Typeface artwork

Bring two huge trends together, the typewriter and typography, in just one project

This simple and chic idea could be displayed anywhere in the home, and can be customised to your heart’s content. Try going more traditional and download a typewriter-style font (there’s loads to choose from online), or why not scribe your own? You could even re-arrange the letters into the QWERTY format for another nod to one of Britain’s most prized inventions.

You’ll need
    • Tongue and groove wood
    • Right angle
    • wooden moulding
    • Hardboard
    • Panel pins
    • Crown Solo paint in Mellow Sage
    • fastenings
    • Metal repair
    • washers, 38mm
    • ‘No Nails’ glue
    • 3-D foam pads
    • Spray adhesive
    • Computer and printer
    • General tool kit including hammer, saw and mitre block
    1. To make the frame, cut hardboard to the desired size, then trim wooden tongue and groove planks to fit. Clip the wood together and, using ‘No Nails’ glue, stick the wood to the hardboard.

    2. Next, create a border by cutting four lengths of right angle wood and adding a mitre to each end. Attach to the planks with small panel pins. Sand any rough edges and paint the whole of the frame in sage green, then fix on the hanging fastenings to the back with two small screws.

    3. Replicate the letters on the keys in Word on a computer. First, type out all the letters of the alphabet and punctuation marks and select Times New Roman as the font, size 72. Second, select ‘Insert’ at the top of the page, choose ‘Shapes’, then click basic shape ‘Circle’. Drag the circle over the letter and when you are happy, let it go and the circle will cover the letter.

    4. Colour the alphabet circles orange and the numbers green, or to your own preference, then select ‘Send to Back’ and choose ‘Send Behind Text’ and the letter will re-appear. Print out the sheet.

    5. Cut each of the circular letters out and stick these to the centre of a metal washer with spray adhesive. Fix the washers to the frame in a grid using 3-D foam pads to finish.