I stumbled upon this great just rustic-y enough frame at Hobby Lobby the other day, and at 50% off, I couldn’t pass it up. Here is what I did with it!

letter frame

This looks far more complicated than it is, trust me. Here’s what you do…

Take some pages out of an old book {I used an old dictionary} and lay them out on the cardboard that came in the frame. After you get an idea of how you want everything situated, use mod podge and a paintbrush to glue the pages down.

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 Now flip the cardboard over, fold any excess paper over the sides, and use a little more mod podge to glue those pieces in place.

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Next, make a stencil for your letter. I used Word to create mine. This “d” is Brannboll Fet font in size 600. You may have to adjust the paragraph and margin settings to make the entire letter fit. I would also suggest going into the text effects settings and creating just an outline of the letter, instead of wasting all of that black ink!

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Print the letter on cardstock and use an X-acto knife to cut it out {don’t forget to hang on to the little pieces that aren’t connected to the letter if you are doing a letter like “d” or “a”}.  Center the stencil on your board covered with book pages and use a little painter’s tape to keep everything in place.

You can use any type of sponge brush {I love these} to carefully sponge whatever color paint you like over the stencil. I used brown with a little black added to it. I also went back over my letter with a small paint brush to smooth out some of the bubbly finish that the sponge can leave.

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Let the letter sit until the paint is dry to touch, then remove the stencil. Finally, slide the whole thing back into the frame, and there you have it! This little project makes a great accent for any room in your house and would also make a fun personalized gift.

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There is a naked wall in my dining room that is begging for some love, and I’ve recently decided make it a letter wall after being inspired by this wall by Jones Design Co. and this one from The Shabby Nest. How fantastic are those?! So, I guess this little project is the official start of the proposed letter wall. “D” is a hard letter to make pretty. As one of my friends put it, “D” just always looks like a bad grade. I guess I’ll have my work cut out for me trying to make a whole wall of them! I’ll keep you posted 😉


this project was featured on Lil Luna. check it out here!

{this project is linked up on}

 aka design + life

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20 responses to “book page + initial frame”

  1. Meredith says:

    Post-by-post you are helping me design my home! I should’ve hired you instead of that dude from the design/furnishing store. Love all your tutorials and I pretty much have done every one or plan to!

    • Meredith says:

      BTW – can I have your letter R pages from the dictionary? ha!

    • allison says:

      i feel like i need to compensate you for being my biggest cheerleader! haha. i am so glad you enjoy all of this. makes it all worthwhile. and DUH, fb me your address, i’ll send you my R pages for sure. seriously, you know how big dictionaries are. i’d have to make a heck of a lot of crap to use all of that!

  2. Dana says:

    Love it! And maybe I’m biased but I love the letter ‘D’:-)

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  5. Mandy Hank says:

    This is great Allison! I LOVE it!! I am featuring it today on my blog from the Get Your DIY On Link Party. Thank you so much for linking up with us in Feb and I hope you’ll join us March 2nd to link up your Trash to Treasure!

    Mandy @ The Hankful House

    • allison says:

      Thanks, Mandy! Glad y’all enjoyed it. I am loving all of the projects y’all featured!

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  6. Melanie says:

    Hi Allison,

    I found this project of yours through the features from the Get Your DIY On link party, and absolutely love it.

    I have an “M” collage in our living room and this would add a great touch. Thanks for sharing!

    Melanie @ Melanie Gets Married

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  8. Beth says:

    Love this! I work for a major newspaper for 26 years and I would love to make something similiar using a front page and my initial. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Shanice says:

    What a cool idea! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays 😀 Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  11. I LOVE THIS!!! It’s so great!

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