DIY Mobile Ideas for Baby’s Nursery

I made this DIY faux capiz mobile for my daughter’s nursery. I used wax paper to mimic the look of capiz shells, but you could add some color and pattern by substituting your favorite fabric or craft paper.

The best part of making a mobile for baby’s nursery? It cost almost nothing to make!

DIY Capiz Mobile

Here are three more examples of beautiful, inexpensive mobiles that you can make yourself.Read More...

diy idea: bunting flag art

I’m thrilled to announce that the Chic & Cheap Nursery team of contributors is growing! Today we welcome Amelia. She lives in Nova Scotia and is documenting her home renovation on her lovely blog House Pretty. She’s also expecting her first baby and will be joining the team to provide you with lots of nursery inspiration and DIY project ideas as she prepares her baby’s room.

For her first post on CCN, Amelia is sharing all the details on how to make bunting flag canvas art for the nursery!

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When decorating a nursery, making your own art is a great way to save money and add a personal touch to your baby’s room. Read More...

Trend Spotting: Tree Branches in the Nursery

Here’s a trend that’s catching on — and it’s all about incorporating nature into your nursery design! Tree branches are making waves in the nursery design scene,  and this brilliant idea is not only trendy — it’s affordable too. Check out these 3 DIY ideas on how you can use tree branches in your baby’s nursery.

Display your little one’s little clothes. Mama oohed and aahed over all the darling baby clothing she received for the new baby, and know she can use them as decor in the nursery and really show them off (because when baby is wearing them, no one is looking at the clothes — they’re fussing over baby!). Choose 3 or 5 outfits with similar or complimenting color palettes to display (odd-numbered pairings always look better).

Use a tree branch to create 3D wall decor for the nursery. Sure, you could hang a birdhouse on your nursery walls, but why not go the extra mile and create a unique wall feature? It’s an easy DIY project. Secure a branch to the wall, hang a small wooden birdhouse and add a few faux birds to the branch.

Use tree branches to make a mobile. For a nature-themed or bird-themed nursery, we think this creative branch mobile DIY idea is a must! It can add just the right amount of whimsy to any nursery. Use one or two branches to create a hanging mobile, then add a few featured friends.

image sources: projectnursery.com | twilitemoon.com | ontobaby.com

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DIY Idea: Bookcase Dollhouse

When I was a little girl, I spent hours playing with my dollhouse. I loved it. I’m hoping my little girl will love them as well, so I’ve been thinking about getting her a dollhouse.

Old-fashioned dollhouses tend to be pretty pricey and require a lot of space (as an apartment dweller, my square footage is limited). Making one never even crossed my mind — I could never pull that off. Or so I thought!

Click through to check out these spectacular — and super simple! — DIY dollhouses made using a bookcase as the main structure, and wallpaper or decorative paper to decorate each room.Read More...

Featured DIY: 3D Felt Butterfly Wall Display

One blog that always keeps me coming back is Make it and Love it. Ashley’s a mom of 3 and a talented crafter — and she always has a cool idea or tutorial to share. I was perusing through her archives when I came across this super easy — and creative! — 3D Felt Butterfly Wall Display tutorial.

Ashley made these butterflies for her kiddo’s toddler room, but you could make them in any shape — cars, stars, trains or crowns, just to give you a few ideas.

Visit Make it and Love it for all the details on how to make this 3D butterfly wall display. And if you’re equally smitten with the 2D Clothes and Clothesline featured in this picture, there’s a tutorial for that as well!

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DIY Inspirations: 5 Play Kitchens For Tots

Pretend play is a big part of growing up — and understanding the world around them — for a toddler. And one of the most popular pretend play toys for tots are play kitchens — but a quick internet search will render prices far beyond what you would expect, can or want to pay for a play kitchen. Check out these 5 DIY play kitchens for toddlers and get inspired to build your little one an imagination station!

Sherry and John did a terrific job turning an old kitchen cabinet into a one-of-a-kind play kitchen for their little girl Clara — for only $74! Check out all of the DIY details on their blog, Young House Love.

Living and loving the retro life! These crafty parents transformed an old tv stand into the COOLEST retro play kitchen you’ve ever seen. And they did it all for about $30. Check out more DIY details at Narrating Life.

IKEA now offers a small play kitchen but before they added it to their line of products, this clever mama made this modern play kitchen for her little girl — and we like her design better than Ikea’s! Check out all the details of this one-of-a-kind Ikea play kitchen at Baby Andoo. It’s an Ikea hack for the books!

From trash to treasure in just a few simple steps! Two old nightstands were transformed into a toddler’s dream kitchen with a fresh coat of paint, some thrift store finds and lots of creativity. Check out all the DIY details at The Farmer’s Nest.

Girls aren’t the only ones that like to play in the kitchen! Check out this modern and masculine DIY play kitchen from Small & Friendly. It was a somewhat labor-intensive transformation but the end result is nicer than most real kitchens we’ve seen. It even has a tile back splash!

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Best of 2011: DIY Projects

We’re celebrating the past 12 months with our Best of 2011 content!

Scroll down and click any image to view more details of 2011’s Best DIY Projects For The Nursery featured on Chic & Cheap Nursery.

DIY: Crayon Monogram

DIY: Rug Painting Tutorial

DIY: Fabric Book Slings

DIY: Paper Punch Garland

DIY: Faux Birch Nightstand For kids

DIY: Large Wall Abacus

DIY: Little Lamb Pillows

DIY: Mini Bookshelves

Recycled Diaper Box Storage Bins

DIY: Felt Zebra Rug

DIY: Paper Lantern Upgrade

Butterfly Shadow Box

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