I started by choosing a piece of wood from my scrap wood pile. There was nothing particularly special about it. I chose it for its thickness, overall size, and the fact that I didn't have to make any cuts to it.
Like I mentioned earlier in the post, I hope to be able to do one for the shape of the state of North Carolina. I think I will also use this same method around Christmas for a Christmas tree. At some point, I'm sure I will come up with another idea for the nursery, too. Maybe a princess crown. TBD!