DIY Gold Foil Pillow

Written by Dina of Honey & Fitz

DIY Gold Foil PillowWhenever I design a kid’s bedroom, I try to include a personalized element. Kid’s love things with their names on them right? This super easy DIY gold foil pillow (no sewing involved!) combines 2 things I love – a hint of metallic sparkle and a personalization.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 pillow cover – Pick a size and color that works for your room. A solid color works great but this could be fun on a pattern too. Etsy is a great spot for finding inexpensive, solid colored, linen pillows. If you want to do a full name, I recommend a 12″x20″ pillow like I used. If you want to do just a monogram or initial, a simple square would be perfect.
  • Iron-on gold metallic vinyl
  • Scissors
  • Template

DIY Gold Foil Pillow - SuppliesStarting with your selected pillow, determine the right size for your letters. This will vary based on the name you’re working with. For my pillow I needed 4 letters and I ended up making each 750pt in Microsoft Word. I put the ‘e’ and ‘a’ on their own pages and the two l’s on 1 page and printed them all out on cardstock.

DIY Gold Foil Pillow - TemplatesCut out all your letters and trace them IN REVERSE on the back side (the silver side) of your vinyl.

DIY Gold Foil Pillow - Reverse LettersOnce you have all your letters cut out, play around with the position of them on the pillow. I like to hold a tape measure along the bottom of the pillow and then hold a straight edge along the bottom edge to line up my letters.

DIY Gold Foil Pillow - LettersOnce you’re satisfied with your layout, iron on the first and last letter. This will give you a nice line to work within for the middle letters.

DIY Gold Foil Pillow - 2Before you iron on your first letter, iron the pillow cover itself and warm up the fabric. This will let the vinyl adhere more uniformly. Then, holding your letter firmly in place, begin to move your iron over the letter in quick, circular motions. It doesn’t take much to make the transfer and you’ll immediately see the letter change from smooth to more textured. Keep the iron moving so as not to scorch the vinyl. It’s probably a good idea to use a pressing fabric (an old plain white t-shirt, for example)

DIY Gold Foil Pillow - Iron On LettersLet your letter cool completely and then go back and peel off the clear protective layer. It’s not immediately clear that this exists but run your nail around the edge and give it a little tug. Peel it back to reveal your sparkly work!

(If at any point while you’re peeling the protective layer away you notice the vinyl itself pulling up, don’t panic! Place the protective layer back down and hit it with the iron for another second or two. Let it cool and try again.)

DIY Gold Foil Pillow - 3Stuff your pillow with a down insert 2″ larger in length and width that your cover. Fluff and enjoy!

DIY Gold Foil Pillow - Finished!

DIY Gold Foil Pillow - 5Now that you’re armed with the basics, get creative. Don’t restrict yourself to a name – you could do anything! A great big heart, a star, an anchor…even create your own pattern with a few smaller pieces ironed on in a grid. These would make great baby shower gifts right?

I recently shared a sweet little girl’s room I designed where I used one of these pillows on the bed. Check it out here.

Dina Holland is a blogger and interior designer. She lives in Boston, MA with her husband and two young sons, Knox and Reed. She shares her adventures in DIY, interior design work and the renovation of her century old home on her blog Honey & Fitz.

DIY Fruit Snacks… Easy as 1, 2, 3!

Post by Kelsey Nixon of Kelsey’s Essentials

With a toddler running around, I think about snacks a lot more than I used to. Every chance I get to sneak in a healthy snack here and there is one that I embrace. When I can offer him snacks that I feel great about, it makes it even better. I’ve really enjoyed taking some of the traditional boxed snacks and making homemade versions lately. The biggest hit has been these easy DIY Fruit Snacks. They’re just as fun to make as they are to eat – especially if your little one is helping you out in the kitchen. I’ve found that any time I involve my toddler Ollie in cooking, he’s more likely to try whatever we’ve made together. He loves these fruit snacks and eats them by the handful! While I’m sure that there are fruit gummies out there that are comparable in nutrition, you can’t beat the ease and satisfaction of making your own for an afternoon activity with your kids. It’s a great idea to keep in mind as you’re trying to keep kids busy during the last few weeks of summer before they head back to school! The ratio of ingredients is really easy to remember and the variations are endless.

DIY Fruit Snack Recipe

DIY Fruit Snacks

  • 1 cup 100% fruit or vegetable juice (I used a raspberry limeade, blackberry lemonade, and orange juice)
  • 2 tablespoons plain gelatin
  • 3 teaspoons honey

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In a small saucepan, add the fruit or vegetable juice and sprinkle the gelatin over the top. Allow the powder to be absorbed in the liquid (it will look a little wrinkly on the surface) before whisking to fully combine.

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On the stovetop, heat the liquid slowly until it warms through over medium heat. Cook the liquid until it is thin and no longer grainy. Once it reaches this stage, turn off the heat and whisk in the honey. Depending on how sweet your juice is you can slightly increase or decrease this amount.

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Carefully pour liquid into candy molds or into an 8×8 inch glass baking dish. I had great success using a clean dropper/syringe that I use when giving medications to my little guy. It was especially helpful for the small candy molds I used. You can find them here. I love the shapes!

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Transfer molds or glass dish to the refrigerator and chill until set – about an hour.  Remove from molds or cut the flavored gelatin into squares.

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This recipe is a great jumping off point for further variations. Adding extracts or other nutritional ingredients like vitamin C powder are great ways to pack a punch in your homemade gummies.

Kelsey Nixon is the host of Kelsey’s Essentials on Cooking Channel and author of Kitchen Confidence. Kelsey’s Essentials is also currently airing Mon-Thurs at 3pm on Food Network. Kelsey, her husband Robby, and son Oliver (“Ollie”) live in New York City. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

DIY Wall Banner

Post by Joni of Lay Baby Lay.

DIY Wall Banner

If you caught Timothy’s nursery in the fall catalog, then you probably spotted this canvas banner.  I made it especially for his room, and here is a little info on how to create one yourself!

I found this vintage postcard from Etsy, apparently from the late 1800’s.  I scanned it at a very high resolution (600 dpi) and then added the text using Photoshop.  I sent it to a local digital printer and had it printed onto unstretched canvas.  You likely have a printer in your area who can do this – just search for “digital printer” in your city, and they will be happy to help you, I am sure!  You can find the wooden dowels at Home Depot or a local hardware store (these are 1” diameter).  Trim the dowels to size, leaving a little to hang over the sides, and stitch a pole pocket on each end of the canvas.  If sewing isn’t your thing, you can use some stitch witchery instead!  Then drill holes in the top dowel, and thread through some suede cord or yarn for hanging.

Finally, here is another approach for a wall hanging, if you can’t find a printer or you’d like to try a different look.

DIY Felt Letter Wall Hanging

What you need:

(1) Two 1” wooden dowels, trimmed to desired length; (2) Metallic Gold Thread; (3) White Burlap (or other white fabric); (4) Felt sheets (I used four); (5) Fabric Dye (I used Rit Liquid Dye);  (6) Scissors; (7) Fabric Glue; (8) Yarn or suede cord for hanging


To make your banner:

(1)  Trim the fabric to the size you would like (Mine is 24” x 36”).

(2)  Fill a sink or galvanized tub with hot water and pour in the dye.  Dip the fabric into the dye and let it sit for about 10 minutes.  Then let it hang to dry (probably outside!).

(3)  Cut out the letters from the felt.  I think it’s best to freehand them.  It gives it a little more personality!

(4)  Once the fabric is dry, lay out the letters, and use the fabric glue to tack them down.

(5)  After glue is dry, stitch over each letter with the gold thread.  If you prefer not to stitch them, just use a little extra fabric glue to ensure they will stick.

(6)  Stitch (or stitch witchery) pole pockets on the bottom and the top.

(7)  Insert dowels, and tie yarn or cord around the top dowel to hang!

Tutorial for DIY Wall Banner

Joni Lay is the author of nursery decor blog Lay Baby Lay.  She began writing and curating in 2011 shortly after the birth of her first baby as a place to provide fresh and unique nursery inspiration with a little dose of motherhood experience on the side.  The blog is her creative outlet and it is her hope to inspire others to create spaces for their families and little ones that are full of imagination, color, and delight and also be a place of encouragement in the crazy but wonderful journey of having babies and watching them grow.

Timothy’s Nursery Design

Post by Joni of Lay Baby Lay.

Timothy's Nursery Design

I was really excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with The Land of Nod to create a special space for my friend Keri’s youngest baby, Timothy.  He came along very shortly after his older brother (they are 15 months apart!) and he arrived right after his family moved into a new home, so Keri was thrilled to get to have a space made just for him in the midst of being a bit unsettled.

To start the design process, I asked Keri what she would like the room to reflect.  She said baseball is a big part of their family (she grew up loving it, and her husband played it often growing up, and his father is an umpire) and they also love hiking and the outdoors.  In an effort to bring in those two elements, I had Keri find some old photos of her husband playing baseball as a kid (so cute!) and found some vintage outdoor photos and postcards to incorporate as well.  We went with a classic blue and white color scheme with pops of yellow.  Here is the inspiration:

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I love how the paint on the walls turned out!  (The white is Sherwin Williams’ Snowbound, and the blue is Sherwin Williams’ Buoyant Blue).  The room isn’t very large, and has an angled ceiling, but painting the lower half of the walls blue really complements the angles without making it feel awkward.  It also makes the room feel larger and more airy.

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There is also a long 4’ wide dormer, so to make use of it, we turned it into a little reading space with bookshelves and a comfy pouf. It’s a fun challenge to try to make the most of the space in a room, and I think this is the perfect use of that little nook!

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I adore this crib.  The finish is just beautiful and it’s great for a girl or a boy, so Keri can use it again if needed.  It feels like an heirloom with the spindle details!  It also goes so well with the Jenny Lind bookcase nestled close by.  I made that canvas wall hanging for Keri from a vintage postcard.  It says “be brave and courageous,” which I meant as an encouragement for little Timothy, but she says it has been a great reminder to her as she is enduring some health challenges with Thomas, his older brother.  I love that a nursery can be a place of inspiration for everyone in the family!

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The campaign chest is just gorgeous!  It has the feel of a hard to find vintage piece, but works like new.  This dresser will be able to grow with Timothy, and is a natural fit for a big boy room and beyond.  It’s always a win when you can find pieces that will outlive the nursery.

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The rocker is also beautiful – it has the feel of a vintage mid century piece, but with modern proportions.  It’s really comfy, and the wood tones go really well with the crib.  And those shelves – ahh, I love the gold brackets!  Such a pretty way to keep books and essentials close by, or to display heirlooms out of reach of tiny hands.

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This was such a fun project; the Land of Nod team is so fun to work with and they made the whole process a joy.  It was honestly a great reminder of why I do what I do at Lay Baby Lay; I love inspiring other moms to create happy, imaginative spaces for their little ones, and the beautiful pieces created and curated by the Land of Nod are such a perfect complement!

Joni Lay is the author of nursery decor blog Lay Baby Lay.  She began writing and curating in 2011 shortly after the birth of her first baby as a place to provide fresh and unique nursery inspiration with a little dose of motherhood experience on the side.  The blog is her creative outlet and it is her hope to inspire others to create spaces for their families and little ones that are full of imagination, color, and delight and also be a place of encouragement in the crazy but wonderful journey of having babies and watching them grow.