DIY Rattan Initials

6 Materials
2 Hours

I found some awesome letters at Michaels that were $30 each. I thought it was a little expensive and figured I could DIY them for a lot less!

This project cost $0.00 to make as I had everything at home. I’ve added the materials and where you could get them if you don’t have stuff at home.

First, we drew the letters out on some card stock.

The next step was to cut out the letters on the card stock to use as a template on the hard board.

I had some extra frames laying around so I used the back board from them to cut out the letters.

First I needed to remove the hangers off the back.

They easily came off with a butter knife or you could use any flat tool.

We were able to fit both letters on one piece of hard board.

We then traced the letters onto the hard board for cutting.

Using a jigsaw, we carefully cut out the letters. Be careful not to let the hardboard break as it’s quite fragile.

We then cut the hardboard letters out of the placemats.

We then had three layers. You will only need the placemat and the hardboard letters from here on out.

The placemats had several layers so I used some spray adhesive to make sure everything was stuck. I also used spray adhesive to stick the placemats onto the hardboard letters.

The next step was using the hot glue gun to do a finishing border with rope.

I then used some stain wipes to add a color onto the letters. I tried stain which didn’t take to the material. I also tried antique wax, but it gave it to much of an aged look. The wipes worked best!

I love how they turned out and they’re the perfect addition to the nursery.

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  • GeorgiaBulldogsFan GeorgiaBulldogsFan on Jan 26, 2021

    Very creative use of the placemats! Love the finished pieces too. As someone who is always using furniture stains, where did you find the stain cloths? I could definitely use those for some smaller projects around my house. Great share and perfect for a nursery!


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  • Flipturn Flipturn on Feb 05, 2021

    This same technique would also work well for making large NOEL letters for Christmas time. Glue shiny cord trim (examples below) instead of the sisal rope the edging.

  • Loretta Loretta on Feb 06, 2021

    Love it. I was with you till you had to use jig saw