What can I do with all these?

At a yard sale a few weeks ago, I asked if we could take some of the many pallets at the end of the driveway. The owner told us to take anything we wanted and under the pallets were all of these. I went back and asked if she knew they were down there - just said to go ahead and take them. 4 boxes later I have nearly $1,000 retail of wooden "M",N, A, O and lower case R. They still have the prices on them from Hobby Lobby but I have no idea what to do with them - do you?
q what can i do with all these, crafts, repurposing upcycling, Brand new M N A O and r
Brand new M, N, A, O, and r
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  • Theresa Shaut Theresa Shaut on Jul 12, 2013
    Do an inspirational poster or even a bi-fold/tri-fold partition, with words that start with N. Nothing will stop me/Never Give up/Nature is wonderful. Use the wooden "N" and handprint the rest. Make it colorful for just black and white.

  • Rita Botha Rita Botha on Jul 12, 2013
    Wow, this one stretches the imagination! There's really only a couple of words you can make with these! I'm wondering if your local craft shop will not be willing to exchange some of them for other letters, like the initials of your family members. Then use these as the base for some really funky mosaic to hang in their bedrooms (kids), or make up words like Faith, Hope, Love and mosaic them as well for a patio wall. It's not really possible to accurately guess the size of the letters but they do look a reasonable size? Love the twirls! Hope you will post again when you have used them?

  • Kitchen Kelli Kitchen Kelli on Jul 12, 2013
    These are great ideas! I do love the "O" in all it's swirliness! Luckily, the name of our business is Okie Picks - so I have the great O to start with. I would have never thought of taking them back for exchange @Rita Botha - of course explaining that I got them for free but someone must have purchased them. Maybe they will agree! If I can find someone who can print well @Theresa Shaut I would love to print the word on them as well - My printing is awful! Thanks for coming up with such great ideas!

  • Christy Necole Christy Necole on Jul 12, 2013
    The first thing that I thought when I saw this was you have some good words for scrabble or words with friends. So with all your doubles you are bound to have many words here. http://www.scrabblefinder.com brings you to a nice site where you can find words with letters. If you put in double letters you will find more words. manor came up right away! Make word art! Or if you really aren't into that try selling the box with the ideas people give you as examples. Lots of money in art supplies. This is a pretty good free box deal!

  • Theresa Shaut Theresa Shaut on Jul 12, 2013
    Just do it in cursive - doesn't HAVE to match.

  • Kitchen Kelli Kitchen Kelli on Jul 12, 2013
    Thanks @Theresa Shaut ! I don't think anyone could ever forge my signature (or maybe anyone could) because it never looks the same! @Christy Necole I have never heard of scrabblefinder - I'm going to go take a look! Thanks!

  • Christy Necole Christy Necole on Jul 12, 2013
    Just a hint, you can also put in ? (question marks) as a letter and make sure you double the letter if you want more than one of the same it will give you different results....example: if I wrote difrent, i would not get the word different I would have to write dffeernt to get the word different to show up...Enjoy!

  • Kimberly Barney Kimberly Barney on Jul 12, 2013
    With all the Ns, you could list them on The Knot for a couple that is getting married.

  • Lela Lela on Jul 12, 2013
    you could sell them on etsy.com

  • Polly Zieper Polly Zieper on Jul 12, 2013
    I would save them your kids' teachers/ art teacher when school starts, or spraypaint them a favorite color, andarrange them(in a clever phrase or poem or something), and glue to a piece of plywood, painted a contrasting or complimentary color.Tell us what you end up doing!

  • Linda Stone Linda Stone on Jul 12, 2013
    A few of the N's could be turned sideways and used as Z's, as in Z Z Z Z for sleep. Maybe in a child's room.

  • Kitchen Kelli Kitchen Kelli on Jul 12, 2013
    @Linda Stone ! Fabulous idea - ZZZs would have never thought of any of these...I have enough to offer on The Knot, Etsy AND give to teachers..........that rubbermaid container is one of 2. I have no idea where that woman got all those but I"m glad I came upon them!.. Thanks everyone so much!

  • Lori J Lori J on Jul 12, 2013
    I live in Nebraska and Husker football rules the state. Where I come from, there would be a very obvious choice and they would sell like hot cakes.

  • Kitchen Kelli Kitchen Kelli on Jul 12, 2013
    @Lori J - you are absolutely right - I remember that big N from the days when OU/Nebraska was the biggest game on Thanksgiving Day! :)

  • Hmmm... I can only think of silly things, like for a little boys room: "NA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NA-NA (insert picture of) BATMAN!

  • Kitchen Kelli Kitchen Kelli on Jul 12, 2013
    Love the idea @Eliesa @ Pinterest Addict because that was my favorite show as a kid! :)

  • Lori J Lori J on Jul 12, 2013
    I miss that rivalry.

  • Therese C Therese C on Jul 13, 2013
    Some of the N's could be half cut into capital V's, M's become W's, and so on..the possibilities are endless! There are also picture frames of people that start with N,M,O,V, or W and customize their frames for yourself or as gifts!

  • Kitchen Kelli Kitchen Kelli on Jul 13, 2013
    Thank you @Therese C ! I had thought about making M's into W's but I never thought about Vs!

  • Colleen Colleen on Jul 13, 2013
    Place matching letters like M's in a circle like a wreath. Then paint, embelish as you wish.

  • Norrie Downey Norrie Downey on Jul 14, 2013
    put hook and eyes on top and bottome of the Ms and Os to string them, sell them at Mother's Day M O M They look pretty big, over lap the Ns to make a border?

  • Kitchen Kelli Kitchen Kelli on Jul 14, 2013
    @Theresa Shaut @Colleen and @Norrie Downey these ideas are so fantastic! I wreath, a room divider and a MOM banner? You guys are the greatest and so creative. Thank you so much!

  • Pamela Thurlow Pamela Thurlow on Jul 14, 2013
    How about a mobile for a new baby or hanging chimes for outdoors? Just add bells?

  • Therese C Therese C on Jul 14, 2013
    About how many of each letter do you have? I have an idea, but need to know what you are working with.

  • Sfg178760 Sfg178760 on Jul 14, 2013
    Find an old frame and put some kind of sturdy backboard on it...and then just start layered the letters! Paint them or not! I saw them n my creative mind's eye ;o) as: layered shabby chic painted letters in an old decorative frame! No words needed...just the letters! o) Dang...now I want to do it! o)

  • Karen McLendon Karen McLendon on Jul 14, 2013
    I would find a way to swap for other letters and make a hunt over it...make friends and have fun while you are at it!

  • Phyllis Phyllis on Jul 14, 2013
    In a children's room, name over bed or door, on toy box; oh so many things U can do with them.

  • KathrynElizabeth Etier KathrynElizabeth Etier on Jul 14, 2013
    Know anyone named Roman?

  • Kitchen Kelli Kitchen Kelli on Jul 14, 2013
    @Katheryn - I used to date a guy named Roman a long time ago! :) @Phyllis @Karen McLendon , @My Gnome Little World ,@Pamela Thurlow - these are all GREAT ideas too - I could be able to do all of them! @Therese C There are about 300 Each of the M and N - about 50 R and only around 20 O's.

  • Island girl Tracy Island girl Tracy on Jul 14, 2013
    can the M be turned upside down to spell out WOW? Then you would have 5 letters to work with. lol

  • Kitchen Kelli Kitchen Kelli on Jul 14, 2013
    Great idea @Island girl Tracy - A big plaque with WOW MOM would be fun for Mom's!

  • Debi T Debi T on Jul 14, 2013
    if you decide to sell some, please let me know! debi@theclutteredcraftroom.com

  • Kitchen Kelli Kitchen Kelli on Jul 14, 2013
    @Therese C I forgot about the 200 A's! @Debi T - I'm sure I will - I honestly don't have the crafting ability or inclination to deal with this many letters and they will just go to waste sitting in a box. There are a few projects I've seen from these suggestions (that I will post when done) but I'm better at big stuff than little and to me, this is little! :) I will email you next weekend after I've had a chance to take out what I want. I don't think I'll forget but if I do - just post again on this page!

  • Therese C Therese C on Jul 14, 2013
    Okay..seeing if I can get this idea to make sense when drawn..lol...

  • Linda L Linda L on Jul 14, 2013
    NA NA NA NA- NA NA NA NA- HA HA (good bye)

  • Z Z on Jul 14, 2013
    Paint those pretty curly O's then hook them together and make a garland for an out door tree if it gets cold enough where you are that they won't get wet and ruined in the winter. The O's would also make adorable ornaments with tassels hung from the bottoms. Even cute picture frames. The N's turned on their sides become short Z's which could be hung on a wall above a baby's or child's bed as a decoration.

  • Phil Miller Phil Miller on Jul 14, 2013
    I cut letters on a jig saw. They are so simple. Patterns are available on anything one would like to make. "Welcome" is probably the most popular. I would suggest that you decide on what craft project you are interested in and buy the other letters from a "Hobby Lobby." Or get a pattern and cut them out yourself.

  • Therese C Therese C on Jul 14, 2013
    Okay..very roughly drawn idea for patio privacy screen or room divider ... just an idea for you Kelli and good luck on whatever you decide to do!

  • Kitchen Kelli Kitchen Kelli on Jul 15, 2013
    @Therese C that is an incredible drawing - and I love the idea!! Do you know who would love it even more than me and also needs one? My mother! She lives in Senior Cottages and her and her porch mate and best friend spend nearly every evening on the porch but sometimes, they want a privacy screen and they could channel their climbing flowers up it! Just fabulous @Therese C I will show this to my husband tonight!

  • Normi Mann Normi Mann on Jul 15, 2013
    I'll take the N's & M's hahaha!

  • Normi Mann Normi Mann on Jul 15, 2013
    A's as well!! Too funny, my middle name is Anne

  • Debi T Debi T on Jul 22, 2013
    great! i and a friend use letters for creating our items all the time! thank you!"

  • Kim Dagenais Kim Dagenais on Nov 28, 2013
    I would modge podge some old maps, comics, magazines, thin pretty fabrics, paint, etc on the letters, and sell them individually on Craigslist or some local online ad. You could make some good coin if you are good with crafting. Modge Podge will be like an adhesive and finish all in one. I plan on purchasing some wood and large cardboard letters at my nearest craft store in the near future to make some pretty initials for my granddaughter 's bedroom, and a couple large ones too for myself. Initials are really in right now, and if you are crafty, you will have no problem making a small fortune.

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    • Kitchen Kelli Kitchen Kelli on Dec 01, 2013
      @Tanya Peterson Felsheim Thank you! I'm so happy with all these great ideas - I think I'll spend the afternoon cruising though Pinterest!

  • Kim Dagenais Kim Dagenais on Nov 28, 2013
    yes Mod podge is fantastic. I have not used it for crafts/projects for a couple of years, but plan on doing some initials sometime in the New Year. I would do an ad when you have done a couple, and specify in capital letters that you ONLY have the letters M N A O. Watch even though you specified certain letters, people will be asking you for all kinds of other letters. If you are good at it, I would go out and purchase some more. The price you will pay for additional letters won't be much, and you will recover your money back with the price you sell your finished letters for and then some. Hope you make a little fortune. Actually I might even do the same thing myself if mine turn out. I have been wanting to buy a large hollow card board letter and cover it with pennies and then podge it. I have seen some letters done this way and they look fantastic.

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim Tanya Peterson Felsheim on Nov 28, 2013
    Moan? Mona? Man? Moma? Mr?

  • Elaine Fischer Elaine Fischer on Nov 29, 2013
    Here is a Picture of a Wooden Letter that I customized for my grand daughter, Stella. I painted it the colors of her room, then added vintage buttons, silk flowers and I distressed the edges with a silver distress ink. It gave the letter a vintage look. Just an Idea!