Thursday, August 30, 2012

Scrapbook Wooden Letters & Name Reveal

 Technically, this is a craft post, but at the end you'll be able to find out what Baby Boy #2's name is going to be! It took forever to settle on it, but it was one that we kept coming back to! The plan is to do the craft post and reveal the different letters through each step. However, the letters are in a mixed up order that you need to unscramble (or just scroll to the bottom of the post and read it but those who like adventure try to figure it out!)

In J's room, we have wooden letters from Michaels that I painted and The Husband hung up. It's the same for Baby Boy #2 however, I decided to try a different process.

Step 1
Buy the letters. There are sites online where you can order them, but I just decided to get them from Michaels so that I didn't have to wait (or pay shipping).
Step 2
Choose the scrapbook paper you would like to use. In this case, we went with blues and greens. We were hoping to do an owl theme, but we aren't sure when. Anyway, Baby Boy #2's name has 6 letters so I went with 6 pieces of paper and organized them the way I wanted them to appear.
Step 3
I turned each letter over and traced the outline on the back of the scrapbook paper. This way there were no lines on the front of the paper and I would be able to match everything up properly. Cut out the letter from the paper.

Step 4

 The letters I chose to use already has a smooth finish to them. Therefore, I had to sand them down a bit. I only sanded a little because I wanted to create some grooves for the Mod Podge to stick into, not get rid of the entire finish.

Step 5
The next step is to use your Mod Podge (I used glossy) and attach the scrapbook paper letter to the wooden letter (good side up - blank side down!). It takes a steady hand to match the paper and the letter up so take some time to do this step.

Step 6
Turn the letter over and using a craft knife cut off the extra paper around the back. This takes some time too because you have to switch hands and getting in some of the tighter spots is tricky.

Step 7
Use some more Mod Podge to seal the paper to the letter. I focused on the edges to make sure they were stuck down and did two coats to make sure they were going to hold. I also used glossy Mod Podge here so that the letters would be a little shiny!
Step 8
Let the Mod Podge dry over night (or longer) and then hang them where you want them to go!
In the future, I'm planning on doing the entire alphabet for the boys' playroom as well as adding embellishment to J's current letters because they are plain blue.
So, were you able to guess the name of Baby Boy #2? If not, here's the finished product:

There you have it!
Baby Boy #2 is also known as:
Andrew Jonathan
I'll probably still refer to him as Baby Boy #2 on here until he comes and then he'll be A but if I don't you'll at least know who I'm talking about!


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