You’ve got a baby on the way. Could there possibly be anything that’s more exciting? And as you’ve been counting down the months and weeks, you’ve been understanding more and more what nesting is all about. You’re up in the middle of the night boiling bottles, knitting booties and washing all of the clothes that you’ve gotten from your child’s baby shower. And while you actually have the nursery pretty much to your liking, you figure that you could put some of this extra energy to use by making some decorations for the room. The thing is, DIY projects are not really your area of expertise and so you need help coming up with some great ideas.
This is your lucky day parent-to-be. Here are five simply beautiful ones:
How about a crib skirt? Crib skirts are the perfect way to dress up the space where your little one will be spending a lot of time over the next several months. To make one on your own, first measure the width and length of the crib. Cut some fabric to go along all of the sides of the crib (15? x 33? may be what you come up with for a standard size one). Then, “hem” the borders with some hem tape and just like that, you’re done.
Create your own canopy. If you’re having a little princess, a cute and easy addition for her room is a canopy. All you need to do is purchase an embroidery hoop (with about a 15″ or so diameter), mount it to the ceiling and hang some sheer curtains from it. For a bit of extra “girly-ness”, you can even stream some pink ribbon that can hang all the way down to the floor as well.
Blow up a picture and decorate the frame. It could be your child’s first sonogram, a picture of you pregnant, a letter that you wrote to your child in anticipation of s/he’s arrival or even the note that you wrote to your partner to let them know that a little miracle was on the way, but a beautiful sentiment that can also serve as a special piece of art is to scan one of those items, have it blown up to poster size and then put it in a frame to hang over the baby’s crib. You can even decorate the outside of the frame with little boats or trucks if you’re having a boy or gemstones if you’re having a girl.
Make a crayon monogram. When it comes to decorating the walls, some people have a mural painted, others put up pictures, others use flower and tree decals and still others post up a monogram. A cool twist to that last idea is to make a crayon monogram. All you need to do is print the first letter of your child’s name onto a scrap sheet of paper. Then, arrange the crayons to fit inside of the letter, cut them down to size (based on their placement), glue the pieces together and frame it.
Diaper Box Storage Bins. If “going green” is your thing, here’s a creative way to recycle your diaper boxes. Cut off the tops, decorate the sides of them with bows or stencils and then use them for storage containers. It’s quick, it’s cheap and it’s a great way to get your child used to living in a loving eco-friendly environment!