Crochet This Letter Board

Now you didn't think that I would write a post about the Top 10 DIY Letter Board Tutorials out there on the internet and leave you at that, did you? Of course not!

Crochet Letter Board DIY

A few weeks ago, I posted on my Instagram story that I found a pack of these 1" wooden letters at Dollarama's craft section for $4. There are 6 of each letter, and it comes with a box separating them too. My brain clicked and I immediately thought of what I could possibly do with them! That's right! Make my own letter board!


To no one's surprise, I have access to a lot of yarn. So I figured, let's make my letter board USING YARN! So if you are interested in this craft, while you are at the dollar store, you might as well also picked up some double sided tape and a photo frame.

Crochet Letter Board DIY

I brainstormed a lot in terms of how I can make the letters cling to the yarn. Naturally crocheted/knitted fabric has a lot of "holes" in them. So initially I tried glueing a small piece of wire that sticks out of the back of the letters and I can just wedge it in there. However, I decided to throw that out the window because it was just too much work and frankly, kind of dangerous because it was kinda sharp. So I went with the next best thing -- velcro.

I found that the typical type of velcro that they often sell in stores were quite rough and I get the feeling it would ruin the crocheted fabric if affixed. So... here's a question: Have you ever changed a disposable diaper? Don't get disgusted, but yes, the velcro on disposable diapers is exactly the type of velcro I was looking for! They are soft, the hooks are much smaller, and it can cling to the yarn fabric without snagging and ruining it.

Crochet Letter Board DIY

Given that I have a baby at home, I have access to a lot of disposable diapers. However, if you aren't as lucky as I am (sarcasm intended), I would say give the regular velcro a try, because honestly, you only need a very tiny piece on the back of each letter.

So onto the DIY, shall we?

Crochet Letter Board DIY

Materials:

  • Yarn (colour of your choice)
  • Crochet Hook (size of your choice, I used 4.5mm and 4.0mm)
  • Photo Frame
  • 1" plastic/wooden letters
  • Baby velcro
  • Double sided tape.

1) Crocheting Your Fabric

I started with a chain that is the width of the backing my photo frame because I wanted to make sure that my fabric will fit perfectly without sticking out too much.

Note: I found that I had most success keeping the crocheted fabric square by changing to a smaller hook after the first row. So I end up using a 4.5mm crochet hook for the foundation chain and row 1, then changed to a 4.0mm crochet hook for the rest of the piece. 

Row 1: Ch2, hdc into the third chain from the hook, and then in each st across
Row 2: Ch2, turn, hdc in each st across
Row 3 and onwards: Repeat row 2
Complete and fasten off when you've reached the height of the photo frame backing.

Keep in mind the stretch of the crocheted fabric. You do not want to have too much excess on the sides because it will be difficult to put the backing back onto the frame.

Crochet Letter Board DIY 

2) Assembling Your Letter Board

Place some double sided tape on all four corners of the backing of the photo frame and then place your crocheted fabric on top, matching all four sides. If your photo frame is bigger and you don't want the middle of the fabric to slump, I would place a couple more pieces of double-sided tape in the centre.


Now it may not completely match and you might have some areas looser than others. So gently just tug and press your crocheted piece until you have it lined up exactly.

Put the backing back into the frame and ta-da! There you have it! Your crocheted letter board!


Ain't it pretty?!?!?

3) Preparing Your Letters

Now I won't lie to you, this part took the most work because I was initially using hot glue to put on the velcro (dumb move). But once I started using the double sided tape that I bought later on, the process became so much faster!

All you really need is 1-2 pieces tiny piece of velcro on the back of each letter. Stick it down with some double-sided tape, and that's it!


Congratulations! You have just crocheted your very own letter board. Talk about practical!

Crochet Letter Board DIY

I would love to know whether store-bought letter board letters would work on this crocheted letter board. Unfortunately, nowhere nearby where I live sells letter boards and/or its accessories. Not surprising, Canada is often so behind the times. So if you have an extra set and would like to donate them to me, let me know! *wink wink nudge nudge*

Did you make your own Crochet Letter Board? I'd love to see it! Please share it with me on Instagram and/or use the #onceuponacheerio hashtag.
Crochet Letter Board DIY

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