Colorful Paint Chip Mobile & DIY Artwork

Round two of reminiscing about My Girl’s nursery projects! Next up: the Paint Chip Mobile & DIY Artwork that hangs above her crib.
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If you’ve been on Pinterest for awhile, I’m sure you’ve seen the Paint Chip mobile floating around. The particular one that served as my inspiration was this one from The Sweetest Occasion:
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I wanted to make My Girl’s more colorful, so I straight up raided my local Home Depot on a regular basis for various colors of paint chips. I remember my paranoid walk of shame out of the store, completely convinced someone was going to stop me for my pseudo-theft. I actually paid for the lamp shade at Goodwill ($3), which after stripping the shade part, served as the frame for my mobile. The priciest splurge on this project was a scallop circle hole puncher from Michael’s, which was maybe $5 with a coupon. So this project is definitely a cute one on the cheap!

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Behind the mobile, I created some DIY artwork. I really wanted the wording “Bonne Nuit” above My Girl’s crib – Good Night in French – but the only stencils I could find ran about $40. No merci. So I created my own by printing out the words on regular printer paper, tracing them onto plastic sheets, then Exacto-knifing the letters from the sheets. The scrolling above and below the words is from a store-bought stencil. You can definitely tell I was figuring things out on my first try with “Bonne” while my second attempt on “Nuit” looks much better!

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I really love how these served as a great backdrop during My Girl’s one year photo shoot! (Photo by Stephanie Marie Photographie)
My Girl in her Crib
And just a sweet story to share about the quilt hanging over her crib: my husband’s paternal grandmother – who passed several years ago – was an avid crocheter. She had started some of these squares before her passing & my husband actually remembers her working on them. For My Girl’s arrival, his sweet maternal grandmother created identical squares and created a blanket infusing both of their work. Now My Girl has an amazing memento from those who came before her – one she’s met, and one she’s yet to meet. Tear!

Check out other projects from My Girl’s nursery:
Pinterest-Inspired ABC Nursery Artwork
Baby Girl Nursery Rocker Revamp
Dresser/Changing Table Revamp

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