Mermaid Themed Nursery:
Well, if you haven't heard already, we are expecting a baby girl to arrive in October- YAY! Now, there are TONS and TONS of nursery DIYs all over the internet and more-so on Pinterist, but since I have decided to once again make my own nursery décor, I figured: Hey, what's one more tutorial or two?
So in the coming weeks, I will attempt to show you how to create a nursery like ours. A beachy/mermaid/glamour theme. As whats a beach without mermaids and what's a mermaid without a little glam of pearls and gold? If I used someone else's tutorial, the link will be here for you too! If I am really good, I will even post links to other cute DIY projects coordinating with my theme that I just couldn't fit in our room.. Hope you enjoy!
Alright, so my first project was my crib bedding. I chose two patterns I loved in Target's sheets section and purchased 2 double sets of my pink pattern and a double of my blue/green. I also had a grey sheet set at home that had never been opened and used it for coordinating pieces here and there in the nursery. I found these tutorials very helpful in creating my crib set and bumper pads. The only change I did was to the ruffle skirt: instead of having sewing my sides to a piece of fabric, I attached ribbon every 4-5 inches and tied it to the crib springs instead to help save on fabric and then when I lower the crib, I can change the skirt to hang nicely once again.
The backside of my blanket: this blanket is huge! It is 1 full meter of minky fabric, but it's a large blanket, perfect for a stroller, on the couch, making it a good size for my daughter to grow in to. I am not a big fan of those baby blankets that are 30" by 30" they only last for a month or two and other than sewing them all into a large memory quilt they are never seen again, just placed in a large bin for your child to see when they are older. I used my sheet set for the front, and the other sheet set was pleated to make the ruffles along the edge. Pretty simple; the one thing I did not do, was place quilt batting in the center, I am wishing that I did now as it's pretty thin, but good thing it's just for snuggles and I can always rip the seams and insert one later.
My next project was my chair. I don't have a before picture, but it was purchased from Sears, had a white microfiber cushion and wasn't too bad, but I just wanted to punch it up a bit more. So I followed a couple tutorials, this one for the ottoman, and for my actual chair I just did my own thing. I took all the pieces off(they are attached with ties), traced around them in fabric leaving 1/2" for seam allowance and sewed right sides together and then stuffed them with the old pieces: I just made a cover for them really, keeping the old material in tact and adding ties and snaps in the same area as the previous cushions and it turned out great. This was a really quick project: it probably took an hour or two. But here is a tutorial on removing the material and covering everything to be a new chair, as well as this one, but mine is super simple, and involves no seam ripping.
I took an old ugly Walmart lamp and found coordinating fabric and covered it using glue. I might add some embellishments but not sure what yet.
My next project, was the dresser. I took a piece of my pink fabric down to a local hardware store and matched it to some paint and got started: this colour is Mexican Chili. I took plastic primer paint and did two coats on the entire dresser and drawers. Once dry I did two coats of pink paint and painted my dresser handles with a enamel gloss white spray paint. This pink colour is also used to do my accent fish scale wall below.
Accent wall: fish scales/mermaid scales. This had to be my most time consuming project: after my mother in law and husband painted the roof white and the walls grey, I made a stencil on posterboard just like her wall here, but I used two pot lids one for the scale part, the outer lid for the swags. I then cut out the actual scallop shapes leaving me with a bunch of curves. Starting with the top center, I traced out all the cutouts with a pencil, and repeated until the entire wall resembled hers. Then using my pink paint, I did two coats on all my scales: this took FOREVER let me tell you; even with a helping husband. When I finally finished the entire wall, it didn't look like mermaid scales, so some clear glitter glue was painted on random scales and it makes it look wonderful; much more mermaid-y!
Look at that glitter!
Then I attempted a paper mobile. I used a wooden wreath frame like the one she used here,(I found mine at Michaels) and painted it white using acrylic paint. Then using pinks, blues, greens, and whites, I followed this tutorial, but used flower wire instead as I had it handy and it was white. I had some grey paper lanterns tucked away from our wedding and was able to throw those in as well. One of my favorite pieces. This picture looks like I hung everything crooked, let me assure you it is just my camera phone not being held straight :).
I purchased some simple wood frames from Walmart and seashells and was able to make a few frames to go with our theme. I also found some plastic coral in the fish/pet section in blues and pinks and was going to spray paint them with my white enamel, but they are similar shades to my room so I may leave them for now. I filled a few dollarstore vases with remaining shells to place around the room and even found this amazing seashell décor piece at Home Sense that will sit beside my rocking chair to hold suckies so I always know where they are and I don't have to see them ;). Ignore my diaper box; it became my craft box while I was doing projects for this room :)
For my little munchkin, I made a few hairbands: using bands from the dollarstore and felt bows and hot glue in a variety of colours and I made Jumbo and mini ones just to make statements. See the bottom of this post to see how I will showcase them. These are approximately 14" in diameter which fits about 6 months, but hey, it cost me about $10 for 40 bands in a variety of colours, patterns and sizes: win for me! I am also purchasing one of these sets to make some larger and smaller ones. Plus felt bows would get kinda boring, so what's a few flowers. AND, these help people determine whether or not my baby is a girl or boy, even when they are clearly dressed for their gender.
I also made 3 shirts for my munchkin: This ribbon shirt, using 3" pieces of ribbon, lace, ric-rac etc in two rows and then took an additional piece of lace to cover my ends. I added the name using this tutorial and used my regular 'ol sewing machine.
This shirt is simple, it's wide vintage crochet lace just across the front.
My last shirt is a lower case "m" attached using heat n bond and a stabilizer on the inside. I used a zig zag stitch to make sure it wouldn't come off, and used this tutorial once again for the name, but placed it across the bum.
I have a few dresses I made as well over 2 years ago when I opened my first Etsy shop, but never sold them; I'm actually quite glad as I loved them and now I have a cute spring dress with matching headband and Christmas dress for Madison(not shown). It features an adorable crocheted collar and yellow/grey cotton fabric for the skirt.
To help add my beachy/mermaid theme, I did a photo wall. I hung my daughters name painted the same colour as the wall and dresser, and some pictures: most were pictures of mermaids, but I also did a fish, seahorse and shell by printing a template, tracing the lines with glue and topping with coordinating glitter from the dollarstore.
I also have this wonderful blanket: perfect for the car seat: it's a granny square in the same colours as my baby's bedroom. I lined the one side in fleece as my baby will be an October baby and it's cold here in October-March... The pillow is made using coordinating fabric and I used fleece to make a ruffle across the front to mimic my bedding.
My last project was the car seat cover. I used this tutorial, using my fabric stash: chenille fabric for the interior, an argyle cotton print exterior, and snaps to close it up in the snowy windy days...
I hope to make these projects as well:
- This seahorse rocking chair
- This headband holder
- Wall hanging: I love this, but cannot fit it into my nursery anywhere, but it is absolutely splendid if you end up doing a nautical/beach theme... Even paint their name across each paddle!!!
- Nursery: Mermaid theme
- Diy Baby projects:
- A baby girl
- Baby and Toddler Gifts: clever little items that I love! To purchase or make!
So, what do you think? Are you in love with it as much as I am? I could sit in there for days and just stare at how it all came together, I am just in love! Only 4 weeks left counting down and I can not wait to bring my baby girl home...