My sister-in-law gave me a gift card to Hobby Lobby for Christmas (sweeet!). I looked at the scrapbooking stuff, but didn't find anything I really wanted. Then I came across some cardboard (I think) letters and the light bulb came on for a cute idea! :) I got all the letters for each name and a few supplies for this:
1. Paint the edges of all the letters. I did Anna's in purple and Jaocb's (you'll see his finished at the end) in yellow.
...if you have one-sided paper! I traced the first N the wrong way and only had so much paper! But I patched on together. I covered up the seam with a decoration.
Did you know you can make your own decoupage glue? It's pretty easy--just mix regular glue with some water!
Place the pretty paper on each letter. If you barely touch it down, you should still be able to wiggle it around a bit to get it straight. Then smooth flat over the whole letter.
Hot glue your decorations on. I used some painted wooden pieces I found for $0.57-0.67 each and some flowers from lei bracelets w/ jewels for the centers.
I had only picked up the wooden decorations but decided it looked a little bare. So I went through his toy basket and found some little cars and a couple of broken toys that I stole the wheels from! :) And then found another little tube of ribbons in Anna's craft box! I really wanted to use what I had and not spend any other money...and I did! :) I think Jacob is going to love his (Anna's was finished before they went to bed for naps). I'm going to have to keep his out of his reach though or he'll be pulling those cars and wheels off in no time!