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Saturday
Apr072012

Baby Bump Bunny

I have a friend at work who's glowing with baby-mamma-ness (from what I've heard, it's like pixie-dust, but better).

She's nearing the time when her little girl will be entering the world, and since it's nearly Easter I thought a bunny would be fitting to include in her gift.

A few weeks ago, my friend and I were having a chat about her plans for her nursery.  Her challenge was that her baby would be sharing a room with their little boy for a while.  Since their house was already home to two teenage boys, herself and her husband, and their son, there just wasn't room for a fully dedicated nursery.  

Because of the room setup, she felt she couldn't decorate with anything too girly, or anything too boyish...which steered her in the direction of red and white.

A brilliant choice if you ask me!

I knew that I wanted to make something for her baby shower gift, but after talking with her I was a bit stumped.  I thought about making some shelves for book storage, or some DIY art, but she mentioned they didn't have a lot of wall space available to hang anything.

I thought of a baby-mobile, or maybe a blanket, but while we were talking she had mentioned she found a cute mobile to use, and she described her plans for sewing a blanket for the crib.  Hmmm...

It wasn't until my recent trip to Michaels (remember when I got line-hopped?) when I finally figured out what I was going to do.

In one of the clearance isles, I stumbled upon this...

...a cute wooden storage crate that was marked down to $3.25...

...all because of one cracked plank at the bottom of the crate...

It was perfect!  It got me thinking about one of the most challenging obstacles for small spaces...storage!  It was big enough to hold toys, clothes, or anything else that might be in need of some organizing.

As I headed up to the register, I passed the scrap-booking isle, and found some really cute paper.  At first I thought I would just use it to make the card, but the more I looked at it the more I thought it would be a great addition to the basket itself.

I also picked up a few of these for $.99 each...

When I started the project, I spray-painted the crate white then added the striped paper to the sides of the crate.  It was actually pretty simple to apply.  Here's what I did...

I started by taping the paper in place so I could mark lines for trimming...

...then I flipped the crate to where the paper was face-down, and traced where the handle cut-out should be, as well as where to trim off the excess...

Here's what my tracing looked like when I was done...

Then I used my straight-edge cutter to trim off the excess paper, and to start the holes for the handle.  I finished up the handle with scissors--cutting slightly outside of the line to make the cut-out a bit larger than the traced lines.

Next, I used Modge-Podge to adhere the paper to the crate.  I applied a thin layer of podge to the crate, then laid the paper in place, then applied a thicker layer of podge over the paper itself.  This held down all of the edges, and when the paper was wet I was able to smooth the edges around the curves of the handles.

For the $.99 letters I picked up, I simply painted them red and glued them onto the front of the crate with Power Grab.  I used a few little clamps to hold the letters down while the glue dried, and when they were dry they wouldn't budge!  Good sign!

Finally, the fun part!  I took a shopping trip to Target to pick up some stuffers to turn my crate into a gift basket...

I found everything I needed at Target.  I included a bow head-band, stuffed bunny, chalkboard piggy-bank, some onesies, a wrap blanket, a red-and-white chevron storage container, some softies (little socks that look like shoes...so cute!), a package of diapers (they're going to need them), a little white zip-up dress, and even a few things for baby-mommy...

I've heard it's common to lose sleep when you have a baby, so I figured she might need some coffee to help boost her energy, and perhaps some aroma-therapy to help her to relax (whenever she finds time).

When everything was added to the crate this is what I wound up with...

I love the little piggy-bank!  It's like he's a stow-away in there!

Does anyone else have a combined nursery where you've had to be creative with your color scheme and decor picks?  Tell me what combinations you came up with.  I've also always been interested in how people decorate nurseries for boy/girl twins.  I think it would be so fun to put together a nursery for twins!

 

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Reader Comments (2)

Kelli,

You are terrific! This is so great - I would have wanted the same thing when I was pregnant with my daughter. I did her nursery in a seafoam green and white and rabbits. At the time everyone was doing the nursery in pastels and the only decorating themes at the time were Disney babies, Muppet babies, and bears. When I said that I was using rabbits I got a lot of stares and "Oh, OK." I said "Rabbits" not meat locker plants, you know. :p Oh, well. Jac's room was great and I recieved a lot of compliments from people on it. I stenciled a rabbit family on the walls and collected rabbits for in the crib and the basket on the floor for stuffed animals.

Maureen

P.S. I hope you have the best Easter ever.

April 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen

I think bunnies would be a really cute theme for a nursery! I'm glad you broke out of the mold and went with something different. It's not always the easiest thing, but in the end it's worth it!

xo, Kel

April 8, 2012 | Registered CommenterAHPCH

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