I realized something the other night as I was hosting a craft night with some of my friends, there are a lot of last names that start with "B". Earlier in the day some of us were at a little antique/consignment store and we saw a simple board with an initial glued to it. I was so cute that we decided to have a craft night and make our own version.
We collected supplies, most of them we already had at our houses. One friend had an old board that she cut into pieces (I love a girl that uses power tools). If you don't have scraps of wood they are easy to get from the hardware store. I like to have my husband dumpster dive where there are new houses being built. It's like Christmas for me but free and I am recycling. I pulled out my collection of house paint samples and odds and ends burlap pieces. The colors were mismatched but we made them work. I recommend that you only use house paint if there is a possibility of these going outside. Regular craft paint does not hold up well in humidity or you can buy a sealer that is specially made for outside projects. The only thing that really cost anything was the initials and they were a few dollars from the craft store.
They turned out to be adorable! The plan is that sometime in the future, we will drill holes and run jute or burlap ribbon through the top so they can be hung. Maybe that will happen, probably not.
It was a great night with an easy and inexpensive project and lots of laughter. I can't wait to see what we come up with next.
If you wondered, I have started the background on one but my scrap board is a piece that I have been saving. It is a couple feet long and I plan to paint a mixed media painting on it and prop it against the brick wall at my front door. I'll post a picture of it when I am finished.