November 18, 2012

And baby makes three: A trio of DIY nursery ideas

By ELLEN GIBSON The Associated Press

Car seat, diapers, changing table, crib, stroller, blankets, onesies: A new baby is a bundle of joy that also costs a bundle of cash.

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Wall trees, a popular design trend for babies’ rooms, become a bit more affordable with scrapbook paper and a little elbow grease.

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Bunting flags are easy to make and provide a colorful punch.

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Nursery decor is one area where new parents can save some money by creating their own design elements.

Opting for DIY doesn't mean missing out on the fun of browsing stores and catalogs: Often a splurge item -- such as a $400 Jonathan Adler giraffe lamp -- can serve as inspiration for a cheaper, handmade version, says Pam Ginocchio, co-founder of baby design site Project Nursery.

Handmade decorations also lend the baby's room a unique personality, she says, and give parents a project to work on together before baby arrives.

Here, Ginocchio, her business partner, Melisa Fluhr, and other DIY design bloggers share their favorite projects for baby's room. Whether you're creating a cozy nest at home or seeking ideas for a shower gift, these crafts can add warmth and style to a little one's space.

DECOUPAGE TREE

(from Pam Ginocchio and Melisa Fluhr, ProjectNursery.com)

Wall trees have become a popular trend in nursery decor; try this project in lieu of a pricey vinyl decal.

Materials:

scrapbook paper (any size), about 20 sheets for a 6-foot tree

Mod Podge matte finish

scissors

2-inch-wide paintbrush or foam craft brush

paper bowl or plate

ladder or step stool

• Step 1: Take fabric swatches from your baby's bedding to a crafts or paper store, and grab a mix of printed, solid and glittered papers in the same color family.

• Step 2: Start building the tree at the part of the trunk where the limbs begin to branch off. Cut or tear the paper (imperfect edges give a vintage feel), making each branch the thickness and length you want. Apply the Mod Podge to the back of each piece with the paintbrush or craft brush, and press the scrap against the wall. With this glue, the piece will be moveable at first if you don't like your initial placement.

• Step 3: Let it grow! As the limbs reach out and up, tear the paper thinner, just like on a real tree. Create the tree trunk with various-size scraps of paper using a collage technique. For a cute addition, hang the baby's name off a low branch that reaches out across the crib.

• Step 4: Stack some of the leftover paper and cut out simple leaves. Cluster them along the branches. You can adorn the tree with birds, butterflies or even rhinestones.

http://projectnursery.com/2012/06/diy-how-to-make-a-decoupage-tree/

NO-SEW BUNTING FLAGS

(From Ginocchio and Fluhr, ProjectNursery.com)

Materials:

printed papers or fabrics

ruler

colorful ribbon or pom-pom fabric trim

hot glue gun

scissors

• Step 1: At a crafts or scrapbooking store, pick out a variety of printed papers or fabric remnants.

• Step 2: Using a ruler, draw an 8-inch line on the back of a piece of paper or fabric. This will be the distance from the point of your triangle to the base. Turn the ruler perpendicular to one end of the line and make a "T" by drawing a line 6 inches long. Use the ruler to connect the top edges of the "T" to the point, making a triangle. Cut out this first pennant and use it as a template for the rest.

• Step 3: Line up your different-patterned flags in the order you want. Lay them side by side so they are pointing down and almost touching. Apply hot glue in a line across the top edge of each triangle and affix the ribbon or trim overtop. (Optional: Add iron-on letters to the flags to spell out baby's name.) Once the glue dries, hang the bunting flags like a banner or in a zigzag pattern.

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