In their book, Young House Love, Sherry and John Petersik offer 243 DIY ideas for how to paint, craft, and update your home. All it takes is a little bit of love. Here, they share six inexpensive ways to update your child's nursery.
Track down a monthly calendar (you can find a free template online) and print it directly onto decorative paper. Slap it into a frame, and use a dry-erase marker to keep track of baby's upcoming check-ups, vaccinations, and more.
For an updated spin on the traditional bronzed baby shoes, cover the back of a shadow box with colorful fabric or paper. Spray paint a pair of baby shoes (any color you like!) and allow to dry. Apply a heavy-duty adhesive directly to the soles of the shoes, and mount them on the backdrop of the shadow box.
Use and old book or newspaper to create inexpensive three-dimensional interest to the wall of your nursery. Find a butterfly shape online, and print it onto cardstock to create a template. Cut out your cardstock template, and trace the butterfly shape directly onto the pages of an old book or newspaper. Cut out your designs, fold them in half for a 3D effect, and secure each to the wall with regular old sewing straight pins.
Hang a floating shelf on your nursery's walls, and lightly trace the shape of a cloud above the shelf. Remove the shelf (or cover it with painter's tape), and fill in the cloud shape with paint and a small paint brush.
Surround your little one with classic silhouettes of your family. Select an image where the person's (or pet's) profile is clearly visible. Blow up your image to the desired size, and cut out the silhouette. Trace the silhouette onto black cardstock, and carefully cut it out. Glue the cardstock silhouette onto a contrasting background and frame.
Add cheerful color and ambiance to a bare nursery wall with banners and party garlands. You can make your own from nearly anything -- such as extra fabric, tissue paper, or decorative paper. Cut your fabric or paper into your desired shape (try strips like shown above or get creative with hearts, stars, and other shapes). Leave an inch of excess fabric or paper at the top to fold over twine, ribbon, or string, and secure in place with glue.
Sherry and John Petersik are self-proclaimed DIY dorks. Their journey began in 2006, when they bought their first home that needed some love in Richmond, VA. They've since documented and shared their many home improvement projects and ideas on their popular blog, Young House Love.
Excerpted from Young House Love by Sherry & John Petersik (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2012. Photograph by Kip Dawkins.
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