How to Make Unique Baby Name Wall Art

Make a special keepsake for your nursery

Baby boy with his name on wall
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If you're like most parents, you've probably spent hours poring over baby name books to find the perfect moniker for your little bundle of joy. Honor your choice by creating a special piece of personalized wall art to hang in your baby's nursery.

Personalized wall art offers a unique way to decorate your baby nursery. Even if you don't consider yourself crafty, it's not too difficult to make a special keepsake that will be cherished for many years to come.

DIY Font Wall Art

Free fonts are a fabulous resource for many different kinds of crafts, including baby wall art. Use a free font that features teddy bears, trains or other decorative elements to type out the letters of your baby's name. Make them large enough so each letter can be framed in a 5x7 or 8x10 frame. You could color in the designs using markers or specially cut pictures of baby once he or she has arrived. and DaFont are both great free font resources that are compatible with Macs and PCs. Here are some free font downloads you might like:

Decoupage Baby Name Wall Art

Decoupage wooden letters using your favorite patterned scrapbook papers to make cute nursery decor. Seal your creation with a coat of Mod Podge to make it more durable.

Letters can be accented with ribbons, buttons, beads, silk flowers and other accents if desired.

If you can't find letters or if you're on a really tight budget, decoupage old CDs or DVDs with the papers of your choice. Use rubber stamps or stickers to add one letter to each disc. Glue the discs to a long strip of wide ribbon to make a custom wall hanging for the nursery.

Photo Wall Art

Alphabet photography is very popular in modern home decor, where photos are taken of road signs, landmarks and other objects in order to spell out words such as "Love" or "Family." Adapt this idea for your nursery by taking your own colorful ABC pictures to spell out your baby's name. Use the macro setting on your digital camera to take close-up photos of baby blocks, children's book titles, Lego sculptures or crayons arranged in a specific letter shape.

If still life photography isn't your forte, have members of your family each hold up a letter. Take a series of portraits that are combined to spell baby's name and merge them together using a digital image editing program such as Adobe Photoshop Elements.

Shutterfly and other online photo developing services offer multiple options for finishing this type of project. You can have your picture made into a poster sized print, mounted wall art or a gallery style canvas.

Shadow Box Wall Art

Shadow boxes are great for preserving 3D keepsakes, but they can also be used to create unique nursery wall art. Spell out your child's name using crayons, buttons, coins, tiny silk flowers and other small objects. Items can be attached using double sided tape or glue dots, depending upon the size and weight of the objects you've selected.