A friend of mine did this on the main wall of their apartment and I fell in love! I had to do it. She got her frames at DI and Goodwill and found some larger ones. She then went and had her vinyl cut at a store in the mall. I don’t remember how much she paid for it, but I remember it was more than I wanted to pay for mine.
So, originally I did mine out of tracing paper and card stock. I printed out the letters on the computer in a font I liked, and then taped the tracing paper and the paper I printed on. I then used an exacto knife and cut the letters out. I used a ruler to ensure straight, more professional looking edges.
I then cut my card stock to fit my frames. I used StudioTac (it’s a graphic designer’s amazing friend and sold at art stores, it is kinda expensive though) to stick the tracing paper on the card stock. StudioTac is a whole bunch of little sticky dots, so you could see it though the tracing paper. I liked that it gave my letters some texture. It also ensures that all your corners are adhered and stay that way.
Then I put the card stock in the frames and hung them on the wall. It stayed like until I got my Cricut and some vinyl…
Then, I decided to update the look a little (and I saw my friend’s again and fell in love all over). I cut out the letters BACKWARDS on vinyl with my Cricut. I cleaned the glass well. And then stuck the letters on the glass. I cut them out backwards because I didn’t want the letters on the outside of the glass. I wanted them in between the glass and the wall. I glued the glass to the very edge of the frame with Tacky Glue (you could use gorilla glue if you’re worried about the strength of the hold, but I haven’t had any problems with them). I left the backing off the frame so you could see the wall. And then I added the knotted ribbon to the small frame. Then I hung them back where they were. Perfection.