Monday, September 30, 2013

Dreamy Nursery: Part 3

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I've been having an affair for many years now...It's true. I'm in love with my glue gun. I hope you enjoyed my little poem to express my deepest affections. Every word I spoke comes from the heart. Even when I get burned, I keep going back for more. There's something about it that just sticks...

Haha...ok, enough with the fancy talk and silliness. This is serious stuff. I seriously made a no-sew trim to update some old roman shades for my baby girl's nursery, and I did it all with a glue gun. If you've been following along throughout the other DIYs (like this one: Dreamy nursery DIYs: part one and this one: Nursery DIYs part two) then you already know that before it was Ruby's room, it was all decked out in Yankee glory (a lot more glorious than their record this year.) Gray walls, black shades, and lots of memorabilia. My decorating goal was to keep it on a budget, make it eclectic and to incorporate and refinish pieces we already had. That budget did not allot for paint or new shades, thus this tutorial detailing how I used some fabric, lace and pom-pom trim, along with mi amore (my glue gun) to spice up those plain, black shades.

The Steps:


The steps are pretty self-explanatory through the images, but here are a few notes:
  1. Start by measuring the width of your curtain (I think mine was about 26in wide.) Then decide how thick you want your fabric trim to be. I bought the pink lace and pom-pom because I couldn't decide which one to use and in the end figured I'd just go all in and use both. You can opt for the simple look too, and skip all the frills!
  2. Once you have your measurements, cut your fabric adding 2in. to the height and width. This will allow you an inch all the way around to hem your fabric so the edges don't fray (see step 1.) *A cutting board with a grid on it is extremely helpful to keep your measurements accurate!*
  3. Fire up that gorgeous little glue gun now, because it's time hem! If you're handy with a sewing machine, you can hem it the good old fashioned way. I'm only mediocre on the Singer at best and, well, you know where my loyalties lie. *You can use straight pins to pin the hem down before gluing*
  4. Step 2 shows the two panels before all the frilly stuff was added, so if you feel like keeping it simple, you're already done! If you're like me, more is better when it comes to color and texture. Steps 3-5 show how I glue the lace along the top edge of the fabric and glue the pom-pom trim to the back side of the bottom edge so just the pom-poms show.
  5. When the trim is made, now it's time to attach using, you guessed it! Hot glue! I just lined it up and lifted little by little to shoot the glue under.

And that's it!

A cheap and easy update and all you need is your trim and frills of choice and of course, your
Don't worry, the fun doesn't stop here! I still have one more fabulous DIY from Ruby's room to show you and it's another glue gun only craft: Antropologie knock-off, fabric letters! 

Don't forget to check out the first two posts in this series for more info. about Ruby's room including DIYs for crocheted breathable bumpers, a bird silhouette palette project, a 10 minute $11.99 shelf make-over and a burlap name bunting!


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21 comments:

  1. LOVE your glue gun ode!! And I never would have guessed from looking at your project that it was no-sew! You inspire those of us afraid of a sewing machine! :)

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    1. Thanks Beth! I've found there is little that has to be sewn that can't be hot glued!

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  2. haha love this! And your finished project was adorable!!

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  3. OMG that nursery is gorgeous!! I love the fabrics you chose. I'm also in love with that fabric "R" in the last set of pictures!

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    1. Thanks Karen! I'm really proud of it and looking forward to actually use it once Ruby's out of the bassinet!

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  4. very cute and ouch, those glue gun burns do hurt!

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  5. OMG! I am soooo in love with your 'ODE'...I recently purchase a mini glue gun to help me with my Big Girlie and her many school projects and ooooh the finger tip burns are KILLER yet I loved seeing that clear magic just the same...LOL ;D

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  6. I love your nursery! You need to come to my house and bring your glue gun please!

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  7. your graphics are too effing cute. LOVE the ode, you little poet.

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    1. Haha...it was 4 th grade level at best, but it's from the heart.

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  8. Love these! And the nursery is adorable! Can't wait to see more.

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  9. I'm still looking at this in amazement. I can't believe you did all of this with a glue gun! You are so awesome at this! xoxo

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  10. Man you're good! Do you have video tutorials? A few years ago, me and a few girlfriends got together to create some centerpieces and glue guns were involved. . .it was disastrous!! There were multiple injuries! LOL! I'm always impressed by people who have mastered the glue gun!

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  11. Oh Meg... we were made to be friends!! I believe Happiness 'IS' a warm glue gun!! I wish the two of us could hot glue gun together ;)
    Your nursery is amazing!! I'm about to get all pin happy up in here :)
    P.S
    Thanks for linking up to the Mommy Monday.
    XOXO

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  12. Love the Ode- I can tell it's from the heart :) And the nursery pics are amazing- so many different patterns and textures, but they all "work." New follower from the SITS Sharefest today!

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  13. They look great! It would never occur to me to use a glue gun for that, but what a great idea. I'll have to keep it in mind. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  14. You're so creative! I need to be much more creative - so I am hoping to get some inspiration from you. I do love me some glue gun fun, though. Your art is beautiful too! {surfed over to your artwork link}

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