posters for baby’s room

March 19th, 2014

DIY black and white nursery posters on elsie marley

A year or so ago I was invited to join a facebook group filled with mothers, bloggers, sewers, bakers, and makers of all types. The idea behind the group was to have a place to talk about blog things, get support when we needed it, and have a sounding board for new ideas. The group is absolutely amazing, and the women in it doubly so.

DIY black and white nursery posters on elsie marley

Two of those women, Carla and Lacy, are pregnant and due any day now! We’ve come together to throw a kind of virtual baby shower. Some people make decorations, some people make the food, some make gifts, and then we send it all to the pregnant ladies. It’s like an awesome party via post. I signed up for decoration duty. Right away I knew I wanted to make large-scale posters. We peeked in their pinterest boards and discovered Lacy was digging a cloud theme, and Carla was more for the moon and stars.

I used some pictures of the night sky and clouds, then put some text on top with my image editor. The first quote I blatantly stole from Kelly, who threw a lovely mini part at the Alt Design Summit and used these giant posters for decoration. Hers is, of course, better. The second quote is from the song, silly. I love the way the word SUN is blotted out a bit by the actual sun.

DIY black and white nursery posters on elsie marley

While I was making the first posters, I remembered I always wanted to blow up pages from The Runaway Bunny (affiliate link) for my kids’ room when they were babies. But they were babies then and I was busy and things were crazy and it never got done.

DIY black and white nursery posters on elsie marley

The illustrations are by Clement Hurd and the text is by Margaret Wise Brown–the same duo that did Goodnight Moon. The drawings in The Runaway Bunny are so beautiful and dramatic and engaging. And when I read “I will be a tree that you come home to.” I choke up every time.

DIY black and white nursery posters on elsie marley

The prints were super simple and very quick. I put them together in Inkscape (a free photoshop-like editor) and then took them to Staples. They are 24″x36″ engineer prints, which cost a whopping 3 bucks each. So Carla and Lacy will each get two posters! I do hope they like them. Because I really do :)

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12 Responses to posters for baby’s room

  1. Lindsay says:

    I love these!

  2. These are just great.

  3. Carla says:

    I love them so so much! You are amazing! Thank you thank you thank you!

  4. stacy says:

    What a special group indeed and these prints are all just perfect. Love that you pulled the quote from Alt, just a bit more memory from all of us. I really do feel as if we all gathered together today for a real baby shower. A real kick ass awesome shower :) Love you woman, happy to know you!!

  5. Lacy says:

    These are unbelievably cool! Thank you so much, Meg! You all are the most thoughtful friends EVER!!

  6. Deborah says:

    Such a great idea, bookmarking for later for sure!

  7. Anoushka says:

    Fun to hear others do the same. I also have a mama group on facebook with my cousin in Australia and some of her friends. I live in Switzerland and it’s been precious to share our lives like this.

  8. amy c says:

    Love the blown up quotes! I need to do that!

  9. Brienne says:

    Oh, these are awesome. Your eye for design, Meg is too good. Except that Runaway Bunny one made my heart ache. Now I have to have another glass of wine. Shoot.

  10. Jen says:

    AHHH! These are SO flippin’ cool! Gonna have to steal this idea ;)

  11. kristin says:

    aw these are so great!! i want to make one! what a fun idea you guys. :)

  12. lindsay says:

    This is an amazing baby gift! I love the sunshine print- you are just too good, Meg…