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Whimsical Nursery Art.

DIY

Whimsical Nursery Art.

Michelle Pulman

Choosing artwork for a room can get expensive. While I have no problem splurging on pieces that I know I'll cherish for years (hello, GrayMalin!), I also like to try my hand at creating my own where I can.

So when I came across the idea of putting a favorite quote on the wall of the nursery, I thought it would be a fun project to tackle. Some of my own favorite childhood quotes were too girly for a boy's room -- but there were a few I came across from classics like Huckleberry Finn, Peter Pan, and Winnie the Pooh that I fell in love with. I finally settled on the following from Peter Pan:  "Little boys should never be sent to bed. They always wake up a day older." 

This is a project that anyone can do in 30 minutes or less. Honestly, the hardest part is choosing what you want to write! Plus, it's extremely affordable. 

What you'll need:

  • 1 picture frame (any size and style frame will do; I purchased a rustic gray one at Michael's for $6.99)
  • 1 permanent marker
  • 1 pack of thick watercolor paper (also purchased at Michael's for about $12 for 4 sheets)
Tools: 1 frame, 1 permanent marker, 1 pack of paper

Tools: 1 frame, 1 permanent marker, 1 pack of paper

First, I prepped the frame by removing the mat and then used the mat as a guide to cut one piece of the watercolor paper to fit the frame.

Next, it's all about writing your quote. You can choose any style handwriting that fits the look you're going for (calligraphy, block letters, bubble letters, etc.). For this particular quote, I decided to write in a messy, childish script. I tested the marker on a spare sheet of paper just to see how the ink looked and then grabbed the cut sheet to make the real thing. I found that slowly writing one word at a time was most effective and allowed me to check the spacing between each word. Here's what it looked like when I was finished:

Since you're simply writing on a piece of paper, once you're done, you're done! I just popped the paper into the frame and closed the frame back up. Quite possibly the quickest and easiest DIY around. Here's the final product:

Now I just have to decide where to hang it!