When planning and decorating Evelyn's nursery, I knew I wanted to try some DIY projects to add a personal touch. First I made the baby blanket. Then I made the animal prints. Next on my list was a mobile. I was first inspired by this post for a DIY mobile. Then I found this tutorial on a butterfly chandelier. I combined the two to make my own butterfly mobile, and I think it turned out great.
I used a Martha Stewart butterfly paper stamp and assorted craft papers to make the butterflies. Since my paper only had designs on one side, I glued two butterflies together so both sides would have designs. I poked a hole in the butterflies with a sewing needle, then strung 4 or 5 of them on fishing line at various heights. Each strand of butterflies got tied onto a wooden sewing hoop, then superglued into place so it wouldn't move. Finally, I wrapped the loop in ribbon and tied 3 pieces of ribbon to hang it from. All in all it was pretty easy and I love how it turned out.
Here's a look at her nursery all put together....finally.
I like that it's girly without being too pink or over the top. We picked up the wooden letters and animals for her name at the craft store and my husband painted them. You can see my blanket hanging over our Ikea chair. The crib bedding is from Land of Nod and was bought off Gilt.
We also hung a couple shelves on the wall to display some books and toys. We're using the top of her dresser as a changing table and hung my animal prints on the wall above it. Evelyn really seems to like looking at them while I'm changing her. Our furniture is from Baby's R Us. And the giant gorilla in the corner was mine (my dad actually brought it back on a plane and supposedly was told to put a seatbelt on him!)
I really love how everything has come together in the nursery. I'd like to paint at least one of the walls, but since we're renting we may have to forgo that. I'm also thinking about hanging some tissue poms over the crib or in the corner to add another splash of color. Though I'm not sure I want to give the baby anything else to look at - it's hard enough getting her to fall asleep!
Hope you all had a great weekend!