Just a few months from now a dear friend will be having her first baby, a boy. She's registered at Pottery Barn Kids and now that my girls have outgrown that store, I was looking forward to having an excuse to go in and look around.
But then she threw me a curve ball: "I want you to make my gift," she told me.
This is understandable given all the the blogging and crafting that goes on over here. But I really liked the Alligator Madras Nursery Bedding bedding she picked out at PBK, so I decided to incorporate it into my gift.
Now I have exactly one pregnant friend at this point in my life and she knows who she is.
Young lady, if you are reading this, STOP NOW! (xoxo)
Some of you might remember the animal jars that are displayed in my laundry room. After contemplating several projects I finally decided to do something similar for my friend's baby (using alligators, of course!)
I started with these plastic jars from Michael's. I found them on clearance a long time ago and knew I would one day use them. I thought they'd be perfect for a baby's room as they are unbreakable.
Then I picked up some inexpensive plastic alligators to mimic the ones on the bedding. You can see that the one in the middle has a little ring on his nose. I ended up cutting those off and filing them down to remove any sharp edges.
A little hot glue secured them to the lids.
Then I got to spray painting. That's right, I'm a spray painting fool these days. I still kind of stink at it but practice makes perfect. I began by spraying the tops within the confines of this cardboard box.
In order to spray the sides I put the lids on an old jar so my fingers wouldn't get in the way.
I think they'll look cute sitting on a shelf in the nursery. I also think they can grow with him, eventually holding crayons or something similar.