Thanks for all of the complements last week on Dutch's nursery. I got a few emails about the sign above his bed so I thought I would do a quick post on how we made it.
First of all do y'all watch the show Parenthood? It is one of my favs, I just wish that their seasons were longer and I wish that I didn't cry EVERY episode. Anyway the theme song to the show is Forever Young by Bob Dylan. Any show is better with a theme song - the Mindy Project anyone? Anyway several years ago I decided if we had a kid I was going to put part of that song in their room somewhere.
While I was at HD I also bought the trim for the frame. Since this would be hanging above the crib and we have plaster walls, I didn't want the sign to be heavy so I went with a light board and light trim. This is the trim I chose.
I stained the board with some random stain in the shed and called it good enough. I didn't have enough for the trim and I wasn't going to buy more so we decided just to paint the trim to match the letters.
I bought a 1" stencil at Hobby Lobby for the letters. Since the stencil was opaque I made a grid on the stencil to help with alignment. It didn't work so I cut the letters out with 1/4" on each side. That didn't help either. So I was able to find some vinyl letters poster letters at Walmart in the office supply section that I ended up using. The letters came with both 1" and 2", we decided the 2" looked better. To get the grid on the wood board we used chalk. I wasn't working too well so Eric decided to use his chalk line which was a disaster (for future reference I told him it was a terrible idea). Pencil worked the best. Next I stuck on the letters and traced around them. I think I chose the hardest route to get the letters on the board. Of course after I was finished I came up with a couple of easier ideas.
After that Eric attached the trim and attached it to the wall.
If you hang things over your kid's crib or bed please make sure it's properly secured to the wall. Asthetics don't outweigh the consequence of something falling and injuring your baby.