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...

5 Inspired Ideas for Chalkboard in Your Tot’s Bedroom

Chalkboard as decor is a trend that just keeps getting bigger and bigger. And the truth is, I can’t get enough of it! If you’re not a chalkboard fan, you will be after you check out these inspired decor ideas.

If chalk dust is the only thing keeping you from embracing this trend, I’ve got good news for you. Chalk markers and dustless chalk have been invented. Yay 21st century!

1. Art Wall. Let your little one’s imagination soar with a chalkboard wall. Some chalkboard paint and hanging caddies are all you need to create a drawing area that will provide your artist-in-training endless hours of fun. Source: Felt So Cute

2. Chalkboard Dresser. It’s easy to stay organized when you know where everything goes. With a chalkboard dresser, you can label your drawers and have all of your tot’s items handy. I think this idea would be ideal on any type of storage system – like bookshelves and storage bins. Source: Apartment Therapy

3. Chalkboard Headboard. I love the idea of a chalkboard headboard for a guest room or child’s room. It’s perfect for leaving inspirational messages for your guests or tots. Source: The Inglenook Decor

4. Chalkboard Table Top.  A chalkboard-top table for a play room or nursery provides your kiddos with an activity table they can actually draw on. It could also work as an awesome, and kid-friendly, coffee table. Source: DIY Ideas

5. Chalkboard Labels. These babies allow you to label almost everything in your kids’ rooms – like jars, plastic bins, and toy boxes. And it’s easy to change the labels when needed. Just wipe! Source: Bradens Grace

DIY: Easy Paper Punch Garland

A garland tutorial for the sewing machine challenged, like me!

This DIY is so easy that words aren’t even needed to instruct you on have to make this colorful paper punch garland.

Don’t you just love an easy project?

What you’ll need:
thread, needle, paint color samples, paper punch {any shape will do}

source: grace and light

DIY: Mini Bookshelves | Do It Yourself

Last year I showed you this modern nursery designed by Trisha, of The Sweet Survival, in Colorado for her little baby boy, Sawyer. Now, Sawyer is a rambunctious toddler who loves books. Which means that, like most of us, Trisha had more books than she knew what to do with.

The solution? Some simple DIY mini bookshelves.

These bookshelves are simple and modern, make a great addition to the space and, they solve this family’s book storage problem.

Best of all? Since the shelves are installed relatively low, Sawyer can take out and put away his books all by himself. And that sense of independence {aka being a ‘big boy’ or ‘big girl’} makes ANY toddler happy =)

Visit The Sweet Survival for more details on this project.

{The orange paint used on the bookshelves is Behr’s Pumpkin Patch}

*source: The Sweet Survival

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: 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