Make your own baby name wall art to personalize your nursery.

How to Make Your Own Baby Name Wall Art

by Ronna Pennington

From the moment you discovered you were expecting, choosing the perfect name for your baby became a priority. Once you have selected that name, use it to customize and decorate your baby's nursery. You can make your own baby name wall art even if you are not exceptionally crafty. Use one of a number of ways to display Baby's name. Just find the method that best fits your skill level and sense of style.

Framed Baby Names

Use your personal computer to print your baby's name in a favorite font. Try Curlz for a letter with swirls, Times New Roman for a classic serif font, Arial Bold for a simple font or Jersey for an athletic-themed font. Print the name on paper or card stock and display it in a purchased frame. Use scrapbook paper or fabric in a design that is not too busy to cover the background. Follow the instructions for fusible webbing to make your fabric letters completely no-sew.

Banner Baby Names

Cut 4- or 5-inch circles or pennants from scrapbook paper in designs and motifs that match your nursery theme. Use a solid color paper to cut the name. Glue the letters onto the shapes; then string them together with jute, yarn or grosgrain ribbon. Make fabric banners, but first starch the material to help prevent curling. Add a thin line of anti-fray liquid around the edges to keep them neat. Gluing fabric to cardboard shapes eliminates the possibility of frayed edges when you wrap the fabric to the back of the cardboard and hot glue it in place.

Foamcore Board Baby Names

Foam-core letters provide the same dimension as wood letters, but they are less expensive and require less skill and no specialty tools to cut them out. Print letters using your favorite fonts from your computer. Cut out each letter with a craft knife, and trace it onto foam core. Decorate your letters with scrapbook papers, fabric, glitter or paint. Hang them with removable hanging strips or small hook-and-loop dots. Decoupaging your letters with copies of family photos makes them more personal. Cut random sizes and shapes and overlap them on the foam-core letter to make a collage. Finish by brushing on a decoupage medium.

Stuffed Fabric Baby Names

Create stuffed letters with fabrics such as cotton or novelty prints that coordinate with your nursery theme. Make a pattern from a print-out of your favorite font or free-hand draw the letters. Cut a front and back for each letter, and sew the right-sides together, leaving a small opening to add stuffing. Turn the letter inside-out, and add polyester batting; stitch the opening closed. Sew ribbons to the back of each letter or bows to the top for hanging. Alternatively, make quilted baby names. Cut a back and front for each letter and a matching layer of quilt batting. Place the batting between the front and back and use cross-hatching stitches or straight lines in a simple quilting technique. Finish the edges with a zig-zag stitch.

Salt Dough

Mix 2-cups all-purpose flour, 1-cup table salt and 3/4-cup water together to make your own clay. Roll it out 1/4-inch thick like cookie dough and cut out letters for the baby's name. Transfer the cutouts to a cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the dough's thickness. The letters are ready when they are no longer soft. Test them by gently touching the tops while wearing an oven mitt. Paint with acrylics when cool. Spray with varnish for a protective coating. Cut a hole in the top of each letter and string the baked cutouts together with ribbon to make a banner, or use hot glue to attach a hanger to each individual letter.

About the Author

Ronna Pennington, an experienced newspaper writer and editor, began writing full-time in 1989. Her professional crafting experience includes machine embroidery and applique. When she's not repainting her den or making new holiday decorations, Ronna researches and writes community histories. She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and an Master of liberal arts in history.

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