Nursery Decorating Ideas Part 6: Wooden Letters

Feb 3rd, 2011

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. VERY cute! I love it, you have such great ideas. Can't wait to see the "final" project!

  2. Very cute. What kind of saw did you use to cut the letters out with? scroll or jigsaw? I just might have to do something simliar!!

  3. That looks awesome!

  4. Wow, those are so cute!!

  5. It looks AMAZING!!!

  6. Super cute!!! I just redid my whole nursery too!!

  7. That is absolutely gorgeous! You are so creative and I can't believe that your hubby jigsawed all of those holes in the D!

  8. Love them!! But I must say, the circles in the D intimidate the heck out of me! ;)

  9. love them! love love the D! and I just love the name!

  10. love it, so so cute! I seriously need a projector and a jigsaw :)

  11. Super cute!! And, uur son was born on April 7th of last year and his middle name is Creed… we had not heard of anyone else with it… we love it though!!!

  12. So cute!

  13. 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.

  14. I cannot WAIT to see the finished product!! Everything you've done so far is so stinkin' cute!

  15. turned out great!!

  16. 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.

  17. LOVE it, especially the font on the "D"!

  18. Very creative! This looks wonderful! ~Lori

  19. Those letters look FABULOUS! What a great idea and you and your hubby executed it beautifully!


  20. I think this is wonderful – I'm so inspired for my daughter's room

  21. That looks FABULOUS! I love it!

  22. That looks FABULOUS! I love it!

  23. Those are the cutest letters. I can't wait to see the whole room. You are truly inspiring.

  24. adorable, as always. =)

  25. Love 'em..was the D as complicated as it looks? BTW, have you thought about posting these in an Etsy shop?

  26. 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.

  27. Rachel Murphy says:

    Great job and so original! Love the colors too!

  28. 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!

  29. Adorable!

  30. The Yoder's Four says:

    Looks awesome! Love the holes in the "D" and all the different shades of blue. :)

  31. 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!

  32. 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 :)

  33. 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

  34. Those are so amazing! I just posted about working on letters for my daughter's room. I think before I post the final product I"ll need to work a bit harder now that I've seen yours:)

  35. Wow! Those are so amazing! I love that they're huge, makes me want to do some big ones for my boy's room. I love your blog and nominated you for a Stylish Blogger Award over at Eat. Sleep. Create.

  36. Looks wonderful! I always love a cheaper alternative to an idea that I like. Plus, Creed will see his name everyday and learn to spell it early. Educational!

  37. 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.

  38. Just great. Love 'em!

  39. Oh that is super cute!

  40. Those are AWESOME! We have to figure out what we're naming our little guy (who is due in only seven weeks) but once we do, we want to incorporate his name in his nursery. I just might have to try this trick! Thanks for the tutorial!

  41. Very cute!! Loved the letters!! Glad I came across your bog, drop by mine anytime


  42. I LOVE This! The "D" is my favorite. :)

  43. 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!!!!!

  44. Love how these turned out. They're so cute!!

  45. Thank you bunches for following my blog! I am in love with yours, it really is amazing! Your sweet little guy is just gorgeous, congratulations! This project is awesome, I love the colors. Hope everything is going well!

  46. 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.

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  47. 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.

  48. 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!

  49. I've put together a round up of monogram and letter projects on Craft Gossip today and included your project. :) You can see it here

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  50. 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:)

  51. Love this!!!
    I have a Creed too born July 2010, great name!

  52. Using the transparency, projected on the wall, is a brilliant way to make exact placement. I love it!

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