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Easy Initial Wall Art on a Budget

Create personalized initial wall art with an old budget frame, fabric and Mod Podge. I added Pearlized Sealer for an extra special touch.

Skills Required: Beginner. This is a relatively easy project even if you don’t have much crafting experience. You’ll be using acrylic paint and Mod Podge.

Easy Initial Wall Art on a Budget

I really love personalized crafts. When I see the letter “A” I get really excited. Maybe because it represents both my first and last name – so it’s doubly awesome? And is doubly a word?

I don’t know, but I know that I had making this DIY initial wall art.

I didn’t make it for myself but as a gift for a friend. I used a frame and mat that I got from a craft store on heavy discount (I love doing that). As an extra something special, I added Mod Podge Pearlized Sealer for added “she-bang.”

It gives a really nice sheen without being overwhelming. This is really easy wall art to make! Here’s how it’s done.

Initial Wall Decor

Gather These Supplies

  • Recycled frame with removable back
  • Fabric of your choice – enough to cover the back of the frame
  • FolkArt acrylic paint – Yellow Citron, Teal
  • Primer, white
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Mod Podge Pearlized Sealer
  • Wood letter
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • Wax paper
  • Sandpaper
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Sand your frame just in case there are any coatings on it, or to get rid of rough areas. Then spray the entire thing with white primer. I also removed the back of the frame and sprayed with white primer. Let it all dry.

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Paint the entire frame with the paint color of your choice. This initial wall art is going to look beautiful, so be prepared. I almost cried when I saw all of the aqua – Love.

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Paint your letter with the color of your choice. I used yellow citron.

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Which is one of my other favorite paint colors and looks so great with shades of blue. Isn’t it awesome?

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Now that everything is painted, add Mod Podge to the top of the back of your initial wall art frame insert. Add a medium layer and smooth the fabric down. Let dry and trim around the edges.

You may be wondering why I didn’t prepare the fabric. Since it’s hanging on the wall and I’m not worried about fraying or it being on furniture, there is no need to.

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Paint a coat of Mod Podge over the top of the fabric and let dry.

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Now glue the letter on and let dry.

Create personalized initial wall art with an old budget frame, fabric and Mod Podge. I added Mod Podge Pearlized Sealer for an extra special touch.

You can leave your initial wall art project as-is, but I highly recommend adding the pearlized spray for some sheen. It’s pretty cool and I think you are going to like the effect in person. I know my friend will love it. Yay!

Yield: 1 piece

Initial Wall Decor

Create personalized initial wall art with an old budget frame, fabric and Mod Podge. I added Mod Podge Pearlized Sealer for an extra special touch.

Make this initial wall art using a boring piece of art from the craft store! It's easy to customize with fabric and Mod Podge.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • Recycled frame with removable back
  • Fabric of your choice – enough to cover the back of the frame
  • FolkArt acrylic paint
  • Primer, white (optional)
  • Mod Podge Gloss
  • Mod Podge Pearlized Sealer (optional)
  • Wood letter
  • Craft glue
  • Wax paper
  • Sandpaper

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush

Instructions

  1. Sand the frame and spray with white primer if necessary. Let dry.
  2. Paint the entire frame with the acrylic paint color of your choice.
  3. Paint the wooden letter with the color of your choice.
  4. Add Mod Podge to the top of the back of the frame insert. Add a medium layer and smooth the fabric down. Let dry and trim around the edges.
  5. Paint a coat of Mod Podge over the top of the fabric and let dry.
  6. Glue the letter on and let dry.
  7. You can leave your initial wall art project as-is, but I highly recommend adding the pearlized spray for some sheen.

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Babara MacAskill

Thursday 25th of April 2013

I love your blog! So many incredible ideas, so little time! I have some mod podge crafts that you might be interested in. I don't know how you get them but if you want to hear more let me know how to get them to you. I am going to make these for my 3 grandchildren to hang at their homes! TFS!

Carissa

Wednesday 24th of April 2013

this is so cute! I love how this turned out