So how brilliant is it of me to start up an “Inspiration” link-up and then have no idea what to share with y’all for the first week? *headdesk* I haven’t really been cooking a whole lot lately (unless you count my Sugar Reset meals), and my craft room is a disaster right now. This lady needs to spend some time cleaning up!
I wandered through the house debating on what to share, I realized that I never got around to blogging about the Handpainted Nursery Letters I made for the girls’ bedrooms. And even better yet, I could remember exactly which folder I had stored the already taken pictures of Elle’s letters because I had mentally written a post about “how to create wall hangings and then blog about it 17 months after the babe is born.” For the record, Elle is now 47.5 months old. HA!
Decorating is not my strong suit and I procrastinated decorating Elle’s nursery for months into my pregnancy and even a bit after she was born. One thing I knew I wanted for her bedroom, though, were painted letters spelling her name. I began to shop around at boutiques and on etsy and realized that I could pay about $100 to have letters made for her.
$100? Or…I could do it myself. And let me promise you that painting is not my strong suit.
DYI Painted Nursery Letters
You can buy nursery letters at most baby stores. I saved up my coupons and bought mine at Toys R Us. I don’t remember the price now, but they were under $10 each. You could likely find a large variety of designs at your local craft store or online.
Using acrylic paint and a sponge brush, paint the entire letter. I prefer Folk Art brand as it seems to be less streaky (see purple letters below for other brand). Two to three coats gave me the desired coverage.
Using a fine tipped brush, design away! And trust me, no one will notice any imperfections except for you.
To hang, I determined the hanging length and tied ribbon to each (using the ribbon tabs on the back of the letters). This was by far the trickiest part of the entire process!
Next we drilled screws into the wall (or you could hammer in nails), and hung the letters. Using ribbon, I tied bows (using lots of Youtube watching and tutorials) and glued onto the screws. Then I cut another piece of ribbon to create the extra set of ribbon tails.
Inspiration on Monday
Welcome to the first edition of Inspiration on Monday! Inspiration on Monday is a forum to share things that we’ve created and things that we are doing to help inspire others. Posts about projects in progress, finished projects, tutorials, and how-tos are all welcome. Feel free to share recipes, crafts, lifestyle, organizing, and DIY tips, and any other idea that can spark inspiration.
1. Link up your post(s) below. This can be a recent post or an old post, but please do not re-submit a post you’ve already submitted for Inspiration on Monday.
2. Please link back to Inspiration on Monday or my blog somewhere in the post you are submitting
3. If applicable, please share the source that inspired you in your post. Credit where credit is due.
4. Try to comment on at least one other participant’s post. Encouragement can be so inspiring!
The next Inspiration on Monday will be April 20th. What inspiration has struck you lately?