With 7 weeks to go until our third little man arrives I figured it was time to get working on his nursery. We just this past weekend got a crib for little man and I’m finally feeling like it is more of a nursery than storage space! Now that we have the basics it is time to get the finishing touches on the room.
I saw this great idea for DIY nursery art the other day on Design-Aholic. Amy made this herself with dollar store frames and positionable letters from Walmart-very creative and just the inspiration I needed to get to work!
When I went in search of the letters she used I was disappointed to find out that they didn’t have the same kind she used and I didn’t care for the font on the ones they did have. I was about to give up until I walked down the children’s craft aisle and found these great foam sticker letters! They were in a HUGE bag for under $5 and were the perfect size and font! (As an added bonus they have provided me with a good amount of occupied playtime for my boys since I bought them!)
While I was at Walmart I picked up a cheap $3 eight by ten frame in a similar wood finish as our nursery furniture and also some acrylic craft paint to match the colors in our nursery bedding (you can see the crib sheet in the picture below, I had it in my purse so I could find the perfect match!
When I was ready to start I pick out one of each letter from the bag and laid them out in the proper order (so I could make sure my alternation of colors was random enough). Then I got to painting! This part took a little bit of patience because I had to put 3-5 coats of paint on each letter depending on what color it started out as and which of my paint colors I was using (obviously brown took fewer coats to cover the bright colors than the vanilla). I also had to get the tiny sides of the letters because they are a bit three dimensional and that took a bit of patience as well.
After they were painted and dried (I did it off and on over about an hour and a half while doing other things around the house) I took the frame apart and took out the glass and matting. I added a sheet of vanilla cardstock and then repositioned my letters on top to make sure I had them exactly where I wanted them for the finished product. Once I was happy with where they were I peeled off the sticker backing and stuck them to the cardstock. Easy-peasy!
It matches our nursery colors perfectly and was finished in one evening! Total cost for the project was $3 for the frame, $3 for the three paint colors (with TONS leftover for future projects), and $4.97 for the bag of foam letters, again with tons of them leftover for other projects and my kids love them! So custom framed alphabet art for the nursery for a grand total of less than $11, not too shabby! I’m SO happy with the finished product, what do you think? I’ll have to post more pictures once its actually in the nursery.