Unfinished Wood Craft Project ~ A Special Gift

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There are many great things about having all boys. Not being able to ever sew a frilly dress, have a tea party or buy a tutu are some fun things I missed out on. But, now since the boys have girlfriends, I’m getting a chance to make some cute girly things.

Last weekend, we celebrated Nick’s girlfriend, Brittney’s 16th birthday.(remember, she shared her Snickers Cupcakes with you)  Her parents had a surprise Luau Party for her. I had the privilege of baking cupcakes, which I will share soon, I sewed her an apron with cupcakes on it and these super easy, fun wooden initials.

She actually has 2 bedrooms, 1 at her Dad’s and 1 at her Mom’s, so I made her one for each room that match her decorations.

I bought the unfinished wooden initials and the embellishments at my favorite craft store, Hobby Lobby. You may notice that I didn’t use the small blue flowers. While looking for an exacto knife, I came across some old wallpaper border that had the bright colored daisies on it. When Brittney re-decorated her bedroom last summer, I had given her some silk daisies that I wasn’t using any longer that matched that wallpaper. So, I decided to cut out one of the daisies and use it instead.

I had the scrapbook paper, ribbon, paint and glue on hand.

Using the unfinished wooden initials as a pattern, I traced them onto the paper first. For the striped paper, I traced on the front because I wanted to be sure to position the stripes so they looked right. The other paper didn’t matter, so I traced it on the back.

I used regular black craft paint to paint the edges and back of the unfinished wooden initials.

After the paint dried, I added the ribbon, for a hanger, to the back with my glue gun. I tied a knot in the ribbon so it would hold the glue better, and after I glued down the knot, I put another small amount of glue on top of it to make it a little stronger.

Then I added the embellishments. For the butterfly, I simply cut the wire off and for the daisy, I just glued it on with tacky glue.

I think these initials would also be super cute in a babies room or even a college dorm. They cost less than $5 for both initials. And she really loves them. 🙂

What fun DIY project have you done lately? Share your ideas!


  1. Renee McCutcheon says:

    Did you use the tacky glue to attach the scrapbook paper to the wooden initial?

  2. absolutely love this idea! i will have to use for my daughters room. now that we are redecorating it!
    thanks again, i will be back

  3. I love these. I made a “J”, but need to add a flower or something to it. Thanks for the idea.

    My daughter will turn 13 in May, and I’m having a hard time trying to figure out what to do…

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!
    .-= lori´s last blog ..Get Your Craft on Thursday #16 =-.

  4. Very cute and there is to much cute paper! The choices are endless.

  5. Oh! Those are cute! I actually did something similar for my daughter but I’ve been having trouble figuring out a nice way to mount them to the wall. Perhaps I’ll give the ribbon method a try! Thanks for sharing.
    .-= Astrid´s last blog ..Pop-Art Flowers for Front Door =-.

  6. Those turned out really cute, Liz!! I love the patterns you chose!

  7. i love these letters, i have them in my kids rooms too! cute!

  8. Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue says:

    I only had boys too and no girlfriends at the moment so I just have to be content making stuff for me. Love your letters and I can see why she loved them 🙂
    .-= Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue´s last blog ..Pop Cans to Roses =-.

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