DIY: Modern and Affordable Potato Print Artwork

Artwork can be pricey. But you know that already.

You know who else knows that? Jordan of Oh Happy Day.

She’s spending a year with her husband and two sons in France, which means that spending a ton of money on art for their apartment is NOT an option. But Jordan is resourceful and creative, and she whipped up these contemporary {and fun!} pieces for her living room that I think could also work wonderfully in a modern nursery.

Visit Jordan’s blog, Oh Happy Day, for full project details.

image source: Oh Happy Day

DIY: Hand Print Canvas Keepsake

I love little hand prints.

This handprint canvas kit from Red Envelope would make a great shower gift or child’s gift, and make a great keepsake for any parent.

You could track your growing child’s hand size by creating a hand print canvas every year or get the entire family involved and create a “hand print family tree.”

It’s only available in the colors seen here but the concept is so simple that you could assemble your very own hand print canvas kit at home {with canvases painted to match your decor}.

Things you’ll need:

- Plain canvases {the kit includes 10 x 10 canvases}
– Paint for the canvases and hand prints {nontoxic, water-based paints are best}
– Small foam rollers {one for each color, to apply the paint to those tiny little hands}

DIY: How to Make a Felt Zebra Rug

This has got to be the BEST tutorial EVER!

A quick search on Google for a zebra rug similar to this one will quickly render some VERY high-priced items. But have no fear, you can now make one for yourself with this tutorial I found and there’s even a pattern to download!

What you’ll need:
Zebra rug template
2 yards (72″ wide) gray felt {color on side A}
2 yards (72″ wide) orange felt {color on side B}
4 yards (72″ wide) cream felt
6′ x 2′ piece of 2″ grid pattern paper
Carbon paper and tracing wheel
Pencil
Scissors
Fabric Glue

In a nutshell, all you need to do is: make the pattern, cut out the pieces and assemble the rug.

How easy is that?

To download the zebra pattern and view full details, click HERE.

project source: Dorm Decor {this link will take you to Amazon.com to view the book}

DIY: How to Make Little Lamb Pillows

Mary had a little lamb and now your little one can have a cuddly lamb of his/her own!

This diy sheep pillow is made using wool fabrics and only takes a few minutes to make. A fun project that will add a very personal touch to a nursery or child’s room.

You could even get a little ‘wild’ with your fabric color choices and make funky colored sheep pillows.

Check out all the project details and download templates at The Purl Bee.

images: The Purl Bee

DIY: How to Make a Crayon Monogram

How adorable is this crayon monogram? Perfect to gift to a special teacher but also a really fun idea for a nursery, child’s room or play room.

It’s a very simple DIY project.

Print your letter out on a scrap piece of paper.
Arrange crayons over letter.
Cut crayons individually to length using a sharp knife and cutting board.*
Glue crayon pieces together using a glue gun.
Then glue the crayon letter to a nice piece of stiff paper.
Frame.

*diy tip: When you’re making the straight cuts it helps to roll the crayon under your knife to score it all the way around, then it just snaps in the center leaving a cleaner cut. Unfortunately it doesn’t work with the slanted cuts.

Is this project something you’ll be trying? Leave a comment and let me know =)

image source – pinterest from Nesting Sticks
{Big thanks to Ashley from Nesting Sticks for sharing her DIY on pinterest and allowing me to share it here}

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DIY: Hanging Book Display {Fabric Book Sling}

Reading to your baby or toddler is an important bonding experience. And before you know it, you’ll have an even bigger selection of baby books than your local library!

Children’s books come in all different shapes and sizes and it’s difficult to find a storage container that can hold them all neatly.

This DIY is the solution to all of your book storage problems.

These fabric book slings make storage easy and can be made with coordinating fabric to match your decor.Read More...

DIY: How to Make a Large Abacus {Do-It-Yourself}

Last year we featured a nursery with an over-sized abacus above the changing area. And I haven’t been able to get that abacus out of my mind since. It’s fantastic!

However…

Making your own abacus gives you the opportunity to customize the colors to match your decor and you can make one for at least half the price of the original CB2 version.

Jenny {and her husband Derek} over at Anything Pretty recently made an abacus for their  nursery and share a step-by-step tutorial for how you can make one.

And they included some pretty nifty features too!

Their abacus frame is thicker so it can be screwed directly into the wall for extra safety and they made adjustments so that the beads can be switched out {in case they ever want to change the color palette}.

Full details at Anything Pretty.

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