When it comes to decorating a nursery, it really is easy to go a little bit nuts.
I’ve found at least 25 pieces of art I’d proudly display on our baby’s bedroom wall. I’ve found quirky ways to display ultrasound scan pictures. I’ve seen wall art, stencilled letter, fabric names, shaped bunting and fairy lights. And the thing is, they’re all totally magical for a nursery. But putting all of them together in one room when your nursery is small? Well, it could look a bit bonkers really quickly.
Instead we’re going for less is more. Well, that’s the plan 😉
Rather than just buy every picture I thought would look awesome in a frame, I decided I wanted 3 white frames above the cot to break up the wall. Something cute. Something sentimental.
After reading the ‘Philosophy of Dr Seuss’ whilst on holiday last month (I’m not your typical ‘read fiction on the beach’ type of gal) I thought one of his quotes would be perfect. They’re cute and rhymy enough for kids, and meaningful enough for a soppy mum-to-be like me.
I went with the following from Dr. Seuss’s Happy Birthday To You!:
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You”
I think the sentiment is lovely, and I think when I see our baby in the cotbed, it will really be something special. She’ll be totally unique to the world. And a person that we made. Proud mum moment coming…
(If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably already had a sneaky peak!)
So I bought my 3 frames – Ikea Ribba frames – for £2.75 each. Bargain.
For the 2 end frames, I used some of the fabric leftover from when I made the nursery lampshade which you can see here. I can’t stand waste so glad I found a little use for it! I wrapped this around the correct size of card to form a backdrop.
I then used my Cricut Mini machine to carve out some hearts from grey and pink card. I’d seen lots of similar designs on Etsy using animal silhouettes and cute ballerinas, but with the chevron background I think it needed to be a simple shape.
For anyone who hasn’t heard of Cricut before, it looks like a printer, but instead of printing your design, it uses a blade to cut out your design. Such a neat idea. FYI, for any cutting out type crafty projects, these Cricut machines are so awesome. The software can be a little fidgety at first, but you can do so much with them!
Again using the Cricut machine, I cut out the Dr.Seuss quote on grey card. Then I stuck it onto a hot pick card so the colour shined through the letters. This went in the middle frame.
As I already owned the Cricut, the fabric was leftover, and the 3 pieces of card cost me about £1.50 from Paperchase, it was a pretty cheap project!
Considering a similar design I’d seen on Etsy were $30 to buy 3 prints on postcard sized paper, I think I’ve done okay! Sure, it’s not going to win any art awards but it was easy and it’s turned out pretty cute. And I personally love our pink accents of the room coming together against the blue wall. It’s pink enough that you know we’re having a girl, but hopefully not too over the top!
We’re having the hallway plastered this month so every penny counts and nursery decorations are very much considered a luxury item in our budget. So if I can keep the cost down and spend some relaxing time in my pregnancy with just me and the bump, I’m all ears.
Hope you like it!