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Chalkboard Deer Silhouette

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Nordic chalkboard

You know when you get an idea that you think will be really cool and then you put it together and it ends up even better than you originally thought? This is that idea. I am so excited with the way this chalkboard deer silhouette turned out and can’t stop opening my door to look at it. :) If you want to make one for yourself (which I HIGHLY recommend cause it’s so cute) it is an easy enough tutorial that can be done in no time!

Deer Head Silhouette

I started out by using my Cricut Explore machine and cutting a deer head silhouette out of chalkboard vinyl. You can get the vinyl from Cricut or Expressions Vinyl. Once the silhouette was cut out, I primed the chalkboard by rubbing the chalk over the entire surface and then wiping it off. Then I sharpened some chalk and used a ruler to draw some lines on the deer head to use for the different pattern sections. The lines can be as close or as far apart as you would like, I do recommend using different sizes of spaces though to create interest in the pattern.

Chalkboard Decoration

Now for the fun part! It was therapeutic for me to sit down with my sharpened chalk and fill in the different sections with various patterns. I wanted a nordic type look and I think the snowflake looking pattern helped with that.

Chalkboard door hanging

After all of the patterns were finished, I bought a wood slice from Michael’s and put the vinyl on that. If you are using my printable, just cut out the deer head and attach using mod podge or some other kind of adhesive. Be careful not to smear the printed part though. If it gets wet at all, the ink will run together and ruin the pattern.

Deer head door hanging

The finishing touch was to add a red button for a nose and then I hung the wood slice on my front door using a black buffalo plaid ribbon. I love the way it turned out!

deer head wreath

 

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Fish Themed Nursery Mobile

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DIY nursery Mobile

I am continuing on with sharing parts of the nursery today.  If you missed the previous posts, you can check out the board & batten squares wall treatment and the nautical dresser makeover.  Today, I wanted to share how I made the mobile for over the crib.  Since the nursery is fish themed, it definitely seemed appropriate that I make a fish themed nursery mobile to go with it.  Making the mobile is so easy!

DIY mobile

Supplies needed:

  • Colored cardstock
  • Fishing line (or clear thread)
  • Large embrodery hoop
  • Ribbon
  • Tape or glue

I began by weaving the thread around the hoop to create a sort of grid to hang the fish from.  When I originally started this project, I thought it would be fun to have “bubbles” in the middle of the mobile, but it turned out to be too heavy.  It worked, but I really didn’t want something heavy to be hanging over the top of my baby’s crib.  Without the bubbles, the mobile weighs practically nothing and I definitely feel better about that.

DIY fish nursery mobile

Once the grid is in place, I cut various lengths of string with the longest in the middle and the shortest on the outside of the hoop.  I cut all of the fish out using my cricut explore machine which made it really easy.  I taped the fish onto the string by putting two fish together with the tape and thread in the middle.  I also made it so that all of the green fish were together in the middle, then the orange fish around them, finished off by using the blue fish.

Fish mobile

Last, I added the ribbon to the hoop by tying it in four different places and then attaching it to a longer piece that hangs from the ceiling.  It is all really simple knots but definitely secure.  In the end, I love the pop of color hanging above the crib and think it looks pretty cool when the heater turns on and the fish look like they are swimming around.

 

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