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26. 10. 2015

I completed another piece of the nursery about a week ago that is definitely more on the artsy side, but I also required swinging a hammer a few hundred times.  I really wish I was kidding on that part – I think I started to develop tennis elbow!  But I really like how it turned out and it definitely has a handmade quality to it, which is what I was going for.

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Albeit time consuming, this project was really easy.  I first went to Jerry’s and bought a 1×12 board and had them cut it to 4 1/2 feet for me.  (Seriously the cutting counter at the hardware stores is the best thing that’s ever happened to my crafting life!)  Then I had the husband stain it with a dark walnut stain for me so I wasn’t exposing baby to too many bad smells.  After a few days of it drying/airing out, I taped down paper the full length of the board and drew on the shape of the mountains and snow.  Then it was as simple as adding nails every 1/4″ or so along the mountain ridges and the perimeter of the “snow”.  I went with 1″ #7 wire nails and I went through almost four boxes.  You do need a little bit of a head on the nail to hold the string on.  Then I just added the white string (this kind) to create a defined pattern.  I doubled around both sides (top and bottom of the nails) on the mountain ridges so they were more defined.

With breaks (and not counting Ben’s labor), I probably spent around 6-7 hours on this one.  It is also one of those projects that didn’t turn out quite as good as the Pinterest inspiration, but I still really like it and I think it will be a cool statement-type piece in the nursery.  The tentative plan is to hang it above the dresser/changing table.

More wall decorations are in the works and hopefully I will make a crib sheet soon so stay tuned!

5 responses to “Nursery Decorating – Mountain Art”

  1. Brianne says:

    Hi There!
    How much string did you use for the project?

  2. Natalie Schaal says:

    That’s awesome Sarah! Now you got me wanting to make something for the kid’s room…..right now we have some of my paintings I did over 10 years ago! They’re really bad!

  3. kate says:

    Where did you find the mountain stencil? I can’t find a large and nice enough one to blow up big enough that it doesn’t get blury

    • sarahntomp@gmail.com says:

      I just drew it by hand. The one recommendation I would make is with the “snow” sections, the more jagged you draw it, the more nails you will have to use to make the shape and the more stringing you will have to do too. By the end, I was wishing I had made them simpler.

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