This post is a continuation on all of the church projects I worked on over the past two years(coffeeshop/ bathrooms/ plant wall install/ statement wall on stage/ nursery entrance plants/ student room). I think I have only two more posts after this and then all of that project will have been shared! Looking at it all now, I can’t believe how much we got done in the time frame we did. The area I’m focusing on today is what you would consider the church nursery area. This is where the babies to five year olds can go during services. This area used to be offices but it was switched to be part of the children’s wing because this area is better from a security standpoint. The entrance begins with two glass doors which I designed these window clings to go on. I didn’t get a more panned out view, but there isn’t much wall on the side of these doors to put something there, so the window clings were the perfect solution. I used a template from Vistaprint and we ordered them from there. I have to say, if you work with any type of organization or own a business, I recommend Vistaprint for signs, window clings, posters, roll down banners, postcards, etc. I have ordered so many products from them for church and even for personal projects. If you wait until they are having a sale, then you get an even better deal too.
Once you walk through the doors to the left you see this bench spot which I had shared here before here.
Then on the wall beside it I painted on the logo. I’m not a skilled painter so i used a projector to shine on the logo, then I traced it and painted it in. It’s a great inexpensive way to create a large wall statement.
Behind the front desk is a space for the volunteers to get supplies they need, etc. I built the above table to hold some of the items and made it tall enough that if any littles were nearby they couldn’t reach the top. I was able to use all kinds of left over wood I had in my garage, so I was super happy about that. I just used my knowledge from previous builds to create it and use all the random pieces I had. If you could see the top, you would see there are a few different widths represented, but it all came out wonderfully.
I found some cork boards that weren’t being used and put the other walls in this area. They give a place to share information the volunteers will need.
To make it easy to distinguish each room, I designed these room numbers. I was looking at ones you could buy premade and was amazed at how much things like that cost. So i used some thin craft wood, glued on a clear plastic picture holder(I used these and just removed the magnet), and designed a template to be used for all the rooms. It’s simple and allows anyone to know which room is which.
I worked with the nursery coordinator to create some decor for the classrooms. She gave me a theme for each room which was mostly based on the curriculum and then I shared some decor ideas for them. Then I got to work. The above picture was for a room that had a farm theme. I made short barn doors from fence pickets and added the lights to them. We secured them to the wall similarly to how I did the ones behind my daughter’s bed so these aren’t going anywhere.
This room had Southwestern-ish theme to it. I used scrap wood to create this fun wood pattern on the wall that was based on this fireplace I had seen on Design Sponge. What a great idea, isn’t it? This was another project that cost hardly anything since I used lots of leftover pieces I already had.
This room was for the really littles, so there wasn’t necessarily a theme. I added a few colorful things to the walls for them to look at. I printed out these adorable ABC cards from The Handmade Home to hang on the wood.
Also in that room, I used scrapbook paper and paper bags to create these kites. It’s an easy project to add some whimsy to the room.
The infant room had a sheep theme based on the verse Psalm 95:7. I had some other talented ladies make some things to add to this room. Those adorable sheep were made by a lovely woman who used this pattern from Purl Soho to make them. Then another lady embroidered those adorable sheep for me to add to the embroidery hoop wall. They did such a great job! To make the open embroidery hoops stretch farther, I took them apart so I could use two circles from each one.
This room had a fun dress up spot so I asked others if they had any unused frames we could have and I spray painted the ones we got. I did the color scheme based on the adorable felt ball garland I found at Hobby Lobby in the scrapbooking section (find them here online). They are such fun colors!
This room had a book theme. I used some old books to create faux succulent planters to add on the wall (here is an excellent tutorial on how to make them) and then I made a book wall using kids books. I used a 4’x8′ piece of underlayment to be the background and found the vintage kids books from the thrift store and used some that had been donated. I used a nail gun to secure the thicker books and a stapler for the thin ones. I would leave the two top open pages open and then glue them in place after nailing/stapling. Then you couldn’t see any holes or staples on the books.
This room was simple, but I absolutely adored these baby animal posters I had printed again using Vistaprint. I bought the downloads from Etsy here. I placed them in larger Ikea frames to make a statement.
For this last room I was inspired by this nursery done by Vintage Revivals. Isn’t her work amazing? First I looked online for animal and forest type silhouettes. Then I used a projector to trace them onto thin plywood and my wonderful friend cut them out with a jig saw for me. That was a blessing because I was getting close to my deadline and had a lot to get done.
All of the kiddos loved all the fun new things to look at and play with. It was so much fun to help partner on all of this. Have a wonderful and creative weekend! -jess