Friday, March 22, 2013

Graham's Room

Awhile back I posted about all our Hobby Lobby purchases and projects we were working on.
One of them was to make letters to spell Graham's name for his room. Seeing as the nursery was all full of girl stuff for Bailey and then Avery, we needed some blue to make this room a bit more boy-oriented.

It wasn't until after hours of doing projects that we hung the letters up on his wall. It was then that we realized the A's were backward.  
We haven't been back to Hobby Lobby yet to purchase more blue paper to fix it, so it will have to work for now.
(And I am realizing just now as I write this blog post that the teddy bear is wearing Avery's headband. So much for a boy-oriented space, right?)

We have been slowly adding things to his room.
Right now we basically can't have a single thing on the lower shelves of the bookcase because his sisters come into the room and take everything that they can reach, especially books. The girls love to read "new" books: aka ones they haven't read in two days. The main problem is that Avery is still in the stage where it is fun to also rip apart those new books.

Jared refinished the dresser a few weeks before Graham was born. It was an oak color and we had it in our guest bedroom. Jared sanded and stained it to match the rest of the nursery furniture, as well as most of the wood furniture in our house. New knobs found for cheap online (seriously, who knew knobs were so freaking expensive?!) finished the update.

Making the letters was super easy.
We got the idea after seeing all kinds of cute nursery designs involving hanging letters. After a little research, we found most of the letters were upwards of $20 a piece. Yeah, they are wood and of higher quality, but really, how long will you be using them for?

We bought these flat letters from Hobby Lobby for $1.99 a piece.
The paper was less than 50 cents.
The dark blue paint was less than a dollar.
We already had Mod Podge and a brush at home from other crafts.

First we painted all the edges a dark blue that matched that color of the paper.

Next you simply paint a small layer of Mod Podge on the front side of the letter and press it onto the paper you are wanting to use. (You have to be careful that the paper is taut and smooth or you will come out with wrinkles in the paper.)

After letting them dry completely, use an exacto knife to cut the paper along the edge of the letters. Once done with that, apply another layer of Mod Podge to the front of the letters, protecting the paper.

You're done. That's it.
We used your basic sticky tack to hang the letters on the wall.

So in total we spent under three dollars per letter, which can really save you a lot of money depending on the length of your child's name.

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE the room! Jared did an awesome job with the dresser. Its nice having a handy man isn't it? haha

    And backwards or not? The letters look really good! I wouldn't even have noticed!! :)


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