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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.

Win.  Win…

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!

Color Play 9

Color Play 9 – $165

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.

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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)

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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…

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(Boston Terrier approved… apparently they make this pup very sleepy)

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I didn’t have any spare matte board lying around, but I did have foam core, so I used that as the backing.

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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.

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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…


6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Look great! Other than how you would normally mount frames, you might wanna put those sticky velcro adhesives (one side goes on the wall the other on the frame) in the corners or all along the frame for extra staying power.

    June 4, 2014
    • That is a fabulous idea! Thanks, Jennifer. 🙂

      June 5, 2014
  2. So cute! Nice work. 🙂

    June 5, 2014
  3. I agree with Jennifer. I used the Command picture hanging strips from Walmart. They are less than $5 and they are very strong. Also it keeps the frame from swinging and falling when little E starts hitting the wall (I had a kid like that too). Safe and thrifty. His room looks great!

    June 9, 2014
    • That’s a great idea, too!!! Thanks Cassie!

      June 10, 2014

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