Family Letter Wall

I’ve always struggled with what to put on the wall going up the stairs. I love the look of empty frames all the same color or family photos hanging all together, but I wanted something different. I’ve always loved monograms and started collecting letters in different fonts and sizes a few months ago.

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I decided I would collect as many “J’s” as I wanted to represent our last name and other letters to represent the first names of members of my family. I wanted the colors to be mainly black and white with a touch of red. I spray painted most of them black and a few white. Then I painted a few frames black to go with some of the letters. Go here to see how I dressed up a few more of the letters. Here they are on the stairs before I started putting them on the wall.

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Not all the letters have something on the back to hang them from so I tried these command picture hanging hooks. My friend, Anjanette, told me about them and they work perfectly.

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Just stick the 2 sides together.

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Peel the paper off the adhesive back and stick it on the letter.

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Then peel the other side off

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And stick it to the wall. So easy and so easy to remove if you decide to later, with no nail holes in the wall.

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Here’s the beginning of the family letter wall. I should have probably had a plan going into this, but I didn’t. I wanted it to look like the letters were being added at different times. I started with the large “J”.

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Here’s more letters being added to the wall. I already have a “S” I need to add for my newest little grandson and I’ll have 2 more letters to add in May for a grandson and granddaughter.

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Yay, it’s finished for now. Here’s the view from the front door.

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And looking through the window by the front door.

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Here’s another shot from the Entry.

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And a shot from upstairs looking down.

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A shot because I love these letters and how they turned out.

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And another one because I really, really love these.

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I’m pleased with how it turned out, just in case you couldn’t tell. I even did a little squeal when I backed up and looked at it. It will be exciting each time we get to add a new letter to the wall and two more are coming up soon.

And the total cost of the wall so far: only $44. The letters were purchased at Hobby Lobby, Roberts, Pier 1, Wal-Mart, and Rod Works. All of them were on sale or clearance and none of them cost more than $5. The frames were purchased at D.I. (thrift store), Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart. I think it makes a pretty good inpact on the stairs and from the Entry for only $44.

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Frames, Art and Wall Decor Challenge at The CSI Project

DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land

Talented Tuesday at My Frugal Family

Get Your Craft On at Today’s Creative Blog

Tip Me Tuesday at Tip Junkie

Toot Your Horn Tuesday at A Silly Little Sparrow

Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts

Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design

Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple

Get Your Craft On Thursday at Life As Lori

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage

Favorite Things Friday at A Few of My Favorite Things

Frugalicious Friday at Finding Fabulous

Feature Yourself Friday at Fingerprints on the Fridge

Creative Cats at Poppies at Play

Inspired By at The Inspired Room

Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors

Weekend Wrap Up Party at Tatertots and Jello

Craft Schooling Sunday at Creative Jewish Mom

Make It For Monday at Cottage Instincts

Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple

DIY Project Parade at The DIY Showoff

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{ 86 comments… add one }
  • Stephanie Lynn March 15, 2010, 11:58 pm

    Lovin the letters! This looks fabulous! You did a great job – very inspiring!

  • Merri Ann March 16, 2010, 3:00 am

    The wall looks great. That is such a clever idea.

    I’ve used the Command hangers for all kinds of things and they have always worked really well.

  • the thrifty ba March 16, 2010, 4:59 am

    totally squeal worthy!

  • Suzanne March 16, 2010, 7:02 am

    I love everything about this. It’s somewhat non-traditional. I love the colors against the wall — the different shapes and sizes. Love how it trails up the wall. I’ve got to try those hanging strips!

  • Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage March 16, 2010, 7:12 am

    I love that!! Very original!

  • Elizabeth @ blue clear sky March 16, 2010, 9:39 am

    The letters look fabulous but even more special is that they represent family!

  • Creative Decor by Brooke March 16, 2010, 10:47 am

    I just love that. It is so much easier to add a letter that a whole picture frame with picture every time you have an addition to the family. Plus, pictures get outdated and this way the letter is always current. That is a really unique idea. I don’t have stairs but I hope to find somewhere to use that idea.

  • kimbowest March 16, 2010, 12:39 pm

    love this! crazy in love with it! Just amazing. Found you on todays creative blog

  • kathryn March 16, 2010, 12:56 pm

    oh that is just soooo cute!!!

  • Struggler March 16, 2010, 1:53 pm

    They look great! A very original way of filling stair-space.

  • Kati March 16, 2010, 2:20 pm

    LOVE this idea. I was going to do our last name initial…but adding in the other letters would make it more interesting.

  • Sonja March 16, 2010, 3:19 pm

    What a great idea. My stairwell is so bare – this is exactly what I need there.

  • Laura March 16, 2010, 4:24 pm

    I love this idea. I love that you mixed different color and shaped letters.

    Feel free to stop by my blog and enter my necklace giveaway!

  • Fifth Street Mama March 16, 2010, 4:34 pm

    That looks so chic! What gorgeous decor!

  • Kansas Amy March 16, 2010, 5:53 pm

    Very neat!

    I posted a blog award for you over on my blog, come check it out!

  • Jennifer March 16, 2010, 6:58 pm

    I love how you used different sizes and colors! So unique!

  • April March 16, 2010, 8:27 pm

    What a FuN idea! LoVe it!!!

  • Noelle March 16, 2010, 8:42 pm

    I LOVE this! It is so fun. And way unique. Good job. I love that it is a simple idea but has such impact. Amazing.

  • Katherine @ Grass Stains March 16, 2010, 9:24 pm

    I absolutely love it! We have three kids and I’d love to honor our family with a display like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Tammy March 17, 2010, 10:11 am

    I LOOOOVVVVEEEE this… monograms are awesome and I have them ALL over my home, but I’ve never seen them grouped together like this. Thanks for sharing some wonderful inspiration!

  • Laurel March 17, 2010, 1:48 pm

    So very clever of you!

  • Bobbie March 17, 2010, 2:49 pm

    I love that. Wanna come join my linky party on saturday?

  • Tausha March 17, 2010, 7:11 pm

    I love this! I love it! I love it so much-I was wondering if I had your permission to use your pics? Let me know.
    thanks for the inspiration!!

  • Candice March 17, 2010, 9:06 pm

    Very cute! What a great idea! I love those 3m things. They are the best!

  • Shelly March 17, 2010, 10:38 pm

    That is so cool! I love the Idea. Might be good for one of the walls in the play room. Or if I ever change my wall of mixed up framed photos

  • Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh Make Something March 18, 2010, 8:32 am

    Delightful! I am so glad that I hopped over from Somewhat Simple! Please accept my invitation to drop in at my place one day this week when get a chance. until later…

  • Shelle March 18, 2010, 9:47 am

    Very cute! I’m lovin’ the wall!

  • Wendy March 18, 2010, 7:02 pm

    It looks great!

  • Jessica Hills March 18, 2010, 7:14 pm

    That is really cool. I love it. Come stop by my Favorite Things Friday Party if you would like to join in!

  • Laura @ PARING DOWN March 19, 2010, 6:01 am

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the stairwell. I am obsessed with letters myself right now, and you just gave me some happy eye candy for this Friday morning. BEAUTIFUL!!!

  • Meg March 19, 2010, 6:16 am

    I saw your wall on Finesse Your Nest and just loved it! I’ve been thinking about our stairway too, and I have to say, I am seriously thinking about blatantly ripping you off! It’s just so fun!

    And then I come to your website and you have the Martha Stewart pom pom tutorial! I’ve been thinking about making a few of those suckers for a while after seeing them in the Life in the Fun Lane nursery.

    All of your projects are to-die-for and I am so excited to have such a great new blog to follow!

  • Becky March 19, 2010, 9:39 am

    This so cute! I love these command strips.

  • Cami March 19, 2010, 9:52 am

    That is so unique and cool! Never seen anything like it!

  • Ashley March 19, 2010, 11:54 am

    I love that! It is creative and personal- a great way to enter a house. Fabulous job!

  • lori March 19, 2010, 2:47 pm

    The letters look great going upstairs!!! My last name starts with a J as well…

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday at Life as Lori. Please join me next week for another great party!

  • Kim@cheapchichome March 19, 2010, 5:52 pm

    That’s a cute idea, I’m sure you’ve inspired a lot of us.

  • Pearl Maple March 19, 2010, 6:32 pm

    Wow, this looks great and must be a fun treat for the family to see their letters up there in all their different styles.

  • jackie March 19, 2010, 8:46 pm

    wow i love it! i have a collage of frames but i love it all letters. great idea!

  • Abbi March 20, 2010, 6:08 pm

    Very cute! I am still needing to figure out something for our stairway wall. I had something up at one time but all the movement caused it to fall done. Next time I need to hang it better I guess.

  • March 21, 2010, 2:49 am

    Really great! And I love the fact that you can certainly add to it over the years if you’d like to or need to!
    thanks for linking up at Craft Schooling Sunday all the best!

  • Vanessa March 21, 2010, 6:59 am

    How cute and creative! love it!

  • cindy March 22, 2010, 7:44 am

    Love love love! Just amazing Leanne…’ve got the collage thing down!

  • The Persimmon Perch March 22, 2010, 8:36 am

    What a great idea! Love using the letters to represent the family. Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife March 22, 2010, 10:03 am

    I absolutely LOVE this idea…though, we would only have three letters so it might not be quite that dramatic. Absolutely fabulous!

  • Kaysi @ Keeping It SImple March 22, 2010, 10:46 am

    What a great idea!

  • Brandi @ Frugal Farmhouse March 22, 2010, 11:42 am

    Oh my goodness! I absolutely loooove this! I love all the different fonts and that frame with the J in it adorable! Is it made of buttons? Soo cute!

  • Joni March 22, 2010, 12:57 pm

    I too have a “stair wall with nothing on it…I really love yours and I think I will start collecting letters. Joni

  • Andy Porter March 25, 2010, 5:54 am

    OK, so I’m just making it around all the links this morning and realized that my other comment must have seemed pretty weird! lol. Thanks for linking this fab idea!! I totally want to incorporate it somewhere in my house.

    Have a rockin day Leanne!


  • Bailey April 7, 2010, 1:24 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this! And I have the perfect wall. So I wouldn’t forget, I featured this on my blog. Feel free to grab the You’re Featured button.


  • Kim W May 3, 2010, 10:54 am

    This is the cutest thing! I love how it turned out. Very inspiring! My stair wall is blank. I may have to start this project. 🙂

  • Jane June 15, 2010, 7:40 pm

    I love your idea. I will have to keep my eye out for clearance letters- I’ve been trying to track down E-A-T for my kitchen and letters cost a fortune online. Thanks for reminding me I just need to look around.

  • Patrice June 22, 2010, 7:54 am

    I am going to start my collection ASAP!

  • Molly Cash June 22, 2010, 7:56 am

    Wow, so very cute!! I think I may be snatching that idea!!

  • Diane @ Perfectly Imperfect Life June 22, 2010, 8:05 am

    That looks great! Such a good idea. I’m amazed you got all of those for $44!

  • Stephanie June 22, 2010, 8:47 am

    I need to do this to my stairway! I love it! So creative yet so simple! Thanks for the idea!

  • Cara June 22, 2010, 9:15 am

    I just love your letter wall. I’m a word nerd, so I always appreciate a little literary inspiration, and you can’t beat family-inspired decor. I bet it makes you smile every time you pass by, doesn’t it? Thanks for sharing!

  • Jen June 22, 2010, 10:57 am

    I adore typography, so this wall is right up my alley… Thanks for sharing!

  • Allison June 22, 2010, 11:19 am

    That is awesome! Looks fabulous and what a fun way to use letters. Love all the different fonts.

    Visiting from csi

  • Destiny June 22, 2010, 11:47 am

    Love it!!! Great Job! The fonts are awesome and I love how you just stuck it up there…lol! No holes in the wall is a good thing:0)
    CSI Vistor

  • Jen June 22, 2010, 6:32 pm

    Love this idea! I love monogrammed anything!
    Looks Great!

  • elz June 22, 2010, 7:08 pm

    Great solution for that weird wall space on the stairs. Found you through the CSI Project.

  • asnipofgoodness June 22, 2010, 7:20 pm

    I really like this!

  • June June 22, 2010, 9:06 pm

    Love this display. Saw it at The CSI Project.

  • Tauni June 23, 2010, 12:30 am

    I love this! I’ve been dying to put up an alphabet wall for ages…

  • lisa June 23, 2010, 6:28 am

    this is so cute! we have a T wall for our last name, i’ve never thought about adding in our other letters!!

  • Kathy June 23, 2010, 10:01 pm

    It looks great. I love all the different fab letters you have collected. Very cool.

  • Tanya June 24, 2010, 6:22 am

    I LOOOVE IT! I’m working on an “M” wall (for our last name), but I never thought to incorporate the letters of our first names. You are brilliant! Absolutely love it!

  • julie June 24, 2010, 8:54 am

    I love this. Love. I heart typography. Command Adhesive is awesomesauce. Brilliantly done. Adore.

  • ashley August 22, 2010, 11:23 pm

    I featured this most fabulously awesome project over at Little Miss Momma! Can I just say you rock!!!! WOW!

    You can grab a featured button if you want 😉

    Direct link to feature:

  • Denise simmons November 8, 2010, 9:10 am

    I love this Idea! Using the command strips makes it apartment friendly. Can I totally borrow this idea to use in boring apartment entry?

  • Kari November 8, 2010, 9:13 am

    I love, love, love this idea! I am seriously going to try and do this in my home too. I am trying to link this to my blog but not sure if I can. Again, loove this!!!!!

  • It's A Priceless Life November 8, 2010, 7:30 pm

    I love this idea. Now to find a spot to do it in my house!! I’m your newest follower…come check out my blog when you have a chance. 🙂
    Shantel @

  • Whitney December 31, 2010, 12:29 pm

    I love the way this wall turned out. Mine would be a bunch of “B”s since our last name & kids names start with B. Command picture hanging strips are awesome. Seriously, one of the best things ever!

  • Liz December 31, 2010, 12:40 pm

    This rocks! I want to have another 5 kids just so I can make a huge wall of them like yours!

  • Jennifer Dixon December 31, 2010, 5:27 pm

    I. LOVE. THIS! Hubby is a graphic designer, so we’re huge typography lovers around here. Thanks for giving me another idea of how to spruce up my house. I’m new to blogging, thanks for a fun idea! Oh, and I found you thru the link party on Tater Tots and Jello.

  • June January 7, 2011, 7:21 am

    What a terrific idea! I may have to “copy” this for my stairway. Don’t worry, I’ll link back giving you the credit!

  • Inspire Me Heather January 24, 2011, 3:06 pm

    I like how your project turned out and I linked this up to my “letters and numbers” post too, come on over and check it out!

  • Abby K April 14, 2011, 5:54 am

    I love this! Just googled “name in letter hung up the stairs” and found you! Totally attempting this! 🙂 Yours looks SOOO good!

  • Danielle June 27, 2012, 12:40 pm

    I love this! We collect G’s (for our last name) have several on our fireplace mantel. I’ve been trying to tell my husband we need to move them to the stairway wall, since we can keep adding them as we get them… now I have some visual aid to convince him they’ll look great! Thanks!!

  • Stephanie July 6, 2012, 11:05 pm

    love!!! love!!! love!!!

  • Julie July 12, 2012, 5:24 pm

    What a awesome idea. truly inspirational. Thanks for sharing.
    hugs Julie

  • Gina December 28, 2012, 7:46 pm

    Where did you find all your letters? I am having a heck of a time finding more than a few varieties.
    Gina recently posted..Holiday Decorating 2012

  • leanneja January 29, 2013, 10:21 pm

    I bought them at different places: Michaels, Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, Tai Pan Trading, Pier 1, and Ben Franklin.

  • Lauren @momhomeguide February 21, 2013, 5:50 pm

    I love the letter wall! I just purchased a craft letter than I plan to Mod Podge with scrapbook paper and place on the mantle in my living room. (I hope to finish the craft tomorrow!) I’d also like to get craft letters for my kids to decorate.

    I am also a fan of the Command hanging hooks! I love that I don’t need a hammer or have to put holes in the walls.

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