(This is one of a few more detailed posts to come about projects I completed in Henry’s nursery. I know. It never ENDS.)
One of my very favorite parts of the nursery is the DIY fabric-covered canvases on the wall above the changing table. It’s the first thing you see when you enter the room and I think it adds a lot of pizzaz.
I also love this project because it’s:
– Fool proof
It can also make use of all those pieces of fabrics you’ve been hoarding, if you are anything like me. I pulled four fabrics that I bought to make pillows for the room. I was able to use the excess for these.
To make them yourself, simply cut a square of fabric about 6 inches wider and taller than your canvas (my canvases were reused from artwork at the old house and were 12 inches, I cut the fabric about 24×24 to have plenty of excess).
Then, just wrap the fabric around the canvas, one side at a time, and staple to the back wooden edge with a staple gun. Just be careful around the corners to get a nice fold.
I didn’t stress too much about making the pattern perfectly straight, but if you are a perfectionist (I’m talking to you, Chelsea), just be careful not to pull the fabric too much or you may notice some crooked lines.
Just like that, I knew that one of those canvases needed Henry’s name. (I’m so original, no?) It was just the push I needed to get my Silhouette out of the box from 2 YEARS AGO. Can you believe I’ve kept that silly thing in a box for 2 years? (I sold my Cricut and all the crazy cartridges to buy a Silhouette around Thanksgiving in 2010.)
Anyhoo, I was able to cut Henry’s name out in a free font I found online within 10 minutes of taking the Silhouette out of the box. Really easy to use. I just cut the name from red cardstock and attached it with scrapbooking adhesive that I had. Boom. Quick and awesome. I have lots more Silhouette projects up my sleeve.
Then, I got seriously crazy insane in the membrane. When I found this vintage “H” at Sisters, I knew I had to have it for Henry. And since it’s the perfect size for the canvas, I just cleaned it up and attached it to the canvas by driving nails into the top frame. It just hangs perfectly.
In case you are wondering about those hanging organizers, they are simple as can be. Since the changing table is almost exactly the size of the changing pad, I didn’t have any space to add a basket for dipes and wipes and other stuff you need at arm’s reach. So, I tried to get creative.
They are simple drawer organizers that came in a set from IKEA and happen to be the exact right size for diapers and wipes. So, I just covered them in fabric and called it a day. I hung them to a small curtain rod with curtain clips and done. They are super functional and I really like having everything right there.
But I have to be honest – I don’t love the organizers right now. They are a little flimsy and the fabric didn’t stick super well and I didn’t make it long enough on the inside, so you can see where the fabric ends. But, I’m living with it right now until I figure something else out. I like the curtain rod and the accessibility, so I will probably just modify it a bit when it annoys me enough. But, until then, it works just fine.
In my opinion, this entire wall just oozes personality. And Henry is seriously obsessed with the patterns. He likes to stare up at the fabric when he’s getting diapers changed. Which happens a lot in this neck of the woods.
What do you think?
(All fabric sources listed on the original nursery post.)