Custom Name and Picture Boards

Gifts · Holidays · April 17, 2012

Custom Name and Picture Boards Tutorial. Such a cute idea! Easy and great decor!

Can you believe that Mother’s Day is right around the corner?!

No worries, my friends! I got your backs! Today I will be showing you how to make some adorable Custom Name and Picture Boards usingย Martha Stewarts Crafts.

With Mother’s Day fast approaching I wanted to come up with something fun and unique to give to my mom. Since my little bro recently got married and moved out, my parents have converted his old room to the grandkids’ new playroom. It still looks pretty plain, so I wanted to come up with some decor that included pictures of the grandchildren.


What do you think?

I’m loving the bright colors!!ย I made the three frames for my own kids and will be recruiting the help of my sisters and SIL to complete the other 8 boards that need to be made (for a total of 11 grandkids!!).

But before I show you how to do it I must show you the loot I got to complete this project:

Custom Name and Picture Boards Tutorial. Such a cute idea! Easy and great decor!

Pretty sweet, huh? The possibilities are endless as to what you could create for your mom for Mother’s Day!!

But in case you like these boards, I’ll show you how you can do it too:


Martha Stewart Spray Paint Kit

Martha Stewart Paints



-xacto knife

-Wood frame

-Command Strips


Custom Name and Picture Boards Tutorial. Such a cute idea! Easy and great decor!

Custom Name and Picture Boards Tutorial. Such a cute idea! Easy and great decor!

{Spray Paint Kit & Paints – I decided to use these 5 colors and want to do different color combos for each board for each kid.}

1. Begin by painting the front of your board whatever color you want the text to be. In this case I did white. Using the spray paint kit (you can use it to turn any paint into spray paint – sweeeeet!!), I poured in one oz. of paint and one oz. of spray medium. Spray board and let dry.

Custom Name and Picture Boards Tutorial. Such a cute idea! Easy and great decor!

{I just designed vinyl of the child’s name over and over again in different fonts – easy!}

2. Design, cut, peel and add adhesive to your vinyl. Apply to board on the front. Turn over and cut excess off. Peel away adhesive.

Custom Name and Picture Boards Tutorial. Such a cute idea! Easy and great decor!

3. Add your top layer of paint by adding paint and spray medium to bottle. Spray and let dry for several hours.

Custom Name and Picture Boards Tutorial. Such a cute idea! Easy and great decor!

4. Peel away vinyl. Distress board if desired.

Custom Name and Picture Boards Tutorial. Such a cute idea! Easy and great decor!

{I cut the command strips in half and put them on both sides of the back of the frame and then pressed it onto the board}.

5. Paint frames and let dry. Distress if desired. Add command strips to the back so that you can change out the picture easily (you’ll want to update pics as the kiddos grow). The trick to doing this is to put the pieces (velcro sides) together, take off the tape on both sites and then stick it to the back of the frame. Put a piece on each side and then place on board, pressing down firmly.

6. Add command strips to the board and hang. If you want to add frame teeth, be sure to add that to the board before you add the frames on.

Custom Name and Picture Boards Tutorial. Such a cute idea! Easy and great decor!

Custom Name and Picture Boards Tutorial. Such a cute idea! Easy and great decor!

Can’t wait to get all 11 done and hung on the wall in the play room at grandma’s. My mom is all about the grandkids as well as bright colors, so I think she will love these boards!

To watch a FUN video of my daughter and I opening up our box of Martha Goodies, you can go HERE.

For more info about Martha Stewarts Crafts, please go HERE. You can also follow them on Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook.

For more DIY projects be sure to check out:

Scrapbook Frame Tutorial. This is an inexpensive but great gift idea and craft idea.

Scrapbook Frame Tutorial

Glass dry erase calendar, a cute way for any busy family to get organized! { }

Dry-Erase Glass Calendar

You Make Me Happy Frames & Prints Tutorial! Super cute idea and very easy to make!

You Make Me Happy Prints & Frame

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Um, LOVE them! Please come link them up so I can feature them…….makes me wanna have two more kids just so I can make three of them for over the couch!


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Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more

Those are just the cutest things ever!!!! Love it.


This is so super cute. I want to make this for sure! You amaze me.


I love it! So cute. Can’t wait to get into our new place and make some. Where did you get the plaques? I couldn’t find them on the cut it out site, only frames. TIA!


Those are super cute Kristyn. We had a similar idea…at least with the 3m strips…aren’t they the best ever!? See you in a couple of days.

kellie Smith

Adorable! Love them, thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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Very cute Kristyn! LOVE the bright colors!!


What size are the plaques and what size are the frames?

Colette Bomsta

So cute and so original! I love how you used your fonts and turned your frames into subway art. I love it!!


Oh my goodness. I don’t know if I could love these any more! What a great idea! I think I must make some now! (So excited to meet you in a couple days!!!)

Lex Malla Books

So stinkin’ adorable!


AHHHH! I MUST MAKE THESE! Please tell where we can get the plaques?! I looked and cannot find them on the site you gave us. ๐Ÿ™
My MIL has everything that it’s so hard to get her a gift. But these, she would absolutely go crazy for! Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚ LOVE your blog! ๐Ÿ™‚


Those are so adorable!!! Megan


Wow! I love those! Great job and what a great idea for a Mother’s Day gift!


I absolutely love these and will be putting them on my to-do list! Great idea!

Betty Daily

Those are so cute. I think I will try it out with my children this weekend.


Oh for heaven’s sake, that is TOO cute for words!! Your mom is a lucky grandma! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m totally pinning this now!

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks, Emily!! I just thought this would be the solution for her gift as well as a way to decorate the play room really cute. We’ll see how it turns out… Have a great day, my friend!! XO

Alexis @ weliketolearnaswego

This turned out so cute! What a great idea for Mother’s Day!

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks, Alexis! They are pretty fun!! Can’t wait to get all 11 up on the wall. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday Burquest

I LOVE these! How adorable!!

    Lil' Luna

    Thank you so much for the kinds words. Glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!

Sandra @Sawdust and Paper Scraps

OMG Those are adorable. That is THE best idea ever for a “grandchildren display wall”. I’d love to see it with all 11 hanging up together. Great project!

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks, Sandra!! You’re so sweet. I will definitely get pictures once we put all 11 up. Have a great day, my friend! XO

Natalie @ A Turtle's Life for Me

LOVE it! Seriously awesome! I was so stumped when I opened that box too and something like this never even crossed my mind! It is so amazing to me to see what everyone comes up with! Great job!

Kimberly @ The Brown Eyes Have It

I love thes frames! I think they would be such a cute baby gift. I’ve got several friends having babies soon, I just might have to try it out. Thanks!

    Lil' Luna

    I think it would be great as a baby gift – maybe even include the birthday, birth place, etc. in the words. ๐Ÿ™‚


These are so precious! Are you cutting the letters out by hand with your exacto-knife??? Looks like it would be super time consuming!

    Lil' Luna

    Hi Avery! I have a machine that I can design the words and it cuts out it out for them. All I have to do is cut away the excess so it’s actually really easy. ๐Ÿ™‚

kristen duke photography

oh my goodness, I LOVE this!!!!! seriously, love. the two tone, the names, etc.

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks, friend!! They were so easy to do and so fun!! Hoping we can get the rest done before Mother’s Day cuz at this point I can’t get myself to do anything since I’ve been home. I’m dead tired! LOL!


These are SO cute Kristyn! Love that they are personalized!!

    Lil' Luna

    Thanks, girl!! It was great seeing you this weekend. Wish we could have hung out more!

Mod Podge Amy

CUTE! I didn’t realize how big they were until I saw your hand in the pic – perfect size. And love the bright colors!


Couldn’t you just paint the background color and add the vinyl letters in a color you like, rather than adding the second coat of paint and then removing the vinyl letters?

Kelsey @ Tattered and Inked

Ummm these are ADORABLE! You did such a great job- LOVE the colors you used! Where did you get those awesome plaques? I definitely need some of them!! They’re the greatest shape ๐Ÿ™‚


These frames are darling! I love this idea! I am thinking that I might just have to make something along these lines for my hallway. Thanks so much for the fantastic inspiration! have a happy weekend!



Those are beautiful! I love the colors and the whole design!


LOVE your frames! They are so bright and fun!!


These are AWESOME! I am deffinately going to remember this.

Shannah @ Just Us Four

This is a great project! Would you consider linking it up to my Pinworthy Projects Linky Party over at Just Us Four?

    Lil' Luna

    Just linked it up! ๐Ÿ™‚

Vanessa Barker

I’m gonna make these right away!! perfect. I’d love if you’d come link up at my Tutorial Tuesday over at Our Thrifty Ideas that just went up.

Vanessa Barker

I just pinned this tonight, and it already has 45 likes and 132 repins! Congrats


Hello! Where did you find the wood plaques and frames? Such a great idea, especially for the grandma who has everything! Nothing better than pictures of grandkids.

    Lil' Luna

    I got the plaques as a custom order from Cut it Out Frames and then got the wood frames from the dollar store. ๐Ÿ™‚


I love this and can’t wait to make them for above my couch. What size are the plaques and picture frames? I checked out cut it out and did not see any plaques, just frames and can’t seem to find a shaped plaque anywhere. Thank you so much for all your inspiration.

    Lil' Luna

    The plaques are a little under 12″ x 12″ and the frames are 5×7. The plaques I got were a custom order through Cut it Out. If you email them and ask for the same plaques I used I am sure they could do it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Nichole Cardwell

I really love these boards and would like to try making them for my kids. How did you make the vinyl letters? What machine did you use to cut them out? I have a cricut, but am still learning how to use it and am not for sure if I could do this same thing using it.


I love your project but am confused about your removal of the letters in the end. Do you use some type of vinyl that is easily removable? I am just curious as to why you didn’t just leave the vinyl lettering on.

    Lil' Luna

    You can make any sign with vinyl, but I just like the way the stencil looks and works better. There’s no way it will peel off if it’s a stencil and I feel like they last longer. Does that make sense? So, I paint the board whatever color I want the text, I add the vinyl, paint over it and then peel the vinyl away showing the underneath color. ๐Ÿ™‚


      Thanks for the response. I do a lot with vinyl, but it is not easy to remove. Do you mind if I ask what type of vinyl you used? This is a really neat project!

        Lil' Luna

        I use Oracal vinyl or Silhouette vinyl. I just use an xacto knife to help me peel it off but it comes off fine. ๐Ÿ™‚

Miranda Whitney

I can’t even tell you how much I love this idea, Could you possible make the vinyl for me and I can of course pay you?



I love this! I don’t have a vinyl machine though… do you think using stickers in different fonts would work also?


How did you do the vinyl exactly?


Bought the paint and the “spray paint” kit excited to make these. Sprayer did not work well at all. I went through a whole bottle just to do one little spot. I had to break out the paint brush and finish. Don’t waste your money on the $24.99 kit! Paint colors are cute though!


I’d like to know more about how you did the lettering, is there a more detailed tutorial somewhere?

    Lil' Luna

    I made the design on my vinyl cutter software and went from there. If you have a vinyl cutting machine it is very easy to do. ๐Ÿ™‚


I love how pretty these look! I’d make them as cute birthday presents or thank you gifts or welcome to our street presents (I get excited a bit too easily!). I’d probably go on the cheap and go down to the hardware shop to pick up some bits and bobs rather than spending a bomb on Martha Stewart (as wonderful as her stuff is, my pockets just aren’t deep enough), plus I’d have bits and bobs left over for more projects!


I really would love to make these as they are just so adorable!! I am trying to find someone to make the vinyl for me on etsy since I don’t have a cricut or anything like that….sounds like they may expect it to be more complicated, with the shredding involved? Does that make sense to you or do you have a recommendation for where to order some? Thank you!!!

Sarah Gms

Bonjour j’aime beaucoup votre crรฉation , mais il n’y ร  pas de traduction .
Ou pourrais je trouver tout ce matรจriel ? Le vinyl se trouve ou ?
Seriez vous le faire et mettre en vente ?

Michelle Kret

I LOVE the looks of these and would LOVE to make them for my kids and friends, but you lost me at Vinyl. There are many parts of the instructions I don’t understand actually(I’m not naturally crafty). Could you make a brief tutorial video or give more specific instructions? The whole vinyl, adhesive, and painting over the vinyl, etc has me utterly confused!
Thank you!


Could you please explain about the vinyl product you used to apply the letters. I didn’t understand the process
I love the project

    Lil' Luna

    Vinyl is like a big sticker. You can custom order through many companies, like They cut it for you and add it to an adhesive so all you have to do is peel it off and add to your board. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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