Vintage Inspired Decorative Letters DIY

Easy cardboard letters for decor!I am a huge fan of giant vintage plastic letters for home decor. I've been known to shop Etsy for hours, and this is one of the items I always end up favoriting. I rarely buy them, though. The price tags can be a little daunting, it's intimidating to choose the perfect words and sometimes difficult to find all of the letters needed. So this week I created a quick, easy and inexpensive version of giant letters. They can be easily made for your next party or seasonal decor. Here's how!Cardboard letter DIYHere's how to make them! 1. Print out your favorite font on 11×17 paper (or larger). We added the font to each page in photoshop and then had them printed at our local copy shop. The fonts we used here is "Univers". 2. Cut the letters our and trace them onto cardboard. Cut them out with an exacto knife. Be sure to have two more pieces of cardboard under this layer while cutting and use a piece for your letter without folds or tears. 3. Paint each letter with spray paint or two coats of craft paint. 4. Trim any messy cardboard from the edges with scissors and display them in your space.Easy cardboard letters for the homeEasy cardboard letters for the homeI can't wait to make more letters for our next party or shower. xo. Elsie 

  • I like so much this idea. It’s a easy form to create a new forms with excelent colours and textures.

  • Good idea with the cardboard. I’ve always made mine out of 1/4 inch foam board. To make a lawn decoration, just hot glue wooden skewers to the letters & anchor them in the front lawn (great for parties & showers). Another idea is to hot glue paperclips to the back & hang them on fishing line for a fun floating decoration.

    Thanks for the great blog!

  • Very cute idea! I’m thinking of doing this in my office at school, would add a homely touch! LOVE the tulips in the old bottles!
    xoxo Amie @ Spoonful of Vintage

  • I love anything when it comes to BIG letters for home decoration. The XO is great!


  • You could use Gummed Paper to neaten up the edges too, and then they might be a little more durable. 🙂

  • If you want more of the 3D effect, you can buy paper mâché letters at craft stores like Joann’s and Michael’s. They usually run about $10 each, and then you can paint or otherwise finish to match your decor. Fun times!

  • So simple and pretty, a lovely way to add a little something for valentines day.


  • such a cool idea…

  • another idea would be with foam – not the cushy kind – the harder stuff – and cover with glitter! I just saw some cool antique metal ones today but they are really expensive.

  • Looks wonderful, I’ve always wanted something like this in my room.
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  • I am not a huge fan of bloody mary’s, however, I do love the fixins’ that come with it. 🙂

  • This seems so easy and lots of fun. Finally a use for those millions of Amazon boxes I seem to have everywhere. x

  • the red tulips are such a good idea! nice change from roses 🙂


  • The painting in the background – with the cursive – is that your original font? I can’t find a DIY for that on here! LOVE IT!

  • Looks like we had similar crafting plans this week!!! I made the exact same letters but as a door hanger 😉

    LOVE how you rested them on those adorable vases with single stemmed flowers!

  • This is so cute, I love how you’ve set it up!!

    xo, Clare

  • I love BIG letters, too.
    Going to try this out.

    Lots of love from Germaaaany! <3

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  • I LOVE the photo with the tulips in the bottles! It’s pretty and romantic.

  • i share this love for letters… the first ones i made of cardboard i wrapped with socks 🙂

    still searching for new ways to have more letters in my home 😉

  • Oh my goodness, I love the initials with the cursive writing in the background. GREAT idea for a shower… I’m taking notes. Thanks for the tip!

  • this is such a great idea, i always love things like these, have seen those massive love signs forever and think they’d be great for my dresser, i might have to try this one!!

  • Wow so awesome work you have done. I really appreciate your work very much. A big tanks for sharing. Please keep it up !!

  • I’m crazy about vintage letters too! (the metal ones always steal my heart) but the price tags…yeesh! This is a great alternative and they can even be made in 3D to make them pop more.

  • Love this! I would try to make them out of wood! xx


  • I want to diy something like this
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  • Super cute idea!

    Vittoria from 5 IN THE MORNING

  • What an incredible idea. Adore the concept and it’s up cycling! Very clever. Love your blog and Pinterest!

  • Thanks for super idea! Last year we did a lot of things from cardboard for pirate party (rudder, a bottle of rum :-), even a boat…) but I´ve never tried letters!

  • You had me at vintage. And the bright pop of neon is a great finishing touch. Plan on making these this weekend. Thanks for the idea!

    Elena @ Randomly Happy

  • I love letters in the room! Can’t wait to make some “Y E A H !” for may wall. There is alrady a “DO MORE OF WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY” and a “YEAH!” will just fit right 🙂

  • This is such an adorable thing to do for valentine’s day or any romantic night!!

  • YEP! doin this !

    Just started my blog less than a week old!

  • cute and affordable for a party or something! love it. I wonder how modge-podging fabric onto them would turn out…

  • Cute, and definitely love how inexpensive they are!


  • i actually did something like this. it looks awesome.

    love, x

  • This is such a cool idea and it’s sooo much cheaper than buying those over priced wooden letters. I might use this idea to decorate my Valentines Day table! Thanks 😀

  • These are so cute! and just in time for valentines day.

  • Love the placement of the E&J in front of the handwritten art. Going to do this for my black lab Echo. 🙂

  • Awesome idea! I love how there isn’t a lot of money invested in it..I like to change decorative elements so frequently, this makes for an easy swap out:)

  • Such a lovely way to spice up your interior! It’s cheap, fun and cute. Please keep low-budget projects like this coming because this is so student-friendly and I love that! xo

  • I love the little pop of colour the letters give to every little room ‘scene’ they’re in. Makes me feel like spring is in the air!


  • So cute! What an easy and fun decoration.

    Juliette Laura

  • omg I love these. I made some wooden letters with the letters of my sons name and painted them to hang above his bed. xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  • This is a pretty sweet way to personalise your room or maybe a party? Would be nice to try with different fonts too?

  • Love the idea !

    XX Luba


  • Your idea is great and inexpensive but I think wooden letters are still a little prettier 😉 I love the 3D effect more but these carton letters certainly are a good party idea!

  • Very cute! I’ve made these for showers, they’re super cheap party decor!!

  • Wow, these look so simple yet adorable!

    xxx Sabrina

  • Oh this is such a fab idea! They look great!


    check out my home decor diy for origmai cranes!

  • These are awesome and seem so simple!! Definitely adds a really pretty touch to your home for vday.

  • I adore this idea and I’ve made letters for my wedding in June! Love love love!

    Lulu xx

  • These are lovely,the perfect way to make someone feel special if you throw them a party.
    Super funky.

    Esther x

  • I want to make some! Maybe “PB&J” for my kitchen shelf. LOVE this.

  • I did the same thing not too long ago, but I wrapped the letters in yarn. And here I thought I was being innovative, cutting them out of cardboard instead of buying expensive wood letters. haha :0)

  • I just want everything in your home. It’s perfect.

  • This is such a cool idea. My friend recently got married and used porcelain letters (first letter of their names) and put it next to their wedding cake. For example it was A & C next to their cake and it looked amazing.

    Great Idea

    Donna xx

  • Original deco idea, I’d like to make wood letters similar to those to hold the books on the shelves.
    I love the tulips and the bottles they look really beautiful 🙂

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