do-it-yourself nursery art

There is some really great nursery art out there, but since I was on a budget, I decided to make my own. I bought 3 12x12 inch canvases from Lee's Art Shop (on special buy 2 get one free!) and painted some very simple shapes.



Amateurish, yes, but kind of cute too. After painting the canvas with a glossy white, I used the paint can to trace the polka dot birds, and traced enlarged numbers that I printed from the computer. After a lot of paint mixing and a few little details later, I had my counting art.

I like painting on canvas, since you can just hang it straight on the wall, no frame required.


No baby yet ... we are crossing our fingers that he makes his appearance sometime this week. :)

46 comments:

*sunchips* said...

aw, I love these! They look great!

The Henrich Family said...

fat little birdies...fun. looks good Jill.

Amy said...

So cute! Great idea! I love canvas painting too- plus, it's pretty easy to fix if you mess up when you're painting.

smalltownmom said...

Those are really cute!

Good luck and congratulations ahead of time!

Laura Jane said...

Just adorable! The nursery looks ready for action.

Best of luck with the next week, it is just the first step in the rest of your lives!

Jodie said...

Jill, they look great. You are so organised...

molly said...

Just looking at the nursery has me drooling. Your little babe is going to be so lucky with all that handmade yumminess to welcome him into the world. The canvas chicks are darling!

Laurel MacD said...

They are adorable - perfect for a nursery. Good luck this week.

Elizabeth said...

I think they're adorable! Best of luck with the upcoming birth. :)

claudia said...

I love your nursery art. What a lucky baby to have a mommy who cares enough to do all these fantastic works of art and love.

mamabear said...

What a great idea! They are adorable! Can't wait to hear about the baby!

julie in seattle said...

Super-cute and contemporary looking. Good luck with the birth and congratulations.

LiEr said...

Hi Jill, am always nursing baby when I'm reading blogs so I apologize if I haven't left a comment earlier. Love your blog, the baby shoes, diaper cake, everything! Added you to my blogroll because all the stuff you make is so delightful - hope you don't mind. Am envious that your nesting instinct produced such gorgeous stuff - like these canvasses, for one. Mine produced just some furniture reorganization (doesn't even count as anything made!). All the best with baby and take care of your mommy self too!

mandie said...

Love it again! Did we ever see pictures of the finished crib bedding? I know you posted the fabric samples of it.

jamie n' matt said...

How adorable!! I love it. Such a great idea!

leafLet said...

Another great idea Jill, your baby will be very happy about this project.

Jenn said...

Those are so sweet!

Sherry said...

Congratulations on your upcoming new baby boy! I am sure he will be beautiful. Oct. 21 is a good birthday! I love reading your blog.

foobella said...

Do you have to have a kid to want this? So cute.

Bridget said...

Nice job! Those are great!

lera said...

Completely adorable. Good luck over the next few days!

Amy said...

so someone commented on how if you mess up the canvases are easy to fix. How? can you give more explaination?

Jill said...

I assume she meant that you can just paint over it and start again. They are reusable when you get sick of your first masterpiece. :)

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I think these are great! I'll be linking to this fun project!

Melanie said...

Okay, I have spent my morning looking at your blog...and I LOVE everything you have done! Seriously...is there anything you can't do? I have about a million craft projects I want to "attempt" now.

p.s. I hope everything goes well with you and your little guy. Good luck!

Christy said...

Those are adorable! I love them :) I'll have to keep them in mind whenever we decide to have kids!

LeAnne said...

These are so sweet! Great job! Hope he comes soon!

Ewokgirl said...

I love those! I don't think they look amateurish at all. Very creative!

reclamation mama said...

THose little birds are so cute! They look great in the nursery.

Kathy said...

Very cute and I love how they go with the bird mobile you made earlier. I'm excited for you in the birth of your new baby. I found your blog a few weeks ago and have really enjoyed looking at all the great crafts you make. I'm going to get around to recreating a bunch of them myself...first I'll make a tag blanket like you made for a friend of mine that had a baby last month. I'll be checking in on your blog to await the news of your baby coming soon. Blessings, Kathy

rachel said...

absolutely adorable! i keep waiting for the day that i'll check your blog & there won't be a new update, which will happen a few days consecutively, and then eventually there will be a picture of the little guy. :) good luck!

A glance at my world said...

Very cute! BTW you look adorable in the photo in the headband post :)

GreatHands23 said...

Very cute as always, babe. I can't wait to see what you do next. Best wishes this week on the baby. I can't wait to see pictures. I just know he's going to be beautiful. :)

All things bright and beautiful... said...

Not amateurish at all - these would stand proud in any nursery boutique & with a huge price tag! Love your blog.
Lots of luck.
lynn.

Samantha said...

Very cute! Can't wait to see pictures of the baby! :)

Lavon said...

These are so cute!

David and Lisa (and sometimes Laken) said...

You are very talented. How cute!

Colleen said...

Jill,

I am such a fan of yours. What a beautiful nursery. I love the gorgeous quilt. Good luck with the new baby!

The Mecham Family said...

So adorable! I'm glad I found your blog, it's always fun to see what you've created! i don't know how you do it all though! But i'm glad you do, cause I don't. :)

Rebeckah said...

These are so adorable : ). I think you could sell them to Pottery Barn!

Amy said...

so cute jill! and congratulations on your new baby! :)

Kathy - mom of many said...

Eagerly awaiting pictures of the baby. Hope everything is going well. Kathy

lovemygeorge said...

Adorable! I LOVE your blog;-) Glad I found it!

Erica

angie b. said...

So cute! great blog!

RxQueenAsh said...

these are just too cute! i've been meaning to comment this post for sometime now. finally got my own little page so thought now is as good of time as any.

i love love love reading your blog. all of your little "how to's" ar easy to follow and you have the cutest ideas!

congrats on the new baby!

lrennie86 said...

I found your birds by searching Google Images and I would like to use the picture of the 2 birds as my blog background. I photoshopped it and it's already up, but I wanted to ask you if that's OK! my blog is lrennie.blogspot.com
I am obsessed with birds and LOVE your idea!