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...

Inspired Ideas for a Stylish Life with Baby: 5/07/12

A DIY photo display idea, a playroom makeover, a beautiful new fabric collection, a home office photo gallery wall and a darling Summer dress sewing pattern.

Displaying family pictures is something we all love to do. And we’re always on the look out for a great—and affordable—photo display idea. The ladies of She Knows come up with this creative DIY photo balls craft that you’ve got to check out!

Looking for some playroom decorating ideas? The Centsational Girl gaveThe Alma Project playroom a stunning makeover. She transformed it from a dark and cluttered room into a bright, kid-friendly, functional space—with lots of storage and seating. There are lots of affordable ideas to take note of!

Choosing fabrics for the nursery is always fun, especially when you have so many beautiful choices out there. One of our favorite fabric shops, Cloud9 Fabrics, has this stunning new collection by Michelle Engel Bencsko, Simpatico, featuring modern patterns in subtly bright hues. Divine!

Mary Schannen of Melange Photography transformed her unused music room into this inviting home office—with a stunning photo wall behind the desk that is to die for!!! Mary has written a detailed post about how she arranged the canvases and the sizes of each piece, so be sure to pay her a visit for some inspiration and the 411 on how to create a similar look in your home.

My sewing skills are very limited—but this Summer dress pattern ($10) from Violette Fields Threads makes me want to dust off my sewing machine! If you or someone you know knows how to sew, you might want to check out this pattern. And the choice of chevron fabric is pretty fabulous as well!

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Inspired Ideas for a Stylish Life with Baby: 4/30/12

A stylish and fun big boy room, a welcoming rainbow of colors for the home, a paper mache unicorn, a wooden name sign for baby, and a grocery store birthday party or play date idea!

A stylish and fun big boy room! Featured in the Dutch website 101woonideeen, this aviation/airplane themed bedroom has all the elements of a kids’ room that we love—it’s functional, stylish and space-savvy! With lots of creative details (like the chicken wire armoire doors and the toddler bed/desk) and a few unexpected items (like the yellow school chair and industrial lamp), this toddler room is sure to inspire.

A welcoming rainbow of colors! Give your front door a colorful facelift with this inspired wooden welcome mat idea for Lowe’s. This DIY mat is also perfect for renters, as it allows you to inject a little color and style to the exterior of your home without the “permanency” of other painting projects.

 A paper mache animal head tutorial! Lil Blue Boo is our new favorite site—and we discovered it thanks to this unicorn paper mache tutorial. Paper mache animal heads are “hot” right now, but what if you can’t afford to purchase one? Or what if you can’t find the animal you like? Make one!

A wooden name sign for the nursery! In our humble opinion, personalized items are always welcome in a nursery or toddler room. Check out this wooden name sign – in cursive ($60) from Etsy seller Decky Decor to add a personalized touch to your baby’s nursery. And these also make great baby gifts, don’t you think?

A grocery store birthday party or play date idea! A clever and creative little party idea for toddlers that love to pretend, this Grocery Store-themed party by Paper & Cake (featured on HWTM Blog) is one that you do NOT want to miss. And all the entire party printable collection—including the food labels—is available at the Paper & Cake shop for about $19!

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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: 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}