DIY Felt Letter Board

DIY Felt Letter Board DIY Felt Letter Board

Chances are, you’ve seen really cute felt letter boards floating on around Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook in posts from other bloggers and cool brands. Sounds easy enough to shop around for a felt letter board and buy one, but, have you ever looked at the price tag on one of them? A small board can run you $50 and a large one could be $100-$120. That’s a lot to pay for  a message board, even a cute one. 

Since I didn’t want to pay $100 dollars for a board that came in a cute pink felt, I wanted to try a DIY version. There were a few roadblocks and no, the board is NOT perfect, but I actually prefer that imperfect handcrafted look for some reason. Maybe it’s because I built something with my own two hands…and it required a saw. 

Anyway, here’s more about the project! 

Cost of the project:

To be frank, I don’t think I cut a lot of costs for this project, but that’s because I really wanted to use a vintage frame. You can find much cheaper frames at thrift stores and get good ones on sale at craft stores. 

  • 11″x14″ Vintage Frame -$22 (I supported a small local business so I wasn’t too upset about paying a lot for this frame.)
  • Felt – $6 
  • Dowels – $12
  • Quartet Letters – $17
  • Total Cost for a 11″x14″ board: (22 + 6 + 12 + 17 = $57)

There was actually a lot of felt and there were enough dowels left over to make another board. You could actually make two boards if you purchased another frame and another set of letters, which would make it far more cost effective. 

DIY Felt Letter Board

Here’s how to make it!

Supplies: 

  • Frame with about a 11″x14″ opening, or smaller. 
  • Felt in the color of your choice (I purchased 1 yard but didn’t use all of it)
  • Wooden Dowels ( I purchased 3/16″ x 36″ dowels and used a hacksaw to cut them down to size. It was pretty damn tedious, but I have enough dowels to make another board)
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Hacksaw (depends on if your dowels are the right size)

Note: Select a frame based on how long the dowels you purchase can be. If you want to have a really large board, say 24″x32″, you’ll need to make sure you purchase a bunch of dowels that will fit! 

Directions:

If the dowels aren’t the perfect fit for your frame, saw all dowels to fit the opening of the frame from the back. I wanted my board to be vertical so I made sure all the dowels fit horizton

Make sure you have enough dowels to fit your board! Lay them over the frame. Since the felt takes up room, you won’t need to fill up the entire open area with dowels, but you should aim to cover 2/3 – 3/4 of the open area with dowels to be safe. 

Turn your frame over so the back side is up. Use the hot glue gun to glue the felt to the frame on the back of the frame at the bottom edge. Place a dowel over it and position it to to where you can see a sign of the dowel in the opening of the frame. Pull on the felt until it is taut against the dowel and make an accordion fold.  Glue in place. You’ll need to glue the dowels to the felt and the felt to the frame as you go. Keep repeating until at the end of the board. You’ll have to keep pulling the fabric taut and gluing. It’s difficult to explain but basically you’re sandwiching the dowels between the felt and gluing in place. 

Another approach you can take to build the board is to create a frame with the dowels that will fit within the dimensions of the opening of the frame. Then, place the dowel frame into the real frame.

It’s all complicated but basically just do what you’re comfortable with. This is by no means an easy project. It’s actually pretty tedious and frustrating but at the end of the day this board rocks. 

That’s it! You’re done! Put the letters in place and you’re good! 

DIY Felt Letter Board

Skincare Favorites: Sunday Riley

My Sunday Riley Skincare Haul

In the world of beauty, I would hands down have what you would call “problem skin.” With an oily complexion that highlights the imperfections in my skin thanks to scarring and acne, I tend to have trouble finding skincare products I really like and work consistently for me. 

Sometime last summer I came across a new brand at Sephora–Sunday Riley. The Martian Mattifying Melting Water-Gel Toner was showcased at the front of the store with it being advertised for oily to acne prone skin (oh hey, that’s me!). The $65 price tag was enough to make me take a few steps back and do a loop around the store.

My inner voice was saying “$65? That’s a helluva lot to pay for a product you don’t know will work. Plus, it’s just a toner.” And then it began to say, “But, it’s summer, and you’re kinda desperate over here to come up with ways to keep your skin from looking like an oil slick.” 

And then then genius of my inner voice said, “Wait, doesn’t Sephora give you free samples of any product?” 

I found someone at Sephora and asked for a sample and she gladly created a sample for me. The sample lasted me about 7 days and wow, I really liked the product. The best part of the product is how it would soothe my irritated skin without creating more oil. I had no breakouts from using the product for a couple of months, so I began to look at the other skincare products from Sunday Riley. 

Next, I ended up purchasing Good Genes and Luna. Good Genes is strong (there can be a burning sensation) but works well to remove the gross top layer of skin. The Luna night oil was also really nice but I personally didn’t see a huge difference from using it on my skin. Luna seems like the kind of product you need to use for a while to see benefits from using. 

I ended up getting UFO and then Tidal to use in combination and now these products make up my nightly skincare routine and holy sh*t, I don’t think my skin has ever looked better in the mornings. 

I first wash my face with a gentle cleanser. Then I use Martian and UFO or Luna. Then I wait 5 minutes and use Good Genes, then Tidal. It may seem like a lot of products at first but when you can see a big difference when you wake up in the morning, it’s totally worth it. 

 

I actually like using UFO so much, I’m going to start incorporating it into my morning routine as well. When they say it’s a dry oil, they mean it. It absorbs well into the skin and you can’t tell that you’re wearing an “oil.” 

As you can tell, I’ve kind of fallen in love with this brand. Here are some of the other Sunday Riley products out there that I want to try but haven’t gotten around to just yet. I’m still enjoying the products that are already in my routine so I can’t say I’m in a rush to try every product Sunday Riley makes.


Disclosure: This post is NOT, I repeat, NOT sponsored by Sunday Riley. All opinions are my own. This post DOES contain affiliate links. 

Rainy Day Date Ideas

Rainy Day Date Ideas

For the first time in years, we’re California is finally experiencing a winter with rain. Lots of it. There’s no shortage over here. 

Quick pros and cons list for you: Pros include that we aren’t really experiencing a drought anymore and that our reservoirs are getting pretty full, while Cons include flash floods, reservoirs spilling over, power outages, and bad driving. Oh, and it feels like there’s nothing to do. 

But feelings aren’t facts (haha!) and there is actually plenty to do when it’s raining. We just don’t feel like we want to do anything when it’s raining. But that feeling gets old and cabin fever can set in pretty quickly. There’s only so much Netflix someone can watch. Maybe you’re tolerance is higher than mine, but I would rather not spend every weekend binge watching a new show.

 Here’s a list to refer to when you can’t think of anything. This list is for everyone everywhere, but I’m also going to list local suggestions for those in the Bay Area. 

Go Bowling – If you’re in the Bay Area, head out to San Francisco’s Mission Bowling Club or Oakland’s Plank. 

Appreciate art and history at Museums & Art Galleries – Oakland Museum of California, Pace Gallery, and SFMOMA are popular spots. 

Look at fish, sea critters, and more at an Aquarium – The only thing cuter than watching otter videos on Youtube is watching otters IRL. Aquarium by the Bay and Monterey Bay Aquarium are your Bay Area options! 

Shoot some pool at your local Pool Hall – Slate in San Francisco also has skee ball sooooo 

Get active and go Rock Climbing – Planet Granite has locations across the Bay Area, but there are also other small gyms around so do some research before you head out. Also, if you’re a beginner, you might have to take a training class so keep that in mind.  

Buy a book you’ve been eyeing from a local bookstore or visit the Library –  I love the feeling of picking up a book that I’ve been thinking about buying and finally making the purchase. Pay a little more to support your local bookstore (or else Amazon will eventually be your only option) or pay nothing and pick up some books at the library. My favorites include Green Apple Books in San Francisco and Books, Inc. across the bay area. 

Wine Tasting / Brewery Tours – Depending on the winery and brewery, they may offer tours during the rain, so you’ll have to do a little research. Some brewery options: Anchor Brewing in San Francisco, 21st Amendment in San Francisco, Gordon Biersch in San Jose, Lagunitas in Petaluma. 

Play some games at an arcade – Coin-Op Game Room in San Francisco, Dave & Busters, and Brewcade in San Francisco are some good options. 

Check out live performances like concerts, plays, or comedy shows – This one is easier said than done for sure, but many restaurants and bars have live music at night. Grab some drinks at a local dive. Savanna Jazz in San Francisco, Berkeley Playhouse in Berkeley, and Tommy T’s in Pleasanton are a few options for you. 

Go to the Movies – This isn’t very creative but the movies are always an option. Consider going to a matinee if tickets are expensive. To switch things up, go to a historic theater, or one that serves alcohol and or has dinner service. Sundance Kabuki and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema are popular in SF. 

Belt out your favorite song at Karaoke – You could do this in a group or just as a couple but head to a karaoke place and just sing. 

Relax at the spa – Go to a nice spa in the area and get massages and facials or whatever you want. Watercourse Way Bath Room Spa in Palo Alto and Serenity Spa in Atherton have great reviews. 

Have an adventure at an Escape Room – What’s an escape room you ask? “Real-life room escape games are a type of physical adventure game in which people are locked in a room with other participants and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles, find clues, and escape the room within a set time limit. ” – Quora. There are quite a few in SF and in the South Bay

Play Indoor Mini Golf – Urban Putt in SF and Subpar in Oakland are good options. 

Play with some animals at a Cat Cafe – These aren’t located everywhere but there is KitTea in SF and Cat Town in Oakland. You may have to make reservations in advance. 

Shop for some vinyls – Check out a good record store and buy favorite albums on vinyl. 

Get some tickets to a game – Basketball and Hockey take place indoors. Look for last minute deals on SeatGeek and StubHub. 

Want to stay in instead? 

Home-cooked Meal / Bake something – Why step out in the rain if you really don’t have to? Make some comfort food at home or bake something! 

Plan a trip – Think of a place local or a new destination where you would want to go! 

Learn a new language – Open up Duolingo on your phones and start learning! Then start speaking to each other in that language. 

Listen to records/music – ’nuff said

Board Games – Some aren’t as fun with only two people but that doesn’t mean you can’t play! 

Video Games – Not everyone’s cup of tea but it can still be fun. 

That’s what I came up with! What are some rainy day date ideas you have? Please share!