My goal is to use different style letters and create completely different name signs for each one. I want them all to be unique!
For Susannah’s 5th birthday I created a name sign that is also a shelf.
What you will need:
- wooden or plastic letters that spell out the name
- a shelf that is long enough to accommodate the name length
- elmer’s glue
- a couple of paintbrushes
- “L” brackets
- clear coat (gives a clear, hard shell)
I used a wooden shelf, so I covered it with a couple of coats of polyeurathane to protect the wood.
Next, I painted the letters of her name. The girl loves pink. I chose a pink that would travel with her through age and not be too bright or to “baby pink”.
Then, I paint each letter with Elmer’s glue…
…and dust them thoroughly with the glitter. Once the glue has dried and set, I gently shake off the excess glitter and spray a nice layer of clear coat to keep the glitter from being knocked off. It forms a nice shell on the letters.
Mark was a huge help and used epoxy to glue the “L” brackets onto the back of each letter. I couldn’t use the screws on the letters as they were too long.
Mark then screwed each letter into place onto the shelf. I cleaned off the excess glitter and sprayed two more good layers of clear coat on the whole thing. That glitter is not going anywhere! 🙂
The finished product hung over her bed…
I spent approximately $20.00 to make this. I bought the shelf, letters, paint, and glitter for 40-50% off at Hobby Lobby. I bought the “L” brackets at Home Depot for $4.00 for 2 packages of 4. I already had the glue, clear coat, and paint brushes. 🙂 She now has some of her favorite “pretties” displayed on her shelf right behind her name.
Don’t you just love handmade gifts?!
All for God’s glory,
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