DIY Hanging Letters

By Megan, The World of Motherhood

I loved decorating my little boy’s nursery. My favorite part was making the decorations myself. DIY projects are more fun to me then just going to store and buying premade decorations.  

In this DIY project, my goal was to display my son’s name above his crib.  I have seen this done many ways, from wood blocks to actually painting the wall.  With my husband and I renting an apartment at the time, the challenge was to create a clever way to display the decoration but not leave marks on the wall.  I discovered an easy and inexpensive way to do it with cardboard! So can you, just follow these simple steps and you will be able to make your own Hanging Letters!

Step 1: Decide On A Color Scheme

I went with a combination of blue and green because it matched the bedding for the crib. Plus I already had the Animal Silhouette Pictures in green and blue hanging on the wall in the nursery.

 

Step 2: Gather Supplies

  • Plain Letters to spell out your child’s name

I chose cardboard block letters because they were lightweight and inexpensive, but wooden letters would work great too. These can be purchased at Michael’s, Jo-Ann Fabrics, or A.C. Moore.

  • Ribbon

I chose blue ribbon with green stitching on the edges

  • Paint

I chose kelly green

  • Foam tip paintbrush

  • Hot Glue Gun

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Step 3: Paint Each Letter

You only need to paint the front and the sides of the letter because the back will be facing the wall once it’s hung.

 

Step 4: Cut Ribbon for each letter

Make sure you cut all of the ribbon to be the same length so they will hang evenly on the wall.

 

Step 5: Hot Glue each end of the ribbon onto the back of the letter

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Step 6: Add a bow

Using a separate piece of ribbon tie a bow at center of the ribbon you just glued to the letters.  By using a separate piece of ribbon allows you the freedom to make you bow the size that you would like and trim up the end without having to worry about it affecting the length that your letters will hang.

 

Step 7: Hang letters on the wall

Since my letters were light I was able to use small clear command hooks, but if you’ve chosen wooden letter they will need something sturdier like a nail.

Meet Our Guest Blogger

Megan is a stay-at-home mom to a 1 ½ year old little boy. In less than a year she went from being a girl who just graduated college, to being a married woman, pregnant and living in a new state. She started blogging in hopes that through her stories other moms would realize that they are not alone in The World of Motherhood. In her Mommy Blog she shares real stories about her life as a stay-at-home mom…the good, the bad & the crazy!

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DIY Animal Silhouette Pictures


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    The day my husband and I found out we were having a baby boy I was ecstatic and of course immediately went to town planning his nursery. I had already been looking around Pinterest since day one of my pregnancy. Come on, you know you did too! Dreaming and planning is half the fun right?!

     So I already knew that if we had a boy I wanted to do a jungle animal theme and then the color scheme just fell into place when I found the perfect bedding. I wanted to tie in the blue and green colors from the bedding into as many aspects of the room as I could. I think blue and green is a perfect color combination for a boy’s room.

    At first I thought about purchasing the animal prints online, but then I realized that I could make the pictures myself. I have always been a crafty person so why not put that talent to use when decorating my sons room. Plus my mom and a friend came down two months before my son was born to help me decorate the nursery and this is one of the projects that we did together. It was actually the first pieces of artwork we hung in our baby boy’s nursery so it holds a special place in my heart.  

   I decided that I wanted to make 6 different animals prints to hang on the wall: a giraffe, a lion, a turtle, an elephant, a monkey, and an alligator.  I found a set of 12x12 picture frames from Michaels that would work perfectly. And of course Michael’s always has coupons to use, so I got it 40% off.

    The best thing about craft projects is that you can get ideas from other people and then tailor them to your own needs. I hope that you can use my project as an inspiration to create something of your own.  If you would like help or just want to collaborate on an idea, please feel free to reach out to me and I would love to help you find the perfect project for your new nursery.    

    

Step 1: Decide on a theme for your prints.

 

I chose Jungle animals, but you could do anything. Here are a few other ideas: Under the sea animals for the bathroom, ballerinas and tutus for a little girl’s room, automobiles for a little boy’s room and flowers for a little girl’ room. The possibilities are endless!

 

Step 2: Gather supplies

  • Scrapbook paper (two per picture frame)

Choose coordinating patterns and colors for the scrapbook paper. I did 3 animals with a plain paper background and a patterned paper animal. And then did 3 animals with a patterned paper background and a plain paper animal.

  • Picture frames

I used picture frames that were 12 x12 to fit the scrapbook paper I was using but you can do smaller prints as well.

  • Scissors

  • Black Sharpie

  • Adhesive Tape

When doing projects I like to use scrapbooking adhesive tape or double sided tape instead of glue. It is just a personal preference when making crafts that I want to display for a long time; I don’t like the way the glue wrinkles the paper after it dries and how unforgiving it is for mistakes.

Step 3: Search online to find the silhouettes you like best and print them out.

If you would like to use the same animal prints that I used just click on the silhouette that you want (Monkey Silhouette, Lion Silhouette, Giraffe Silhouette, Elephant Silhouette, Turtle Silhouette and Alligator Silhouette) and print them out.

Step 4: Cut out the silhouettes and trace them onto your scrapbook paper.

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Step 5: Cut out the animals from the scrapbook paper

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Step 6: Adhere the animal print cutout to the coordinating scrapbook paper

 

Step 7: Outline the animal print with a black sharpie to help it stand out more

 

Step 8: Put everything together and frame

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Step 9: Hang on the wall and enjoy your new artwork!

 

What’s awesome about these pictures is that they aren’t just used for decoration in my house; we have incorporated them into my son’s bedtime routine. Every night before my little one goes to sleep we say goodnight to all of the animals, sometimes several times. It is something that he loves to do and it makes my heart happy knowing that this craft project is being enjoyed everyday.

 

Meet Our Guest Blogger

Megan is a stay-at-home mom to a 1 ½ year old little boy. In less than a year she went from being a girl who just graduated college, to being a married woman, pregnant and living in a new state. She started blogging in hopes that through her stories other moms would realize that they are not alone in The World of Motherhood. In her Mommy Blog she shares real stories about her life as a stay-at-home mom…the good, the bad & the crazy!

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