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Nursery DIY A,B,C’s

29 Sep

Shortly after my husband and I moved into our house, we found out we were expecting a baby.  Much of our time here has been spent updating minor things and making sure that our home is in order.  Attentiveness to decorating our children’s rooms has been somewhat low on the list.  My baby is now 14mo old and I am FINALLY getting around to creating some fun decorations for his room.

The absolute best part about this creation is that it cost me under $5 to make!!  If you don’t have the items on hand, I can imagine this project costing at most $15.

What you need:

  • An old pair of jeans
  • scissors
  • glue
  • glitter
  • yarn/ribbon/twine
  • mini clothespins (I got both colored and plain wood)  <—the only thing I had to purchase
  • push pins

 

Using a pair of jeans that my 10 year old son had grown out of and a pair of scissors, I proceeded to cut hearts out of the jean material. 

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Each heart out is a different size creating variation for a visually interesting piece.

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Make sure that you have at least 27-28 hearts in case you make a mistake later in the project.

Next, you will need glue and glitter.

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Draw a letter of the alphabet on a heart with the glue and then sprinkle glitter onto the glue (gently tapping off the excess).

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Set the letters aside to dry overnight.

The glue will bleed through the back of the jean material, so be sure to put each heart on a hard surface that can be cleaned easily once they are fully dried.

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Once the letters are dried, you will need yarn, ribbon, or twine and your mini clothespins.

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Shake off any additional glitter and then attach each letter to the yarn/ribbon/twine with the mini clothespins (you may need to readjust the letters a bit later)

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Be sure to make a loop before the “A” and after the “Z”.

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Once you are done attaching your letters, carefully take the finished project to the nursery as well as a handful of push pins. 

Push a pin into each end of your nursery wall and then hang the string of letters up using the loop at the beginning of the “A” and the end of the “Z”. 

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Once you’ve hung the “A” and “Z” end up, go through and push a few pins in at different points along the string of letters to create a wave pattern on the wall.  If you’d like, you can also hang the letters more tightly so it forms a straight line across the wall.

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I had to go along and adjust some of the letters so they weren’t hanging funny off of the yarn after I pinned each section up.  You may need to do this as well so each letter can be seen properly. 

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I loved this project because it was easy, took only a moderate amount of time (easily broken up into segments which works for busy moms like myself!), and was almost free!!!  The only thing I had to purchase were the mini clothespins, which I found at Hobby Lobby for around $3.  Aren’t they darling!!!

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Baby boy loves it too!  ❤

Alvederzein, Dear Teacher.

5 Jun

Our home is one that tries to find ways to do things creatively and inexpensively.

Since we are ending the 2011/2012 school year, naturally, we want to show appreciation and love towards the woman who has been giving so much of herself to teach our son all year long.

I could buy a pretty plant or flower, but for some reason, while pretty, it seems like a waste of money purchasing something that will just fade and die.  So, my son and I started to brainstorm ideas.  I did a bit of looking on pinterest and got a few helpful hints regarding creative gifts for teachers, and from there our plan was formed.

We went to the grocery store with a goal of spending under $10.  On our list was:

  1. Smarties
  2. Extra gum
  3. Glue
  4. A wooden letter “A”
  5. 1 tiny bottle of acrylic paint
  6. Foam brushes

We were able to purchase these items for under $8.

At home, we had:

  1. Construction paper
  2. Markers
  3. Vase
  4. Ribbon
  5. Flowers growing around our house

After we had gathered all our items, I had my son start painting his letter “A”.

(His face still has tiger paint remnants left on it from his field day at school)

After he got the 1st coat of paint on the letter “A”, we went outside to choose flowers to put in a vase for his teacher.

Once he had made his choices on flowers he wanted, I had him put them in the vase.  Aren’t they pretty?

Once that was done, we came up with ideas for the tags we were going to hang from each item in our collection.  Using construction paper and markers we had at home, he started writing out phrases.

After all of the lines were written, we cut them out, made them in to tags by putting a piece of ribbon through them and then tied them around each gift.  This is the final result!

The tags say:

  1. “Freshly picked by Timothy” on the flowers
  2. “Thanks for keeping it together” on the glue
  3. “You’re Extra special” on the Extra gum
  4. “Thanks for making us all ‘smarties’ ” on the bag of Smarties
  5. “A is for Arnold” on the letter “A”

This was a super easy, fun, and inexpensive project full of heart for a very special lady in our lives.

Thank you, dear teacher, for all you have done for our son this year.  Alvederzein and God bless.

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