Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Hanging Around: Nursery Letters Tutorial

I recently made some fun, wooden letters for my best friend's baby nursery.  I do so many things for girls so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to create decor for a little boy's room.  I can make these custom for your nursery or children's rooms and they can be found on my Etsy store.  If you have any questions feel free to email me.  This is how my little creation started and ended up.


I started with six wooden circles that I bought from Hobby Lobby.


After searching through the single paper scrapbook area I decided to go with a scrapbook paper book called "Twinkle Twinkle Little Boy". I loved how the patterns and colors all seemed to work together.



I took the first circle, flipped it over, and traced it on the white side of the scrapbook paper that I would be using for that particular circle. I continued this for all six circles, but on different sheets of paper. I wanted the paper patterns and designs to alternate from circle to circle.


Once I cut them I used Modge Podge to place each circle on the wood.


Then I used Liquitex Gloss Varnish (one of my favorite products) to paint over the top of the paper. I wanted a light gloss on these letters, but on other projects I have used several layers of this gloss to create a shiny, glass-like appearance.


This is what they should look like once you put the varnish on. It may looked bubbled in areas, but don't worry it will all smooth out! It always startles me at first when I do these projects and see how it gets bubbled at first. Once it dries it's all good.


I usually like painting the edges of these types of projects first, but I was excited about getting this one started so I skipped doing the painting first. I love to paint, but for whatever reason I always dread painting the edges of my letters, crosses, peace signs, etc.


I have pretty much destroyed my dining room table because of all my crafts so I now use this large piece of cardboard. It's actually my measurement board for sewing, but it really doesn't matter how ugly the other side gets does it?!


Here are the circles with the painted edges.



I suggest putting the hangers on the back before putting anything on the front. I have made the mistake of putting the hangers on last, which usually ruins, or knocks off whatever I have accomplished on the front.


I found these fun letters at Hobby Lobby (where else?). I wasn't a fan of the gold so I decided to paint over them with the same paint I used on the wood so it would all coordinate.


I used E6000 (best glue ever!) to adhere the letters to the circles.





I hung them up on our dining room wall with some of my sewing straight pins.  My mother-in-law has told me she uses straight pins to hang things up on her walls and I couldn't believe that they are strong enough, but I was wrong!  I am always damaging my walls with nails.  Not anymore!  

I will have pictures of "Tucker" in the actual nursery they belong in soon.

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27 comments:

  1. Tucker's name turned out so pretty. Thanks for sharing. We have five family members that will be bringing little one's into the world in September and October. This has given me a great idea for shower gifts. Blessings, Vicky

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  2. Thank you :) It really is super easy to do. I use scrapbook paper and Modge Podge for everything! Thank you for dropping by!

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  3. Very unique take on the names! I have seen them hung but never mounted for more depth! CLEVER!!! Glad I stopped by from HoH !!!!

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  4. Thank you! They were fun to make and easy. I thought mounting them on the circles helped make it a little more boyish versus girly. That's another reason I decided to do the hangers instead of ribbons. :)

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  5. Adorable!!!! So stinkin cute!

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  6. So beautiful! I <3 scrapbook paper and mod-podge...this is the perfect craft for me :)

    Thanks so much for linking to "20 Below Thursday"! :)

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  7. Thank you! I can use scrapbook paper and Modge Podge on everything! You are so welcome! Loved the ideas I saw there! :)

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  8. what an awesome idea!


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  9. ADORABLE! And I love the name Tucker. Had a kitty named Tucker once. Very cute for a little one! Stopping by from Tatertots and Jello.
    Jen

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  10. Thank you for stopping by! I love the name Tucker too! :)

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  11. Those letters are really cute! I love the metallic accents.

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  12. I actually did a project similar to this for my son's room today! I got all of my supplies at hobby lobby too! Gotta love that place! Anyway...your nursery letters turned out adorable!

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  13. Thank you Malory! I thought the metallic helped make it a little more boyish. Thank you Tonya! I LOVE Hobby Lobby. I go there several times a week. It's really a bad thing, but I can't help it! :)

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  14. This is great! So cute! Visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I am a new follower!!
    Hope you are having a great weekend!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  15. You were featured on Craft Envy!

    nv-craftenvy.blogspot.com

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  17. Those are so stinkin adorable! Thanks fo sharing.

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  18. this looks amazing! I always mess up using mod podge when I use it with paper, but maybe I should wait and it will all even out :) if you have a chance come link up to Handmade Tuesdays @ Ladybug Blessings www.ladybug-blessings.com

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  19. These are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Thanks for stopping by and following! I'll be returning the favor :)

    I LOVE that varnish--I used it on my magazine bowls and it's so versatile. Like you said, it can give a slight sheen or serious gloss!

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  21. These are adorable!! Thanks for sharing!! :)
    -Jennifer

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  22. AAAA-maaaaa-zzzing! LOVE this! I cannot wait to do the very same thing for my bff's shower on the 30th!!!! yay! thank you for sharing, you rock.

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  23. This is a great idea! I sent the link to my daughter, I already pained letters for her, but she wasn't sure how she wanted to hang them. We never thought about the circles! Hope she likes it as much as I do! LOVE your site by the way - found you through VeryJane.

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