Tips & Tricks – DIY Nursery Art
Right now I’m reaching around to pat myself on the back.
I’ve actually completed a DIY project (insert applause here)!
Now granted, it wasn’t too labor intensive, but I’m still calling it a win. Especially because I made it with things I already had around the house, and the total cost was only around $75.
I’d been hem-hawing over what to put as artwork over E’s crib, and had seriously considered some vintage Disneyland ride posters, but couldn’t quite pull the trigger.
Then I saw this on the Domino website – and fell in love!
It was simple, colorful and modern. But it was also $165, and I wasn’t about to pay that (I’m cheap. I’m okay with it.)
I figured, why not make something like it. I already had some Ribba frames from Ikea (costing only $25 each), and a ton of paint chips that I used for another project. So, I pulled out the good ol’ hole puncher, and got to work.
I first selected some colors that would coordinate with the existing artwork and accessories in E’s nursery.
I used the 2″ hole punch to make my circles.
(Don’t judge the nails. I’m too dang tired to give myself a mani…sigh)
Then came the fun part of arranging them. I started off with a wide grid, taking up most of the negative space, but then opted to position the circles closer together (increasing the negative space) for a more modern look.
And the result…
(Boston Terrier approved… apparently they make this pup very sleepy)
I didn’t have any spare matte board lying around, but I did have foam core, so I used that as the backing.
I also couldn’t find my craft glue (story of my life right now…), but I did find some Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive. It’s acid free and worked really well. A little goes a long way.
Ribba Frames: $50 ($25/ea)
Paint Chips: Free
Foam Core (or matte board / or paper / or whatever) $5
2″ Hole Punch: $20
Total Cost: $75
I still have to actually hang them on the wall.
I’m trying to figure out how to do so without them incurring the wrath of a little boy who loves to bang on the wall by his crib.
I’m open to suggestions…