DIY Felt Letter Pennant

Post by Joni of Lay Baby Lay.

DIY Felt Pennant

Today I’m posting a little DIY on how to make your own felt letter pennant. This can be such a fun detail in a nursery, and you can express whatever you’d like: “adventure,” “be brave”, “stay wild”, a monogram, anything you can dream up. It’s really simple, and also really inexpensive (always a bonus!). You can use felt sheets for the letters (here is a great source for a gorgeous color selection), but if you want a larger pennant, you will want to get a ½ yard of felt rather than a sheet.

I know it can feel intimidating to freehand cut the letters from the felt, but just go for it. Have some extra felt on hand in case you need to try it a couple of times, but it will look really sweet with a hand-drawn look, so don’t stress about getting the letters perfect!

DIY Felt Pennant

Have fun with it, and be creative!  I used the same technique to make the pillows and door hanging in my girls’ shared room, so you can change up the colors and fabric for a completely different look!

Lay Baby Lay started in 2011 shortly after the arrival of my first baby as a place to provide fresh and unique nursery inspiration with a little dose of motherhood experience. This site is my creative outlet and the place where I am able to express all the ideas running around in my head. It is my hope that you will also be inspired to create spaces for your little ones that are full of imagination, color, and delight and maybe find a little encouragement in this crazy but wonderful journey of having babies and watching them grow.

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.

Real Families | Real Kids: DIYs

Post by Jeran of Oleander and Palm

Have you seen June’s catalogue yet?  Today I’m sharing some of the DIYs in the McConnel’s Real Families Girl’s Shared Bedroom.  These are all easy to make, inexpensive DIYs to make for any space.
Room Decor DIY | Sisters Felt Banner
Room Decor DIY | Ombre Owl
Room Decor DIY | Polka Dot Lamp Shade
Room Decor DIY | Heart Cross Stitch In Wood
Room Decor DIY | Geometric Heart Pillow
Room Decor DIY | Geometric Heart Pillow 2
Room Decor DIY | Beaded Plant Hanger
Post by Jeran: Oleander and Palm

DIY Beaded Plant Hangers

Post by Jeran of Oleander and Palm
DIY Beaded Plant Hangers

Fiber wall hangings and macrame are back!  I’ve got a simple way for you to bring that retro flavor to your home with these simple DIY Beaded Plant Hangers.  I made a pair of these for my girl’s new bedroom that was featured in Real Families this month.

Plants are such an easy way to bring life to any space.  And if you have a small space with limited surfaces or you just want to keep them up and away from curious toddlers, hanging them from the ceiling can be a great option.

Here’s what you’ll need:
natural twine
wooden beads (15 for each plant hanger)
craft paint
scotch tape  DIY Beaded Plant Hangers - 1

I made a couple different versions of this.  One was my daughter, Denali’s idea, she painted the beads on the yellow pot ombre pink to mimic the colors on the Graduated Bookcases we have in the room.  And then I painted the others metallic gold and mixed round and geometric beads (like the ones used in this DIY).  DIY Beaded Plant Hangers - 2

1.  Start by cutting 5 lengths of twine, mine where about 2 1/2 yards long.  Make them longer then you want your hanger so that you can trim them at the end.    DIY Beaded Plant Hangers - 3

2.  Fold all 5 of the pieces of twine in half and tie a knot at right in the middle.  This will be the top for hanging the plant from.  I found it was helpful to hang the twine from a door knob and work with gavity to do the next steps, but you could also work on a flat surface.

3. Starting about 2/3s down the length of the twine and thread 5 beads onto the pairs of the twine.

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4.  Knot the twine just below each of the 5 beads.  DIY Beaded Plant Hangers - 5

5.  Now, this is where it gets a little tricky.  This is why working with it hanging is a little easier.  So, you are going to make new pairs of pieces of twine by pairing one piece twine with a piece of twine from the next knot over.  Again, thread on 5 beads and knot the twine just under the bead.  I left a 3 inch gap between each of my beads.  But depending on the size of your pot, you might need to have them closer or farther apart.
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6.  Repeat step #5 making new pairs again by joining one piece of twine from a knot to a piece of twine from the knot right beside it.  I know that sounds super confusing, but it really is simple.  Hopefully this pictures explain it better.   DIY Beaded Plant Hangers - 7

7.  Finally tie all the twine together in a tight knot and trim the ends.  DIY Beaded Plant Hangers - 8

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I also made a version with neon pink cording and natural beads.

Post by Jeran of Oleander and Palm