My 20 month old is starting to recognize letters (pointing to them when named), so I thought it was high time I put his name up in his room. Choosing a child’s name is something most of us mull over for months. We want something original and meaningful. After all that pondering I think it is normal to want to celebrate and display the chosen name.
For our second son, we were stumped. We hoped for a girl, if only to use the girl name we had already mutually agreed on during our first pregnancy. But we were blessed with another boy. With our first we lucked out with the family naming tradition and our son inherited daddy’s name. That was it…we used up all of our creativity for boy’s names. We couldn’t even come up with a list of boys names we liked. Now what were we going to do for boy #2? We went for the baby name books and my husband stumbled upon the name Jax. I was smitten with the idea, because that was my childhood nickname. Boy #1 would be named after daddy and boy #2 after mommy. For the middle name, we used my maiden name to complete the whole “named after mommy effect”. His name is very meaningful to us, but since my maiden name is also a common first name, most people never connect the dots.
Anyway, it was time to celebrate Jax’s name and put it on display. I wanted something simple and homemade. I love to craft while watching TV, so I came up with a quick and simple letter bunting project. I made this while watching Dear Genevieve the other night. I love the simple cut letters hung from twine with mini clothespins. It was free and easy. I won’t be too heartbroken when someday Jax decides he is too big to have his name all over his room.
I printed the letters in Helvetic font and sized each letter to fill one page. I cut out the letters and used then traced them onto the back of my decorative paper. For the papers, I chose three different scrapbook papers from my stash that coordinated with the nursery color scheme.
I used small hook eyes to hang the bunting. These were actually the little hook eyes that come in picture hanging kits. I screwed two right into the drywall. Then I tied the ends of the jute twine to each hook eye, leaving it sag a bit in the middle. I clipped the clothespins so the jute went in the tiny hole near the hinge and then clipped in the paper letters.
I hung the bunting above this adorable photo collage from Jax’s newborn photo session…all his little baby parts. I think the bronze frame against the teal walls is amazing. Now the bunting and this collage are the first things you see when you walk into the room. They put a smile on my face every time!
I love the ease and simplicity of this project. I think this would be fabulous for party bunting too!
Tell me…how did you choose your children’s names? Do you like to display their name or initial?