With a recent move to Nashville I've been inspired by all that this place holds. Sure, it helps that I am getting signs of the changing season (for the first time in this Florida girl's life) with crunchy leaves everywhere I turn! But It's a funny thing you know, being in your 20's and starting to think about what it looks like to plant roots somewhere, to desire the feeling of 'home' as you also long to see the world. What does it all mean!? Okay enough of that, for now here is a super SIMPLE DIY you can create to rep your (current) city.
What you need:
- Black Felt: (1) 36" by 36" piece (Cut down to 21" x 15")
- White Stiffened Felt: (1) 9" by 12" rectangle
- Wooden Dowel: (1) 3/8" by 24" in length
- Rope: 35" in length
- Gold wire 24 gauge: (2) 7" in length
- Glue gun & glue
- Scissors & Pencil for tracing
Overall, you can make this project for around $8.50 with plenty of materials left over!
Step 1: Cut Felt/ Trace Letters
The black felt is originally 36" by 36" so I cut mine down to 15" wide by 21" long. To make the point simply start from the bottom edge, find the center, go up 6" & mark that spot. Then remember the days of paper airplanes? Same concept! Fold in to form the triangle shape, mark, cut.
I made my letters by hand, block style around 3/4" in thickness and 4" tall. If you aren't great at free handing directly to the felt I recommend printing your letters out from the computer and tracing from paper. *Pro tip: If you have a letter that repeats, use the first letter backwards to trace the second (that way it hides your marks).
Step 2: Position Letters/ Glue
Depending on how many letters you have on top and bottom of your city name you will need to adjust your spacing. Once they are in place, hold the top of the letter down while you glue the bottom that way you can ensure they stay put!
Next, turn the felt around, fold down 1" of material and glue at the edge to create a 'pocket' for your dowel to slide through.
Step 3: Dowel/ Rope
If your dowel is too long simply cut with a sharp knife or X-acto to the desired length. I also chose to paint the edge of my dowel with a little bit of white paint. Slide it through the pocket you glued at the top.
Next, cut the rope to 35" and use a 3" section to make a loop on one end (large enough to slide your dowel through) and wrap the gold wire tightly around to secure. Repeat on the other side and slide it on the either end of the dowel.