Use words to create …

Words can be put together to form sentences, phrases, love letters, sympathy cards, poems and books. Not only do these words create meaning, but the way that they come together is a special art form. Use words to produce any of these special crafts that can be given as gifts or kept for yourself to enjoy:

A picture frame
If you have a meaningful picture, why not put it into a frame that is just as special? A wedding photo of you and your spouse during the first dance, for instance, can be put into a picture frame that contains the words from that particular song. All you need to create this simple DIY project is a photo mat frame, a sharpie and the song lyrics. This is a great gift idea for birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and Mother’s and Father’s Day.

Wall art
You can use items that you have right at home to create word-inspired wall art.

Dinnerware: Take a few decorative plates (they can be of various shapes, sizes and colors) and paint a different word on each plate. Then, arrange the dinnerware so that those words spell out a phrase, like “These are a few of my favorite things.”

DIY stencil painting: Head to the thrift store and pick up a painting (it doesn’t have to be attractive – you’ll be covering most of it up). Then stick some adhesive vinyl letters (which can be found at your local craft store) on the painting to spell out a word or a phrase. Once they’re arranged in a pleasing manner, use acrylic paint in a color of your choice and cover the entire painting. Once it has dried, you can carefully remove the adhesive letters to reveal a beautiful work of art.

Here are a few other quote ideas for inspiration (they’re some of my favorites):

  • “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
  • “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott: “I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
  • “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A. A. Milne: “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

A headboard
Transform your headboard into a literary focal point with some canvas and liquid starch. First, pick up upholstery fabric from the craft store that fits the size of your wall or headboard. You can use a fabric marker to write out what you want on the fabric. Then pin the fabric to your headboard to keep it in place. Pour the liquid starch into a paint tray and go over the fabric with a paint roller (this will make the fabric stick). Let the fabric dry with the thumbtacks still in place, which can sometimes take overnight. Then, remove the thumbtacks and go over the fabric with a second coat of starch. Trim any excess edges of the fabric with an X-Acto knife after it’s dry.