Whimsical DIY Nursery Clouds

Remember when I said that the Penny Letter DIY Nursery Wall needed a little something to finish it off?  Well, I had a little something in mind and it looked like…

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baby with cloud nursery  amy renea a nest for all seasons crafts unleashedThese DIY nursery clouds were high on the list of things I knew I wanted to add to our little girl’s DIY nursery.  They add a touch of “nature” and “outdoors” without being too literal and the shape and looseness of form add whimsy and movement to the room.  Best of all?  These DIY nursery clouds make a bold statement, but do NOT come with a bold price tag!

Supplies needed to make your own whimsical DIY nursery clouds:

  • Frame — I used a metal frame from an old lampshade and basket
  • STYROFOAM® – (assorted) this can fill in for your frame on smaller clouds and adds to shape on larger clouds.
  • White Sheet — An old one is fine!  Just wash it first!
  • Spray Adhesive — You CAN use plain old glue or hot glue, but spray adhesive is MUCH easier. Buy 1 can per large cloud.
  • Batting — Old pillow batting is the cheap way to go! (see more details below)
  • Rubber bands and an old cheap knife to cut styrofoam.

tools for clouds  amy renea a nest for all seasons crafts unleashedInstructions for a Cumulus DIY Nursery Cloud:

Step 1.  Wrap your lampshade frame in a white sheet.  Attach it to the frame with spray adhesive.

Step 2.  Add STYROFOAM® balls and curves to give the cloud shape. I used spray adhesive to attach the STYROFOAM®, but found securing them with a rubber band made the project go MUCH faster.

lampshade cloud frame  amy renea a nest for all seasons crafts unleashedStep 3.  Let everything DRY until it is completely solid.  (I let it sit outside in the sun for a good hour before attaching batting.)

Step 4.  Spray the frame/sheets of STYROFOAM® liberally with spray adhesive and attach hand sized portions of batting.  Hold the batting in place for 10-15 seconds to get a solid attachment.

adding batting  amy renea a nest for all seasons crafts unleashed**A Note on the batting.  I had some old, REALLY beat up pillows that had the perfect white, poofy batting inside.  Instead of buying quilt batting from the store, try the thrift store first for old pillows or even a couch!   A $10 couch might just be the way to go!   If the pillow or couch cushion has a zipper, unzip it and check to make sure the insides are white and fluffy and CLEAN.  If anything has even the hint of smelliness – MOVE ON!

Back to the DIY nursery cloud how-to…

Instructions for a Cirrus DIY Nursery Cloud:

Step 1.  Skip the frame this time and simply wrap flat, curved STYROFOAM® (like THIS) in a white sheet. You are going for a long, flat shape this time.

long cloud  amy renea a nest for all seasons crafts unleashedStep 2.  Let everything DRY until it is completely solid.   (I let it sit outside in the sun for a good hour before attaching batting.)

glue clouds  amy renea a nest for all seasons crafts unleashedStep 3.  Spray the cloud form liberally with spray adhesive and attach hand sized portions of batting.  Hold the batting in place for 10-15 seconds to get a solid attachment.

making clouds 2  amy renea a nest for all seasons crafts unleashed*The Cirrus clouds are MUCH lighter than the big Cumulus clouds, so when I ran out of spray adhesive, I went ahead and used good old school glue.  It will work, but takes longer to dry and you need to use around half a bottle for a medium sized cloud like this one.  Do NOT try to use regular glue to attach the batting though.  Spray adhesive is the way to GO!

glueOnce your clouds are covered in batting and COMPLETELY dry, use your hands to gently shape any spots that seem lumpy or weird looking. You are going for loose clumps of white, but want to keep straggly pieces of batting tucked into the larger form.

cloud detail 2Once you finish the DIY nursery clouds, simply hang with a strong fishing line and attach it to secure cup hooks screwed firmly into the ceiling.

clouds and penny letters  amy renea a nest for all seasons crafts unleashedOne more note:  See that small little third cloud?  She was the easiest of all!  Tiny clouds are simply made of a large piece of batting sprayed on the side and folded up like a sandwich!  Very light and very quick!

nursery with clouds  amy renea a nest for all seasons crafts unleashed…and if you are wondering what the view is like for baby girl…

view from crib 3  amy renea a nest for all seasons crafts unleashedAnd there you have it – fun DIY nursery clouds!

About Amy Renea

Hey y'all! I'm Amy Renea, a freelance photographer and writer based out of Hershey, PA. I spend my days chasing children and chickens around the back yard, sipping on dandelion tea and munching on sweet potato chips. Come visit the Nest for All Seasons to learn more about my food, photography, DIY designs and modern garden living! www.anestforallseasons.com

Comments

  1. So pretty! I esp love your honeycomb patterned wall!

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  2. JaneEllen says:

    Your little one will think she’s in heaven already. So cute and very inventive Mom. It looks so realistic, how did you think those awesome clouds up? With the honeycomb wall it’s so perfect, nature is all around her. Babies spend lots of time on their backs, she’ll have lots to look at while she entertains herself. Enjoy her.

  3. Thanks Rena! Can’t wait for her to GET HERE now!

  4. This is the cutest nursery ever! I love the honeycomb pattern on the walls.

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