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BN Do-It-Yourself: Personalize Your Baby’s Room! Tinuke Odunfa Has These Tips



It’s baby season! Everyone around me seems to have babies or is having a baby. If they are not having babies, they are getting married. So ‘tis the perfect time for a baby room décor DIY!.

When people think ‘baby room’ they tend to visualize a bright mixture of colors. Baby rooms can easily be over done with too much color, toys, wall hangings and all kinds of randomness.

This is the best time to embrace the “less is more” motto. You are likely going to need more storage and work surfaces than clogging your space with that cute piece of furniture that has no function or takes up too much space.

Why don’t you try gender-neutral colors? They tend to look more effortless and classy than a ‘jambalaya’ of primary colors. Try beige & white with one or two accent colors (yellow, olive green, blue or orange). Look it up, it’s truly divine.

Also, if you ever decide to convert your baby room into a guest room, it will need little or no work.

When you get your color combination right, you can try this easy DIY for your baby name décor.

The materials you will need for this process are:

1. Gift wrapping paper (2 kinds with similar colors)
2. Cardboard boxes
3. Foam board (a.k.a foamcore) you can get this at the art supply store. If you can’t get any, use same cardboard boxes as above.
4. Double-sided tape
5. Fishing line (or beading string)
6. Printed text

Tools you will need:

1. Cutting mat (that’s the green thing you see in almost all the pictures) You should never cut using a box-cutter directly on your tables.
2. Box-cutter
3. Steel ruler


1. Cut out squares for as many letters of the baby name you have. I used the name ‘AYO’ so I cut out 3 eight-inch squares.Baby room name 1
2. Cut out enough wrapping paper to wrap each square. Use wrapping paper with 2 different designs but similar colors to make it interesting.Baby room name 2
3. Wrap the cardboard squares with the wrapping paper like gifts, keeping all seams on the back. This way the front stays neat.Baby room name 3Baby room name 4
4. Print out the letters with your computer. Using a word document write the name at font size of about 500 point. Font color should be white with a black outline ‘text effect’.Baby room name 5
5. Cut down the sheets of paper to smaller, manageable sizes. Stick double sided tape on the reverse of the sheet at the edges of the letters.
6. Stick these onto the foam board and cut out the letters carefully and slowly with a box cutter. Use a new razor for more precise edges.Baby room name 6
7. When you have your letters cut out, mount them onto the gift-wrapped boards. Try to center them so it is neat.
8. To hang them on your wall, cut pieces of fishing line an inch longer than your boards. Tape the tips across the back of the boards.Baby room name 7

Now you are ready to hang your personalized baby name on the wall in your baby’s room.Baby room name 8

Please share pictures of your completed projects with me when you attempt any of my DIYs. Tag me on Instagram @lagosinteriordesigner and Twitter @tinuke and or hashtag your pictures #liDIYers

Also, please make suggestions for DIY projects that you would like to see. Someone may get an awesome, cheap and cheerful solution for their home in the process.

Baby room name 9

Photo Credit: Dreamstime | DiversityStudio1

Tinuke Odunfa is the CEO and head Interior Architect & Designer at The 4th Place Company. She is an artist and designer that is invaluable for her swift out-of-the-box idea generation. Follow her on Instagram: @lagosinteriordesigner & twitter: @tinuke. Her company website is


  1. banjo

    February 21, 2015 at 8:52 am


  2. thathausachic

    February 21, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Oh Husband where art thou, come ye quickly so we do this for our 2 kids. Amen. It’s lovely and God bless you Tinuke.

  3. deeva...

    February 21, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Me likey…when those pregnancy hormones go crazy, I might just try it out.

  4. Bola

    February 21, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Oh. I like! I will try this in my room, with my own name. hehe

  5. FTM

    February 21, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Great, I’m gona try this for my son’s room. He is 6months………*forwards link to hubby*

  6. Oluwatoni

    February 21, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    Super cute! I would like to see a DIY for a themed bridal shower. Thank you in advance, and keep up the great work, this is very helpful!

  7. Angel

    February 21, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Love love love this, thanks

  8. Nia

    February 22, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Good idea, I like

  9. Udees

    February 22, 2015 at 10:37 am

    Nice One Tinuke!! Very Innovative!

  10. max

    February 25, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Wow!! This is a beautiful addition to your daughters room. Very effective, great blog, very informative

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