I’m the first person to say that I never thought I would say “I created DIY Nursery Art” for the nursery I recently created for my new son. I started with a gender neutral nursery (see here), I needed something on the walls. I’d have, as in the past, gone to great lengths to find the perfect art and then figure out how to make it work in the room. This time, however, I could not find what I had originally wanted to go on one wall of the nursery – a huge (and I mean huge, 3 or 4 feet) marquee letter of his first initial. They were practically non existent or so expensive I might as well have just bought a Picasso. So I decided to try and create something myself with some old frames I had lying around the house.
Worst case scenario the art would be hideous and I’d never tell anyone of the attempt. Plus, the project would cost me not even a single penny and was probably good for my creativity. I’m happy to say that I love the look of the paintings, although not perfect, they are the perfect DIY Alphabet Nursery Art (I chose the letter “O”) for someone like me who is not artistically inclined.
DIY Nursery Art – Step 1 : The Supplies
Time to gather your supplies! Here’s what you’ll need:
- A couple of picture frames (These are cheap ones from IKEA that were no longer needed, above)
- Thick paper (I used the reverse side of already existing art I was not going to be reusing, above)
- Black acrylic paint (I used the cheapest kind from Michael’s. I think the tube was 99 cents, I’ve had it for years)
- White acrylic paint (Again, the cheaper the better)
- Styrofoam “platter” (I washed and cleaned one that had previously held steaks!)
- * Ruler (Optional)
- * Pencil (Optional)
DIY Nursery Art – Step 2 : The Preparation
I decided that since I’m not an artist, I would need to do something that was at least somewhat symmetrical to make it look like I hadn’t just haphazardly put paint on a paper. So I measured the paper, measured out how many little circles I wanted in each line, how many lines, and then made small corresponding dots on the page in a grid formation to remind me where the letters should go.
If you are OK with the art being more abstract, skip this step entirely!
DIY Nursery Art – Step 3 : Paint!
The next step is where the fun begins. Painting! I used my fingers, because I thought it would be fun (and I didn’t have a brush). It made a nice texture anyway which I liked.
I made a point of having the center base of each letter be on the point I had measured out in step 2. Start with the white paint and then slowly (very slowly) add black paint and mix so you are making each letter darker than the last.
I started with the white in the top corner on one of my two paintings, and in the bottom on the other.
When you’re finished, it should look something like this:
Note that they’re not symmetrical, they’re not perfect and they’re definitely not all uniform. This was the look I was going for! If you wanted it to be more uniform, you could always use a stencil. I then also decided to paint a “straight” line on the bottom to have a little more of the dark color in the painting to contrast with the white frames.
DIY Nursery Art – Step 4 : Enjoy!
That’s it! Let the paintings dry extremely well (I left them overnight) and then hang them however you want in your nursery!
Adds a little personality to an otherwise very empty wall! Stay tuned for the next installment which shows a gallery wall mounted on the opposite wall for more color and texture.