Thanks to soon-to-be-momma-herself Erin (seriously, the cutest preggers!) , I learned how to make these great memory boards as a personal shower gift for my sweet pregnant friends.
I made one for W's room after but honestly, it does look a bit girly. I think it's just the fabric. We didn't find out the gender, and it's now time to really "boy" it up a bit. I think I'll hang onto our board in hopes of adding some girly colors for a feminine nursery one day.
I actually took the play-by-play photos for W's board and not the gift. Oh, and be sure to check out Erin's original post before your get your crafty on.
I introduce your crafting cast of characters:
-buttons (or craft stickers)
-hot glue gun
Here's how it works:
1. Cut batting and fabric big enough to wrap and staple around canvas.
2. Wrap the batting around the canvas, pull tight and staple...the more the better. Get after it! (In fact, just go crazy with the staple gun, especially at night with your own child sleeping soundly in his bed. It'll get him used to the loud noises anyway. Who am I kidding. I must have been sipping some wine to have made so much noise!)
3. Then wrap and staple the fabric the same way. Fold corners a bit like covering a book as we did as kids! Cut away excess fabric and batting.
Then your board will look like this:
4. (This part was tricky for me as I only had stips of pre-cut ribbon but having a spool, you can simply measure and cut. ) Decide how far apart you want your ribbon, measure with a ruler and cut ribbon pieces appropriately to wrap around and staple to back. (Sorry no pics)
5. After you've done one row of ribbon at even parallels, measure ribbon to go opposite direction and follow same Step 4. Be sure to pull ribbon tight and staple to back.
6. Hot glue buttons or stickers where ribbons cross.
Here's where I jump projects and show you the froggy stickers I chose for my friend Sara's baby boy. When I think of Sara, I think of her frog love. I had to go there!
I haven't hung The Sheriff's yet or take a picture of the finished product. I didn't add buttons or stickers as I couldn't find what I wanted. It doesn't scream "Sheriff"so I might just reserve it for baby #2's room. (Nope, not an announcement Mom.)