I just love a good excuse to get crafty and creative. What’s better than doing something you love, creating a piece of art and then giving it to an awesome friend? One of my co-workers recently had a baby girl. This was so exciting for her family and her work family! We love throwing a themed baby shower and buying gifts for the new baby and mama.
Make something special for a baby shower gift that could be used in the nursery and years to come. Framed artwork is a great example of a gift that continues to give.
I started out by cutting a piece of plywood to the dimensions I thought would look good and that I would be able to fit all 26 letters on. The plywood ended up being 18 x 23 inches. I painted the plywood with 2 coats of white acrylic paint. I found a font that gave a vintage feel (Century Schoolbook) and enlarged it the size I thought would look proportional (size 200). I printed out the letters and separated each letter to make it easier to position them on the board.
After placing and taping each letter where I wanted it, I used a stick of graphite to rub the back of each letter. I traced each letter with a pen to transfer the graphite onto the board.
At this point, you will need to decide which color you want your letters. I made two of these at the same time because I knew I wanted to also sell them in my Etsy shop. For the one I made my friend, I chose light pink for the letters and then I painted her 3 initial letters in glittery gold. I used a regular paint brush to paint the pink letters, but used a gold paint pen for her initials and used gold glitter over the paint pen. For the one I wanted to sell and use for my listing pictures, I used a black Sharpie marker to trace and fill in the letters. This was so easy and much quicker than painting.
After filling in each letter with the Sharpie, it was my favorite time…distressing time! I lightly sanded over the letters to give a muted, worn look to them. I was a little heavy handed when I sanded the rest of the board so that I could see some of the natural board color underneath the white paint. I chose not to distress the pink and gold art, so I was ready to seal both pieces and let them dry overnight. The next day, my husband built the frames for each piece. I chose Ebony stain for the black letter one and I painted the frame white for the pink and gold one. After assembling the frames, these pieces of art were complete!
I love how they turned out! You can use any color combination to fit your décor. I am using the black and white one in my office and my friend is enjoying hers in her daughter’s nursery. Isn’t this a neat way to learn your ABC’s!