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Project

Alphabet Wall Frieze

A frieze of alphabet flash cards in the nursery encourages your child to engage in word and picture play and to have fun with color.

Introduction

Paint the wall above the frieze a deeper shade than the area below to give the room a child-friendly scale. Installing an alphabet frieze is as simple as nailing up two parallel strips of panel molding: Space the strips slightly closer together than the height of the cards themselves. To insert the cards, bend them a little, and pop the ends in under the strips.

Materials

  • Tape measure
  • 2 pieces of molding
  • Lattice strips (long, thin pieces of wood that should be thinner than the molding)
  • Wood glue
  • Clamp
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Finishing nails
  • Hammer
  • Nail spinner (optional)
  • Drill (optional)
  • Nail set
  • Q-tips
  • Alphabet cards, or flash cards, post cards, photographs, etc., of a uniform size

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Measure the walls lengthwise, and cut two pieces of molding to fit each wall. (Try 1-inch-wide molding that is 3/8 inch thick.)

  2. Step 2

    To create the ledge that the cards will sit on, cut lattice strips to match the length of the molding. Line up the lattice strip along the bottom of the back side of the molding, and adhere with wood glue. Clamp the pieces together; let dry.

  3. Step 3

    Prime and paint the molding; let dry.

  4. Step 4

    Using small finishing nails, nail the top molding to the wall, placing each nail 2 feet apart. If you're worried about splitting the thin molding, use a nail spinner: Attach it to a drill, and spin the nail into the wood; this will prevent the wood from splitting. Use a nail set to sink them slightly.

  5. Step 5

    Measure up from the floor or the top of the baseboard to the bottom of the top strip of panel molding, which you've just installed. Whatever the height of the cards, subtract 1/2 inch for the distance between the top and bottom moldings. Install bottom molding.

  6. Step 6

    Using a Q-tip, paint over nail holes.

  7. Step 7

    Gently bend the cards to fit into the moldings.

Reviews (3)

  • 11 Dec, 2008

    They are sold through Martha's crafts line. You can go to www.marthastewartcrafts.com to buy them online or you can purchase them in-store at Michaels.

  • 12 Nov, 2008

    These were part of Martha's craft collection sold at stores like Michaels. I couldn't find them at that site, but there is an eBay listing for them: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem

  • 1 Nov, 2008

    does anyone know where to find the flash cards shown above...or something similar (large and vintage)?