When a good friend was expecting her second child a few years back, she had to move her then-toddler into her "big girl room". I made these to hang on her wall, then made others for several other children in my life.
You will need:
-Large wooden craft letters
-A package of wooden craft circles
-Several yards of ribbon
-Craft paint in two colors, one light and one dark
-A drill with a 1/8" drill bit
-Wood glue (I prefer Gorilla Glue because it is pliable)
Drill holes in the top of the letters to thread the ribbon through - one hole for narrow letters and two for wide letters. Try to make them as even as possible!
Sand the area around the holes until they are smooth, check the letters for any rough spots and sand them as well.
Paint the tops and sides of the letters and let them dry for at least 4-6 hours. Same goes for the wooden circles.
Arrange the wooden circles around the letters in whatever pattern makes you happy. Glue them into place and let dry overnight.
Now for the tough part: making it all level. This is totally trial-and-error. Decide the distance you want between the hook on the wall and the top of the letter. Spool the appropriate length of ribbon so that you are looping it through the hole, then cut and tie so that the bow is on top up by the hook. It's important that you not cut the ribbon until you know how much you will need! Repeat for each letter, starting from the center and working your way out. Use the level to be sure that the letters with two holes hang evenly.