Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! We celebrated with heart shaped pancakes and a photo shoot!

Valentine's Day Photo Shoot with DIY T-Shirts

Valentine's Day Photo Shoot with DIY T-Shirts

Lincoln was a little drooly…

Valentine's Day Photo Shoot with DIY T-Shirts

My little loves!

Valentine's Day Photo Shoot with DIY T-Shirts

For the tutorial on how to make their adorable t-shirts, check out this post, or even this one!

Hope your day is filled with hugs and kisses from the ones you love!

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DIY Valentine’s Day T-Shirts

I know, I know.  I did these posts out of order.  The whole project started with my St. Patrick’s Day T-shirt, but after that turned out so cute…I thought I’d make some more!  And the girls were able to help make their own Valentine’s Day T-shirts.

DIY Valentine's Day T-Shirts

To see a detailed how-to tutorial, check out my St. Patrick’s Day T-shirt post.  But once again, you only need:

DIY Valentine's Day T-shirts

You’ll also need a piece of cardboard for the inside of your t-shirt.  Cut out some hearts and arrange them on your shirt.  Dry iron them on, ironing for about 15 seconds.

DIY Valentine's Day T-Shirts

With each color of permanent marker, make small dots all around your heart cutouts. Make sure some of them go right up to the edge of your cut-out, but don’t fill in all the gaps around your cutout, or it will just look like a line.

DIY Valentine's Day T-Shirts

You can see in the picture above that we did too many dots close to the cutout edge and it ended up looking like a drawn line.  And Millie accidentally held the marker down too long in some areas, which made it look like the shirt had stains.  But…. She made it herself, and it turned out quite cute once she got her rhythm down!

DIY Valentine's Day T-Shirts I knew Lincoln wouldn’t want a bunch of hearts on his onesie, so I went with a red, grey and light blue arrow.  I sketched the arrow out on the freezer paper before cutting it out.

DIY Valentine's Day T-shirtsI love that they coordinate without being too matchy-matchy.  Perfect play clothes for Valentine’s Day!

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DIY St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt

Today’s tutorial is one of my favorites so far.  It was so stinkin’ easy, and I just loved how it turned out!  If you like this tutorial for my DIY St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirt please share and pin it!  Spread the love!

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-ShirtMaterials:

iron
a clean t-shirt
permanent markers of various shades of the color you want
freezer paper {NOT WAX paper!}
piece of cardboard for the inside of the shirt
DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

Use the wax paper to cut out your design.  You can use a pencil to sketch it out first, just be sure that you keep in mind that the waxy side of the paper will be ironed down onto your shirt.

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

Be sure your iron is NOT on any steam settings, and gently press down onto your wax cutout.  Do NOT move the iron around.  The picture above was posed…when I actually ironed on the shamrock, I covered the design completely with the iron.  Press for about 15 seconds and then lift straight up.

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

When your cutout is ironed on, insert a piece of cardboard into the inside of the shirt.  The permanent markers WILL bleed through, so this is essential!  I chose several shades of green, and then a contrasting brown color for my shamrock.

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

I started out with one color and just made random dots all around my cutout.  Be sure that you make quick, straight up-and-down marks, so they make dots and not lines.  Repeat with all of your colors.  Be sure to get some dots right at the edge of your paper cutout.  Do NOT fill in all gaps around the edge of the cut-out!

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt

I made my dots more concentrated closer to the edges of my cutout, and then spread them out more and more the further away I went.  I really like how that turned out!

DIY St. Patrick's Day T-Shirt Tutorial

When you are finished with your dots, just peel your cutout off of your t-shirt.  Isn’t it cute?  Now nobody’s pinching my baby!

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{From the Archives} DIY Mr. Potato Head Felt Board

This is one of my favorite posts.  I love the kids.  I love the party theme.  And I love my readers….who clearly also love this post {or at least they love Mr. Potato Head!}, because this is one of my most read articles!  Take a trip down memory lane with me today!

June 2013

A couple of weekends ago, Millie’s boyfriend turned two.  I say boyfriend, because:

a) she looks forlornly out the window waiting for him to come home each day,and b) I caught the two of them canoodling over dinner the other night!Seriously though, I love this little boy!  Isn’t he adorable!?!  And his mama threw an awesome “Toy Story” Themed birthday party for him, complete with “Toy Story” jump castle {see it in the background?}.  Did you notice the “Woody” and “Jessie” outfits?

All that was missing was a party game, so I volunteered to make a Mr. Potato Head Felt Game {kind of a twist on Pin the Tail on the Donkey?!}.   And I couldn’t believe how easy it was to do.  I started with a large piece of felt that was the size of the easel we’d be putting it on.  I then “sketched out” with a skinny marker on felt, one half of the Potato Head.  I’m terrible at making things even, so then I folded the felt in half and cut on the line I had drawn, creating a mirror image on the other side {and a perfect Potato Head!}.

I hot glued the blank potato head onto the background felt, and cut little slits at the top of the background, where I tied ribbon through to attach it to the easel.  The greatest thing about felt {other than that it sticks to itself}, is that it doesn’t fray!!DIY Mr. Potato Head Felt Board and Toy Story Party from PalmettosandPigtails.comI used the Mr. Potato Head toys that we got at Disney as my model.  Then, folding all the rest of the felt in half {to make everything even}, I sketched and cut out eyes, a red nose, mustache, feet, ears and mouth.  I did the same for the hat as well, adding a second layer of a black felt strip to give the lip of the hat a little dimension.  I also added black pupils to the eyes.  I’m not the greatest artist, so I tried to keep it simple!  And I didn’t even attempt to go authentic on the hands….five fingers and I was happy!I don’t think anyone actually played the game, but the kids had a lot of fun creating silly Potato Head faces!

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{From the Archives} DIY Yarn Ball Wreath

It’s Throwback Thursday!  Here’s one of my favorite DIY’s from 2011.

It’s been a hand-made Christmas this year for me….well, decoration-wise anyway.  With a new house comes a craving for new decor.  So, inspired by Pinterest and my fellow bloggers (and a little bit of Martha Stewart!), I set out to create.  One project was a new wreath for our porch door.  I made a burlap fall wreath, but obviously it was time to replace that.  I found this cute little number on Pinterest, and decided to try to replicate it.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialHere’s how I made my Yarn Ball Wreath:

I bought red and white yarn, and a spool of jute (twine), and a wreath form.  You’ll also need thick ribbon, scissors and hot glue.  I cut each page of the newspaper into quarters, and then crumpled them into balls.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath Tutorial

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialI decided that the base of my wreath was going to be red, so I tied a knot around the wreath form at the seam and slowly wound the yarn around it, being careful not to overlap and to keep the yarn tight.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath Tutorial

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialWhen I reached the end, I just tucked the yarn under….not very sturdy, but I’d be glueing on my ribbon holder on top, so it’s ok.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath Tutorial

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialI secured one end of my ribbon where I had tucked the end of the yarn, using hot glue.  Do not secure the other end of the ribbon yet.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialThen, with a second piece of ribbon, I formed a loop and hot glued it on top of the yarn and the already glued down part of the ribbon.

Then I took the first ribbon and wrapped it over the second loop and secured with hot glue.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialMoving on to the yarn balls.  Just wrap them tightly around the newspaper balls.  You want the newspaper to be completely covered, and its ok that the balls are slightly different sizes.  I made about 22 of the red and white, and 8 of the twine.  Even though technically I am finished with my wreath, I still may go back and add some more balls to the sides and top to give it some more depth and bulk.  You can always add more, so I’d start with just 20 or so.  Find something good on TV because these take awhile!

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath Tutorial

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialJayna decided she wanted to help wrap some balls too…..I’m thinking her fine motor skills aren’t quite there yet, what do you think?

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialBut she was ok, she settled for naming her new baby “Yarnie” and toting it around with Pink Baby.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialReady to glue on!

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialStart slowly, and layer as you go.  Remember that there is newspaper in the middle, so the balls can kind of be squished to fit where you need them.

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath Tutorial

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialTada!  Great, bright addition to our living room!  And because I only used red, white and natural colors in my yarn ball wreath, I feel like I can leave it up through the entire winter season…straight through Valentine’s Day!

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath TutorialSee on the left hand side where you can still see some of the red yarned wreath form?  That’s where I will probably end up adding a few more….you know, in my spare time!

DIY Yarn Ball Wreath Tutorial

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DIY Halloween Costumes 2014

Happy November!  Did y’all get this month’s Cleaning Calendar?  I know it’s been a whirlwind of a weekend with Halloween falling on Friday this year.  My girls begged and pleaded to be Ana and Elsa this year {along with all of the other little girls in America}, but  I played Mean Mommy and nixed the idea immediately.  Not that there is anything wrong with the Frozen chicks, but I favor more creative Halloween renderings, and as far as I was concerned…it was a safety issue to keep up with my girls in a sea of Elsa.

DIY Halloween Costumes for kids:  In 30 minutes or less! from Palmettos and Pigtails

So instead, I pulled up a bunch of DIY costumes on Pinterest and let them choose their own.  Millie was easy, and chose Cotton Candy.  Jayna, on the other hand, chose A Needle and Thread.  Don’t get me wrong, a super cute costume.  But I know my limits, and that was not going to turn out cute at all.  Luckily, when we were up in Maryland a couple of weeks ago, Betsy was able to convince Jayna to be Red Riding Hood.  And she was perfectly content to wear one of her school outfits and the cape.                Costume Number One: Done.

DIY Halloween Costumes for kids:  In 30 minutes or less! from Palmettos and Pigtails

Millie’s costume was super easy.  I used a pillowcase as a base, cutting a wide neck hole and armholes.  I sewed around the neck hole and inserted a ribbon, which would serve as a drawstring on the finished costume.  I did the same at the bottom of the pillowcase.  If I were to make this costume again, I’d use elastic and sew it in completely…the ribbon was hard to find, tie, and untie amongst the fluff.  I spray painted a bunch of pillow fluff pink and let it dry completely.  Then I used hot glue to adhere it to the pillowcase, and to a rolled up piece of poster board for the cone.  I used A. Lot. of hot glue. Millie wore the costume to school first, and almost all the cotton got pulled off by other kids, or snagged.  Luckily, I had more cotton, and secured it better after she got home.

DIY Halloween Costumes for kids:  In 30 minutes or less! from Palmettos and Pigtails

Although Millie picked out her costume, she was less than thrilled to wear it, once it was finished.  But after Mean Mommy made her put it on at school, and she had about 30 people tell her how cute she was….she changed her attitude, and was silly Millie once again.

DIY Halloween Costumes for kids:  In 30 minutes or less! from Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Halloween Costumes for kids:  In 30 minutes or less! from Palmettos and Pigtails

Lincoln’s costume was a bit of an afterthought.  I had seen the Popcorn costume on Pinterest, but it was to use on a Front Carrier…and I was NOT about to lug 16lb Lincoln around in a front pack for two hours.  No, I needed something that would make the stroller part of his costume.  And it was going to be cold.

So I piggybacked off of the Popcorn costume, glued some popcorn to an infant hat, and bought some cheap felt.  I cut the white felt into a rectangle that would be wide enough to drape over the front and sides of the stroller.  I measured the width of the front of the stroller {the part that would cover the baby}, and sewed two seams so that the felt would drape {and stay} over the sides of the stroller.  Then I cut the red felt into 1 inch wide stripes and cut out the letters for POPCORN.  Then I hot glued the stripes onto the white felt, cutting the ones in the middle so that POPCORN would show up clearly.  Then I cut the top of the “popcorn box” into zigzags.  I was able to bundle the baby up and the felt covered up his outfit and blanket, and even his toys!

DIY Halloween Costumes for kids:  In 30 minutes or less! from Palmettos and Pigtails

Such cute costumes, and so easy to make!  Add an Olaf and The Flash, and we were ready for some Trick or Treating!

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Happy Halloween!

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DIY Fabric Pumpkins

Where, oh where has my October gone?!?!  Y’all, we have been so busy!  Between the normal holiday craziness, and several impromptu trips, I am feeling very scattered!  And addition to all of that, I just signed on for TWO big craft fairs in November.  Yes, the same November that is 4 days away.  What the heck am I thinking?!?!

So, bear with me as I attempt to find time to tell you all about our travels, edit photos, carve pumpkins, make Halloween costumes, and prepare for craft shows {with some new items in the inventory!!}.  Hang with me these next few weeks, because it’s gonna get good!

This morning, I have a super quick tutorial that I’ve been dying to share with you.  I stumbled across these DIY Fabric Pumpkins on Pinterest a while back, and have just now gotten around to making them.  And let me tell you, once I picked out the fabric and realized how easy they were to make….I couldn’t stop!  Even Jayna made a couple!

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Like I said, I found the tutorial over on My Blessed Life.  She’s got dimensions for the fabric and a terrific step-by-step process with pictures.  Her pumpkins are also much cuter than mine {she added ruffles and leaves}…maybe I’ll go back and embellish mine later.  But for now, I’m focused on ease and speed.

For each pumpkin, you are going to need a rectangular piece of fabric, some batting, a couple of big glass beads or rocks, a stem, and possibly some twine or string if you want ribbing.  As for the fabric sizing, the closer your rectangle is to a square, the “rounder” your pumpkin will be {like the big orange or the small multi-color chevron above}.  If your rectangle is long and skinny, your pumpkin will either turn out fat and kinda flat {like the black checked or the orange dotted}, or tall and skinny {like either of the yellow}.

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

The very first pumpkin I made, I had a long skinny piece rectangular piece of fabric.  I sewed the long sides together to create a long tube {right sides together!}, then I turned it right side out and hand-stitched a gather along the bottom of the pumpkin, pulling the ends of the thread {I used embroidery thread for durability} together and tying, in order to “close” the bottom of the pumpkin.  Then I filled it with batting and a couple of rocks at the very bottom {just to weigh it down a bit}.  I then hand stitched another gathering stitch around the top and pulled the strings to “close” the top of the pumpkin.  I wrapped string around the pumpkin, top to bottom, to attempt to make the ribbing on the pumpkin.  And lastly, I hot glued a branch for the stem.

Fail.

My fabric had been too tall and skinny, and so everything was just off.  He kept falling over, and his ribbing wouldn’t stay put.  He’s lucky he made it into my photo shoot at all!  My second attempt was another tall and skinny pumpkin {the other yellow one}, but I made it slightly wider, and it turned out a little better.

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

Then I cut a few more tall and skinny rectangles, but this time I stitched them closed along the shorter sides, which created short, squatty, flat pumpkins.

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

So much cuter!  I think these ended up being my favorite!  I used a long quilting needle and embroidery floss to sew up and down through the middle of the pumpkin, to create a tufted look.  On the My Blessed Life site, she said to use plastic bags to stuff inside the pumpkins.  I tried that {in the spirit of recycling}, but found they were very noisy, and hard to “sew” through in order to do the tufting.  So I stuck to the batting and rocks {which are easily navigated}.

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

Finally, I tried a couple of “square” pumpkins, with my fabric being just about square in dimensions.  So cute!  Although I did notice that the size of the stem needed to match the size of the pumpkin.  I had used the same branch for all of my pumpkins, except for the “Baby Round.”

DIY Fabric Pumpkins - A Quick and Easy Project from Palmettos and Pigtails

She turned out very cute, since her stem was more perportionate to her body.  Next time I think I will use a variety of sticks for the pumpkins.  But overall, I was very pleased!  The whole “patch” took me about a half an hour to fumble through, and Jayna helped too!

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DIY Headband Holder Tutorial

My oldest daughter‘s hair is a hot mess.  We have been growing it out for years, and it is always in her face.  I’m not sure how she stands it.  A single strand of hair in my eyes drives me up the wall….I guess she takes after her father!  Now that her pesky bangs are finally just about grown out, I’ve been allowing her more opportunities to wear headbands.  In the past, they’ve been vetoed because they didn’t hold the mass quantity of hair out of her eyes…and not being able to see her eyes is my pet peeve!

So for the past few months, we’ve been slowly collecting headbands.  Her favorite ones are the thick plastic ones, covered in fabric or ribbons.  My favorites are satin tubes of fabric that have wire inside for twisting around her head.  It gives her kind of a retro look, while still keeping bangs in place.  However, because they are not your typical semi-circular “headband shape,”  they are kind of annoying to store.

So I came up with a quick storage solution for all of the headbands, no matter what width, size or style.  I used an empty oatmeal container, and made it so the lid was still able to function, so it’s handy to keep brushes, hairbands and barrettes inside as well.

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I cut the scrapbook paper to the size of the canister, and then used the Modge Podge to adhere it to the container.  I did a layer of Modge Podge over the outside of the paper too, to provide a little more stability and protection for the canister and the paper.

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I also used a piece of scrap ribbon along the top, just to fancy it up a bit {I secured it with hot glue}.  You can see in the photo above that the container lid is still fully functioning for storage purposes.

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This size container is the perfect width for plastic and fabric covered headbands.  For the wire covered headbands shown above, I just wrap them around and twist them in the back to secure.  Now Jayna’s headbands are all in one place, with some unexpected extra storage in the middle!  And it took me about 10 minutes total {including drying time!} to make this DIY Headband Holder!

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DIY Nursery Monogram Sign

One of my favorite elements of Lincoln’s nursery, is the DIY Nursery Monogram that I made for above his bed.  I wanted his room to incorporate various textures as well as patterns and colors.  My original idea for above his crib, was his initials using black block letters against some sort of metal squares, for kind of an industrial feel.

Well, it turns out you have to have metal cutting tools in order to cut the sheets of aluminum to size…and as much as Dave probably would have loved getting a new tool, I didn’t want to add to his growing collection just for this project.

So I had to get a bit creative.  I went to Lowes and bought three linoleum tiles {less than a dollar each!}.

I used Rust-Oleum Metallic Spray Paint in Antique Nickel to spray two heavy coats over the linoleum to create a metallic illusion.

The tiles came in 12×12 inch squares, so Dave used an X-Acto knife to cut the two side ones down to 9×9 inches square.

Then I used my Silhouette to pick out a block font and size the letters accordingly.  Then I cut the letters out of black vinyl.  Use your Silhouette scraper, or a debit card to slowly and smoothly adhere the letters onto the squares.

Then Dave drilled holes in the middle of each square and we used twine to hang the letters from repurposed nails.

The perfect touch to my little boy’s vintage nursery!

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DIY Circle Picture Frames

One of my favorite projects in Lincoln’s nursery is the set of three circle picture frames I made for the wall above the rocking chair.  Although I would definitely say the room has more of a “vintage” theme {if any!}, there are also some nautical notes scattered here and there.  And I think the circle frames give a nod to that a bit by subtly mimicking portholes.  I’m even thinking about lining the edges with rope, perhaps.

DIY Round picture frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

The hardest part about this project for me, was picking out the scrapbook paper for the backgrounds, and choosing {only} three photos from Rachel Weber’s Newborn Photo Shoot.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Materials:

- 3 wooden circles {I actually got 6 of these and used wood glue to secure two together to make them a little thicker}

- 3 plexiglass sheets

- 3 sheets of scrapbook paper

- 3 five by seven photos

- Modge Podge and sponge

- 3 frame hangers

- 12 tacks

- sharpie

- Kobalt glass cutter and/or X-acto knife

- 150 grit sanding sponge

- measuring tape or ruler

- straightedge

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If you want to make your circles a little thicker, use the wood glue to secure two together.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

 Put something heavy and flat on top and let glue dry completely.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Cover one side of your wooden circle with Modge Podge and secure your scrapbook paper to it.  Be sure that any imperfections in the wood are on the back, not under the scrapbook paper.  Use your X-acto knife to carefully trace around the circle to cut the paper.  I didn’t push down very hard, but rather gently cut around the edge several times, and you can see that the paper still ripped a bit on the edges…so be gentle!

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

I then covered the front of the circle {over the scrapbook paper} with Modge Podge to create a protective barrier, and give it a little shine.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Use some wood glue to secure a frame hanger to the back of the circles…make sure you position the hanger how you want your circle to hang.  My striped circle ended up being a little crooked, and it drives me crazy! {Dave assures me that no one will notice unless I point it out, so I’ll never tell you!}

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The sheets of plexiglass that I got at Hobby Lobby were the bigger size above {not sure exactly what size they originally were}.  Use the sharpie to measure out a 5 1/2 X 7 1/2 rectangle.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Use your glass cutter or X-acto knife and the straightedge to score the plexiglass.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

Gently cut over the lines three or four times.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

You should be able to use your straightedge to carefully break the plexiglass along the scored lines.  Be careful, as the edges will be rough.

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Use the 150 grit sanding sponge to gently sand the edges of the plexiglass, only moving in one direction.  Also, be carefully to sand completely straight along the edge, so you don’t scratch the front of your glass.

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Carefully position the plexiglass over your photo, taking care to be sure your photo will be straight when you hang your circle.

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

I found that by gently sticking a tack on the edge of the circle, aligning it with where the center of my frame hanger was, helped me center my photo and plexiglass on the front of the circle.

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Then use the tacks to secure the corners of the plexiglass.  This will allow you to change out the pictures as often as you’d like!

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

DIY Round Picture Frame tutorial for a vintage-themed baby nursery - Palmettos and Pigtails

And thanks to the Panoramic setting on my iPhone, here’s a picture of the whole room!

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