UPDATED May 2011: Please check out the Big Boy version of this bedroom here! Great North Woods Big Boy Bedroom
When I was pregnant with my son I made some wall letters for his moose and bear themed nursery. Everybody who has given birth in the past ten years seems to put the child’s name or initials above the crib.
Who am I to buck that trend?
But instead of doing the popular wall words on a ribbon, I decided to make something a little bit more rustic for my son’s Great North Woods themed nursery. They were very easy to make, and the end result was a one-of-a-kind wall decor that I feel gave his nursery a little bit of character.
Here’s the supplies:
- Three each 5″ high Birch Bark Letters from Moose-R-Us
- Three each Wooden letters in your child’s initials
- Red Acrylic Craft Paint
- Hot Glue Gun
- Two each 4 1/4″ Rusty Tin-Tiques Moose
- One each Thick Resin Canoe and Paddle Craft Cameo
- One each 9″-11″ Large Basswood Country Round Wooden craft oval plaques with bark on edge
- Two each 7″-9″ Medium Basswood Country Round Wooden craft oval plaques with bark on edge
- Sawtooth Picture Hangers with nails
First, attach the sawtooth picture hangers to the backs of all three of the wooden basswood plaques. Try to center them up as level as possible. Each wooden oval is different, so you’ll probably have to eyeball it. You’ll want to do this first so the surface is flat while you hammer them into the wood.
Next, paint the wooden letters with several coats of the acrylic paint, let dry. I used the large size oval in the center and flanked it with the two smaller oval plaques. That meant the “B” (last name initial) went on the large center oval with the “G” and “S” on either side. It is a good idea to put them all together first without any glue to see how the placement looks.
After all that is settled, Hot glue the painted letters onto the wooden plaques first. Then hot glue the birch bark letters on top of the painted letters, then attach the moose and canoe to the individual plaques. The canoe oars come separately so make sure they are glued in the position you like.
That’s it! I centered them up over the crib, and likely hung them a little bit too high because I have a tendency to do that. But that’s ok… it keeps them out of reach of exploring hands, right? (UPDATE: I have had many folks ask me about his crib bedding– it came from Cabela’s, circa 2007!)
Of course I have no photos of any of the assembly or “before” photos, but here are a bunch of the “afters”. 🙂
Have fun with it! !
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