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.
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!