July 12, 2013

Nursery Name Decor

What I love about this project is how many ways you can personalize it. Not only can you spell the baby's name, but Mom can choose coordinating scrapbook paper to fit their theme. 

  • Wooden letters to spell the name
  • Mod Podge, clear (aka Matte or Glossy, no color additions)
  • Foam brush, sponge, or paintbrush for application
  • Coordinating scrapbook papers, one for each letter
  • SOLID Color for the bottom, to ensure length of letter is covered (see below)
  • Ribbon for the seam between the color transitions
  • Adhesive for your ribbon
  • Embellishments (optional)
  • Second ribbon for decorative purposes above the letter (optional)
See Complete Directions in the linked "D is for DOG"  post.
Use scrapbook paper instead of photos, and outline the scrapbook paper placement instead of photo placement.

  • Choose thicker wooden letters. Thicker letters make it easier to both wrap paper and smooth-out. There are other cute options down the wood aisle (like curly or thin letters)... but the thicker you choose, the easier this project will be.
  • Darker, thicker card-stock works best. There are a few wrinkles in the thinner scrapbook paper from the mod podge, but I was able to disguise the more noticeable ones with embellishments.
  • Standard 12x12 scrapbook paper is TOO SMALL to fit this brand of letters. There ended up being 2inches left on the bottom, so I lined the bottom of the letters with a uniform blue. Using ribbon to transition the colors also helps forgive your seams if they're not completely straight (which, let's face it, is difficult by hand and with glue!)
  • DON'T hang the letters by the top ribbon. The added ribbon is for decoration only. Definitely adhere the ribbon to the wall, but the weight of the letter is too much. I suggest command strips so there is no hardware needed.
  • Get a friend to help you! Two of us took almost 4 hours for this project.

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