6 Ways to Get Creative with Names

Magnetic Letter Names Via Milk Magazine

I love this play­ful ‘name door’ dec­o­rated with mag­netic let­ters from Milk Mag­a­zine. For­get those mass-produced name plaques for children’s bed­room doors! A fresh coat of mag­netic chalk­board paint and some col­or­ful mag­netic let­ters will brighten up any kid’s space. I found this fun idea in the home of two French archi­tects, and would love to play around with some­thing sim­i­lar in our own home. Très cool!

Dec­o­rat­ing with names has to be one of the eas­i­est, most com­mon ways of mak­ing a child feel spe­cial at home. Like many of you, my two youngest chil­dren (boy & girl) shared a white, gender-neutral bed­room for four years, but had their own lit­tle cor­ners in which they were able to express their per­son­al­ity with toys, books, and draw­ings. Each area was “cus­tomized” with their names, lov­ingly crafted in art class at school.

If you’re think­ing of fresh­en­ing up your child’s bed­room for the new school year, why not start with some­thing sim­ple like adding their name. There are hun­dreds of per­son­al­ized décor acces­sories for sale in online mar­kets like Etsy, but also plenty of easy, cre­ative ideas to exper­i­ment with on sites such as Pin­ter­est. I hope this small selec­tion of finds will encour­age you and your kids to try some­thing different!

Fabric Name Garland for Kids via Paul & Paula

Per­son­al­ize a nurs­ery with a pretty fab­ric let­ter gar­land (via Paul & Paula)

Peggy’s sweet daugh­ter Leonor has an equally sweet name gar­land hang­ing in her nursery—love! Paul & Paula is one of my favorite children’s blogs, so I wasn’t sur­prised to find this adorable fab­ric gar­land fea­tured on there the other day. Hand­made by Love Pretty Gar­lands on etsy, these cus­tomized padded let­ter gar­lands come in all pat­terns and col­ors and can be hung hor­i­zon­tally or ver­ti­cally. You could also have a go at mak­ing your own using this DIY.

DIY Gian Foam Alphabet Pillows via Oh Happy Day

Giant Foam Alpha­bet Let­ter Pil­low DIY via Oh Happy Day

If you really want to go to town with name dec­o­rat­ing, why not make some super large alpha­bet pil­lows for your kid’s room? These giant ones are crafted from soft foam, but you could also use fab­ric and make them smaller to dis­play on a shelf, sofa, or bed fol­low­ing this DIY.

Oscar's Room via Milk Magazine

Oscar’s room as shown in Milk Mag­a­zine

Dif­fer­ent sized, mul­ti­col­ored let­ters spell out Oscar’s name loud and clear in this beau­ti­ful Brussels-based bed­room. I love the color palette cre­ated by Oscar’s par­ents, French pho­tog­ra­pher Vin­cent and Jus­tine Glan­field (of Cot­ton & Milk fame). The old school map and let­ter­ing have a uni­fy­ing effect on this sim­ple space, packed with a jum­ble of toys, pat­terns, and vin­tage acces­sories. For a sim­i­lar look, check out spe­cial­ist stores like Kidimo, or scour your local flea mar­kets until you find your unique com­bi­na­tion of letters!

Name in Lights for Kids' Rooms via VTWonen

A name in lights from vtwo­nen—every kid’s dream!

Mar­quee lights add a mod­ern, mag­i­cal touch to this child’s room styled by Cleo Scheul­der­man. Highly sought after and sel­dom afford­able, vin­tage mar­quee lights are the ulti­mate name décor for kids’ rooms. You can some­times find mini ver­sions on Etsy but per­son­ally I think this DIY name light shared on Dos Fam­ily looks just as strik­ing for a frac­tion of the price.

DIY Chalkboard Names for Kid's Rooms via Apartment Therapy

Chalk­boards make great name wall dec­o­ra­tions too! (via Apart­ment Ther­apy)

Last but not least, if you pre­fer to keep things sim­ple, why not just write your lit­tle one’s name on a chalk­board like Ginny Chase? This wall dec­o­ra­tion stands out so well in the mod­ern, graphic black and white space she designed for her son, and her idea can be cus­tomized to the style of any room. Chalk­board paints exist in var­i­ous col­ors, and you could even try using one board per let­ter as shown here.