I have been meaning FOREVER to do something about the wall above my little guys crib. It looks like this:
(SORRY--bad camera phone picture)
What is so bad about this you might ask? Well NOTHING--if your name is LANDON--not COLTON. BUT if you are COLTON and this is YOUR bed--and you are now over 2 years old and your older brother LANDON is now 4 and hasn't occupied this room or this bed for 2 years--then THERE MIGHT BE A PROBLEM WITH THIS WALL!!
So the story goes like this:
I wanted to do COLTON'S name on the wall--but I frankly didn't want to spend the $ to buy any more wood letters that I would have to paint or mod podge or something. So I was waiting for a brilliant idea to move me into action.
Well it did.
I was BLOWN AWAY by the AWESOMENESS and BRILLIANCE of her idea. And I knew immediately that THIS was what I had been waiting for.
So I went online to a free font website and downloaded a fun font for Colton's name.
I figured out the size I wanted and printed each letter out.
Next I chose some fun coordinating fabrics to use and cut a square of each of them.
Next I got out the Heat-n-bond.
This is the kind you want to use--the one made for light fabrics:
Then I pressed a square of Heat-n-Bond to the back of each of my fabrics.
Next I traced my lettering onto the paper making sure to trace it so that when it is placed on the wall it will be going the right way.
This is always the tricky part of using Heat-n-Bond. You always have to think backwards--which I always have trouble with.
If you are smarter than me and can think backwards better--you can probably trace your lettering on the heat-n-bond before you put it on your fabric--but I have learned from past experience that I like to have the fabric on--so I can really see which way everything is going to come out.
So here I am tracing my letters.
Here they are all traced--see how they are all backwards?
And here they are all cut out--facing forwards:
Next all that was left to do was IRON THEM TO THE WALL!!
And I must say--it is a funny thing to iron a wall. Funny--and GENIUS!!
I started in the middle of Colton's name and worked out--so that I would make sure to be centered on the wall space--and to make sure I stayed more level.
I lightly pressed each letter first to make sure I liked the placement--then pressed it for 20-30 seconds.
And I am SO IN LOVE with how it turned out!!!
And the beauty of this project is that it didn't cost me a cent--as I already had EVERYTHING on hand. AND I literally had this done in MINUTES. AND when it comes time to remove it--it just peels off like a charm!!!
(Just as a side note added later--I've had a lot of questions about how the heat and bond comes off the wall when you want to change it out--So to answer your questions--we just recently moved and I took mine off the wall after a couple of years of them being up--and they peeled off perfectly fine! They didn't leave any residue or glue behind and didn't peel off any of the wall or paint underneath. It worked great! I would always test a small patch on your walls in an inconspicuous spot just in case though.)
I LOVE THIS IDEA!!!
The possibilities are ENDLESS!! I have visions of fun characters and designs for my kids rooms--and even some more sophisticated design ideas for the other areas of my house!
I can guarantee you will see me use this idea again!
And at least for now--Colton--after 2 years--finally has a NAME.