This project actually found some new ground for us. I mounted them to a backboard of 1/4" MDF covered with fabric. This can create a whole lot of new possibilities for size, shape, color, pattern, etc.!
Some notes on the construction.
Letters can be hard to center vertically on a board. What you need is the overall width of the name, so...
- Lay out the letters along a yard stick. Pick a set space for the distance from letter to letter.
- Use the yard stick markings to get the total length.
- On your backboard, draw a 'baseline' for the bottoms of the letters and mark the center point
- Start placing the letters 1/2 the length of the name to the right of center
- With the letters laying where you want them on the backboard, trace them with a pencil
- Remove the letters and drill small holes from the front so that you can easily locate them in the center of the letter.
- 2 holes is plenty for any letter; you want more than one so the letters don't 'swivel.'
- Place the letters back on the backboard (small clamps are a good idea here if possible) and pre-drill the letters through the holes in the backboard from the back - be careful of how deep you drill!
|The new sign installed|