When looking online for wooden letters for Creed’s nursery, I found that wooden wall letters are super duper expensive out there. In fact, for the style and size I was looking for, $50.00 was the cheapest price I could find. Since his name is five letters long, each letter cost right around $10.00 each. Ummmm, I’m way too cheap-o for that. So, my lucky husband helped me cut some out of MDF. I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to be before to make my own, but I’ll blame that on my pregnancy brain at the time.

I had a vision for his name. I wanted my wooden letters to be all different sizes and different fonts. I wanted it to be BIG, too.  So, I started playing with Photoshop. This is the design I settled on. 


Then I printed the design onto a transparency and with my friend’s handy-dandy projector, I traced the design onto 3/4 inch MDF that was sitting around in my garage that was left over from another project.

I was careful to trace it as precisely as possible. I even used a ruler when tracing the straight lines.

Then, my hubby (who has a much steadier hand) cut out the letters for me. What a hunky dude.

Then came the time to decide on the color. So, again I went to Photoshop to finalize the color pallet. I had already chosen the wall color (at least in my head at this point) so I played around until I got it just right. My vision was finally materializing!

I then primed and painted the letters with spray paint. Are you surprised that I had all the colors of spray paint that I needed on hand? I bet not. I have quite the collection of spray paint building up in my garage.

Then the hubsters installed hardware on the back to hang these bad boys.

They turned out FANTASTIC (in my opinion)!

I absolutely love them! Can you see the crib peeking up at the bottom of the picture!?! That shows you just how BIG these letters really are!

I think little Creed’s nursery is coming along. I hope you like them!

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  1. says

    Those are adorable! I love to use letters in decorating, what a great idea to play on photoshop first instead of repainting. LOL

    I love the room color. My LR and DR are in Turq. also.

  2. says

    First of all, what a GREAT name! My little ones are Sawyer and Priscilla, so I get lots of comments on their names being unusual. But your choice rocks! And it's so great that you have a hubby to support you in your projects. It must be so great to have a part of both of you in the making of the nursery.

  3. says

    Those letters are great! Better than anything you could have found in a store. I was going to recommend the paper mache letters that you can buy in craft stores. No one is going to pick them up so they would never know. But my suggestion doesn't touch what you have created. Kudos to your craftiness.

  4. says

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! So cute! You are so clever! I am always so impressed at what your oh so creative mind is going to come up with next!

  5. Rebecca@This Present Life says

    I LOVE how the letters turned out! I like that you made it so big and that you use different fonts. And I really love that you made them so big. You're lucky to have such a handy husband. My daughter's name is 8 letters long so you can imagine how expensive it was when I was looking for letters for her name!

  6. Rebecca@This Present Life says

    I meant to say "And I really love that you made them different colors". I was interrupted by a Tinkerbell emergency and I lost my train of thought :)

  7. says

    That looks so amazing!! Isn't it great when you can customize something that, if one tried, they couldn't find it in a store because it's one of a kind?! Your creation is just that…one of a kind for a one of a kind little one! :) Very nice! – Karen

  8. renhallows says

    That's my sons name also….he is 5 yrs old and named after his uncle. Cool to see others with such a great name.

  9. says

    Brooke!!! Ok i was in your comm class at dixie over a year ago if you remember me,hadlee schoonmaker though now it's rose! But anyway my friend who is into decor with me text me about how she loved this website!!! (Don't know why i never showed her this) needless to say your amazing and inspiring so many, i heart your website!!!!!

  10. JoEllen says

    I just wanted to say that I LOVE your blog and encourage all my good and thrifty friends to read it. I recently acquired some new-to-me bunk beds for FREE and had a blast sanding, priming, painting and glazing them. This is the first time I have done anything of this nature. I love your blog, all your projects and especially the easy to follow tips! Thanks for all your efforts.

    To view my fabulous new beds visit me at gianimob.blogspot.com

  11. says

    I know you borrowed your projector, but do you know of a cheap place to get one? There are a lot of projects that would be fun and economical with one, but shelling out $100 for one makes it less so.

  12. says

    Watch out. I put some awesome letters above my baby's crib and when he learned to stand, he pulled them off the wall. Mine were made of foam core, so it was extra sad that they broke as he frisbeed them across his nursery. Creed's letters will be safe for a while, but beware he will find them very, very interesting before you know it!

  13. Jackie says

    I am always looking for creative, alternative, home made decor. I just think making you own stuff is really cool and personal;) I really enjoy looking at you different decor ideas. Thanks for posting and my next project is the Lettering for my kids room:)

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