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DIY Animal Silhouette Pictures


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    The day my husband and I found out we were having a baby boy I was ecstatic and of course immediately went to town planning his nursery. I had already been looking around Pinterest since day one of my pregnancy. Come on, you know you did too! Dreaming and planning is half the fun right?!

     So I already knew that if we had a boy I wanted to do a jungle animal theme and then the color scheme just fell into place when I found the perfect bedding. I wanted to tie in the blue and green colors from the bedding into as many aspects of the room as I could. I think blue and green is a perfect color combination for a boy’s room.

    At first I thought about purchasing the animal prints online, but then I realized that I could make the pictures myself. I have always been a crafty person so why not put that talent to use when decorating my sons room. Plus my mom and a friend came down two months before my son was born to help me decorate the nursery and this is one of the projects that we did together. It was actually the first pieces of artwork we hung in our baby boy’s nursery so it holds a special place in my heart.  

   I decided that I wanted to make 6 different animals prints to hang on the wall: a giraffe, a lion, a turtle, an elephant, a monkey, and an alligator.  I found a set of 12x12 picture frames from Michaels that would work perfectly. And of course Michael’s always has coupons to use, so I got it 40% off.

    The best thing about craft projects is that you can get ideas from other people and then tailor them to your own needs. I hope that you can use my project as an inspiration to create something of your own.  If you would like help or just want to collaborate on an idea, please feel free to reach out to me and I would love to help you find the perfect project for your new nursery.    

    

Step 1: Decide on a theme for your prints.

 

I chose Jungle animals, but you could do anything. Here are a few other ideas: Under the sea animals for the bathroom, ballerinas and tutus for a little girl’s room, automobiles for a little boy’s room and flowers for a little girl’ room. The possibilities are endless!

 

Step 2: Gather supplies

  • Scrapbook paper (two per picture frame)

Choose coordinating patterns and colors for the scrapbook paper. I did 3 animals with a plain paper background and a patterned paper animal. And then did 3 animals with a patterned paper background and a plain paper animal.

  • Picture frames

I used picture frames that were 12 x12 to fit the scrapbook paper I was using but you can do smaller prints as well.

  • Scissors

  • Black Sharpie

  • Adhesive Tape

When doing projects I like to use scrapbooking adhesive tape or double sided tape instead of glue. It is just a personal preference when making crafts that I want to display for a long time; I don’t like the way the glue wrinkles the paper after it dries and how unforgiving it is for mistakes.

Step 3: Search online to find the silhouettes you like best and print them out.

If you would like to use the same animal prints that I used just click on the silhouette that you want (Monkey Silhouette, Lion Silhouette, Giraffe Silhouette, Elephant Silhouette, Turtle Silhouette and Alligator Silhouette) and print them out.

Step 4: Cut out the silhouettes and trace them onto your scrapbook paper.

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Step 5: Cut out the animals from the scrapbook paper

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Step 6: Adhere the animal print cutout to the coordinating scrapbook paper

 

Step 7: Outline the animal print with a black sharpie to help it stand out more

 

Step 8: Put everything together and frame

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Step 9: Hang on the wall and enjoy your new artwork!

 

What’s awesome about these pictures is that they aren’t just used for decoration in my house; we have incorporated them into my son’s bedtime routine. Every night before my little one goes to sleep we say goodnight to all of the animals, sometimes several times. It is something that he loves to do and it makes my heart happy knowing that this craft project is being enjoyed everyday.

 

Meet Our Guest Blogger

Megan is a stay-at-home mom to a 1 ½ year old little boy. In less than a year she went from being a girl who just graduated college, to being a married woman, pregnant and living in a new state. She started blogging in hopes that through her stories other moms would realize that they are not alone in The World of Motherhood. In her Mommy Blog she shares real stories about her life as a stay-at-home mom…the good, the bad & the crazy!

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Mission Complete: Converting A Blue Nursery into a Pink

Mission Accomplished! If you have been following us throughout 2014 you already know we gave birth to a beautiful little girl this year! With this wonderful new addition came many changes and renovations within our home, from the office (which isn't even close to done!), the toddler room, the guestroom and the most important being her nursery!

Our first step in getting the nursery girlified was to evict our 3 year old son from the crib. Yes, he was a very happy 40 pounder sleeping in a crib! Why would I take him out of the crib if he liked it in there, right? 
Anyway, the next blog post to come will be about his awesome jungle themed toddler bedroom. You can check out our game plan here if you need a refresher, we made some quick and easy changes to update his room and actually stayed on budget!  

Being pregnant with a toddler at home and running a business left little to no time to get into baby mode! OK, it actually left no time at all. I will admit I didn't even start buying her clothes until week 38! Talk about a difference from baby #1 to baby #2! 

But the one thing I did do early on was figure out the plans for the nursery. With very limited time and limited funds for the project (oh and that pesky toddler still living in there!) I came up with a game plan to get this done as simply as possible, minimal work and minimal spending were key!

So the first step in any creative project these days is to hit the Pinterest boards. Collecting all my favorite ideas in one place and then narrowing them down later. And from there came the game plan to turn my blue nursery into a perfectly pink nursery using as little time and money as possible.

Check out the plan to turn our blue nursery into a pink one!

The plan was pretty simple, to use everything existing in there, switch up the bedding and curtains, paint an accent wall and of course add some new picture frames to bring it all together! Simple enough, right?! Unlike more pinterest projects, it actually was! 

We started with this baby blue and white jungle themed nursery.

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Transformed into a Coral, Navy and Blue Nursery fit for a Princess!
Now it looks like a huge difference but it was really accomplished very quickly!

To break the room down, the most time consuming and expensive part was the bedding. Now if you are lucky like we are, you have a mother that can sew like... like a mother! If you aren't lucky like this I recommend making friends with some old ladies at your local quilting circle and using your charm to convince one of them to help you create custom bedding! The bedding definitely makes the room, and there is nothing better than having something custom made to look exactly how you like it! Plus if your first born was a beaver, and destroyed the crib by literally eating it 0 a custom made teething cover is a definite must for baby #2's room. It definitely saves the time of refinishing the crib and the money of buying a new one. 

So the bedding was handmade but my wonderful mother. Thanks Mom! XO I selected the fabrics and we brainstormed the best placements for them. This was a bit of a tricky task seeing as we used 5 different PRINTED fabrics. I would say as a general rule using that many different prints in one space is 99% of the time a terrible idea, but I think in this case it worked out. Let us know in the comments if you agree! 

The other part of the room that took a serious amount of effort was the accent wall. This came straight off of the my brainstorm board and the entire room was pretty much designed around it. The overall painting of that wall took less than 3 hours (spaced out) to accomplish! The longest portion of it was taping the actual design off, other than that it was just painting and peeling tape! And because we only painted one accent wall we only needed a quart of paint.

Top Left: Lotus Frame Base in Cream with Orchid Trim Square Opening in Blue. Top Right: Orchid Frame Base in Navy with Lotus Trim in Cream. Bottom Right: Orchid Frame Base in Navy with Peony Trim in Pink. Bottom Left: Lotus Frame Base in Cream with Rosey Trim in Pink

Of course we selected some Snap Point Picture Frames to go in Miss Fiona's new room. It took all of 5 seconds to frame the pictures and it will take 5 seconds to update the photos next week when I pick my new favorite pictures out of the 5,462 shots I will take of her this week. #proudmama

I wish we would have invented these frames back when we had our first because it dawned on me how redecorating could have been even more simple! Picture this: On top are a couple frame bases I would have used in my son's nursery - using a white, blue and navy color scheme. Now for my daughter's arrival, rather than buying all new frames for her room, with Snap Point frames I can simply get new trims in pink, new photos, SNAP SNAP, and voila! $20 later (two trims) Those frames fit the new room! Now that is the definition of cost effective redecoration! And also the definition of the easiest way to frame photos ever. Show us an easier way to frame a photo, we want to see it!

This is also why I always recommend our neutral frame bases, color is always fun, but our neutrals (Black, Cream, Navy, Gray & Brown) are timeless and will never go out of style. They will go with anyone's home decor and they coordinate with just about any trim color too. Think of your frame base as a part of the family and trims are just new accessories! 

Introducing Miss Fiona

Introducing Miss Fiona

Overall I think our nursery overhaul was a complete success. A few simple touches, an immensely talented Oma, and some ridiculously adorable custom shape wood picture frames is all it took to turn this boyishly blue nursery into a room fit for a gorgeous girl! 

Thrifty Thursday {Cheap Decorating Ideas} - Office Edition

We are rolling out with a new fun weekly blog! Thrifty Thursday! Get Ready for some awesomely creative DIY home decor ideas that can be done on a budget! Check out the links of each item for tutorials on those projects.

If you follow us on instagram (which you totally should) you have already seen the the desk I just finished up. It was a cheapo thrift store find, that took nothing but a new coat of paint to bring back to life. I chose to make it super fun and added a colorful chevron pattern to the top to bring some color and life to my office space.

While busy coming up with plans to revamp my office space, I have been perusing through the pinterest boards (which you should also check out) to find the some simple and easy ways to revamp and redesign the office without breaking the bank. 

As always, because we're picture framers our first go to is always going to be the wall decor! So on top of adding some updated photos and new shaped frames to the walls, these clipboards are a fabulous and easy idea! The motivational print out biz is not so much my style, but the easy change and rearrange definitely is! 

These don't really need a tutorial but you can get the printables and some other great DIY office tips here!

 

 

If you like this idea but want a more rustic look, check out our solid wood clip frames. 

Solid Wood Clip Picture Frame 

 

If I hadn't already finished my new desk this would be on my project list. I love all the amazing things you can make out of pallets! And they are available all over the place for free, nothing is more budget friendly than free wood!

This would also make a pretty rad table for a hallway or small space. Don't be surprised when you see a photo of this DIY desk pop up on our instagram! 

Check out the steps on how to make a pallet desk here

Another on of the easiest things you can do to give your office an upgrade without breaking the bank is giving the office chair a facelift. There are so many tutorials on how to make even the ugliest of office chairs adorable. Because I am a thrift store junkie, you know i will be hunting for something vintage that just needs a little love, but no matter how you do it, some fresh fabric will definitely add some style to your office. 

Here is how to upgrade your old office chair into a thing of beauty!

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