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I am so excited to share with you how I TRANSFORMED our tiny nursery, using only a new set of linen by Disney Baby, and a DIY tassel and pom pom baby mobile!
Living in a tiny space presents me with many day-to-day challenges. One of my biggest issues is keeping the place looking pretty. My inner artist screamed out any time I saw my toddler’s room. It presented so many problems:
- The linen was mismatched, didn’t go with the walls, and the sheet always came off.
- My toddler’s “room” is really only a corner of a room that is also the office and my craft room.
- It was plain, old boring.
- Our place is rented, so there was little we could REALLY do with it.
I had to figure out a way to add CHARACTER on a budget, while making the cozy little corner look fun.
In addition, because M is now 21 months old, I wanted it to be fun for him too, not just me! He’ll likely be in a crib for at least another year, and it was time to “toddlerize” his nursery – on a shoestring budget.
Swapping out the linen:
To start with, I chose the Let’s Go Mickey baby linen from the Disney Baby line at Walmart. My toddler recognizes and loves Mickey so it’s perfect for him!
The graphic “Mickey shape” print on the sheet and the chevron pattern makes it a top choice for me.
And finally, the blues already match my walls, starting me off on the right note.
Walmart has an amazing new line of Disney Baby linen. You can choose your favorite Disney linen, or one that matches what you already have in place, and customize the colors on the tassel and pom pom baby mobile to match!
Making the tassel & pom pom baby mobile:
Next, I wanted to add something simple to make the room less boring. I was thinking of a triple canvas wall hanging but that would put too many holes in our rented walls. The perfect solution: a tassel & pom pom baby mobile!
Before M was born, I made him the most adorable mobile. But when we moved across the world, I had to leave that behind as it was made out of folded paper shapes that just wouldn’t travel well. I figured it’s about time to make him a spunky, more toddler-friendly mobile that will match with his new Let’s Go Mickey bedding!
I chose two colors of yarn that would coordinate with our new bedding, and be fun for both me and him. I kept the colors consistent, but went with a couple of shades darker than the ones on the actual linen, to make it slightly more sophisticated.
I wasn’t sure if I should put pom poms or tassels on the mobile (pom poms are kind of like Mickey’s ears, but I love tassels!) but then decided – why not both? I love how it came out! And it’s really not that complicated (though I did learn that I’m not that great at making pom poms… But eventually I got the hang of it.)
Now, for the tutorial…
- Two 12″ wooden dowels
- Two colors of yarn (I chose a deep red and medium gray)
- Good scissors
- Optional: a pencil or marker and ruler
1. Mark the center of your dowels
2. Tie the dowels across each other in an X using a bit of string. Wind around in both directions until your dowels are firmly crossed. Knot tightly and trim.
3. Make four tassels! Wind your yarn to the desired thickness around your fingers. Pull it off, and tie a string around the bundle. Cut open the other side. Tie another string a little bit down from the top of the gathered side.
4. Make a few pom poms. I wasn’t sure where I’d be placing these, so I made some extras, but only used two in the end. You can stick some more on if you prefer (I was happy with the look after I had the two small and one large on.) To make it: Place a bit of string between your fingers (cut it longer than I did – it was hard to work with.) Wind the yarn as many times as you can around the fingers for a lush pom pom. Pull it off, keeping the bit of yarn in place and tie it together. Cut your loops and trim.
For the shaggy, droopy pom pom in the center, I used all four fingers.
6. Hang your tassels by knotting one to each string (one half of it).
9. Tie the big, shaggy pom pom to the end of the long string. Tie another to the center of the string. Your mobile is ready to hang!
I used painters tape (you an use a hook screwed into the ceiling) as it’s more rental-friendly, and hung it over our changing table, not the crib where he sleeps.
Don’t you just love how it goes with our new Disney Baby bedding?
Which Disney Baby bedding would you use to make over your nursery, and how would you decorate with it?