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Letter Craft Décor Ideas for a Baby Nursery

Updated on October 1, 2016
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Rose is a full-time freelance writer who frequently writes about education, special education, DIY projects, food, Milwaukee, and more.

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A classic initial décor adds a sweet touch to any baby nursery and will make a wonderful keepsake as children grow older, too. This is something here for everyone with a wide variety of skill sets and ability levels. Happy creating!

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Quilted and Piped Letters Tutorial

Create the look of quilting and piping with this simple, no sew tutorial. The author used papier mache letters, but I think that wooden letters would work well, too. See what you can find at your local craft store. The biggest trick is to make sure that you don't glue the fabric all the way around the letters before you stuff them. The author rests her letters on little wall platforms, but you could rig up a way to hang them too.

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Mod Podge Photo Letter

I'm sure it's not a surprise that I had to include a photo letter here. Make your letter with current and past family pictures before your baby is born or wait to put this together until you can include photos of the baby (besides an ultrasound). Sizing, printing, cutting, and pasting all of the photos is a time-intensive project, but it is not hard. Put in a favorite movie DVD and you'll have this done before you know it.

Baby Nursery Décor and Ideas | ryadex

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Wine Cork Letter

The basics for this project are simply finding a large, flat letter (such as one made out of chipboard or wood) and gluing old wine corks to it. While corks may seem like an odd choice for a baby nursery, there's nothing wrong with instilling the notion of reusing early, right? Any type of general craft glue, such as tacky glue or a glue gun, should work just fine for this project.

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Framed Hanging Letter

Frame just about any type of fairly thin letter to create a simple, fun wall hanging. You can use a plain letter like the one pictured or frame one that you've decorated any way that you like. Look for an inexpensive frame at a thrift store or dollar store. Don't be afraid to purchase a letter and/or a frame in a color that you don't like. A coat of spray paint will easily transform it.

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Decal Letters

Purchase a backless picture frame, which is the type of frame that is used for canvas paintings. Then attach a letter decal. It doesn't get much easier than that. Look for a font/script style that will match the decor scheme of your nursery.

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Button Letters

Of course, I couldn't write this article without including a few buttons. There are a wide variety of variations out there, many of which closely resemble one of the two projects that I've featured here. Most people choose one of the following options.

  1. To cover a pre-cut letter with buttons.
  2. To draw or print a letter and fill it in with buttons.

You can use just about any type of pre-cut letter or can choose from a range of frames, mattes, and backings. If you choose a pre-cut letter and don't want the natural color or finish (i.e. wood) to show through, I recommend following the directions in the tutorial here and painting the letter before gluing your buttons.

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Grouping of Letters

Instead of limiting the choice to a single letter design, create a small grouping of letters. Have fun mixing up the letter sizes, materials, and details. Pick a single detail to tie them all together (i.e. a flower pattern or embellishment on each one) or keep it completely random.


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Yarn Wrapped Letters

Keep it simple and wrap your letters with yarn. This is a perfect product for using up a leftover half skein that you bought for another project. The author doesn't use any glue for her letters and simply ties the yarn off when she's finished. The frame is a neat touch but completely optional. The yarn letters will look great on their own, too.

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Seashell Decorated Letters

Seashells are a great décor option for an ocean or beach themed nursery. If possible, use shells from a local beach or shells that you collected during a favorite trip to add a personal touch to your letter. Keep it more sparsely decorated like the one pictured or pack lots of shells onto your letter for a fuller effect.

Nursery Decorating Ideas: A Nursery Mural for Baby Room Wall | wonderful996walls

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Scrapbook Paper Letter

There are endless possibilities for decorating letters with scrapbook paper and other scrapbook embellishments. This is a perfect option if you have paper and Mod Podge on hand. Instead of purchasing expensive embellishments, consider making your own such as paper flowers.

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3D Framed Letter

This is such a cute idea for a boys room. When you're creating any type of 3D art piece like this, make sure that your 3D objects are securely attached and that your frame is put together correctly. It's awful to have the weight cause damage to the piece. The extra security effort is well worth it. If you are having a girl or simply aren't interested in a car theme, consider other kid toy options for 3D frames. Anything that is small, inexpensive, and fairly light weight should work well.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Tammy! You're right that this is a great resource for decorators. I am usually thinking about personal use when I write articles like this, but there is no reason that it has to be limited to that. Thanks for the link up. :)

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      Tammy 6 years ago from North Carolina

      This is an awesome overview of letter crafts! I love the ones done with buttons and corks. This is a great resource for decorators! I am going to link this to my hub on how to decorate letters. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Eiddwen! Take care. :)

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Such an interesting and useful hub.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You're welcome Jamie! I'm glad that this will be helpful for you. Good luck with your letters!

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Rose, I actually have some wooden letters of my son's name that I wanted to fix up and hang on his wall.. I bought them at Hobby Lobby over a year ago but still haven't done anything with them yet :0/ Thank you for all of these great ideas!

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you for the feedback Edi, Marie, cloverleaf, Linda, and Nancy! I'm glad that you like so many of the ideas here.

      cloverleaf, you're right that some of these ideas are not just for babies.

      Linda, this would be a great use for your leftover yarn.

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      Nancy 6 years ago

      That is a really great collection of ideas! I'm really loving the button letters and the piping quilted ones;)

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I love the yarn wrapped letters! I have so much yarn leftover from making my grandbabies "welcome to the world" blankets! I'm going to yarn the twins some letters now. This was by far a random yet very creative idea!:)

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      Healing Herbalist 6 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      These are great, and I would say some are not just for baby. Thanks for the great ideas.

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      MarieAlice 6 years ago from Peru

      Cute ideas....Love the one made with the little cars, ideal for my son!!!

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      Edi 6 years ago

      Great list!

      Of course I love the wooden ones :) And the vinyl ones are fun too! So many possibilities!

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks so much Daisy! I'll go check out your wine cork hub.

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      Daisy Mariposa 6 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Rose,

      Happy March 27th Birthday!

      This is a great article! Thanks for publishing it. I was especially interested in the craft that involved gluing wine corks to the wall in the shape of a letter...I published a craft Hub today that used wine corks. I never thought of this use for the corks.

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