Creating a nursery for a new baby is something most people do before the baby comes. Not us, we did it backwards. When Pie was born we completed her nursery well before she was here. Then we had her in our room for the first year and the nursery was used as a guest room for that time. So this time around, we just skipped the baby's room all together and figured we'd get around to it in the first year some time.
So around the time Joonbug's things started piling up around the house we realized our guest's needs came second to our space needs. We decided to get started on closing our "hotel" and giving poor baby girl a room. It was then that we understood why most sane people start on the nursery before the baby is born...
Not only did it take three weeks to clear out the things from the guest room, which also served as our craft, music, and storage room... but we had an old queen bed to dispose of and no where to put anything. So our living room became a storage area which drove me a little crazy for too long. Then came painting, which is also impossible with a baby, puppy, and big kid.
After more than a month, the room was finally painted. A little while later, the furniture made it's way into her room. And finally we're decorating, the best part. I'd been pinning away for her room since before she was born, so I had many ideas about what I wanted her room to look like and it's still a work in process. One thing I really wanted to make for her were floral letters. Of course Pie needed her own to match.
If you're not the crafty type, you can find similar (more professional) gorgeous versions of these letters on Etsy. They're worth the price considering the time it took us to make them, but the price of DIY can't be beat.
Here's what we did:
Foam poster board or you can use an old cardboard box if you're feeling Earth friendly
Artificial flowers (bought at the dollar store, Walmart also has them for cheap or Joann's if you're feeling fancy)
Hot glue gun
Spray paint (optional)
Scissors and wire cutters (if your flowers have wire in them)
Box cutter or X-acto knife
A popsicle stick (if you value your finger prints and have a history of burning them off with hot glue...)
The first thing we did was measure out our letters using our ruler. We measured the girth of our letters at about 2-3" Find a font you like, try to match it. We went with a block type letter. Once you've traced your letters out, use your scissors, box cutter, or X-acto knife to cut them out. We used our X-acto knife because it worked best for us.
Next, we spray painted our letters. This is an optional step. We wanted to make sure the flowers covered the whole letter, but just in case we missed any small spaces between, the spray painted color would show through and not the white of the board.
Next, we placed the largest flowers around the letters where we wanted them. We hot glued them down and used the popsicle stick to hold them down while they dried a bit to save burned fingers. We used the smaller flowers to fill in the spaces between.
Last, we hot glued some ribbon on the back to hang them!
That's it. Total time about 2 hours, including waiting for paint and glue to dry. Total cost... about $20 for both letters. We could have bought fancier flowers but we were aiming to keep the cost down.
Did you make this craft? What colors will you use? We'd love to see how yours turned out! Tag us in your photos!
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