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Rainy Crafternoon

February 16, 2012

Hi friends!

Thanks for all of your comments on Ryan’s post—that guy’s pretty sweet.  I guess I’ll let him stick around for a few more years—gotta have someone to share the diaper duty with, right? 🙂

Switching gears…an admission: I’m not a crafty person.  Oh, I LOVE crafts.  I love going to Michael’s, and Hobby Lobby, and Jo Ann Fabrics, and spending mucho dinero on adorable scrapbook paper and stencils and fabric and cloth flowers and beads and glitter pens.  Love it. 

But.  I always have an idea in my head for how *cute* the project is going to look when I’m done with it.  And instead, it usually looks like something your kid brings home from summer camp, something that forces you to exclaim, “Wow!!! Look at that!!” and grudgingly display the picture frame/mail holder/pipe cleaner art in your kitchen/bedroom/bathroom for the next ten years.

Wow.  Look at that.

But occasionally (very occasionally) my crafting projects actually turn out pretty cute…like the one I’m going to share today!

We’ve been working hard on the nursery for the past month or so.  Well, by “working hard,” I really mean “ordering things from Etsy from people who have more artistic talent in their pinky finger than I do in my entire body”—same thing, right?  God bless Etsy.

But, for all that we’ve discovered on Etsy, I just couldn’t find wall hanging letters that I liked.  It’s a pretty popular move these days to find some giant way to display your baby’s name on a wall in his or her nursery—I guess in case they forget who they are?  This way, the baby wakes up every  morning and thinks, “Ah! That’s right—my name IS Lila!!” 

But, despite my mocking, the wall hanging letters are pretty cute.  There was a huge variety on Etsy, but most of them were painted wooden letters—again, very cute, but not the look I wanted.  I wanted more of a cloth look, which I thought would go well with our bird mobile:


I looked high and low, but couldn’t find cloth letters that matched up with what I wanted, so I decided to…get crafty.


Instead of trying to make my own cloth letters (come on—even I know my limits), I decided it would be easier (and still super cute) to cover square paint canvases:


…with the cloth, and then stencil the letters on each canvas.

Picking out the fabric was one of the hardest parts—there are so many adorable fabrics out there! Finally, I narrowed it down to these four:


I covered each canvas with the fabric using a staple gun:


…and then stenciled each letter on the canvas:


…and attached colored ribbon for hanging.

And that’s it! This project only took a few hours from start to finish (not including the hour I spent picking out the fabric, ha), and I have to say, I think the end result is very cute:


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A great addition to the nursery!  And now Lila will have no excuses for forgetting her own name.

Hope you have a great Thursday!

19 Comments leave one →
  1. February 16, 2012 3:51 pm

    Girl! You so have skill! I seriously can do NOTHING crafty. That looks fabulous. Such a cute nursery touch

  2. February 16, 2012 3:57 pm

    What a great idea!! this came out beautifully – certainly nothing a kid coming home from camp with Popsicle sticks glued together would have produced!

  3. February 16, 2012 4:01 pm

    You are so crafty, and creative, and these turned out wonderfully!!

  4. February 16, 2012 4:04 pm

    I’m the same way – I have it all planned out and pictured in my head how it’ll turn out. Um, never seems to work out right though. Those look great!

  5. February 16, 2012 4:11 pm

    Gorgeous fabrics! I’m terrible every time I go on eBay, I buy millions of pieces of pretty fabrics that I never get around to using 😦

  6. February 16, 2012 4:27 pm

    That turned out beautifully! I love the fabrics that you ended up choosing – they look really really fantastic!

  7. Ali permalink
    February 16, 2012 4:29 pm

    These are adorable! I can’t wait to see pictures of the nursery once it is complete! And I spy a Sleep Sheep in the nursery! Lila will love this! My little guy falls asleep to the ‘ocean’ setting every night!

  8. February 16, 2012 5:23 pm

    Ah! So cute! The bird mobile is so precious and I love how your letters turned out 🙂

  9. February 16, 2012 6:01 pm

    This looks pretty crafty, much better than I could do! Love the look, so cheery, bright, and colorful!

  10. February 16, 2012 6:24 pm

    That is adorable. Definitely a fun take on the name on the wall thing 😉

  11. February 16, 2012 7:40 pm

    Those look awesome! You are very crafty!

  12. February 16, 2012 8:05 pm

    So cute!! You are very crafty! (I think you get that from me : ) )

  13. Patti permalink
    February 16, 2012 8:44 pm

    I like it!!!!!

  14. February 17, 2012 12:43 am

    Cute! I am not crafty at all despite having a degree in art. I know, I know.

  15. February 17, 2012 4:03 am

    I’m the same way, I love the idea of crafting, but I’m just not crafty! Thankfully I have some super crafting friends to help and mentor me haha.

    I’m so in love with that mobile and the letters came out great! Good job, love it 🙂

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  17. February 17, 2012 9:41 pm

    Oh it’s beautiful! I love your style!

  18. February 18, 2012 2:37 am

    Love that look!!!! I’m also obsessed with that bird mobile. Where on earth did you find it??

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