So I never really looked into getting a letter board until recently. I mean, I had seen some really neat pictures on Instagram where they feature clever sayings next to a DIY project and it’s always SO CUTE! It took ages for me to decide, hey, I wanna do that, too. And so I did what I do and I took to Amazon to find and order one. But I stopped dead in my tracks when I realized that this was going to be, like, a $50 investment for some cute sayings. Um, nope. And I really, really wanted a white board with black letters and I found one but it cost, like, $75. <— Insert maniacal laugh because that business is not happening.
And so I decided that I am either too poor or too cheap to have a letter board. But then, one day, Mr. Rob and I went to the island to eat lunch. You see, South Padre has some killer gluten free dining options. It’s pretty amazing, in truth. My favorites include The Meatball Cafe, where I get to have gluten free chicken parmesan (like, breaded and fried and all, it is ah-mazing!), Grapevine Cafe and Coffee House, where you can get the fluffiest, most amazing gluten free pancakes and have a fancy coffee to go with it, Russo’s New York Pizzeria where you can get a killer GF pizza (try the Mulberry!) and Yummie’s Bistro, where they will make pretty much anything you’d like gluten free if you ask. They have, like, the best sandwiches EVER even if they give you an itty bitty dinky pickle :) I’ve eaten at these 4 places a lot and I’ve never, ever gotten sick. Boom!
Okay, so we eat lunch and then we hit up Walmart because, like my mother, I can hardly go anywhere without a Walmart run. But guess what I find? On an end cap at Walmart I find letter boards for only $10. ONLY TEN DOLLARS, PEOPLE. I literally had just been looking at $50 boards and one that was very similar to this one for a whopping $75. I JUST SAVED $65 AND IT’S MAGICAL.
Now I’ve done a bit of research and I’ve found that you cannot buy these online (at least not yet). You also can’t buy them at every Walmart. I went to a bunch trying to figure out a pattern and it seems like all of the big, jumbo Super Walmart stores carry them. Some of the smaller ones don’t unless they have, like, an amazing craft section. The little Port Isabel Walmart isn’t humongous, but for some reason, they have a super fab craft section that I always, always stop in to because they carry stuff I’ve never seen before.
So, your best bet is to try big ol’ Walmart and your next best bet is one that has a really great craft section. These guys are $10 and they sell some extra letter sets for $10, too.
Since $10 is a STEAL I got a few. I think other people have the same idea as me because these suckers are selling pretty quickly. The idea was I wanted some pretty, brightly colored frames, because bright is my game right now. And guess what? It was so easy! And with paint from my craft stash my fancy yellow framed letter board was still only $10! Huzzah!
Painting these guys could NOT be easier. Take 3 pieces of somewhat firm paper (I’m using card stock, be better for the environment than me and use old pieces if you have them) and jam them underneath the frame. You want to make sure you push that paper in as far as it will go because you don’t want to get the felt covered in accidental over spray.
Cover all of the corners (to finish you can tear one sheet in half) and tape down to secure completely.
A good paint + primer like this Rust-Oleum that also bonds to plastic is perfect.
Give the frame 2 coats of paint, twisting it around to make sure you get into the inner edge, too.
Allow a good bit to fully dry and then remove your protective paper. Now, wasn’t that like crazy easy?
It’s the perfect thing for a little self promotion, no? :)
Now I don’t know if it’s just me but it takes me FOREVER to put words on this thing. Literally, FOREVER. Okay so not literally but you know what I mean. That bad boy up there? An hour. A whole flippin’ hour. But it’s not like I didn’t have fun because I did though I’m not sure why I like doing it so much.
But at any rate I’ve got a fab, yellow letter board that only cost me $10 plus a little bit of tax. It’s like the unicorn of letter boards. But you can get in on it, too, just make sure you get to your Walmart craft section before people like me go and buy them all out! (p.s. totally not a sponsored post in any way :)