Baby’s room, it certainly seems like both you and little one spend a lot of time in there, especially when they are small. So it makes sense to make it as pleasant as possible. Although, it can be pretty pricey to kit out the nursery exactly how you’d like it. Luckily, there are some easy DIY items you can make that will look great and not cost a fortune. Read on to find out what they are and how to make them.
A few notes before we begin
First of all, things that are made commercially for babies and young children have to pass a variety of safety tests. Obviously, homemade stuff won’t be to this standard so make sure that it’s out of the reach of little hands, isn’t falling hazards, and is as safe as possible.
Also, if you plan to make a few things it can be a good idea to invest in a few basic craft kit items to make the end result better and the process easier. These include a hot glue gun like the ones from Glue Guns Direct, as this will ensure any thing you stick, actually stay stuck. A sharp craft knife and a cutting mat are also a good idea to help you get those clean edges on things, and knowing someone with access to a power saw can be a great help.
Pom Pom Letter
A really nice touch in any baby’s room is to personalise it with their initial. There are all sorts of way of doing this as you can see here, but in particular, one that has caught my eye is a pom pom letter.
To make this you need the first letter of your baby’s name. You can cut this from wood if you have a jigsaw or you can buy them ready made from wood, or even card from most craft shops. Then you will need pom poms and lots of them. I’ve seen this item made with little-felt craft balls, and this looks cute too. Although, if you are looking for a slightly more in depth project you can make the pom poms yourself.
All you need is a pom pom maker like this, or take two circles of card about 6 cm in diameter. Flexible card works the best, so use something like the outside of a cereal box. A note to the wise here though, the actual size of the pom poms you will need is dependent on the size of the letter you are using. The smaller the letter, the smaller the pom poms. Otherwise, you will lose the shape, and it will just look like a big splodge of colour.
Next, cut a hole in the middle of the two card circles with a 3 cm diameter, and put them back to back. Then take some yarn, texture, and colour of your choice, although I have found that the very thin almost string like wool works the best for this project.
Then wrap the yarn around the cardboard circle from inside to out. Do this all the way around, in several layers, and when you can no longer fit anymore on stop.
Then get another piece of yarn ready as you will be passing this in between the 2 pieces of card as you cut through the pom pom. Take some sharp craft scissors and place them in between the two piece of card and start to cut. As you create a space manoeuvre the yarn between the two piece of card and continue doing this until you have cut all the way around.
You should then be able to get that single piece of yarn all the way around in the centre. Then tie the pie of yarn tightly in a double knot. At this point, you can get rid of the card templates. What you will have now is an almost bow shaped ball. Fluff the cut string to make it into more of a round shape, and then take some scissors and trim any pieces that are uneven including the central string, and there you have it. One single pom pom for your nursery letter.
Of course, you can choose to make them as big or as small as you like by changing the card circle diameter. Yes, it sounds like a lengthy process when it’s all written down, but actually, it’s pretty quick. You won’t end up spending more than 5 mins per ball, and you can do it in front of the telly too.
So then you repeat the processes and make enough balls or pom poms to cover the whole letter. Once they are all completed, the next step is to glue them to the letter. For this, it is a good idea to use a glue gun, as it makes things quicker, easier and gives a more lasting finish.
Once all the pom poms are fixed onto the letter, you can hang it on a wall by adding a hook to the back or using removable picture hanging strips. Just make sure that you check they will hold the weight, especially if you have made it from wood and not cardboard. Alternatively, you can place the personalise pom pom letter on a shelf for equally beautiful results.
Whimsical Animal Hooks
Another awesome DIY craft I have seen in Baby’s room that I would love to try is a simple rack of animal hooks. This entails fixing some plastic animals figures to a piece of backing wood, instead of plastic or metal hooks. You can then keep towels or hats over them. If you want to cover them up that is!
To make these you first need to find some large plastic animals toys like the one you get in playsets, and a piece of wood to fix them too. A length of flat skirting can work well, and they aren’t expensive either.
Then use a saw to cut them down the middle in a straight line. Next use spray paint to cover them in a colour of your choice. Pick one that matches the nursery if you like, or metallics like gold can work well too. Watch out for toxic paints though, as you don’t want these in babies room or next to baby’s clothes or towels!
Then using hot glue fix the fronts or front and back depending on the look you’re going for to your piece of wood. Let them dry and viola you have your whimsical animal hooks.
Are you getting married, need invitations; did you have a baby, need baby announcements? These are just a couple of big announcements that occur in our lives. When we have something like either of these milestones happening, our first priority is to notify the people who are nearest and dearest to us, the next thing we consider is the manner in which we spread the news.
Basic Invite provides many choices for invites and means of spreading pleasant news to your loved ones.
Some of the benefits of going with Basic Invite for your simple birth announcements, for example, as opposed to another route are as follows:
Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail.
Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers the ability to order a printed sample of their actual invitation so they can see exactly how it will print as well as the paper quality before they ever have to place their final order.
Basic Invite is just as colorful with our envelopes as we are with our invitations. Customers can choose from over 40 different colors when it comes to their envelopes so that they can make their invitation stand out even before it is opened. All of their envelopes are peel and seal so the envelopes can be quickly and securely closed.
Use of their free address collection service to request addresses with just three simple steps. Share a link, collect addresses, and get free envelope printing.
Sounds pretty convenient right? Find out for yourself by using this company the next time you are planning to announce a special milestone event!
My 3 year old daughter is absolutely in love with her ABC Tiny Tillia Gift Blanket (pictured below) and cozies up to sleep, lounge and rest in it. She is so cute wrapped in there, doing her thing. The blanket itself is so very soft, super plush, just perfect for her to use when she wants something to cuddle in. At only $18, this blanket is a great buy.
Tiny Tillia also carries skin care products for mothers-to-be, that would make great shower gifts. If you are not aware of this line by Avon, be sure to check it out. They offer reasonably priced, great quality products for little ones.
If you like to use organic bath products for your little one Zenoobi is a great place to shop for them. The site sells natural and eco-friendly products.
I had the opportunity to try the following:
Dolphin Organics Bubble Bath
This product is hypoallergenic and tear free and smells great. My three year old daughter loves it. The bubbles are awesome and last a long time.
Dolphin Organics Shampoo & Body Wash
This product is fragrance free, which I think works great since the other products we use in the bath have a fragrance. It doesn’t strip the hair’s natural oils and leaves hair and skin feeling super soft and clean. We love it.
Little Twig Lavender Shampoo
Cleans really well, is easy to rinse and smells wonderful. My daughter loves it. I love that it’s clear and has a pump, which makes it easy to use.
I was sent the above products to review, and I was super happy with them. This was also a good way to experience the great customer service provided by Zenoobi. It was a pleasant exchange.
Disclaimer: Although I was provided with products by this seller, the opinions in this post are my own.
If you are looking for fall clothing for your child, look no further. The Tea Collection has a little bit of everything, and likely just what you are looking for this fall.
The clothing is exceptional in quality and style. It fits well, and falls so nicely on their litte body. It’s also extremely comfortable and versatile, my daughter played, ran and looked so stylish in her outfits.
She wore each of the below
And got compliments every time I dressed her in this clothing (on every item). She loves the jeans, and so do I, because they are soft and elastic, with zippers at the bottom to make them easier to take off. They look like the real thing. I find that jeans are hard and not so comfortable to wear for little ones. She wants to wear these all the time.
The clothing isn’t just stylish and fashionable (for toddlers and babies fashion isn’t always out there, and it’s just so much fun) it’s great quality.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary samples of the above items of clothing for review purposes, this by no way influenced my views; the opinions in this post are my own, they are my honest observations, and indicate my personal experience with these items of clothing.
A great way to care about your babies sensitive skin needs. We have been using the calming bubble bath, which has that sweet baby clean smell, and helps my munchkin unwind before bed. I like this bubble bath, it also yields tons of fun bubbles, my daughter really enjoys bath time. Also, I know the bath is good for her sensitive skin, read more about Green Babies body care products.
These products are made with the best for baby care in mind.
Just. When. Did. This. Come. About.
I ask myself that everyday. I just cannot believe that my only daughter is already 2 years old. I have enrolled her in preschool and she started yesterday, it was her very first day. She did very well. She didn’t shed a tear when we left here there. I shed plenty in the car, silently. What is it about these little critters. I was worried sick, all day. I hope it gets better.
Anyway, in preparation for preschool, we had to label everything. She has to bring a sheet and blanket for naptime, we had to label her clothes, an extra set, her diapers, her wipes, her sippy cup, her backpack. This is where Name Bubbles came in handy. I was asked to review these labels, apparently just in time.
Her name looked so pretty on the labels, some were in a somewhat square shape, some were little circles (for the smaller items) and they have sole shaped labels for shoes– those were great! There were even some crown shaped labels. You can clikc here to see the shapes. The colors they chose were pink and purple, two of my daughter’s favorite colors. These labels do the job. Oh, and the labels are waterproof. Take that.
Graeter’s Ice Cream is a sweet treat. My 2 year old daughter loves ice cream, she has loved it since she was one. What kid doesn’t, I imagine? Heck, I love ice cream. Summer’s here and it’s the perfect time to splurge on ice cream. I eat ice cream year round, but I’ve always felt that summer is the best time to enjoy it.
So, being that summer’s almost here, it’s the perfect time to try something new. I’d never had Grater’s ice cream before. I was sent Vanilla (my daughter’s favorite), Strawberry (my daughter’s new favorite flavor), Mocha Chocolate Chip (hubby’s favorite), Black Raspberry Chip (my favorite flavor), Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Mint Chocolate Chip, and Butter Pecan.
Between the three of us, we’ve had a chance to try all but the Chocolate Chocolate Chip flavor, and it was yummy– just like ice cream should be. It’s smooth, flavorful and very easy to serve. My daughter asks for the Strawberry falvor all the time. I’m a huge fan of the Black Raspberry Chip, and Butter Pecan has always been one of my favorite flavors; both were delicious! My husband loves the Mocha Chocolate Chip (his favorite flavor). These flavors happened to be family favorites.
I’m sure you’ll find your favorite flavor as there are 23 flavors to choose from. Right now you can get $1 off any one (1) pint of Graeter’s, by using a Graeter’s manufacturer’s coupon that’s out at Coupons.com; use this link http://qvpzzi.cpns.cc/ the coupon expires 6/12/11.
If you try it, I’m almost sure you’ll love it!
My Baby Clothes Boutique is a lovely cyber boutique to shop for baby clothers. They sent me the adorable ensemble pictured below for my 2 year old daughter and she looks like a little doll in it. It’s Vitamins, which is a great brand for babies, soft cotton which I have been sure to look for when shopping for baby/toddler clothes for my daughter. Style is great, but comfort is really my priority when I shop for her.
My daughter is very girlie, pink has become one of her favorite colors (I never completely pushed the color on her, although I must say that the cute baby clothes on the market do focus on pink, so she ended up with a lot of pink outfits). She also loves other colors like purple, and red. Although it does seem cliche, pink is a great color for little girls.
My Baby Clothes Boutique has a great selection of delectable pink girlie baby clothers. Today I have been told that I can giveaway a $25 gift certificate to My Baby Clothes Botuique to one of you. Please leave a comment below with your email address and I will select the lucky winner using Random.org on Sunday, June 5, 2011.
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