Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Happy 1 Month Birthday, Elliott!

I knew right when I found out that my sister was pregnant that I wanted to make a sign for the baby's room.  Because they waited to find out whether or not the baby was a boy or girl, they also waited to name *it (we now know it's a he).  So, I had to wait until the baby came and a name was decided upon in order to get my crazy hands working!  Using the same method that I used to make this and this, I set out to make Elliott's sign.


My supplies:
- 8x8 wooden sign from Michaels
- 1.5 inch wired turquoise ribbon from Michaels
- fabric from Elliott's baby bedding (for color direction)
- coordinating acrylic craft paint
- personalized print-outs of Elliott's initials, full name, birth date & time, weight and length
- paintbrush (not pictured)
- pencil (not pictured)
- tape (not pictured)
- clear spray paint (not pictured)
- staple gun (not pictured)

The Gist:
- Figured out what I wanted my sign to say and then picked the font & size, printed & cut it out.
- Shaded the back of the cut-outs and then arranged them where I wanted them on my board.
- Going cut-out by cut-out I taped the paper on and then, using a pencil, traced the words onto the board:
Can you see here where I started with Elliott's monogram? 

- After tracing on each individual set of wording, I painted it:

Here's what it looks like with the inspiration fabric in the background

- Once I was finished painting the front, I painted the sides brown:

- Sprayed a coat of the clear spray paint over the sign
- Cut out 2 pieces of turquoise ribbon (long)
- Measured 2 inches from either side and marked it on the back of the sign
- Using the markings as a guide, I stapled my ribbon to the back
- Tied a bow with the 2 pieces
- Hung it on the wall
- Smiled while looking at it as it reminds me of my want-to-squeeze-forever nephew:

Happy Birthday, Baby Elliott!
I love you more than you'll ever know!


I'm partying here this week :)




12 comments:

  1. Very cute! Thank you so much for linking up to Sew Woodsy today.

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  2. I'm SO gonna do this! I never thought to do a sign for Maci's bedroom and I have plenty of scrap fabric left over from dust ruffles, drapes, pillows, etc. Thanks for sharing. I hope mine turns out as well as yours did. I may need to hit ya up for some pointers! You rock. P.S. Are you on Etsy? You totally should be.

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  3. awe, such a cute idea for your nephew. i bet your sister loves it.

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  4. Very Cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I love this Kari! It is so cute. I bet it looks awesome in the room next to that fabulous crib bedding! Thanks for linking to our first party! I appreciate it :)

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  6. This is adorable! I think I might have to try this. About how long did it take you, from start to finish?

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  7. wonderful and great instructions also thank you so much
    KAT

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  8. Following you from Someday Crafts. Would love to have you link this up at my {wow me} wednesday link up party going on right now. :)

    Ginger
    gingersnapcrafts.blogspot.com

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