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I know I have been promising something crafty and fun for our blog and Facebook readers that I myself have created. Recently I shared a post from another site about how to re-purpose out of date or unused cribs because I love the idea of taking something old and beat up and turning it into something function-able and fashionable. Below is a personalized wall art project that I made for my nephews a few years back. In the next couple of weeks I hope to share a few other fun craft projects that I loved making with my family.
Most people love to see their initials or name displayed somewhere in their house such as towels, bookends, checkbook covers and more. Children really are no different. When I was little, my mom bought five 2” wooden letters that spelled out the unique version of my nickname. I still have those letters displayed on my dresser to this day. When my nephews were getting ready for their new home I thought I would do something fun for them with their initials. At the time Gerber helped me determine what that fun project would be as they had colorful animal designs on the lids of their glass jars. Since one of my nephews was an infant at the time it just made perfect sense. The boys loved looking at the animals on the lids and each had their favorite animals. So I collected and saved the lids to make something personal and fun for their room. An added bonus was that the finished project was also tactile and the boys had fun pushing the caps in to hear the caps make a clicking noise.
Personalized Wall Art Directions
- Wooden Letters (bought at a craft supply store or create them yourself with luan and a jigsaw)
- Acrylic paint for background color (if not already painted)
- Decorations meaningful to the child (ex: glitter, ribbons, decals, bottle caps, etc.)
- Wood glue or epoxy
- Picture hanging kit (ex: OOK® ReadyNail™ Picture Hanging Kit)
1- If you are cutting the letter out of luan, in pencil draw the letter onto the luan before you cut. Since you are using pencil you can always re-draw the letter if you do not like your first attempt. Printing a design out to lay onto the wood and trace also works well.
2- Sand any sharp edges of the letter before painting. If the letter is already painted but you wish to change the color, gently sand the letter so the paint will better adhere to the surface.
3- Paint the letter and let dry. May or may not need a second coat depending on the desired color.
4- Once dry, lay out the decorations you have found or purchased onto the letter. Play with the arrangement until you are happy with the orientation.
5- Take a picture of the layout so you can refer back to the photo as you begin to glue down the decorations.
6- I used wood glue to adhere the gerber caps to the letter in the pattern I like but you can use epoxy instead of the wood glue. Either way, make sure you use a glue that will hold up to rough play. Even though the kids should never play with the letter toys (like balls) do have a tendency of getting tossed around and hitting walls.
7- Let the decorations dry on the letter for at least 24 hours (or as the glue directions advice) before you hang the letter. If the letter was purchased from a craft store then you can most likely just hang it based on what is attached to the shape. While you can choose to just drill a hole through the letter to hang on nail, a better solution exists through a simple purchase of a OOK ReadyNail Picture Hanging Kit from a craft store. The kit I recommend comes with both a sawtooth and d-ring nailing hangers that are specifically designed for artwork without pre-attached hardware. The kit also includes hooks with nails and wire coil.