Friday, August 20, 2010

Baby related crafts...

Here are 2 quick and easy projects you can do while your baby is taking a nap!  If your baby sleeps for about an hour, congratulations!  You have made it to the point where you can do something YOU feel like doing!  It makes me happy to do a little paper crafting every once in a while.  Hmm...what can I do while Kieran is sleeping?  I know, I saw a silhouette on one of my favorite blogs, Making It Lovely.  She used hers for a birthday decoration.  I know someone with a first birthday coming up!  Since I already know my color theme, I just needed to decide which color, green or orange.  After looking at my card stock supply it became clear, green, the color that was sitting neatly in the folder marked "card stock".   (No orange!)

To make one of your own, look through your images for a profile picture of your subject.  

After choosing a good image, convert it to black and white and make the contrast very high so it is easier to cut out following the lines exactly.  

I cropped mine to fit a 5 x 7 frame, (In iPhoto, you can easily set the constraint for many specific sizes.)

Print out the image and cut out around the face trying to be as exact as possible.  

Once you are happy with the shape, trace the cut out photo onto the "wrong side" of the card stock.  *Make sure the face is pointing in the direction you wish on the "right side". 

I used a frame I already had that didn't have a mat to go with it.  Instead, I just cut a piece of card stock, $1.50 at CVS, to fit the frame and be the backdrop. I may decide to paint a border, but for now, this is how it is going to stay.  Project time, 25 minutes.

Kieran is still sleeping!

Project #2 

Paper Bunting (the idea came from my other favorite blog, Young House Love for

Okay, here I go off to the races to quickly finish another project before The Bug wakes up.  

Start by cutting out a triangle template using card stock.  (My base is 4 1/4 and the height is 5 1/4.)   

Choose your paper (I used card stock that I used in another art project) and trace the triangle onto the "wrong side" of your paper.  Make sure the paper is oriented properly if you are using a pattern.  Repeat using as many patterns as you like.  

Choose a coordinating ribbon and glue the triangles to the ribbon using a craft glue.  I used Aleene's Original Tacky Glue.  

All you have to do is wait for the glue to dry (and your baby to wake) and you are ready to hang your bunting.  

I think this added a little cheer to Kieran's nursery.  

How would you use a paper bunting?  

There he is, my baby calls...


  1. I love the idea of the paper bunting. I think it would make fun party decor!

  2. Cute silhouette, and I love the bunting too!

  3. Nicole, Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my post! I love your blog, you have given me many fun project ideas!