Craft & DIY

Circus Letters

I’m not one for following trends or styles as I like what I like and a trend can’t force me to like something else. I had plants in my home before the whole plant trend broke out and I don’t like to buy and hang the same art prints as everybody does on my walls. How uninspiring it that? I find it silly.

As you may notice I’m apologizing for what’s to come next; I have bought circus letters form HEMA. If there was an emoticon that showed an icon that hid under a big rock, I would use it now.  I’m not a big fan of this store and there were a whole lot of wrongs with these letters too. I love circus letters and when I bought these and brought them home I was at first all like aaaahhhh and ooohhh until they were popping up all over on Instagram. Bo wasn’t so keen on them either as they work on batteries and he’s unconditionally against anything that works on batteries. But I bought them and I didn’t want to return them. They needed to be proper circus letters with happy colours and they needed to be more me.

So I took my trusty spray paint cans and had a go at them. The whole painting process is just a minute, it’s the taping that’s very time consuming.

Left is what the letter first looked like. You want to only paint the inside around the bulbs.

Use masking tape to tape everything that you don’t want to be painted, so insides and outsides. Use aluminium foil to cover the bulbs. Just wrap them tightly around the bulbs, use a small kitchen knife to tuck the foil securely under the bulbs.

Lay the letter flat on a table covered in newspaper. Preferable spray paint indoors with the windows shut, open the windows after painting. You don’t want to get wind in the mix. Also use a fair amount of distance. The closer you get your paint will not even out smoothly. I prefer to walk around an object I’m spray painting. Let it dry and take off all the masking tape and foil, now you’ve got yourself some cheap personalized circus letters – don’t tell anyone 😉

De B is gold, the Y dusty rose and the E is in baby blue. All by my favourite spray paint brand PlastiKote.

FIY: our initials are BYE – Boris Yvonne Eijkenduijn

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  • eva
    06/12/2015 at 18:45

    Oh, I like! Tot nu toe kon ik weerstaan aan de letters, al is het moeilijk…

  • Claire Robinson
    08/12/2015 at 10:27

    Oh, I love the gentle colours of your circus lights…

  • Emmy
    11/12/2015 at 12:12

    Goh, wat is er dan toch na je post van 3 februari 2013 gebeurd ? ‘ Last Friday I took my friend, Sofie, to the HEMA spring/summer 2013 press day in Amsterdam. Sofie and I are massive HEMA fans so when I got the e-mail invite in my inbox I made a happy dance.’

  • Hannah
    11/12/2015 at 23:06

    I love your style and your work and I am DEFINITELY getting your DIY-book. Awesome 🙂 Hannah

  • rachel
    15/12/2015 at 12:02

    I’ve been looking for an @ circus light for an age with no luck. Shall; have to get hubs on the case making one