DIY Custom Wall Lettering Tutorial

At the end of this post, I'm looking for suggestions for a new inspirational quote to paint in Hannah's new room.  What's a good one for a 13 year old girl?

Today's DIY Custom Wall Lettering Project is an easy and inexpensive way to personalize a child's space.  For the purpose of this tutorial, I'm using my daughters room as an example (her old room, before the recent makeover).

  When she was little, she was totally in love with horses.  She wanted a horse themed room, so I conducted a little Google research to find inspirational quotes.

Here is the three step tutorial…

1. Choose Your Phrase and Font(s)

After you have selected your phrase, type it into your computer in the font(s) of your choice.  In this example, I selected two different fonts and enlarged the two key words.  The bolder your letters are, the easier they will be to paint, so don't forget to convert your typeset to "bold".

2. Project and Trace The Phrase

There are three different ways you can apply your phrase to the wall..  

A. Old School Method…Overhead Projector
If you have access to an overhead projector, this method works very well.  Sometimes you can borrow them from your local library, office supply store,  or school.   After printing your phrase onto plain white paper, take it to your local office supply store and ask them to copy it onto transparency film.  (Unless you have transparency film that is appropriate for your printer at home).

B. The New Gadget Way…Handheld Projector
Instead of using an overhead projector, you can use a small handheld projector like this one from 3M (sold at Target).  Instead of printing your phrase,  simply connect the gadget to your computer and project it onto the wall directly from your monitor.  

Once your phrase has been projected onto the wall, you will be able to see how it's going to look before you begin.  After you've determined the perfect placement, a carpenters level will help you make sure the phrase is level.  Using a pencil,  trace the image on the wall.

C. REAL OLD School Method...Tracing Paper
If you do not have access to an overhead projector or a handheld projector, you can use wax-free tracing paper to trace your quote on the wall.  Wax-free tracing paper can be found at your local fabric store in the pattern aisle.  If you go this route, you will have to print your phrase in the actual size and piece it together prior to tracing.  You can save printer ink by converting your typeset to "outline" prior to printing. :)

3. Fill in With Paint

 Once your quote has been traced onto the wall, fill in with a small detail brush and the craft paint of your choice.  In this example, I used black acrylic craft paint for the phrase and gold metallic craft paint for the key words.

 The best thing about this project was aside from my time, it cost next to nothing.  When Hannah's love affair with horses ended it was easy to paint over.   A light sanding and a quick coat of Kilz primer did the job.

I'm considering painting a new quote in Hannah's room but I can't decide on one.  She's 13 and I'd like something that is inspirational/motivational for a girl her age…any suggestions?

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  1. May have to do this in my office! What about 'she turned her cants into cans and her dreams into plans'? May be too 'old' for 13 though... If all else fails, Pinterest will totally have something!

  2. "She thought she could, so she did."

    "Let her sleep, for when she wakes... she will move mountains."

  3. "Believe in yourself and all that you are. Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." -Christian D. Larson

  4. Looks great! And, I love that hand held projector. That's so cool! I had no idea something that small was available and would never have guessed you could get anything like it at Target. Thank you for posting about it. I'm going to look into it as I have been planning several projects where I would be able to use it. Wow! I'm so excited!

  5. BE-U-TIFUL!

    (Great for by a mirror or anywhere for this age)

  6. BE-U-TIFUL!

    Great for next to a mirror or anywhere for this age group.

  7. "Every flower blooms when its ready."

    "When you don't give up, you can not fail."

  8. Here's the one in my daughter's room:
    "In a world where you can be anything, be yourself"

  9. Women belong in the House...and the Senate!

  10. “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt

    Although I also really like Tracey Elaine's quote, too! :)

  11. And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

    I hope you dance...

  12. I don't know who the author is, but I saw this in Home Goods on a wood plaque and hung it above our time out chair for my boys:

    Be your own kind of beautiful

  13. Listen to your heart above all others

  14. Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think

  15. "To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world"

  16. Great idea! Where did you get your handheld projector? Do you remember how much it cost? Would love to have one for my new chalkboard!

  17. I made one for my two girls to put in their bathroom that says "Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful". Love your posts!

  18. "As we grow up, we realize it is less important to have lots of friends, and more important to have real ones."

    "Friends pick us up when we fall down, and if they can't pick us up, they lie down and listen for a while."

    Posted these because at that age (13), isn't it all about FRIENDS, and phones and FRIENDS, and talking about boys with FRIENDS, and giggles, and sleep-overs with FRIENDS...... lol

  19. Dreams aren't perfect, they come true not free.

  20. "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined."-Henry David Thoreau

    It's my favorite motivational quote. :-)

  21. Happy girls are the prettiest - audrey hepburn


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