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When I was looking for DIY name signs for nursery rooms, I found an image on Pinterest that I loved, but it didn’t link to any instructions. I made it anyway, so I figured it’d be nice of me to share how I did it. It’s not that it’s hard and you can’t figure it out; it just saves you from thinking. People like me who have no time to do anything always appreciate cutting out a step, you know? I did one for both my daughter’s Harry Potter nursery as well as my son’s Star Wars room so you can see a couple of examples. Let’s get to it.
DIY Name Signs for Nursery Instructions
8″ x 36″ Balsa Wood (they don’t have it online, but Hobby Lobby carries them in store)
Paint (2-3 colors)
Mirror Clips (for hanging)
1. Paint the Background Color
Both of mine are white, but you can get crazy. This part is super easy. Just get painting so it can dry while you do the rest. I used interior wall paint, by the way.
2. Pick a Font
For me, this was a little troublesome because I wanted specific movie fonts and I didn’t want to pay for them. If you’re not doing a character theme, it really doesn’t matter what font you use. If you do want to use a movie font, try Fontspace. Just go in and type your movie name, then download the one you want. It’s very easy to install a font on your computer and bonus – you get to keep it for future projects!
3. Draw & Paint a 1.25-inch Border
Here comes the measuring tape! Hopefully your paint dried while you were font surfing. Go ahead and plot a 1.25-inch border at various points on the sign, then use a pencil to connect those dots and make the border into a line. Paint it your second color. For this I used wall paint on my son’s and regular acrylics on my daughter’s, but I totally recommend the wall paint.
4. Print your Child’s Name
This may take a little doing. I nailed my son’s name the first time; it’s short and easy, so I guess that’s not surprising. For my daughter, though, those double Os really messed with me! I had to resize it several times. If your child has a really long name, you might want to try and fit two letters to one piece of printer paper, but otherwise there should only be one letter per paper.
5. Trace & Paint the Name
The worst part is here! Once you finally get your letter sized correctly, you’re going to have to cut them out as close as you can. Then tape them down exactly the way you want them and trace with your pencil. Time to paint! I did the Star Wars border and letters in the same color, but for Harry Potter I switched it up. That wasn’t my initial plan, if you’re wondering. I just couldn’t fit the letters totally inside the border.
6. Add Design if wanted.
My husband would have preferred I left these DIY name signs for nursery completely dull, two colors, and that’s it. I didn’t want that though, so I gave the letters a little shadow. I added a splash on my son’s but not my daughter’s. You can do whatever you want. If you’re wondering how to hang them, I use mirror clips since they’re clear and don’t require attaching anything to the wood. So easy!