Meaningful DIY Baby Gift // $25

Today I’d like to share a an idea for a simple but meaningful DIY baby gift : a name meaning plaque! It’s a very straightforward project — you only need 4 supplies (you might even already own some of them), and it can be started and finished in a couple of days — but it’s one that the baby & mama will likely treasure for years to come.

For this project, you’ll need is:

For the cost breakdown of these supplies, see the end of the article.

And of course, you’ll need a baby name and its meaning :). If you like, you can also add a special quote & illustration that ties into the name’s meaning. My little niece’s name is Lucy, which means light, so I chose the Bible verse from Matthew that talks about how we are the light of world —

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden… In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14, 16

To provide some visual interest, I also added an illustration of a shining city on a hill. Because the verse is about like shining through darkness, I chose metallic pens for an added sheen and a dark, flat, matte paint for the background so that my illustration would have some color symbolism. But the sky is the limit — have fun and make it personal!


  1. Plan your design — the paint pens are permanent, so I recommend doing a few practice sketches on a piece a paper before you start on the actual plaque.
  2. Sand your plaque. I used a power sander, but I’m sure it would be fine to do it by hand, too.
  3. Spray paint each side.
  4. After the spray paint is dry (wait at least 24 hours), draw your sketch with the paint pens!

So simple — but I always loved things with my name on them when I little, and I loved knowing that my name had a meaning. The baby will treasure his or her handmade plaque for years to come!

Cost Breakdown

  • Plaque – $5.50
  • Paint Pens – I spent $12 because I wanted lots of color options, but there are lots of less expensive options others (like here and here).
  • Spray Paint – $6.50
  • Sand Paper – $0.50

TOTAL: $24.50

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