How To Create A Framed Personalized Quote (DIY)

When it came time to decorate my boys shared room, the biggest challenge was choosing a theme that was fitting for both of them.  One thing they have in common is a passion for sports, so I went with that.

They've become quite inspired by Rocky Balboa. I did a little internet shopping to see if I could find something for their space that referenced their favorite Rocky quote.  Outside of bloody, life-sized posters of a beat up Sly Stallone,  I came up empty handed.  I wanted to inspire the boys, not scare them, so I made my own large scale Rocky art.

I typed Rocky's motivational quote on the computer in Microsoft Word, reversed the color to white on black and saved it to my portable thumb drive.  I took the thumb drive to my local office supply store and had them enlarge the document and print it on high quality photo paper.  Then I framed/matted it in a simple, chunky black frame and placed it on their interchangeable trophy shelf.

This project ended up costing less than one of the bloody posters.  It not only personalized their space but it also provided a cool, large, graphic element.  

Does your family have a favorite quote? 

*For the DIY tutorial on the interchangeable sports shelf, click here.
*For paint colors in this space, click here
*For DIY tutorial on the wall stripes, please click here.  


  1. I hope the Tigers can take the "ht" they've taken the last two nights and come back strong. I love this idea, great idea for my great nephew's room. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Touché, Char. I thought about Doug Fister as I was writing this blog post. :)

  3. I have lots of favorite quotes, and have been thinking it would be fun to make a gallery wall of them. Yours is a great one. BTW love seeing all the Michigan sports items; I live near Lansing.

  4. Love this idea! I've got a ton of favorite quotes so I'm going to have to replicate this!

  5. I love this idea, and my teenage son loves Rocky, so I created it in Photoshop and sent it off to my printer. When it arrived and I showed my son, he informed me that it couldn't go in his room because it wasn't accurate. Apparently Rocky says "ain't"!


  6. What a fantastic Rocky-themed gift. I made a framed quote using Electric Fairground ( for my son's birthday, it was very quick!

  7. I love this. What font did you use in Word?


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