DIY Chic Nursery Décor: Fun Projects For Parents

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Decorating a nursery can be extremely fun, especially if you have a penchant for DIY projects and experiments with scrap fabrics, reclaimed furniture, and wall art. In addition to the creative aspect, self-made nursery furniture and accessories will also keep your family budget happy and allow you to express your love for your little ones in an immediate and personalized manner. So, what have you got to lose, except perhaps a few spare hours you would otherwise waste in front of the telly or PC? Here are a few ideas on how to create lovable items for your kids’ room and avoid spending a fortune on mainstream nursery elements.

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Written in the Pixie Dust: Paper Mache Alphabet Wall

Give your little one a jump start on the alphabet with the help of custom-made paper mache wall art. To make a pixie-inspired wall alphabet, you will need 8-inch paper mache letters, paint, glue gun and sticks, a Styrofoam board, and a bit of glitter spray and/or glitter sealer. Paint the front side of each letter, add glitter for to achieve the impression of pixie dust, and let the paper dry well before spelling out your child’s name or your note of parental love for them on the Styrofoam panel using the glue gun.

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Child of the Universe: A DIY Moon Cradle

Use discarded wood pallets to make your baby a moon-shaped cradle. This one will demand a bit of technical knowledge, as well as 3/4-inch boards, a handful of screws, tape measure, jigsaw, a power drill, table saw, and sander. Lay out the boards on the floor and use a pencil to draw a moon shape across them based on the cradle’s target dimensions. Next, cut the boards using the saw and sand them well before attaching the pieces together. Repeat the procedure to make the second side panel for the cradle, and once done, bring the two pieces together by screwing spare uncut planks between them. For extra charm, use a jigsaw to cut out little stars at the top of each side panel, attach support boards to the inside of the structure using the drill and finally outfit the bedding with a comfy mattress.

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Safe and Stored: A Toy Basket from Old Jeans

Make a toy storage basket from old jeans, T-shirts and other scrap fabric (if you need extra, here  you can grab some), sturdy fusible interfacing and basic sewing staples. Cut out the lining and interfacing into rectangles (22 inches wide X 20 inches tall), and then cut out two 5.5-inch squares at the bottom corners of each rectangle. Iron the interfacing pieces to attach them to the inside of the denim and cut the jeans around the interfacing edges to make two identical pieces which you will then assemble using a needle and sturdy thread. Sew the basket sides and bottom together (save for the cutouts), flatten the bottom corners so that the side and seams at the bottom align, and sew them together to make the basket bottom. Next, sew on the lining (make sure you attach it to the downside to prevent it from falling out when the basket is turned upside down), and voila – your fabric storage backet is done!

Hanging by a Thread: Easy-to-Make Rope Shelving

Grab a few narrow wooden boards (they should have approximately the same length for optimal final look), drill large holes in the corners of each plank, and finally thread four pieces of sturdy rope through the holes so that the shelves line up above each other. Make a knot at the bottom of each piece of rope to create a strong bottom support for the suspended shelving unit, and tie knots at the same distance under each of the boards to keep shelves properly lined up and strong enough to withstand weight. Once done, bring the four rope pieces at the top and suspend the shelf from a strong bolt (you may want to use wall plugs to secure the structure into the wall).

Handmade furnishings and accessories for a nursery are real money-savers, plus they look very cool, so you will get a few bonus points in your child’s heart for extraordinary parenting skills. In addition to that, DIY project will allow you to play around like a big kid and learn a few new handyman tricks, so it will turn out to be the best investment in both your ingenuity and your child’s room décor.

Good luck, all you crafty parents out there!

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Zoe ClarkAbout The Author: Zoe Clark is a mom of one baby girl, DIY and home design enthusiast. Since decor is her passion, she is always trying to use it for learning and playing with her daughter. You can find her on Twitter.

A Touch of Pantone for a Charming Nursery Décor

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For a charming nursery makeover, tap into the power of Pantone’s color palette this spring! Rose quartz and serenity are ideal hues for kids’ rooms, and they will create a perfect backdrop for playtime and peaceful dreams. Baby blue will look very suave in a boy’s room, while muted pink notes will enchant your little princess or would-be ballerina – and you can even combine the two hues if you are eager to experiment and have a basic understanding of the color wheel.

Here are a few simple tricks on how to update the nursery look with a touch of Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year.

1. A lavish boudoir fit for a Disney princess

For a romantic sleeping area, attach a canopy in rose quartz over your little princess’ bed. Girls love canopies (blame it on Disney if you will), and you easily can make one to win bonus points in your little one’s heart. Simply drill four holes in a hula hoop (the holes should be at the same distance from each other) and attach a shower curtain, cotton textile, or a gauzy fabric in rose quartz which you can find at Fabric Traders to a large shower ring. Draw four pieces of strong nylon rope through the holes, and bind them together at the upper end. Install a ceiling hook and finally secure the hoop-come-canopy and spread it across the bed. Lovely!

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2. Add a Pantone-inspired toy basket

Your kid needs a safe place to store all their beloved stuffed friends, so add an oversized wicker basket to the nursery to create a convenient plaything storage spot. You can spray-paint the basket in rose quartz or baby blue: take the basket outside and protect the area around it with old newspapers, mix red or blue and white paint in a container until you get the right tone, and spray away! (A word of advice: avoid touching the freshly painted basket until completely dry to avoid leaving nasty fingerprint smears on the surface).

3. Dreamy linens for sweet dreams

Spruce up the décor by throwing in rose quartz or baby blue linens in the nursery. A charming spot for your little one to embark on adventures in the world of dreams, linens in Pantone’s Colors of The Year will pair well with most nursery looks and color schemes, especially if topped by a few like-colored accessories such as pillows, throws, and area rugs.


4. A little bit of mix and match

Rose quartz and light blue are very rewarding tones in terms of color coordination: you can pair them with most neutral and muted hues or their own intense counterparts (plain red and bright blue, that is). If you intend to use rose quartz as the dominant tone in the room, your choice of secondary colors will include red, fuchsia, white, gold, purple, violet, and beige. Muted blue will look nice next to soft green, clear blue, white, khaki, and light brown, but it will not look out of place even if matched with dark brown, navy blue, and grey.

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5. Pantone wallpapers for wall-safe playtime

Kids like to draw and scribble, which is absolutely cool for as long as their visual masterpieces do not wind up on the nursery walls. To minimize risk of little dirty handprints and an odd doodle  on brilliant white background, cover the walls with wallpapers in rose quartz or light blue. You can also create a monochromatic décor by applying adhesive wallpapers in Pantone’s Colors of the Year to the wardrobe and doors, and finishing off the gentle look by a cute Pantone-colored area rug.

From plain to Pantone, every room could use a dash of lovable soft colors. This year, interior designers worldwide are embracing Pantone colors and introducing them into home décors, and you can follow in their footsteps right there in your nursery!

Zoe ClarkAuthor Zoe Clark 

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8 Ways To Get Your Kids Room Organized

Helen Norman BHG May 2015

Helen Norman BHG May 2015

Any parent will know and understand the cry “Clean your room!” or “tidy your room”. There is a constant battle between lost parents and their children as you try to instill a sense of value and respect for both their environment and their possessions. Instilling these values is not easy, but the following tips can help:

1. Bring it down a notch

Children see the world differently; they are closer to the ground and have a different perspective on the room and their mess. Take yourself down to their level and you may be surprised at how different it looks. Adult items may look good in their rooms but they may be difficult for your child to use; replace them with furniture, shelves and cupboard which their hands can manage.

2. Do it together and have a good time

If you get your child or children to help you organize their room you will gain an understanding of why they struggle to keep it tidy. You will then be able to address this issue and help them develop a good attitude towards organization and tidiness.

3. Keep it simple

Make it as easy as possible for your child to keep their room tidy; remove unwanted or outgrown items and provide easy to use storage boxes. Everything has a place and children will quickly learn to store things in the right place; they will be able to find it when they need it!

4. Containers

Plastic tubs are great for storing toys, but they must be the right size! If they have a lot of tiny parts they need to store all the parts for one item in a small container; this can then be placed safely inside the large container. This will also help you to show them the importance of tidying away when they have finished. Before they can get a new toy out all the pieces of the old toy must be put back into the relevant container.

5. Easy away

The easier it is for your children to put their belongings away the more likely they are to put them away; in general you should make it as easy as possible to put things away whilst making it difficult to get them out in the first place! For example, books can be stored in an upright file, allowing your child to select any book and then just drop them back in afterwards; in any slot. You do not need to worry about all the books falling over when getting them off the book case.

6. Height

Children tend to be shorter so it is essential to put the most used items on the bottom shelves with the least used on the top shelves where they may be difficult to reach by themselves. It doesn’t matter if you use drawers, shelves or cabinets, stick to this routine and your child will not need to keep disturbing you to get a prized toy. They will also be able to return them to where they belong.

7. Labels

This is a good way to teach your child to be organized and to help them put things away. Label every box of toys they have, use labels and writing that is big enough for them to understand, alternatively pictures may help. This will ensure your child knows where each item belongs; it will also make it easy to change tidying up time into a final game of the day; match the object.

8. Routine

It can be very difficult for a child to know when and what is expected from them if the boundaries keep changing. Instead of having random tidy days and clear outs create a schedule. Your child will know when they need to tidy the room and what you expect; this will make it much easier for them to do!

There’s no need to invest thousands of dollars to keep your kids happy and pleased with the way their room looks like. Sometimes all it takes is a little ingenuity to make things work. Consider fun, playful bespoke furniture designs, colorful pillows and cushions, and drawers. This way their room will be easier to clean and they’ll even learn how to stay organized.

Jason Phillips

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DIY Dollar Tree Containers- Little House Of Four

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Take plastic bins from the dollar store and upgrade them using metallic spray paint to give them a tin finish!

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Spray paint measuring tape and use it instead as a growth chart for the kids- Variations On Normal

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Buy a magnetic board—like this one and hang it on a bedroom wall.

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Barbie Organizers

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Potty Train Your Child In 3 Days With This Proven Method

Potty Training in 3 days


Potty training my older daughter Rosie was such an intimidating task and one I had been dreading and avoiding.  The horror stories I had heard from others coupled with the arrival of my younger daughter so close to the time Rosie began showing readiness signs made me nervous. So much so that I began putting the process off.  Now, in hindsight, I have no idea what I was so worried about.

I firmly believe that if a child is truly ready, they can be potty trained in just 3 days! The most well known 3 day method is Fellom's Three Day Method.  However, after researching several methods and then going through the process, this is how we successfully potty trained in only three days.

A child's readiness is the fundamental key to their success.  Each child is ready to train in their own time, with the window of readiness being roughly between 18-36 months of age.  So, how do you know if your child is ready? There are several lists of readiness signs like the ones here and here.  However, after going through the process there are only a few readiness signs I feel are truly necessary before beginning to potty train.

Essential Potty Training Readiness Signs

Language- Your child has to have the language needed to express that they need to use the bathroom. This really only needs to be one word.  When Rosie was first potty trained, she referred to both pee and poo as pee pee. When she needed to go to the bathroom, she would run over and say pee pee.  That was all the language needed to convey that she needed to go.


A $5 Dollar Vintage End Table To A Chic Lego Table- DIY Kids Furniture

Play Furniture From Vintage Furniture- Fussy Monkey Business

Crystal from Fussy Monkey Business had a vintage end table that was sitting in her attic for 2 years which was purchased at a local garage sale for just $5 dollars. She didn't know quite what to do with it, because it looked dated. It was when she was playing with her children, that the idea came to mind that the piece could be used as a lego table. She used a jig saw for the top, and used a lego plate that she bought from a local store to create this one of a kind piece.

See the transformation at her blog

DIY Playroom Toys From Vintage Furniture

Play Furniture From Vintage FurnitureJamie from Southern Revivals thought outside the box when she decided to turn a used entertainment center into a play kitchen for her niece’s 3rd birthday.

The entertainment center was given a new coat of white paint. Wallpaper was applied to the back of the cabinet wall, and new doors were added to make the cabinet doors. Round wooden plaques were used for the stove tops, and a little microwave was found online to complete the look. Everything from the mini curtains, to the insides of the cabinets was well thought out as well thought out for this beautiful little creation.

See more of this transformation at Southern Revivals

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