DIY Nursery Feature

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Last week we celebrated my brother and sister-in-law’s impending birth with a gorgeous baby shower. Yes, it’s exciting about the baby, but I was also pretty excited about the cakes on offer! There were lemon tarts, strawberry eclairs and chocolate and raspberry mousse cakes; as well as some yummy punches (alcoholic and non-alcoholic). Somebody went to a lot of trouble decorating the place with a clothesline of adorable little singlets, thongs and nappies as well as a table of pink sweets in jars with little paper bags in pink (the baby will be a girl) and small bottles with pink and white striped straws. I’m sure we won’t be getting too many more of these delightful soirees once the baby is born, so I made the most of it! And when we got to the present-opening part of the day, there were abundant oohs and aahs as we pored over the miniature little suits and the cute toys for the baby. It is truly astounding how small babies are and even the hardest heart has to melt over how sweet all those little clothes are. Needless to say, my sister-in-law found it a little creepy when I said, ‘I can’t wait to get my hands on that baby.’ I suppose that could sound a little creepy.

 

Anyway, in the height of baby love, I created this little nursery decoration for those of you expecting. And if you aren’t, then it will look just as good in your own room.

 

You will need:

 

A small stick (about 25cms long)

 

A paper bird (you could make your own paper origami crane, but I bought my bird form Lincraft)

 

Soldering wire

 

Wire cutters

 

Scissors

 

Hot glue

 

Ribbon or shredded fabric lengths

 

What to do:

 

Cut a length of wire about 35cms long.

 

Bend the ends of the wire around the ends of the stick and then mould the wire into an arc shape.

 

Tie the end of your ribbon or fabric strip to the end of the stick where it intersects with the wire, then wrap around the wire till you reach the other end. Then tie off and cut.

 

Tie a length of ribbon or fabric around the height of the arc and another length of ribbon or fabric in a bow at one stick/wire intersection.

 

Lastly, attach your bird to the stick either with hot glue or by wrapping the wire feet around the stick.