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Old 11-23-2007, 06:18 PM   #1
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I am having my first baby in March and I altering wooden letters to spell out his name. I am using primary colored patterned paper. I would like to add embellishments but I don't want to make it too frilly or girly. What are some items I can add to them. I thought about using buttons, any other ideas? Thanks!
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Congratulations! What about doing faux leather or faux suede? I think that can look very masculine. Eyelets and brads would look great as well as hemp and linen thread. Hope that helps.
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This is a very timely thread because I bought my DH's initials that I wanted to "decorate" for his computer room as a Christmas present, but am lacking in some masculine ideas. My letters aren't wood, but mache, so any ideas are appreciated.
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I have just completed my nephews name and I used the pirate papers that are popular at the moment and added some stickers and instead of using ribbon I used twine. This was for a young boy though not a baby.
What about boat/car/bike embellishments seeing as you have done primary colours. What about using the rhyme what are little boys made of " as a theme, puppies, bugs, etc.
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:07 AM   #5
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Keep them coming.

His bedding is actually transportation related, cars, trucks sailboats, etc. I would like to do some 3-D type embellishments, instead of flat things, like stickers. I like the brads and eyelets but am not sure how to incorporate them as the letters are made of wood. Thanks!!
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For my nephew's letters I used chocolate ribbon and twine. I love how it turned out.
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If you want to match the theme of the bedding, you could try to find the set online, then print the detailed info onto a transparency. Usually there is a close up view of the comforter/spread, or accent pillows, wall art, and all the add on things. Maybe you can print those things onto a clear transparency sheet, and trim or punch into a star, circle, or other shape. Use a big black brad for truck wheels, or a silver mini for hubcaps, or the center of the plane propeller. Use a Xyron machine to get adhesive on the back, and fasten the brad as usual, behind the acetate. You have 3D brads, perfect tie in to room decor, and a little subtle interest with the shine of acetate shape showing the paper underneath. Have fun- this sounds like a fun project!
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