When I was shopping for wall décor for Petunia’s nursery, I fell in love with a personalized wall hanging I saw in a children’s boutique. Wooden letters that spelled out the child’s name were each individually decorated to coordinate with your nursery colors. I thought it was the coolest thing, but at $12 per letter, ummm… no. My baby has 7 letters y’all! So, what did I do? I studied those letters, and made a mental note that I could do it myself!
Well, that was two years ago. Petunia no longer has a “nursery”, but I still wanted those letters. I was determined to have those letters! So after gathering left-over craft items I already had at home, I set out for Michaels and Walmart. Between the store and my basement, I was able to gather the wooden letters, glitter, scrap booking paper, ribbon, pearl strands, rose appliques, Mod Podge glue, white spray paint, a glue gun, staple gun and some glossy finish acrylic sealant.
I purchased the letters unfinished and spray painted them white. Every other letter I covered with purple glitter by first brushing the letter with Mod Podge and then sprinkling with glitter. Once completely dry, I repeated this step for better coverage. Once this second layer was dry I sprayed the letter with a glossy protective finish to prevent any glitter from falling off. I then finished the letters off with decorative rose appliques for a girly touch.
The remaining letters I covered with the scrap booking paper using the Mod Podge. These were a bit more difficult as I had to use a blade to trim the paper off of the letters. Because I did not do such a good job for this step, I ran back to Michaels, purchased a few strands of pearls, and hot-glued them around the edges of the papered letters to hide the imperfections.
And there you have it! My DIY personalized wall letters!
Are you a DIY-person? Have you ever seen something in a store and DIY’d it?