While I love the trendy wooden letters above the crib, we already did that with Jackson's nursery.
I wanted something more personalized for the trio. Plus, I really didn't want to paint and nail 19 letters to the wall! Here's what I came up with instead:
Step 1: Come up with a plan. Because the triplets' names are inspired by book characters and people, it was obvious what direction I wanted to go in.
Step 2: Check out discounts at Walgreens. They are almost always running specials for free 8x10 or 40% off enlargements. The best part is, the online orders print automatically so they never check for copyright.
Step 3: Decide what pictures you want to print. I just googled images of Amelia Bedelia, Madeline, and James and the Giant Peach. I had trouble with this one because the original pictures I saved and uploaded to Walgreens became distorted and pixilated as an 8x10. It took me a while to find quality photos to enlarge, but once I did, I quickly uploaded them and entered the promo code. One hour and $3 later, I had my photos.
Step 4: Go to A.C. Moore for scrapbook lettering and stickers. They have a wide ranges of sizes, fonts, and colors you can buy. I selected the fun, colorful, glittery letters. You can go on their website and print 40% off coupons every single day. They also have 50% off coupons that are good for Sunday only. If you are a teacher, you can get an additional 15% off of total purchases (including discounted items) by showing your ID badge. This is why I prefer A.C. Moore over Michael's or Hobby Lobby. I just happened to find transparent polka dot stickers in the scrapbook aisle for $1.
Step 5: Buy inexpensive, high-quality frames. I've bought some cheap frames before. The last thing I want is the triplets to start climbing up their cribs and accidentally knock the glass out of the frame. When looking for quality frames, I tend to shop at Ikea. I bought three large collage frames for $10 each, which was the bulk of the projects expenses. I really love them!
Step 6: Have fun assembling. The frame came with a black matte and a white matte. I chose the black matte because it made the letters pop out. Since the polka dots were transparent, I cut strips of plain white typing paper to use as a border under the names and randomly placed the polka dots on the paper. A little bit of scotch tape and they were ready to hang!