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Just because candy corn is CANDY doesn't mean it's only for kids! This Halloween, it's time for the adults to have fun. We love the colors of candy corn and all the fun kitsch of Halloween! A couple months ago I shared how to make a handmade felt letter board. Well, I started doing more investigating into how felt sign boards are actually constructed and I am excited to share with you the second version: the new and improved DIY Felt Letter Board! This board is perfect for Halloween decorating and entertaining. I also picked up some Ball Park® Franks and Hillshire Farm® Lit'l Smokies® smoked sausages at Sam's Club recently. These easy finger foods are great to have on hand for Halloween entertaining!
How to make a handmade Felt Letter Board in Candy Corn Colors!
The brilliance of making your own felt letter board is that you can make it any colors you want. How about candy corn?! Whether at your desk or on display at your annual Halloween party, this felt letter board is fun, quirky, and one-of-a-kind. We put together an entire candy corn themed party (stay tuned for all the details later this week) and this handmade felt letter board is definitely one of the main attractions!
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Here's what you'll need to make the candy corn magic come alive with your own handmade felt letter board:
- 3/16″ square dowels
- frame or canvas (back)
- black paint
- tacky glue or wood glue
- acrylic felt
- felt letter board letters, 1″ size
- hand saw
- emery boards or sanding file
- paint brush
- measuring tape
- gift card or credit card
When I was at the craft store, I wasn't sure of the size of the frame I'd be using to make the base of the DIY felt sign board. For a larger frame., you'll need more dowels and for a smaller frame you'll need fewer dowels. I bought every dowel the store had in the 3/16″ diameter size since I plan to make more of these signs through the holiday season (yes, stay tuned for more unique tutorials!).
For the frame, I chose the back of a wood canvas. Dig through the clearance section of the craft store or go to the art canvases aisle and look at the back of each canvas or art piece to see if it would form a nice frame for your DIY felt letter board. Choose a “frame” that is about 3/4″ to 1″ deep so you'll have space to add the dowels and the felt.
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Next, choose the felt colors you'd like to use. I chose candy corn colors of orange, white, and yellow but you can choose any colors you like. I bet green, purple, and black would also look amazing for Halloween! Or you can go with all black or all white. For a white board, you'll need to spray paint the letters another color, since the white letters won't be visible on a white felt sign.
Measure the height of the frame and cut two pieces of dowel to fit.
Use the emery board to sand any splinters from the corners and to shorten the dowel if it is too long.
Adhere the dowels, one on either side, inside of the frame. These will form a support upon which the remaining dowels will sit perpendicularly.
Paint the frame (or canvas) back with black paint and allow to dry.
Measure the width of the frame. If using a square frame, like me, you'll only need to measure in one direction so you can skip this second measurement. Cut the dowels to length, sanding the ends as needed. Dry fit the dowels into the frame, with about 1/16″ to 1/8″ space between each.
Try pressing felt between the dowels and checking to see how the letters will fit. If the letters are too loose, the dowels need to be spaced further away from one another. If the letters are too tight, the dowels needs to be spaced closer together. Once the fit is right, add a bead of glue to the two dowels running from top to bottom of the frame.
Press the loose dowels into the glue, fitting them snugly into the frame and making sure they are spaced to allow the felt and letters to be inserted between the dowels.
Allow the glue to dry completely on this dowel framework before the next step.
Cut each piece of felt to the width of the frame. The length does not matter too much, as long as it is a workable length of fabric; any more than 12″ will be difficult to manage for these next steps. You can use more than one piece of fabric, even if you are making the entire felt letter board in one color.
Using a gift card or credit card, press the felt between the edge of the frame and the first dowel.
Use the gift card or credit card to press the felt between each pair of dowels until the entire dowel framework is covered with felt.
Trim any extra felt. Now it's ready to add letters!
I love how festive the candy corn colors on this sign feel, perfect for a Halloween party or get-together.
Here's the thing; fun colors are for adults too, not just for kids. This Halloween, why not make the “grown-ups party” a little more cheery and less dark with the fun colors of candy corn? Ball Park® Franks and Hillshire Farm® Lit'l Smokies® smoked sausages at Sam's Club can help you bring that festival, carnival quality of candy corn into your Halloween party. Both products are an easy solution for entertaining your guests!
On your next trip to Sam's Club, be sure to pick up Ball Park® Franks and Hillshire Farm® Lit'l Smokies® smoked sausages to make for amazing party food! Tell your friends to “keep it corny” at the party on this fun little handmade felt sign board.
Be sure to come back to see our full “Candy Corn party” reveal! What's your favorite way to entertain the grown-ups on Halloween?