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DIY Nursery Art: BOYS WILL BE BOYS sign

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Another kid-related post today. One of these days, I will be making the shift over to some holiday goodies! I seriously can’t wait to start bedazzling the house with Christmas sparkle and spreading holiday cheer!

But first, shame on me. After I shared Simon’s Nursery reveal and several other DIY nursery projects, I failed to post about one in particular. The one that so many of you have emailed me about.

The “BOYS WILL BE BOYS” sign on his pegboard gallery wall

I am sorry! I never got around to posting about it mainly because I never took any pictures while I was making it. #badblogger Baby boy nursery | nursery pegboard gallery wall | diy nursery decor | navy green gray nursery | nursery inspiration | This is our BlissToday, I will give you the bare bones tutorial on how I created it. Please forgive me, but this isn’t going to be one of my most detailed posts to-date!
Nursery word art - Etsy printable - navy lime aqua - gallery wall - pegboard gallery wall - This is our BlissWhile selecting the pieces that were going to make up the pegboard, I knew I wanted to use some word art because I love it so. I made this nursery word art piece and framed it, and had a few other frames already purchased, so just needed to figure out what was going to go in them.
Nursery pegboard gallery wall - round frames with fabric - thrifted frames - this is our blissI opted to frame up some fabric pieces that matched his bedding in my thrifted round plate holders…and had set aside another frame to put a picture in (I later went with the one of our hospital bracelets)…
Little boy nursery pegboard gallery wall - DIY nursery decor - navy green & gray - This is our Bliss 6I had recently finished up the mustache shadow box and bought the IKEA basket and rail, but I still needed something else…something bigger – a focal point. I didn’t want just another frame, so when I found a large, rectangular piece of white cardboard – an idea formed!
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The cardboard was unique in that it sort of had a lip, which made it almost 3-D. I used my Silhouette Cameo to design “BOYS WILL BE BOYS” and once I had the sizing determined, I did a trial run with plain paper so I could check out spacing on the sign. After I had the size of the font where I wanted it, I had it cut the letters out on navy blue cardstock paper.
Little boy nursery pegboard gallery wall - DIY nursery decor - navy green & gray - This is our Bliss 2From there, I laid the letters out on the cardboard exactly how I wanted them to look. I started with the first “B” and applied a thin coat of modge podge to the back of the letter with a small craft foam brush and set it back down in its place. I continued through the rest of the letters until each one was pasted down to the cardboard. Next, I spread a thin coat over the letters and across the entire front of my new “sign”. I decided it needed a little something to give it a more finished look, so I took ribbon and applied a thin line of craft glue to the outer edge of the sign to secure it in place. The ribbon created a patterned frame.
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That was it! When it came time to hang it on the pegboard, I placed 2 pegboard hooks on the pegboard evenly spaced apart, then held the sign up. Once I had the sign centered across the 2 hooks, I poked the hooks through the back of the sign (while still hooked to the pegboard) to ensure the holes were properly placed.

There you have it!
boys will be boys printable - nursery word art printable - This is our BlissSince my directions are a little bit…well, sub-par, I have another option for you! I received several inquiries for a “Boys will be Boys” printable in my etsy shop, so I recently created one in a similar font to the sign on Simon’s pegboard – you can check it out here! (Please note: The gray brick is just a background and not part of the actual printable)

This instant download printable is formatted to be printed and cut down to an 8″x10″ or you can leave it as-is on the 8.5″x11″ paper. I recommend using cardstock paper to print and even taking the PDF file to your local copy or print shop. FedEx kinkos charges $1.50 for colored printing on white cardstock paper. Just a thought if you aren’t into this DIY idea with cardboard! Another great option would be to create a wood sign with a stencil or Silhouette Cameo or other die cutting tool, like a Cricut cutting machine.

Give it a shot! You might surprise yourself. I didn’t know what I was doing before I received my Cameo for Christmas, but after a some pinterest research browsing and reading up on the instruction manual, I figured it out! Add it to your wish list, you will love it!

If you have any questions at all, please leave me a note in the comments section below. Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you will come right on back here tomorrow! I am sharing the details on the 3 stacked frame gallery wall in our playroom!

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How to: DIY Oversized [Fall] Word Art

My obsession continues. My love for word art is deep. I took a shot at creating my own version of an oversized word art piece to use in my fall entryway versus buying a ridiculously expensive one. I’ve made smaller pieces before, but I wanted a BIG one this time around! A statement piece…

Do you know how much money a 24″x36″ framed piece of anything costs?! or a even a canvas?! Way more than I wanted to throw down. Especially since its all about fall. I mean, I would have loved to order a custom something or other for above my entryway table, but the truth is… my entryway mirror will probably end up going right back in its spot after this season is over. Unless I decide to make a new piece for each season or holiday to put in the frame! I could totally do that. #dontgetaheadofyourself
How to DIY oversized word ART -Fall entryway - fall vignette - DIY word art - fall decor - This is our BlissI decided to create a DIY version and ended up spending less than $20! Yep – 20 bucks.

Supplies:

24″x36″ frame
MS Word or other document creation software
Flash Drive (to save your file & take to copy/print shop)
24″x36″ black & white print
3-Inch Flat Corner Brace (4-Pack)
Rub ‘n Buff Wax

Fullscreen capture 9172015 84159 PMSo let’s start from the beginning. A couple of weeks ago, I found large, 24″x36″ frames on mega sale at Michaels for $14.99, regularly priced $49.99. Such a steal! I bought one white and one grayish-brown. After calling my local FedEx/Kinko’s to check to make sure they could print that size, I sat down to work on my piece.
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I came up with a list of fall-related words and typed them out in MS Word with one space in between each word or group of words. I then started playing around with the fonts and point size of each word or phrase until it was sized just right and I was happy with how it looked. I ended up moving some of the words onto different lines in order to make the sizing work out. I wanted to take up as much of the full line as I could without the words being too small or the phrase running over to the next line. Each font is sized differently as well. I get download my fonts from dafont.com.

[Some of the fonts I used in this piece were: Bernardo Moda, Jenna Sue, Fascii Scraggly BRK, Architect’s Hand, AR DELANEY. You can enter these into the search box on the site and then download the file to your computer. They will be automatically added to the drop down list of fonts in MS Word.]

Next, I saved it as a PDF file, loaded it onto my flash drive and headed down the street to FedEx/Kinkos. I asked them to print my piece in black and white on a 24″x36″ sheet of paper. It cost me $4.67 to do it.
fedex receipt*[Important step!: you must save your .doc file as a .pdf because of the specialty fonts. If your copy / print shop does not have the exact same fonts on their computers, then they won’t show up. I didn’t know this when I went in to have another piece printed awhile back. They didn’t clue me in on the pdf secret. They told me I needed to go back home and load all of the different font files onto my flash drive so they could download them to their computer. so that is what I did! uggghhh]

Next, after opening up the back of the frame and slipping my piece of paper inside, I realized I needed to trim about 1/4″ off the side and top so it laid flat and didn’t bubble underneath the plexiglass. Once it was smoothed out, I fastened the back on and admired my work.
It was missing something though.

I ran upstairs to check my craft & décor stash for some flat corner braces. I was pretty sure I had an extra package left after making these frames. It was just what my new frame needed. Mine were silver, so I used a little Rub ‘n Buff Wax in Antique Gold on them before attaching to the frame.
DIY oversized word art - flat corner braces - This is our BlissAfter a couple minutes to let the wax set, I placed the “L” on the corner, then drilled in each of the 4 screws into the predrilled holes, until I was all the way through the surface of the frame. I did this on each of the 4 corners.
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Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - view from the stairs - fall word art - This is our BlissI love reading bits and pieces on it as I walk by. All of the words are things that remind me of the fall season, now and as a child.
fall decor - fall entry way - fall vignette - open framed gourd - DIY fall word art - this is our blissI especially love how my little thrifted gold open frame outlines “mom’s pumpkin cookies”. Such a warm and special memory of making and decorating pumpkin cookies with my mom and sister growing up (and eating too much cream cheese frosting along with the chocolate chips & candy corn that made up the eyes, nose and mouth of the pumpkin 🙂 )!
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This was so unbelievable easy to make. I promise…if you can open up and type in Microsoft Word, then you can do this! If you don’t feel like making your own and like mine, get it below!:
Free fall word art printable - fall printable - fall decor - word art - wall decor - fall decorating - This is our BlissGet your Free PDF here:  FALL Word Art
Fall entryway - fall vignette - entryway table styling - fall decor - neutral fall decor - DIY fall word art - leaves - This is our BlissI think it would be really cute to do something similar in a kid’s room or playroom with funny & cute kid phrases!
How to DIY Oversized Fall Word art - DIY wall decor - word art - This is our BlissWant more fall inspiration?! Visit my Fall Entryway post to see the rest of the shots!

What are your DIY secrets for creating large, oversized art? Please do share!
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I Took the Plunge | New Etsy Shop Adventure

Well, I finally decided to do it! I opened my very own etsy shop featuring my near & dear nursery word art printable! If you remember back to last year, I initially created the piece for Simon’s Nursery as a focal point on his pegboard gallery wall. It was just one of those sayings, that I would see and read and get choked up over! I actually still do ha!
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“No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all, you are the only one who knows what my heart sounds like from the inside.”

The only words I can come up with to depict the feeling I get when I hear or read those words is…an indescribable, immeasurable amount of emotion you feel & attachment you have to your baby during pregnancy & after giving birth. It’s that unwavering bond and lifelong connection you have with your child, because truly, they are the only ones on the planet who have actually been a part of your being. Life inside of life…

Not too get too sappy & sentimental, but I really do LOVE this beautiful quote! After many, many email inquiries & requests to make the print available, I decided to open the shop and offer it! Right now I have it listed in its original form – navy, green & aqua, but do offer custom colors – just leave your color choices in the “notes to the seller” section when you are checking out and we will work together to ensure the shades & coloring are exactly what you are looking for. Easy enough 🙂

The best part – its an instant digital file, so you simply purchase it, then you have access to download it and print it yourself ASAP (or have it professionally printed at your local office supply / copy shop). I personally like to use FedEx / Kinkos. its close to my house and they charge $1.50 for colored printing on cardstock. That is exactly where I went to have mine printed for Simon’s room. Total bargain!

I do plan to expand the shop by creating & offering additional nursery & playroom word art in the near future. I think typography / word art should be in every home & a part of every gallery wall – well, maybe not every one, but a special saying or quote that holds special meaning to you or your family can really make a beautiful statement. Your home should be reflective of you – your style, beliefs, moods, joys & passions – and word art is a visually impactful way to achieve this.
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Thank you, thank you for your love & support of this little old blog and the shop so far, too! You guys, my dear readers, mean so much to me! You give me inspiration & motivation to keep working hard, creating, practicing & improving. I love, love doing this!

XOXO –

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DIY Chic Easter Art [gold foil edged bunny]

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I realize Easter is less than 5 days away, but I just had to share my quick DIY Easter art. It is a bit non-traditional in the sense that it isn’t done in pastels or springy colors. Well, there actually isn’t any color. I went with classic me and designed something simple in black, white and gold, very chic, hmm?! The only “pop” is the use of a bold, but small print polka dot and the subtle gold edge. I really love how it turned out!
DIY chic easter bunny art | gold foil easter bunny art | DIY easter decor || This is our BlissHere is what I did:

I started with the printable below. I found it here and then saved it as a jpeg to my computer. Next, I opened the image up and copy and pasted it into a word doc. I stretched out the edges to fill up the page since I knew I wanted to use it in an 8.5″ x 11″ frame.

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I saved the word doc to a flash drive and had 3 copies printed at a FedEx copy store. 1 to use as a stencil, 1 as the actual art print and the 3rd as a back-up in case I messed something up! I think I am investing in a toner printer when our current printer kicks it. I make waaaay too many trips to FedEx :). If you remember back to my first gold foil project, then you’ll note that you must use toner (instead of ink) in order for the foil to transfer to your paper after going through the laminator.

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 I cut along the inside edge of one of the bunny images to use as a stencil and trace on my black and white polka dot scrap book paper.

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 Then I took another bunny, placed an 8.5″ x 11″ cut piece of gold foil on top of it and then slowly fed it through my laminator. (I am really getting some good use out of this guy!!) After it is completely through the machine, you can peel it off and are left with just the gold edge.

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Bunny printable - trace onto paper - cut out to use as a stencil - Chic Easter art - black white and gold - This is our Bliss 6After that, all that was left was to put it in a frame. I also wrote out “Happy Easter” with my gold leaf paint pen and laid a piece of the Martha Stewart Decoupage gold trim in the middle. Both of those items were supplies from my DIY gold acrylic tray.

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My entry way table was instantly styled for Easter with a couple of quick DIY’s using all items I already had on hand! That is definitely the best type of project, for sure.

Always shop your house. Always.

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If you don’t want to get prints made with toner or you don’t have a laminator, I think you could trace the outline of the bunny with the gold leaf paint pen for a very similar effect. If someone tries this method, please let me know how it turns out!

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I hope to have another post or 2 out before the weekend, but Happy early Easter anyways!

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DIY Gold Foil Art

Hi! Hello!  Welcome back. if you’ve been here before and if you are just now stopping over to This is our Bliss, thanks so much for doing so! I am back today with a little DIY project that is quick, easy and adds just the right amount of #blingbling to your holiday décor! Has anyone else been eyeing all of the gorgeous gold foil art out there lately?! I keep seeing really cool pieces at places like Homegoods, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Target and online at sites such as minted.com. Gold foil definitely seems to be the latest craze and I just love the sparkle and glam. So, while zipping through my Pinterest feed the other day, I saw this awesome gold foil art tutorial and decided I wamted to give it a try. I had the laminator and white cardstock already, so all I needed to buy was a roll of heat transfer gold foil which I picked up at Michaels. I followed Jen’s instructions (except for one little part 🙂 ) and here is how it evolved!

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IMG_7310I created my image in Picmonkey using a few different text boxes and fonts and then printed it out. You can just as easily create your holiday word art using Microsoft Word. *After running this piece through the entire process, I realized the gold foil didn’t adhere, so had to have it printed at FedEx since they use toner and not ink. I brought the printout home and then started again! Whoops! Lesson learned. The instructions I followed were clear as day, but for some reason I thought my printer used toner :/

laminatorI plugged in my laminator and let it warm up. When the blue ready light turned on, I began prepping my foil. By prepping, I mean I laid my cut piece on the cardstock and ran it through! Super easy.

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It came out in about 10 seconds.

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I let it sit for a bit, although you don’t have to. I actually did a few things around the house and then came back later that night and finished up sitting by the tree.

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After it goes through the laminator, you can sort of see the text through the foil.

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I nervously peeled it away (for the 2nd time) and thankfully IT WORKED!!

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I was so excited! It was a little splotchy, but decided once I put it behind glass in the frame, it wouldn’t be that noticeable. I loved it anyways – imperfections and all!

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So, after flipping back through the tutorial I linked to up above, another one of Jen’s readers asked about the foil she used, since the reader said her Michaels foil was splotchy too. I visited the source for Jen’s foil and ordered some for future projects! It just so happens, you can get 1 yard for $3.50… I paid a whopping $4 for 1 foot before…whomp whomp.

What do you think?! Something you want to try? If you are not a regular DIY’er, don’t be intimidated by the laminator. It was a great $35 investment and can be used for a ton of things! You’ll see 🙂

Now onto finishing up my Christmas cards and listening to Christmas music while the boys are napping. #ohhappyday
Thank you for reading and I hope to have you back again soon! A few more holiday posts are underway and you don’t want to miss them!

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Playroom Reading Nook: Part 1 {DIY Letters + Marquee Heart}

So, after what-felt-like-forever-since-my-last-post, I am back!  Everyone in our house was down last week with grueling colds and then I took off for the weekend for one of my oldest friend’s bachelorette party.  I was worried all week that I wouldn’t be able to leave with sick kiddos, but everyone started to turn the corner by Wednesday & Thursday, so off I went and left the little guys with the big guy of the house.  The girls weekend was a ton of fun & was so appreciative for some much needed time away to relax & unwind.  We stayed in a beautiful vacation home in Galena, IL and had a great to,e catching up with several of my childhood friends!  I got home yesterday afternoon and settled right back in with my boys.  You could find us all on the couch hanging out watching football and gearing up for a busy week.  I have lots to share this week and next as I wrap up the playroom posts and dive into some new projects too.

Today, I am sharing the first project of the future reading nook in the playroom!  I have plans for the rest of this lil’ corner and I think it will be a 3 part series when it is all said and done!

My idea for this wall snowballed after I laid my eyes on this:

Marquee Heart

I spotted this Marquee Heart at Michaels and knew it was just what the reading nook needed. A little something to jazz up what might be considered boring bookshelves & some letters (even though I wasn’t sure what the letters were going to say yet… probably just “READ” or something simple). Well, not anymore! I walked over to the wooden crafts aisle & scooped up some white MDF letters and headed home with my project ready to roll.

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Next, I was on a mission to find a scrapbook paper pack with colors & designs that would match the gallery wall.  I found the perfect one at Joann Fabrics.This paper was actually really nice and was considered premium cardstock. It was glossy and had some dimension & thought it would look awesome on the wall 🙂

I got home & selected the papers I was going to use & got out my roll of gold vinyl (the same roll I used on the “fun” arrow) and a few other materials.  If you saw my playroom inspiration post, you’ll remember I was intrigued by the gold triangle look and thought these letters might be a great place to incorporate them. So, if you’re trying to follow along, 1/2 of the letters are going to be covered in scrapbook paper and the other 1/2 are going to be covered in gold vinyl triangles. Make sense? You’ll see below.

So here we go…

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Next up…

Scrapbook paper letters

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After the letters were all cut out, I spritzed the adhesive on the front of the letter and placed the cut paper down gently starting at the top and then working my way down. Once it was lined up & in place, I pressed down to make sure it was smooth and set.

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Next, they were headed for the wall!  I laid my painters tape out & made sure it was level, then I marked the tape where the hole on the back of the letter was.  I hammered each nail into the wall & hung the letters one by one.

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I unintentionally caught the reflection of the playroom gallery wall in the shiny marquee <3

The coolest part about the heart marquee is that it is battery-powered so there are no cords in the way around the little kids.

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What do you think?!  I kind of heart it. wink, wink!

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DIY {fun} Arrow for the Playroom Wall

Hello there!  As promised, today I am back with a 5 minute project I finished up this past weekend for the playroom.  Yesterday, I shared some of my inspiration for the decor and after eyeing super cute playrooms on Pinterest for awhile, I couldn’t wait to get started on the main wall of ours.  This little “fun” arrow made a home on the main wall and I will be sharing the full gallery wall later this week (I hope!). It is about 95% complete 🙂

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Nursery Word Art

Hello!!

If you are new to This is our Bliss, welcome! I am so glad you have stopped by!

Many readers have been very interested in the Nursery Word Art that is framed on the Pegboard Gallery Wall in Simon’s Nursery. I originally created this Nursery word art piece because I loved they saying, but couldn’t find it just the way I envisioned it – with his precise colors and all. So, what does any true DIY’er do? Make it herself, I suppose!

You can visit my new etsy shop, where the word art is available and customizable, too!

If you are looking for cute & inexpensive art to adorn a gallery wall (aren’t we all?!) in a little one’s nursery, then you have come to the right place.  Whether you are creating a nursery gallery wall for one of your own children or seeking a baby gift for a new mom or mom-to-be.

It is formatted to fit inside an 8″ x 10″ frame or a larger frame with a mat fit for an 8″  x 10″ photo. I had mine printed at the local FedEx/Kinkos for $1.50 on white cardstock and then placed it behind a mat in a white 11″ x 14″ frame. Then I hung it on the pegboard using one a hook from this set.

This pegboard book set is also a great option for hanging a variety of things on a pegboard wall too!
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Nursery Project: Pegboard Gallery Wall

Hello! So I mentioned last week that I am working on some plans for our little playroom just off the family room.  I spent a couple hours last week going through toys – sorting them, pitching them, searching for them.  Lets just say we needed to do some organizing in there or I was going to lose my mind!  I know it is not going to be a room that stays clean, but as long as everything in it has a home, it will eventually make it back there someday 🙂 Along with some organizational strategizing, I began to do some decorative strategizing!  A shelf we had in the room with some art and books on it…well… came crashing down a couple of weeks ago and I am not going to be putting the shelf back up.  In its place, I am thinking I will put together a little gallery wall with a mix of art, photos and typography.  While pondering the design today, it got me thinking… I have had quite a few people ask me about the pegboard gallery wall I did in Simon’s nursery and I never really did a follow-up post with the deets, so thought it might be a good idea to revisit the nursery and give everyone some info on one of my favorite walls in the house.

The photo of this wall has been my most popular pin on Pinterest so far!

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So, here we go…

I first went to Lowes & picked up a 4′ x 4′ pegboard.  I think it was about $8. I also bought a small foam roller and a few paint samples.  I went with shades of dark gray to test out.

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I ended up mixing all 3 of the paints together until I got the color I was aiming for.  It took about 3 – 4 coats of paint for complete coverage.

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Next we cut 2 pieces of plywood (1″ x 4″) and laid them across the back horizontally.  We placed a couple of screws in each piece of wood to secure them to the pegboard.  We then measured our wall, found our studs and marked the wall where we wanted to drill.  We were able to drill into the plywood pieces from the front with long extra long screws, enter the wall and catch the stud.  The plywood allowed us to secure the pegboard firmly to the wall and also act as a spacer between the pegboard and the wall in order to be able to hang things on it from the front.

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We used screws to hang the Bygel rail & basket and we placed them so they hit the lower piece of plywood. Everything else was hung with pegboard hooks (see link in source list below)

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There it is!  We hung the pegboard on the wall before attaching any of the frames, etc.  I am not one to lay out my frames on the floor beforehand and I definitely don’t take the time to trace out the frames and tape them on the wall in order to determine my placement.  I guess you could say I just wing it.  I need to get better about my planning when nailing into the wall, but the nice thing about working with a pegboard as your backdrop is you don’t have to worry about random nail holes in the wall! Not that I ever put 2 or 3 holes behind each picture before I get it where I want it or anything 🙂

Here is my source list from the original nursery post:

 

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ABC… 123… Party Recap!

We survived the weekend!  Our families were in town for the big celebration and lots of friends joined us for the festivities too.  I mentioned awhile back, we were wracking our brains for a party theme for Henry’s 2nd birthday and decided the one that made the most sense was to do an “ABC & 123 Party” for our little Counting Captain / Alphabet man!  Letters and numbers truly are his favorites things right now.  To kick off the week, I thought I would share some snapshots from the party. We kept the food simple, by grilling burgers, brats & hotdogs and served appetizers and a few side dishes to go along.  I DIY’d the decorations and we filled the room with ABC & 123 balloons…sweet & simple!  All in all it was a great Saturday evening and we are very thankful for all of those who were able to come and celebrate with us.

Enjoy…

Henry 2nd bday invite

A cropped version of the invite I created using PicMonkey  User-friendly & FREE to use.  I had them printed on cardstock at our local FedEx copy store (2 invites per page).

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IMG_4921 The simple DIY Bunting I made using scrapbook paper, craft paint & twine.  The same roll of twine I used on last year’s birthday bunting.  It has lasted through several projects.

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IMG_4905Amaaazing cookies created by a friend, “A Sweet Touch by Sara T”  They were a huge hit!

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IMG_4975Another easy banner I made using scrapbook paper, photos, twine & little chalkboard clothespins I found at Michaels.

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 A wordle I created for décor on my entryway table.  You may recall this & this I have swapped out before in this same spot 🙂

IMG_4916IMG_4913Here are my little drink tags for the adult beverage glasses.  I printed numbers out on scrapbook paper, round paper punched them (like I did here) and then laminated them.  After a simple hole punch & more of my trusty twine, they were tied on.  Our guests could sip on their drink & easily identify which one was theirs (after setting their glass down to chase after the countless toddlers we had running around!)

IMG_5384IMG_5397A little personal touch… I created a short story about Henry from A to Z, had it enlarged to an 18′ x 24″ at Staples and then glued it to a large foam board covered with scrapbook paper. Super easy!

And finally…

IMG_4924IMG_4922IMG_4926the Party favors!  What birthday party is complete without them?!

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The birthday boy dressed to impress for his theme!

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Stealing a big smooch while he’ll still give them!

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Success!

 Our little guy is 2 and he has the remnants of the cake to prove it.

I am not sure if I will do any follow-up posts with DIY tutorials for any of the party décor, but if there is something you would like to know more about, please let me know!  I will be back this week with my pallet project and a few other goodies as well 🙂 Please follow me on social media or subscribe for free by email to all of my latest posts so you’re sure to not miss a thing.  Click the buttons on the right-side of my blog page to follow along my journey whichever way you choose!

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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