Maybe you've seen the metal numbers and letters that I've been coo'ing over for a couple of years? At first, I wasn't sure what letters I would want or even where I would put them....At $20 each, I knew that I didn't want to have to order too many.
My doll of a husband brought home some individual boxes (wine-crate-like) of candele lunghe Italian pasta, and it finally hit me. In that really awkward small space above our extra tall upper kitchen cabinets, I could put pasta "crates" and the letters "E-A-T". Really, $60 + taxes + shipping for three little letters??? Not so much.
I had to find a way to do it for less...and I *did*!
Paper mache letters from Hobby Lobby or JoAnn Fabric + a couple of metalic paints from Home Depot or Lowe's? Yes, please!
The pasta crates. (The candele lunghe noodles are each as long as the box!)
Even though they aren't lower case letters, I absolutely love them. I've already started thinking of ways that I can incorporate them into seasonal decor and possibly do some on the other side of the kitchen as well. All said and done, each letter (depending on how much paint from each can I actually used) cost me about $3.50-$5.00 to make. Even if I had emptied out both cans on the 3 letters, they would have been less than $9 each. I made a set out of thinner chip board letters as well for my sister. If you can snag the letters when they are on sale for 40-50% off then, you could make them for about $2.50-$3.00 each! If you're a big fan of the numbers that are found on everything right now, this would be an inexpensive way to add one to any part of your home!