I have a major obsession with felt letter boards. They look so cute, they’re really fun to play around with, and they can add a lot of sass to whatever room you hang ’em in.
I mean, who wouldn’t want one of these guys?
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I get a lot of questions about our letter board every time I share a photo of it on Facebook or Instagram. I mean, they seem great in theory but how do you actually keep up with it? Does it get dirty? How do you make it all line up?
I get it. New things can be scary. So, I’m sharing a few tips and tricks on letter boards, how to use them, and how to maintain them. If you have any questions that I missed, leave a comment and I’ll make sure to address it!
If you don’t have one yet, this is the letter board I have.
How do you come up with the sayings?
I’m just really witty and creative.
Just kidding. I have a Letterboard Quotes board on Pinterest where I’m constantly saving letterboard images, sassy quotes, and other sayings that catch my eye. When I get the urge to change out the letterboard (which happens about once a week or so), I just pull up my board and do some brainstorming. Occasionally I’ll use a quote from a song or movie, or just come up with something on my own, but for the most part, the majority of my ideas come from that board!
How do you keep it clean and lint-free?
The letterboard is made of black felt which means that it will attract dust and hair and it will pill a bit and need to be cleaned. Honestly, I’m pretty lazy about this, but you can just use a regular old lint roller to keep any dust or hair off of it, and if you notice any pilling you can remove it with a razor just like you would a sweater. I was a little nervous to try this the first time, but it works like a charm!
How do you make sure your letters are centered?
This is so much easier than you’d think – just measure and mark a spot on the back on your letterboard right in the center both vertically and horizontally. Then, when you’re adding letters you can just wrap a small piece of string around it right at your marks and you’ll know where the center is. I learned this little trick from Vintage Revivals a while back, and it works really well! When I’m doing a new quote, I’ll usually wrap a piece around both vertically and horizontally (so I know exactly where the center of the board is), and then I plot out my letters by just resting them in place without pushing them in. Once I know everything is just where I want it, I push the letters into place and remove the string – voila! It’s perfectly lined up!
How do you store all of those letters?
Can I be honest? For the first few months I owned this thing, I literally just kept all of the letters tossed in the little plastic bag they came in. Every time I wanted to change the board, I had to dump them all out and sort through them to find what I wanted. It took forever and was so ridiculous. Then, I finally got smart and grabbed a cheap plastic container with dividers and sorted all of the letters out. Now, it’s a breeze to find what I need and it’s not nearly as annoying to change up my board as it used to be.
This silly little letterboard is, quite seriously, one of my favorite things I own. It’s so fun to play around with, it adds so much sass and playfulness to the kitchen, and it makes me smile every dang time I look at it.
Would it be too much to add one to every room of the house?