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Sunday, August 18, 2013

2 DIY Nursery Projects

When I was dreaming up the nursery, I started a secret Pinterest board to bookmark ideas I thought would work in the nursery. It had pins like homemade mobiles, wall art, the crib bedding, nursery furniture and nurseries I admired.

It became an inspiration board for me to layout my ideas for how the nursery might come together and that proved important since we had a limited amount of time to decorate the nursery. The room was occupied by a college student until about six weeks before Maggie was born. We didn't have to paint or anything; we simply had to setup and decorate for our baby.

I didn't want a nursery theme like jungle animals or Winnie the Pooh, but I did decide to play up the dots from the pattern on the crib bedding. They seemed like a good gender neutral color pallet since we didn't know if we would have a boy or girl.

In addition to the beautiful art prints, I wanted a bit of original artwork for the wall. Using this tutorial as my starting point, I worked to create a unique canvas. It only took an evening to make the canvas. The hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry, so the colors could be layered.

For the mobile, I didn't follow a tutorial, although I pinned a number of mobiles to get an idea of what I liked.

I started by looking through my craft supplies to see what would work with the paper circles that were already cut out (a friend of mine had included the dots in my baby shower decor and she had a bunch left over). I found ribbon, ric rac and paint to compliment the paper circles and I bought embroidery hoops.

Next week, I'll be sharing the whole nursery here on the blog. We've added personalization for Maggie, including some feminine accents.

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  1. I love love love the dot mobile! I've been thinking of making a grown-up type mobile. the idea is in my head, but I haven't made it come to life yet :)

  2. What a fun mobile! I love the polka dot theme for her nursery, so cute. I've made polka dot garlands for parties easy with some cardstock and baker's twine.

  3. very cute and simple. but good simple! I love it. I am over the winnie and jungle themes too. more fun and cute to do a theme like yours! cant wait to see the rest.


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