I remember the day the twins were born.
I remember words like extremely premature and fetal distress and incubator and monitor and oxygen stats.
I remember watching their ballerina toes dance across the top of the cribs in the NICU.
I remember waiting and worrying and hoping and praying and calling the hospital every night to see if they had gained even the tiniest of grams.
And I remember the day we got the paper worth more than gold.
If only I had known in the middle of the darkest hour the joy that was waiting just around the corner.
And that they would grow up to be healthy.
And full of giggles and laughter and conversation and the not to be overlooked ever-important knowledge of the words to every Taylor Swift song.
They are growing up before my eyes, these tiny golden-haired ballerinas of mine.
They have opinions on hairstyles and Disney channel shows and Hallmark movies and colors that they like and how they want their rooms to be decorated.
I get it.
I started decorating my own Laura-Ashley wallpapered room right about their age and I thought it might be fun to have them create something of their own for their space.
Enter the over-sized wood typography sign.
They painted it for the wall going up the stair case to their craft room.
We started the sign project by cutting a 4 feet long by 2 feet wide piece of plywood.
If it’s a little overwhelming to cut the boards on your own, you can always have them cut the plywood to size at the home improvement store.
Next, we stained 1″ x 2″ boards and then cut and added them as a frame around the sign
Next, we primed it and painted it white.
Then we took a set of chipboard letters from the craft store.
Chipboard letters are usually found in the scrap booking section of the craft store and come in packs of letters and numbers and punctuation marks. You can find them in upper case and lower case and in different sizes and fonts.
There’s no real rhyme or reason to the lettering.
We flipped the letters this way and that way and upside down and right side up and put small ones next to big ones next to the punctuation marks.
Each letter we traced with a pencil, leaving an outline of the letter on the sign.
And then the painting began.
Letter after letter filled in with different colors of paint until the sign was filled in.
We let the paint dry (you could also add a top coat here of Polycrilic to seal it) and then it was hung on the wall to great applause and fanfare.
When it was done, I stood at the top of the stairs and looked at the sign that they had created…..
….and realized they are spreading their wings.
And growing up.
And writing new chapters in their story.
Day by day.
Line by line…..
….and letter by letter. 🙂