So where to start? There's actually a few different ways to make your DIY wall alphabet. In fact I've made them with wood, with paper, old cereal boxes, fabric, felt... you name it! I want to share with you some of my secrets to cheapness. (wink wink)
I so love this project! I wanted some wall letters that would really pop, and really stand out in my daughters room. I have a bit of an obsession with fonts, so I really wanted to pick out a interesting, kind of curly font.
The main ingredients for these letters is scrapbooking paper. What could be more perfect?! These papers come in so many styles, colors, and patterns it is unbelievable. No matter what your theme or color scheme you can definitely come up with some out of this world, cute baby nursery letters with this paper.
So I started by popping into my favorite paint/photo software. I do like and own Photoshop but I find myself using Paint.net an awful lot. Check it out. It's free!
I used the program to make my letters so I could print them onto the back of my scrapbooking paper. I started by creating a letter, then making it a HUGE size so that I got a good 6" letter out of it. I then used the "brightness/contrast" option to make the letter really light so I could conserve ink. It's good to do as printing a lot of these letters can really use up your black ink. One last important step before printing. Choose the "image > flip image" option from the drop down menu to make your letters backwards before printing. This is important. Since you will be printing onto the back of the paper, once you cut the letter out and flip it over, it will be in the right orientation. You follow me? Good.
So after printing, flip your scrapbook paper over and use a craft knife or scissors to cut out your letters. I used an exacto knife (brand of craft knife). It's just what I prefer. Use whatever makes you comfortable!
Next, to create a heavy backing for the letter. I used the scrapbooking paper left over after cutting as a kind of stencil. I traced the shape of the letter onto some cardboard and then cut the shape out to attach to the back of the scrapbook paper letter. Some other things that may work just as well is heavy card stock (an empty cereal box?!) or even just attach some pipe cleaners to the back.
Pre-cut Wooden Letters
OK, so it's not exactly "make your own nursery letters" but it's still really fun, and DIY. Not to mention cheap and easy! You can buy these letters at many arts and crafts supply stores for about $1.50 a piece. Beware I have seen them online for almost $5.00 a pop, and you can definitely get them cheaper than that! The only way you should be spending that much is if they happen to be cut in some sort of fancy font or shape.
These wooden letters are great! You can paint them yourself and keep them just plain to keep in the baby nursery. Paint them a color to match your nursery theme or color scheme. You can also hand paint cute little patterns or pictures on them. Add ribbon to these to hang them on the wall for nursery wall letters.
What I did? I went the easy route and used some great 3d scrapbooking stickers to embellish my letters. I decided to go with "Teddy Bear Picnic" as my nursery theme, so I used some cute teddy bear stickers. I painted the letters with some crafts paint, let it dry, and stuck the stickers on in a way that I thought looked cute.
All in all, it took me about 1/2 an hour to complete. I bought a smaller size wooden letter, so they cost $.99 cents each. The paint cost me exactly $1.00. I bought two colors to mix together to get the perfect shade of blue, and they were each fifty cents. The stickers were on sale for a buck. All together I spent $6.00 for a nursery decoration that would probably cost $15.00 - $20.00 elsewhere. Can't beat that!