Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Nursery Progress: DIY Artwork

Last week, I showed you the big progress we've made so far in William's nursery. We still had a few more things on our To-Do list, the major being hanging his artwork. 

I'm so happy to show you what we finally settled on for above baby boy's crib! 

I had been bookmarking some photos I found of folks who used vintage kids books as framed art for nurseries, and Nathan and I both really loved the idea...

When we started talking about which books we'd want to frame, hubby had a creative idea - framing old Little Golden Books! We both grew up reading these books as kids, and we had a few on hand already. The others we snapped up at a yard sale for $.25. 

Since Nathan is the "framer" around here, we decided he'd take the lead on this project, and I am so happy with the outcome. It's by far our favorite thing in William's nursery. 

Here's how he went about framing them...

We purchsed the NYTTJA frames in white from Ikea for $1.99/each back when we visited Toronto. These were the perfect size for our books, and the depth allowed us to place the book right inside without having to cut off the covers and ruin the books. 

Nathan also used Scotch Mounting Squares to mount the books to a white cardstock paper, and then all that was left was hanging them!

As for which books we went with...we chose a few classics that we had both read growing up, and a few others we thought were colorful and fun.

L: Scuffy the Tugboat, The Saggy Baggy Elephant, The Little Red Hen
R: Mickey Mouse and the Great Lot Plot, The Fox and the Hound, Richard Scarry's Floating Bananas

And here they are hung above the crib: (pardon the glare...I couldn't seem to get the right angle to avoid it)

We're both really pleased with the outcome, and we love how much space they take up on the wall. They provide the perfect amount of pop and fun to his room, and I'm sure will be great pieces for him to stare at from below. :)


  1. Wow - that looks great! So colorful and so tied together so well with the matching frames.

  2. This is such a cute idea! I love how it looks on the wall and I love the idea of framing the entire book! We just received a boat-load of vintage Golden books from a friend. They are so fun, aren't they?

    The nursery is looking awesome!

  3. What a cute idea! It looks great on the wall!

  4. They turned out so good!! His little room is shaping up quite nicely! :)

  5. I love these - especially the Mickey Mouse book! Great idea!

  6. What a brilliant idea, friend. Don't be surprised if we steal this idea some day :)

  7. So a great idea and I love that the books aren't ruined! Can't wait to see more!!!


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