I cut a 12 x 12 square out of 1/4" MDF, table saw works best here. Take the guard off but what your fingers!
I cut 4 pieces of 1 x 2 for the back.
I used Liquid Nail to attach the 1 x 2s to the back of the MDF. (Sorry Shanty I know you like Gorilla Glue but I can't stand the smell). Make sure the 1 x 2s line up with the MDF and let dry completely.
Sand down your edges and I sand the MDF slightly with 80 grit sandpaper.
Paint, paint and then paint again. MDF loves paint!
I did use Mr. Ralph's smoke glaze!!! But went back over with the aqua to tone down the smoke- got it a little too heavy for a child's room...
I prefer multiply layers of paint to create a linen look, which you can't see in the pictures. But trust me!
For the lettering I used my cricut and I used several fonts from my computer. I do have Sure Cuts a Lot, so I am not limited to cartridges and so I can manipulate the layout. As for the vinyl, I highly recommend http://www.vinylsuperstore.com/. Marilyn has the best prices around and her turn around time is even better...
The last step is one I always make and that is a layer of Anita's Water Clean Up Polyurethane.
Easy project with awesome results... Enjoy!