A classic initial décor adds a sweet touch to any baby nursery and will make a wonderful keepsake as children grow older, too. This is something here for everyone with a wide variety of skill sets and ability levels. Happy creating!
Quilted and Piped Letters Tutorial
Create the look of quilting and piping with this simple, no sew tutorial. The author used papier mache letters, but I think that wooden letters would work well, too. See what you can find at your local craft store. The biggest trick is to make sure that you don't glue the fabric all the way around the letters before you stuff them. The author rests her letters on little wall platforms, but you could rig up a way to hang them too.
Mod Podge Photo Letter
I'm sure it's not a surprise that I had to include a photo letter here. Make your letter with current and past family pictures before your baby is born or wait to put this together until you can include photos of the baby (besides an ultrasound). Sizing, printing, cutting, and pasting all of the photos is a time-intensive project, but it is not hard. Put in a favorite movie DVD and you'll have this done before you know it.
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Wine Cork Letter
The basics for this project are simply finding a large, flat letter (such as one made out of chipboard or wood) and gluing old wine corks to it. While corks may seem like an odd choice for a baby nursery, there's nothing wrong with instilling the notion of reusing early, right? Any type of general craft glue, such as tacky glue or a glue gun, should work just fine for this project.
- How to Create a Wine Cork Letter | Craftcuts.com
Use recycled wine corks to create this gorgeous cork letter.
- Wine Cork Serving Tray with Initial Letter
Framed Hanging Letter
Frame just about any type of fairly thin letter to create a simple, fun wall hanging. You can use a plain letter like the one pictured or frame one that you've decorated any way that you like. Look for an inexpensive frame at a thrift store or dollar store. Don't be afraid to purchase a letter and/or a frame in a color that you don't like. A coat of spray paint will easily transform it.
Purchase a backless picture frame, which is the type of frame that is used for canvas paintings. Then attach a letter decal. It doesn't get much easier than that. Look for a font/script style that will match the decor scheme of your nursery.
Of course, I couldn't write this article without including a few buttons. There are a wide variety of variations out there, many of which closely resemble one of the two projects that I've featured here. Most people choose one of the following options.
- To cover a pre-cut letter with buttons.
- To draw or print a letter and fill it in with buttons.
You can use just about any type of pre-cut letter or can choose from a range of frames, mattes, and backings. If you choose a pre-cut letter and don't want the natural color or finish (i.e. wood) to show through, I recommend following the directions in the tutorial here and painting the letter before gluing your buttons.
Grouping of Letters
Instead of limiting the choice to a single letter design, create a small grouping of letters. Have fun mixing up the letter sizes, materials, and details. Pick a single detail to tie them all together (i.e. a flower pattern or embellishment on each one) or keep it completely random.
Yarn Wrapped Letters
Keep it simple and wrap your letters with yarn. This is a perfect product for using up a leftover half skein that you bought for another project. The author doesn't use any glue for her letters and simply ties the yarn off when she's finished. The frame is a neat touch but completely optional. The yarn letters will look great on their own, too.
Seashell Decorated Letters
Seashells are a great décor option for an ocean or beach themed nursery. If possible, use shells from a local beach or shells that you collected during a favorite trip to add a personal touch to your letter. Keep it more sparsely decorated like the one pictured or pack lots of shells onto your letter for a fuller effect.
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Scrapbook Paper Letter
There are endless possibilities for decorating letters with scrapbook paper and other scrapbook embellishments. This is a perfect option if you have paper and Mod Podge on hand. Instead of purchasing expensive embellishments, consider making your own such as paper flowers.
- Zoe Cottage: Thursday productivity
- Meet the Dubiens: decorating letters
- How to Decorate Paper Mache and Wood Letters and Words With Fabric or Paper
3D Framed Letter
This is such a cute idea for a boys room. When you're creating any type of 3D art piece like this, make sure that your 3D objects are securely attached and that your frame is put together correctly. It's awful to have the weight cause damage to the piece. The extra security effort is well worth it. If you are having a girl or simply aren't interested in a car theme, consider other kid toy options for 3D frames. Anything that is small, inexpensive, and fairly light weight should work well.
More home decor resources from the author.
- Easy Spring Decorating Ideas to Refresh the Home
Spruce up your home for spring with simple decor pieces. Switching out the throw pillows on the coach or hanging a wreath on the front door adds a refreshing pop of color all season long.
- How to Make Paper Wreaths: Handmade Craft Home Decor Ideas
This article is about how to make paper wreaths. It includes a wide variety of tutorials for handmade craft home decor. The possibilities for paper include scrapbook paper, old books, tissue paper, and much more.
- DIY Chevron Pattern Home Decor Ideas and Projects
Get tutorials and inspiration for a wide range of DIY chevron home decor projects from pillows to wall art to coasters. There is something for everyone.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 27, 2012:
Thanks Tammy! You're right that this is a great resource for decorators. I am usually thinking about personal use when I write articles like this, but there is no reason that it has to be limited to that. Thanks for the link up. :)
Tammy from North Carolina on April 27, 2012:
This is an awesome overview of letter crafts! I love the ones done with buttons and corks. This is a great resource for decorators! I am going to link this to my hub on how to decorate letters. :)
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 30, 2012:
Thanks Eiddwen! Take care. :)
Eiddwen from Wales on March 30, 2012:
Such an interesting and useful hub.
Take care and enjoy your day.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 29, 2012:
You're welcome Jamie! I'm glad that this will be helpful for you. Good luck with your letters!
Jamie Brock from Texas on March 29, 2012:
Rose, I actually have some wooden letters of my son's name that I wanted to fix up and hang on his wall.. I bought them at Hobby Lobby over a year ago but still haven't done anything with them yet :0/ Thank you for all of these great ideas!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 27, 2012:
Thank you for the feedback Edi, Marie, cloverleaf, Linda, and Nancy! I'm glad that you like so many of the ideas here.
cloverleaf, you're right that some of these ideas are not just for babies.
Linda, this would be a great use for your leftover yarn.
Nancy on March 27, 2012:
That is a really great collection of ideas! I'm really loving the button letters and the piping quilted ones;)
Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 27, 2012:
I love the yarn wrapped letters! I have so much yarn leftover from making my grandbabies "welcome to the world" blankets! I'm going to yarn the twins some letters now. This was by far a random yet very creative idea!:)
Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on March 27, 2012:
These are great, and I would say some are not just for baby. Thanks for the great ideas.
Maria Alicia Cardenas from Spain on March 27, 2012:
Cute ideas....Love the one made with the little cars, ideal for my son!!!
Edi on March 26, 2012:
Of course I love the wooden ones :) And the vinyl ones are fun too! So many possibilities!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 26, 2012:
Thanks so much Daisy! I'll go check out your wine cork hub.
Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on March 26, 2012:
Happy March 27th Birthday!
This is a great article! Thanks for publishing it. I was especially interested in the craft that involved gluing wine corks to the wall in the shape of a letter...I published a craft Hub today that used wine corks. I never thought of this use for the corks.