I'm sharing with you THREE easy ways to decorate wooden letters for a nursery! This is a great project using inexpensive wooden initials that you can paint, emboss and Modge Podge scrapbooking paper. Wooden letters can be found at your big box craft stores like Hobby Lobby, Jo-Anns, and Michaels, but you can also just get them delivered right to your door without leaving your home.
And if you are nesting or pregnant, shopping in the comfort of your rocking chair or sofa is just want the doctor ordered.
I'm going to be sharing some of my absolute favorite ways to decorate wooden letters in this post. There are so many ways that you can craft with these letters, but I wanted to provide you with directions on each process so you know the exact steps before starting your project.
Considers When Choosing the Best Alphabet Letters
Where to Buy
Hobby Lobby usually has a sale every other week on this for half off. Hobby Lobby has wooden letters, white painted letters (these are the ones I used), whimsical wooden letters, and chipboard letters. You can use any of these. Wal-Mart also carries these letters for 0.97 each, but they are only 3 inches tall and usually don't carry all the letters you need. Wal-Mart carries the letters that have "dots" on the end of the edge of each letter if you like that style. Jo-Ann fabrics also have them.
Wood or Cardboard
If you are deciding on wood or cardboard, I would consider where you plan on placing the letters. If it's on a wall, I would consider using wood. If it's decorated on a shelf, I would recommend cardboard because it can be stood up separately instead of leaned up against a wall.
White or Wood Color
If you are planning on painting it a darker color, generally the wood grain is less expensive than it's white primed counterpart. However, if you are planning on using a light stain, I would recommend getting the white pre-primed letters.
Serif or San Serif Letters
Serif is the "tail" of the letter where as san means "without", so san serif letters are designed straight without the tail. Think about the type of design you want for your space, and choose from the options below where I've curated both serif and san serif wood letters.
Ways to Decorate Wooden Nursery Letters
There are three ways to make and decorate homemade nursery letters:
- Straight up painting them
- Modge Podge scrapbooking paper to the letters
- Use an embossing heating gun for stamped decor on the letters
Below, I share with you instructions as well as my favorite ways to decorate these awesome craft letters and why.
Painting Alphabet Letters
Painting wood letters can be tricky. If you are painting these alphabet letters, I highly recommend getting the wood letters. The cardboard wood letters may be easier to paint, but may end up with a color that is lighter than intended once it dries.
Decoupage Wood Alphabet Letters
This tutorial below shows you how you can use scrapbooking paper and adhere it with decoupage (generally, this brand is often used) so that it dries clear and allows your scrapbook paper to stick. You then use an razor to cut the excess letters off.
Designs on Wood Letters with an Embossing Heat Gun
Of all the ways to decorate the nursery letters, this was my favorite. Just take your time and be careful. Finding stamp designs is the fun part of this project!
Wood and cardboard letter blanks are incredible for getting your creativity going for decorating a baby's nursery. I hope you found some ideas and ways you can get started on this project.
More Baby Project Inspiration
If you are wanting more ideas for craft projects and baby gift ideas, here are links to some fun DIY that could help inspire you to make something unique.