Just this past week, we celebrated my baby’s first birthday with a little valentine party. It was really fun getting crafty with the decor, and one of my favorite details was the little cupid arrows. I’ve seen quite a few floating about this valentine season, but here is a super simple DIY and a couple of ideas on how to display them.
All you need are some wooden dowels or striped straws, duck tape (I used silver!), feathers, and felt, plus scissors and a hot glue gun. Cut out small squares of felt, cut out hearts two at a time (so they match) and hot glue them to the dowels or straws. Choose about 5 feathers and affix them to each dowel or straw with a strip of duck tape wrapped around the dowel a few times.
To display them, I found a couple of branches in the backyard and spray painted them gold and attached the arrows with pink ribbon and added in some mini paper fans and a gold garland. It makes for a pretty wall display above a dining table or in a kids’ bedroom (just hang it out of reach of little hands)!
For Brigette’s party, I hung the branches from the ceiling for a dreamy tablescape (our basement has exposed beams and pipes).
Happy Valentine’s Day! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Shelving is a great way to add extra storage into a nursery or kids’ room. It can be used for the inevitable overflow of books, or as a place to display keepsakes or special items that need to stay away from little hands and also adds interest to a room. Here is a roundup of some of my faves:
Sources, from top left: (1) Branch Shelf; (2) Color Bar Ledge (available in a rainbow of colors!); (3) Prism Brackets; (4) Tricolor Wall Shelf; (5) Honeycomb Shelf; (6) Ingrained Wall Shelf; (7) Paxton Mirror Shelf; (8) Rope Shelf
You can also make your own version. I love how these turned out that we put into our den. They are the Ikea Ekby brackets painted gold and paired with reclaimed wood shelves:
What suits your style the best?