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09 February 2014

Baby Girl Nursery Project Ideas | Oversized Hanging Clouds

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Remember when I said that the Penny Letter Wall needed a little something to finish it off?  
Well, I had a little something in mind and it looked like...

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CLOUDS.

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The clouds were high on the list of things I knew I wanted to add to our little girl nursery.  They add a touch of "nature" and "outdoors" without being too literal and the shape and looseness of form add whimsy and movement to the room.  Best of all?  These clouds make a bold statement, but do NOT come with a bold pricetag!

Here is what you will need:

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Frame -- I used a metal frame from an old lampshade and basket

Styrofoam -- (assorted) this can fill in for your frame on smaller clouds and adds to shape on larger clouds.

White Sheet -- An old one is fine!  Just wash it up first!

Spray Adhesive -- You CAN use plain old glue or hot glue, but spray adhesive is MUCH easier.  Buy 1 can per large cloud.

Batting -- Old pillow batting is the cheap way to go! (see more details below)

*You also might need rubberbands and an old cheap knife to cut styrofoam.

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Instructions for a Cumulus Cloud:

1.  Wrap your lampshade frame in a white sheet.  Attach it to the frame with spray adhesive.

2.  Add styrofoam balls and curves to give the cloud shape.    I used spray adhesive to attach the styrofoam, but found securing them with a rubberband made the project go MUCH faster.

3.  Let everything DRY until it is completely solid.   (I let it sit outside in the sun for a good hour before attaching batting.)

4.  Spray the frame/sheet/styrofoam liberally with spray adhesive and attach hand sized portions of batting.  Hold the batting in place for 10-15 seconds to get a solid attachment.
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**A Note on the batting.  I had some old, REALLY beat up pillows that had the perfect white, poofy batting inside.  Instead of buying quilt batting from the store, try the thrift store first for old pillows or even a couch!   A $10 couch might just be the way to go!   If the pillow or couch cushion has a zipper, unzip it and check to make sure the insides are white and fluffy and CLEAN.  If anything has even the hint of smelliness - MOVE ON!

Back to the how-to...
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Instructions for a Cirrus Cloud:

1.  Skip the frame this time and simply wrap flat, curved styrofoam (like THIS)  in a white sheet.   You are going for a long, flat shape this time.

2.  Let everything DRY until it is completely solid.   (I let it sit outside in the sun for a good hour before attaching batting.)

3.  Spray the cloud form liberally with spray adhesive and attach hand sized portions of batting.  Hold the batting in place for 10-15 seconds to get a solid attachment.

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 *The Cirrus clouds are MUCH lighter than the big Cumulus clouds, so when I ran out of spray adhesive, I went ahead and used good old school glue.  It will work, but takes longer to dry and you need to use around half a bottle for a medium sized cloud like this one.  Do NOT try to use regular glue to attach the batting though.  Spray adhesive is the way to GO!

glue

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Once your clouds are covered in batting and COMPLETELY dry, use your hands to gently shape any spots that seem lumpy or weird looking.   
You are going for loose clumps of white, but want to keep straggly pieces of batting tucked into the larger form.

cloud detail 2

Once you finish the clouds, simply hang with a strong fishing line and attach it to secure cup hooks screwed firmly into the ceiling.

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One more note:  See that small little third cloud?  She was the easiest of all!  
Tiny clouds are simply made of a large piece of batting sprayed on the side and folded up like a sandwich!  Very light and very quick!

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...and if you are wondering what the view is like for baby girl...

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5 COMMENTS:

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Sunday, February 09, 2014  

i didn't think this room could get any better, but it did! love this, amy!

Amy Renea Monday, February 10, 2014  

awwww Cassie -- you are so sweet! Thank you~!

Julia Konya Tuesday, February 11, 2014  

Adore the clouds! So cute!

Briony Skerjance Thursday, February 13, 2014  

These look lovely Amy! I created some clouds in the past for a sibling photoshoot... they definitely looked nice but I have to say yours came out much better than mine :) I love the honey comb wall. So fun!

Amy Renea Friday, February 14, 2014  

Thanks so much Briony and Julia!! I am kind of in love with them :)

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