my hall is up for view. That would be the…  ABC art!! Were you liking my antlers? Yep, baby blue antlers are special. But, let’s get on track. DIY ABC display art is what we are talking about today!

ABC letters from the dollar store…


Next send your 9 year old out to spray the letters (that you previously had him line up to be sure that the dollar store letters didn’t leave out an I or a U). And then yell at him for being outside in the WI fall without shoes on. Cold!


Find a piece of wood that looks pretty good. Decent width and long enough to put all 26 letters on.


Now you want to brush black paint on the edges and randomly through the center of your piece of wood. Let it dry a bit but not too long. (Yes, that is vague. You gotta just feel that part…go with what seems right)


Then, the secret ingredient…vinegar! Steel wool works the best for scrubbing BUT…I didn’t have any. So I used a sanding block. Ehh. What’s a girl to do.



After rubbing vinegar on with the sanding block you’ll get a bit of a dirty, rough looking piece of wood. Score!! If you feel like it throw some nails at it, beating it up, sanding a corner off…all the better!


Then hot glue those painted letters on the wood nice and straight.


There you have a very cool display art for…$3.00?? Hello…yes please! My hall is looking mighty fine!! Did you catch the upgrade my hall doors got?? Next week I’ll reveal the entire hall. And let me tell you…it’s ridiculously awesome!!!

NellieBellie: DIY display art with dollar store ABC's and wood. So cool!


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  1. Inspire Me Heather

    October 12, 2012 at 7:55 am

    That looks soooo good girl, you are one clever cookie! Must Pin, must Pin!!!

    • miznelliebellie

      October 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

      Thank you!! I love when my brain actually works and thinks of projects that I need at the right time. Usuallly it’s months after I could actually use it :)

  2. Korrie@RedHenHome

    October 12, 2012 at 7:14 am

    This is very cool! What a great idea.

    • miznelliebellie

      October 12, 2012 at 7:18 am

      Thank you Korrie!

  3. keri

    October 12, 2012 at 3:21 am

    This is unreal … I thought I would have to search for old ABC cookie cutters on Etsy or something. You’re rockin’ my world, girl!

    • miznelliebellie

      October 12, 2012 at 7:06 am

      Thanks!! It was one of those aha moments…the great ones!!

  4. Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus

    October 11, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    You are killing me with your little peeks! I want the WHOLE COOKIE!!!! But then again- hello awesome blossom with this $3.00 art! WOW!

    • miznelliebellie

      October 11, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      the whole cookie?? “You can’t handle the truth!” Ha! Thanks!

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