I love DIY. From the detail to the presentation, I can’t get enough. Just ask Myles. I wanted to DIY the favors for our wedding. Thankfully, my sister was able to talk me out of it. Wedding planning is stressful enough and with the drama of family members cancelling at the last minute—literally days before. We had one completely empty table at the reception, but that’s another story. I definitely didn’t need to worry about making black cake, a Guyanese tradition, for 180+ people. However, I digress; we’re talking do-it-yourself nursery letters today.
While planning for Logan’s nursery, I knew I wanted to have lots of personalized touches. Love Pinterest for that exact reason—the ideas were endless! I kept seeing lots of pictures of names spelled out in wooden letters and thought something like that would look perfect above his crib! At first, we considered ordering them off Etsy, however, with prices ranging upwards of $60, I decided to make them myself.
We found the wooden letters at Michaels for under $5 each! Next, we hit the paint aisle and picked out a few colors that would complement the sage green we had painted the nursery walls. The key to the designs below is to mix and match prints and solids. Here are some tips to get your started!
- Don’t be afraid to mix your colors! Be sure to pick up a bottle of white paint as it helps to blend and create lighter colors. Case in point the “N” in Logan. I made the base color by blending green and white.
- Remember your shapes. I cut out various sized circles and traced those onto a letter to create a polka dot effect. You could do this with squares, hearts, etc.
- Double up on your coats. Before you put down whatever prints you’ve decided on your letters, put at least two coats of the base color down first. I did three coats.
- Keep your brush strokes consistent. Try to keep your paint strokes in the same direction. It becomes very evident otherwise once the paint dries.
- Don’t forget the sides. And spaces within the letters, i.e. the “O” and “A.” Once you get these babies on the wall you’ll notice the paint-free areas, so save yourself the trouble of having to go back.
What You’ll Need:
- Wooden letters