DIY Baby Mobile
DIY Baby Mobile
Creating this DIY baby mobile for our daughter’s room was one of the most enjoyable crafts that I’ve done. I didn’t even have one for my son’s room when he was a baby because we were on a very tight budget… Think family of 3 living on about $23k a year kind of budget, but that’s a topic for another post… And a crib mobile isn’t exactly a necessity. Knowing this, and knowing how fast the baby stages go, I did not want to spend a lot of money on something that doesn’t get that much use. Sure they are cute, and they entertain your bundle when they wake up before you in the morning… (because they will pretty much ALWAYS wake up before you do, or is that just me? Haha) but let’s be practical here. I’m not dropping $50 and up on a crib mobile.
DIY Curtain Tie Back
I created this easy to Pin set of instructions for a very simple update I did to add a feminine touch to our daughter’s nursery. It was super duper easy! I will also let you in on a little secret. I didn’t even glue the flowers down like I instructed. Do as I say, not as I do right? Haha. The flowers I picked out had very bendy stems that actually stayed put pretty well after I arranged them. I also figured that if they aren’t glued or taped down then I can take them off if needed in the future.
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If you are looking for an easy way to add a little something extra to a room then try this out! You don’t have to use flowers if that is to girly for your taste. You could take these plain old things and wrap them in twine for a rustic look, or glue on rhinestones. (If you need plain curtain tie backs to customize you can get them here.) I hope this post just gets your creative ideas flowing. It is always fun to make subtle changes here and there to freshen up a room. One of the best things about this is that it is very cheap to do.
I couldn’t be happier with how these DIY curtain tie backs turned out. My projects don’t always come out this nice… I’ve had a few “pinterest fails” if you know what I mean. Besides this project and the mini gallery wall, I have a whimsical mobile that I am pretty excited about coming soon. Check back often because I will be adding more decorating details for a girl’s nursery!
How to Create a Mini Gallery Wall for a Nursery
Nursery decor doesn’t have to be hard 🙂 Not into wall decals? Don’t have the time or will power to paint perfectly parallel stripes, or an entire mural? A mini gallery wall is a lovely, creative alternative. This is something ideal for a small space or if you are renting. These 5 simple steps will have you on your way to creating an inviting space with your own personal touch.
- Pick a color scheme and a theme. Use at least 2 colors, or go up to 4-5. The palette can match your whole room or be the pop of color that you want. If you are doing a nursery, like me J, then try to incorporate that theme into the gallery as well. This will tie your whole look together. I went with pink, navy, gold and white. These are the same colors I used throughout the room. Any metallic will add something extra to a room, I think. Plus, babies like looking at it if you are doing a nursery. I chose a floral theme with birds/feathers. I found a nice navy scrapbook paper, and that darling rose print paper that I cut to size for the frames. The gold bird cut outs came in a kit from a craft store. (I made a crib mobile with the kit that will be in another blog post coming soon!)
- Find your centerpiece. This will be the focus of your mini gallery wall. Keep your colors and theme in mind. I went with an inspirational quote. Mirrors also work well, especially in a smaller space. It will reflect light, and help make the room seem bigger.
- Gather your coupons, scour the sales, and find things around the house to repurpose. We are all trying to be thrifty right? I know I am! You don’t have to break the bank trying to decorate. I used a 40% off coupon for my centerpiece canvas. The star and heart on the top and bottom where buy one get one half off. The scrapbook paper was around $.29 a sheet. I just happened to have gold spray paint, so I just had my hubby use that on some dollar store frames. It took me a couple of weeks to gather everything, but I loved the look I pulled together… And I saved money! Bonus!
- Decide if you prefer a symmetrical look or a cluster. I almost put this before number 3, but I decided not to because this might depend on what you happen to find when you are out shopping. The star and heart I mentioned above were buy one get one free, so I had two. That is when I decided to go symmetrical. If you decide to do a cluster just make sure you get things in odd numbers, think groups of at least 3 or 5. I bought 4 frames that I knew would “fit” vertically on each side of my centerpiece. I decided to stick with rectangles. You can stick with square/rectangle or do round/oval… it really has to be what you like. That is the beauty of creativity. I have seen gallery walls that mix all sorts of shapes, but for a mini gallery wall like this… I was trying to keep things simple.
- Create your desired layout on a table or the floor before hanging your pieces. This will allow you to play with your design. You can really place everything together in the perfect way. Have fun! Once you have the layout perfected, I recommend marking the wall with a pencil. Whip out that tape measure if you are doing symmetrical, and make sure everything will line up. (We were too antsy, and actually skipped measuring. That is why our gallery wall isn’t perfect. We don’t mind, and neither does the baby.) Hang everything up, step back, and enjoy your work of art!
Easy peasy!! And super adorable for any nursery, but I might be a little biased. I hope you found these tips helpful, and there will be more home decor posts coming your way in the future.