I made these letters for my kids ages ago but I only recently got around to hanging them up. Or back up, I should say. The ones in the boys’ room had been hanging but since we painted recently (I say recently to make myself feel better but the one year anniversary of the Painting Week From Hell passed by in a blur this past July), I didn’t have a chance to rehang them. And then even more "recently" (like seven months ago) I made the letters for my girls’ names.
I started with the names of my boys, mostly because the girls weren’t born when I started this project. I tell you this so you can shake your head when you see how long this super-simple project took me.
I bought the letters in AC Moore, along with some green paint and those small wooden cut outs that are already painted (!) and are only about 79 cents each. In both AC Moore and Michaels, these cutouts can be found in the same aisle as the letters are found. Super simple.
Once home, I decided that I was so proud of myself for getting the kids and the bag into the house, that I deserved an oreo cookie.
Why, you ask, would a grown woman be proud of herself for buying one bag of crafts supplies?
Because you asked so nicely, I’ll tell you. So the week before, I had taken both boys to Target, bought diapers, wipes and the most adorable bins for their toys that actually matched my living room. Back in the parking lot, I was so intent on getting both boys back in the car and buckled up that when that was done, I drove away, leaving all my diapers, wipes and bins on the bottom section of the shopping cart. Of course I called Josh, hysterically crying, he called Target, they told him they couldn’t help (Target isn’t in the nicest of neighborhoods around here) and by the time he got there to take a look around, it was gone. So yeah, this time I deserved a cookie and possibly a pat on the back. And three years later, I am still traumatized when I think about my pretty bins that were meant to organize my house. Hey, maybe that’s why we’re still not organized?
However, I digress. I, eventually, painted the letters and glued the already painted (hooray) wooden pieces on the letters. As you can see, I used a “safari” theme, with lions, elephants and giraffes. Some months later, Josh hung them up and I smiled.
Some time later, I decided that my girls needed their names above their cribs as well. But by that time, I had already become best friends with modge podge. So for the girls, I bought pretty scrapbook paper. I traced the letters onto the back of the scrapbook paper, cut each letter super carefully and applied modge podge to the paper, not the wooden letter. For some reason, it seems to work better that way. And so pretty! My girls have letters. Of course, they don’t match each other because they weren’t made at the same time and I couldn’t find the same paper again, but as my grandmother would say, nu nu, it’s all good.
So three years after that first expedition to AC Moore, the letters are all officially hung up - even though none of the kids are still sleeping in the same place where their name hangs. Whatever. I’m not moving them again.
Are you a Mom?
Of course you are,
your shirt is dirty :)