Aside from the silhouette mural we painted before she was born, the rest of the walls in Lillian’s nursery have stayed pretty much bare, and even now they could still use some livening up. But we did manage to pull off one simple little art project so far, and that’s the subject of today’s post:
It’s a simple white frame with a collage of the cards Lillian received before she was born. The idea was originally inspired by the one in the center with the yellow elephant, which seemed like such a perfect fit with the overall theme and colors of the room that we had to figure out some way to work it in with the decorating instead of having it sit in a drawer forgotten and/or lost forever.
The frame was found at Michael’s for $19, and making the collage was a breeze — I just spread out the cards on the board from the back of the frame and moved them around until I found an arrangement that seemed to look nice. Then, a little bit of green painter’s tape on the backs of the cards held them securely in place.
Once it was all in the frame, I hung it on the wall to the left of the changing table. Originally I felt like it would be one of those boring, subdued, blends-in-with-the-background type decorations, but I’ve actually been surprised at how much Lillian has enjoyed it over the past few months since hanging it up — when carrying her over to the changing table, she’ll get all excited and start pointing at all the little ducks and the pink button and the various other shapes. So that’s an added bonus!
And that’s the story of what happened to our baby shower cards! It makes me happy that they got turned into a simple, inexpensive, sweetly meaningful little art piece that the baby herself seems very fond of. And as soon as it was hanging on the wall, it was a relief that the walls in the room weren’t completely bare anymore.
But speaking of which — I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with the space above the changing table (aka the wall to the right of the collage frame in the photo above) since it’s still completely empty. Some potential ideas include:
- Spelling out “Lillian” in colorful letters, or an alphabet arrangement
- An arrangement of colorful paper butterfly cutouts (which would tie in with the mobile)
- A small decorative shelf with some colorful toys or books on top
- Some more white frames with various other pictures / prints / collages inside
Do you have a favorite when it comes to any of these, or perhaps another idea entirely? I would love to hear any thoughts or ideas in the comments!