Now that I am in the third trimester of my pregnancy (yay!), I can feel the nesting instincts kicking in stronger than ever. So far most of those instincts have been directed towards cleaning, organizing, and spending hours and hours online looking up baby-related items, but I also wanted to make sure that I made a few items for our baby’s nursery as well. Since we will all be “getting to know each other” for a while after she finally gets here, I thought it would be a sweet idea to make her a little photo holder that introduces her to all the members of her new family. I have lots of animal planters, bookends, and figurines around the house, so using a cute wooden animal as the base of the holder seemed like a good way to continue the theme into the nursery as well.
-wooden animal figurine (I used this adorable wooden unicorn)
-Canon PIXMA TS8020
–brass wire (a thicker gauge like 10 or 14 would work best)
-drill with drill bits
–super glue with a thin nozzle (to get the glue down in the hole)
–wire cutters and needle nose pliers
I partnered with our friends at Canon USA on this project, and the first thing you’ll need to do is to prepare your photos for printing. Depending on the size of animal you have, you’ll probably want to size them smaller or larger to fit the scale, so you can even cut out pieces of paper to a size that looks right, and then measure how big those papers are. Print your photos onto photo paper, and then cut out each photo. For this step I used my new Canon PIXMA TS8020! This new size is more compact, so it fits great in my office space but still produces top quality prints. Plus it comes in 4 different colors and can even print 5×5 squares!!
Decide how many holes you want (so how many photo holder sticks you want to come out of your animal) and where you want the holes to be placed. Use a marker or pen to mark the spots for drilling. You can also put painter’s tape or scotch tape on the animal and make your marks on that if you want to eyeball the placement first without marking the actual animal. Use a drill with a drill bit the size of your wire to make each hole (about a 1/2″ deep hole will do).
Straighten out your wires and curl the top 1-2″ of each wire around a pen or pencil to create a loop of several layers. Use your wire cutters to cut any excess length if needed and make any wire adjustments with your needle nose pliers.
Awww, so sweet! This is perfect for a nursery or kid’s room, but it’s totally something you can make for any age. Don’t be afraid to repaint or stain an animal first as well if it’s a great shape and size but the wrong color or look. That’s another great way to customize it for your space. I’ve still got a long way to go in getting the nursery ready, but in the meantime, I’ll set this little guy on our den shelf until he’s got his new home set up. Exciting! xo. Laura
Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the New A Beautiful Mess Actions.