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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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