When we were decorating our first son’s nursery, we poured through magazine after magazine for ideas. One of the things I loved was the idea of a personalized name decoration.
I’ve always been nuts about personalized items for myself, and something about having his name on the wall just made it feel so much more real and special.
We did have two problems, though. First, our son’s name, Kyan, is unusual, so finding one that was already made in a craft store was nothing short of impossible. Secondly, personalized anything is super expensive, and with everything else a baby actually needs, dropping $30 on a personalized decoration wasn’t exactly practical. Also, by way of budget and practicality, we knew that if we paid for one for our first son, we’d have to do the same for any other children we might have.
So, since we didn’t have the dough to have a personalized nursery decoration custom-made, we decided to get crafty and make one ourselves.
I went to the local hardware store and found some basic wooden letters. Just about every hardware or craft store has them for a buck or two a piece. I also picked up a few small jars of paint (one for a base color and then a couple to decorate with). I also bought a spool of fun ribbon to hang the letters with.
When I got home, I painted each letter a simple pale yellow and allowed it to dry. If you’d like more variety, you can paint each letter differently. Then after the paint was dry, I went back and painted designs on each letter. When everything was completely dry, I used a hot glue gun to attach a loop of ribbon on each letter to hang it.
It turned out super cute and I paid less then $10 for the whole project.
If you’re not wanting to go through the painting process, there are a lot of other fun options.
- You can use wooden blocks with the letters of your child’s name and spell it out
- You can take pictures of things in nature that look like the letters of your child’s name, like a sunflower for an ‘O’ or a tree branch that looks like a ‘Y’
- Cut out letters from pretty wrapping paper and frame them individually
- Find a pretty font on your word processing program and print the name out, then frame it with a pretty scrapbooking paper as matting
If you use your imagination, there are endless possibilities for the perfect personalized baby name decoration for your little cherub’s nursery.
Jessi Arias-Cooper is the senior writer and an editor for Advice4Parenting.com. She is a work-from-home mother of 3 boys and has been married for 10 years. If she had time for hobbies and interests outside of parenting and keeping house, they would be jewelry making, baking, watching bad B-movie horror flicks and creative writing . If you have a question for Jessi, click here.