December 4, 2012

Custom Name Art Tutorial

I will apologize in advance (something I normally hate when people do) for thep ictures in this tutorial.  We had been so excited to begin that I totally forgot to snap pictures and then when I remembered I didn't stage or take any time with them.  But it is a very simple project, I place it at a beginner level, so I think you'll be able to follow along!
{Thanks to Jeremy and Krista for sending over snapshots of the sign hanging in the almost completed nursery!}
You probably remember my recent owl nursery print that I created for our of good friends, Krista and Jeremy's nursery.  After a very long time of trying, they are officially expecting their first baby in March 2013.  I cannot be more excited for them and I am looking forward to meeting my new "niece" Everleigh! {isn't that the best name?!?}

Krista sent me a message on Facebook about a project she was working on for the nursery and wanted my opinion on a few things.  After chatting back and forth, I invited them over for a night of dinner and crafting.
 
Saturday night they came over and after a delicious meal of Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings (one of my favorite slow cooker meals!), us girls got to work while the boys put together the train for the Christmas tree and then played a board games.
 
Alright, onto the tutorial!
 
Materials Needed:
Wooden Letters
Frame that will fit the name of the child
Fabric and Batting
Spray Adhesive
Hot Glue Gun
  Step one is to paint your letters and set aside to dry.  Ours took two coats each.
 
While those dry, get started on the frame.
Krista came with the wood frame already painted.
We took out the matte and glass, but kept the black backing of the frame.
Wrap the backing in batting and an ironed fabric of your choice.
Cut fabric and batting to size (about 1.5" wider than the frame backing).
Use spray adhesive to stick the batting to the front, making sure to stretch it taut and fold it over the back. Do the same with the fabric and then hot glue the edges of the batting and fabric around the back, folding the corners like a present and gluing in place.
Insert the covered backing in the frame.
 Now we are going to attach the letters.  I measured the inside of my frame (6.5" tall) and the letters (3.5" tall).  That means there was 3" "extra" space (6.5 - 3.5 = 3), so for my letters to be centered I needed 1.5" above and 1.5" below.  I cut a strip of paper 1.5" tall and placed it along the bottom of the frame and used it as a guide to place my letters.  
 Once I did a dry run I picked one up at a time and just hot glued it directly to the fabric, pressing hard to secure it in place.  That's it!
 I love the 3D effect of the wood letters, but if you have a craft cutting machine, you could create this out of fabric and spray adhesive just as well.
Happy Creating! ~Kim
Kim is a Marketing Director by day and Crafter/Blogger/Blog Designer by night. She lives with her husband, three beautiful children, and her dog and cat. You can also visit her design site, seven thirty three – – creative blog design.  For even more seven thirty three fun, like her on Facebook or follow along via Twitter!


2 comments:

  1. I just have to know what font you are using for your watermark. It's perfect!

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