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In an effort to make myself more crafty, and also brag a little about some of my accomplishments, I thought it would be fun to make Monday my craft-related post day. It’ll also hopefully be a fun way to see other crafts out there that I haven’t heard of and that I’d like to maybe try (or buy) when others link up and share their skills.

As part 3 of my Operation Nursery Makeover, I made a wall decal for Spawnie’s Nursery.
Trading Phrases contacted me a couple of months ago about their beautiful wall vinyl designs. I checked out their nursery designs and found a perfect Wall Vinyl Decal for Spawnie’s room!
It says “With a Butterfly Kiss and a Ladybug Hug, Sleep Tight Little One, Like a Bug in a Rug.” I thought since her room is butterfly themed, and I call her my little bug it was PERFECT.
They were really nice and suggested I get color samples so I knew for sure it would match our room. I did as they suggested and narrowed it down to three greens and three pinks, they sent me a postcard with little stickers of the vinyl’s color and I picked my two favorite.
Shortly after I got the vinyl in the mail all rolled up nicely in a tube, and was ready to get to work! But I had a dilemma… Our walls are a little lumpy, “textured” I guess is the correct term. The nice people at Trading Phrases told me it would still work, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I didn’t want to stick it directly on my wall. I remembered a project I did once for my living room and got an idea!
First, I bought some wood at Lowe’s, I bought a big piece that was 4 feet long, by 2 feet wide, and got it cut down to 17in wide (the size of the vinyl). It wasn’t thick… About 1/4 of an inch.
I got home and painted it with two coats of brown, and a coat of sealant. You can get sealant at any craft store, and it’s not too expensive… about $5 for a bottle that should last awhile.
I made sure to get the sides and everything real good, and then I waited for it to dry.
Now it’s time to get the vinyl! … See where I’m going with this? One thing I like about Trading Phrases is they sent two pieces of “practice vinyl” with smaller phrases so I could get the hang of how to peel the papers and stuff before I did it for real… Good idea cause reading the instructions were a little confusing at first, but after I tried it a couple of times on the bottom of the my door for practice, I got the hang of it.
Now it was time to lay it out on the wood. Since mine came in two parts I took some time to mark where I wanted each piece to start and stop. Since the wood was practically the perfect size I had to make sure no words were falling off the edge.
I got it lined up and put down the first part.
Then the second part! And then covered both with another layer of sealant. I noticed there was some blank space in the bottom corner of the wood, and normally on the wall I think it would look fine, but since it was plain brown there I decided to spruce it up a little with some paper butterflies I had left over from the butterfly mobile I made. Then… TADA!!!!
What do you think? See, now the whole point of this meme thing is to get encouragement so don’t let me down!
I’m really happy with how it all turned out, and the best part is I can take it with me when we move!
If you DO put it on the wall, it’s way easy to take off just by peeling, or adding a little heat (with something like a blow dryer) and peeling.
Want to try this craft yourself? Trading Phrases has offered to donate this wall decal to one of my readers!! It’ll come in black 24in X 11in, it’s over a $39 value! And if you want to add it to a plaque, now you know how!! Want to get to know Trading Phrases better? They’re @TradingPhrases on twitter and they have a Facebook Fan Page.


Christina says:

That wall hanging turned out absolutely gorgeous! Whenever we are aby to get Izzy her own room I think I may do something similar! What makes it even greater is the fact that if you guys were to move, it’s something that’s easily transferable!

I posted the ladybug comforter I made for my daughter on your McLinky!

Ok I soo love the look of your blog and the name. I love the personality that comes out in your writing. Have a great day.

Tara says:

That sign is to die for! Did you get my email about dinner tonight?

Mrs. Cline says:

I LOVE “Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful”. It would be perfect in Tiny Dancer’s room. 🙂

Jessie says:

You are SO crafty! I left a link to a pillow and lampshade I covered for my little girl’s nursery.

Megan says:

I love love love the “Because You Loved Me” one!

I love Trading Phrases and my favorite right now is this one:

http://www.tradingphrases.com/item_673/Troika-Scrolls.htm

I totally want it for my bedroom 🙂

Tara says:

If I had a baby girl I would hang up the Chandelier decal from Trading Phrases above her crib!

Babes Mami says:

I love your crafty project! And the butterflies match the mobile!

Oh and I love their Napolean phrase.

Tara says:

You know I’m a follower!

Emily says:

I would choose the 1 Samuel 1:27 quote for my baby’s nursery. I did wish they had one about teddy bears, though, because that would go with my theme.

Emily says:

I’m a follower of you! 🙂

Josey says:

“Live Laugh Love” is my favorite!

Josey says:

I follow you!

Goldibug says:

I can’t help but love this quote!

http://www.tradingphrases.com/item_1408/Suffer.htm

I think I need it above my door ;o)

Jessica says:

I really like the Family Tree Decal. Trees and nature are one of my favorite decorations!

Chii says:

Already a follower, and my fave was the “family tree” decal 😀

<3

I love their Family Tree Decal.

I love, love, love this!!! I work with a company called uppercase living and it is basically the same thing. I have everything for Titan’s nursery we are just about ready to move so I have yet to put the signs up yet. It look fabulous btw. Cant wait to see the final result of the whole room.

Team Peeps says:

You did a great job with the decal! I love the extra butterflies. I have done that with several wall sayings in my own home b/c we move a lot (military) and it’s nice to add a personal touch to them 🙂

I like the “let him sleep, for when he wakes he will move mountains” saying at Trading Phases. I have actually thought about getting it for my son’s room.

Oh and I already follow you!

MOMMY-MOMO says:

WOW!!! looks FANTASTIC!!! I also love the

#FA033b Family Where Life Begins

mommy-momo@live.com

MOMMY-MOMO says:

i follow your blog!

Astra says:

Love the decal 🙂

Astra says:

I follow your blog using google reader

Irene says:

I must say, I love best the message of the “Home” one of the giveaway. If I must choose another one, it would be this “Laughter” one, so fun and so true http://www.tradingphrases.com/item_1499/Laughter.htm
Please enter my name.

Irene says:

I am now following your blog, too!

Emmy says:

So so cute!! And pretty ironically, I came back to your blog today as I was writing a post about a craft I finally finished with some vinyl letters I won on your blog last July, so I was getting your url to link-up! I will be posting it tomorrow so I will come back and link up first thing in the morning. (oh and this isn’t any of my entries, I will do all that tomorrow)

AngelEyez256 says:

I’m new at this thing, so here it goes. my things I make can be found here http://imjaredsmomma.blogspot.com/2010/03/my-paintings.html

I do custom paintings specific to customers wants. I also have both of your buttons on my side bar.
Thanks a lot for everything.
Love from a California Momma,
Angela

This is really gorgeous! Clever to avoid putting it right on the walls. Spawnie’s going to love her room!

I linked some of my current but small projects above.

I linked to one of my tutorials. 🙂

OH my goodness! I love that saying that you are putting in your babies room! So sweet I think it’s perfect! Too cute!

Michelle says:

I love how yours turned out! I would’ve never thought to put it on wood but it turned out really nicely.

My favorite from their website is: #WED802 Corinthians Love

Thanks for the giveaway! comichelle51 at hotmail dot com

Michelle says:

I’m a current follower.

comichelle51 at hotmail dot com

Zandi says:

gosh there are so many great ones on Trading Phrases but I think my fave is the Dr Seuss one :Today is your day.

Zandi says:

am now following too 🙂

Zandi says:

My “what I’m Makin Monday” doesn’t have a tutorial. But I love what has been linked!
Your board is amazing BTW!

Chantel says:

Love it! So cute! You should do etsy. Are you making hairbands and bows and tutus as well?

Angelica says:

You got talent!!

I am now a FAN oF Trading Phrases!! My fav for TODAY 😉 is “Love is Friendship Set to Music!!

Cynthia says:

I love it Jenn. Keep it up! 🙂

Emmy says:

The bugs and butterflies from their store is so cute! Love the little dashes and I totally know exactly where I would put it to finish off my daughter’s room.

Emmy says:

I follow your blog!

Emmy says:

I linked up with what I made Monday (entry #1)

Emmy says:

I linked up with what I made Monday (Entry #2)

Amaprincess says:

You are so crafty! I might have to hire you when I get pregnant for some nursery design =)

Chrissy says:

I am a follwer of course!

Chrissy says:

My favorite trading phrase Is \
#HUM902 Remember Family

It is perfect for my family

Chrissy says:

I linked up to what I am makin(g) monday and added my project!

Alisa says:

Good job Mommy! I have vinyl words in our wash room. I can’t wait to see your nursery for Spawnie.

I like the birds in a cage decal

Tori says:

That phrase is too darned cute. And what a fantastic idea to put it on a piece of wood… I would never have thought of that myself! My first comment “entry” is that OMG they have “May the Force be with you”…. and I’m a HUGE Star Wars geek 🙂 I also really like the swirl monogram and the monogram cursive initial cross. Also, “I’m everything I am because you love me”… that’s awesome. “We may not have it together, but together we have it all”. Okay, I’m not even halfway through them all…. so hard to choose! I really like the one they’re giving away though, it would be perfect for my family photo wall!

Tori says:

I’m a blog follower too 🙂 Now, back to their catalog!

Heidi says:

Oh that turned out soooo cute!! I want to make one for our baby girl’s room now too :)! Another decal that I also like is the “Read Me a Story” one (http://www.tradingphrases.com/item_1438/Read-Me-a-Story.htm).

froggy_luver at hotmail dot com

Kaitlin says:

I’m a follower of your blog!

Christa says:

I like the animals and the I love you all the way to the moon and back!

And I LOVE the what you did with yours! It makes it so you can use it over and over again! Great idea and I’ll def have to use it!

Christa says:

I’m a follower!

Wow, that turned out beautifully. I wish we had a room for our litlte on to decorate, or the time and money. For now, i will live through your art. lol. Great job mommy!!

Mama B says:

I like the “some people dream of angels, I hold one in my arms” 🙂

meyer8907 at yahoo dot com

Mama B says:

I follow your blog!

I love the family tree decal.

I wish I could follow your blog, but have no clue how to do that with wordpress. Instead I simply visit everyday in hopes of an update.

Courtney says:

I like the Troika Scrolls decal! courtneycopeland729 at gmail dot com

Courtney says:

I follow your blog. courtneycopeland729 at gmail dot com

YUMMama says:

It turned out really beautiful. You are becoming so crafty. I will certainly be linking up because I am somewhat of an artsy crafty person myself. Spawnie is going to love her room.

Tanya says:

I LOVE “Home is where Love resides”!!
And I can’t wait to see your little one soon!!! Love ya girl!

Ms. Marie says:

I love how you made it on a board instead of on the wall! I might try that someday. My favorite phrase is “Welcome to our Nest”. Its so cute and perfect for our home since we will be newlyweds soon. I’m also a follower! :]

thethomasons says:

I love love love how yours turned out. That is sooo stinking cute. I went on the site and like http://www.tradingphrases.com/item_1438/Read-Me-a-Story.htm

be your own beautiful is simple and sweet, I really like it!
daunfamily@yahoo.com

Fillmore says:

Stumbled across your blog. You are a doll and I am excited for you to become a mother.
I REALLY love the “Family We Are” vinyl design.
azfillmores at G mail dot com

HLA says:

My favorite is:

Family. Where life begins and love never ends

🙂

Marci J says:

Love the home decal – also love the friendship decal “Love is Friendship Set to Music”
june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

Sarah says:

I love the one that says…
“A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous.”

Perfect 🙂

And I am now a follower of your blog 🙂

caroline says:

I like “I Believe”

Amber says:

I love the Happiness is priceless decal
Thank you for the giveaway 🙂
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

Amber says:

I follow your blog!
Thank you for the giveaway 🙂
hurdler4eva(at)gmail(dot)com

slb3334 says:

I like the life is not measured.

mickeyfan says:

I like the one that is the definition of Success. And I had been pondering using these decals, but have old plaster walls. LOVE your idea.

SmileyGirl says:

I have been looking for a saying for my home and the “Where Home Resides” is soooo perfect. Love it!
smileygirltoo@gmail.com

SmileyGirl says:

I’m following you….:)

Chip says:

I love the Always Kiss Me Good Night. It would be perfect.
chipdip2010(at)hotmail(dot)com

Chip says:

Follow via GFC – Chip

As a librarian I loved all the library ones but for my home I would have to go with “Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by moments that take our breath away”. Congrats on the baby girl. My son just turned one and it seems like only yesterday I was in your shoes…enjoy every second!

Abby says:

I really like the Family Tree decal!

ajcmeyer at go dot com

Kim says:

LOVE the Birdcage with Curly Branch and Birds. cute!

kimhigueria at gmail dot com

Samantha says:

The Family Tree Decal is my favorite!
dmb161@aol.com

intensev5 says:

I really love the Butterfly & Cherry Blossom Branch Decal – thanks for the chance to win:)

Sellswifey says:

I like the one that says “Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is going to happen.” Very cute!

I love the Cherry Blossom Branch with Birds and the Laundry Loads of Fun decals. goodwitchglinda at gmail dot com

Benita says:

I really like “Family-Where Life Begins and Love Never Ends.”

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Benita says:

I follow via GFC.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

mogrill says:

Live Laugh Love is my favorite saying.Thanks for the chance.
mogrill@comcast.net

jsc123 says:

My favorite wall decal is “Always Kiss Me Goodnight”
Thank you so much for the chance to win.

jweezie43[at]aol[dot]com

jsc123 says:

I am following via Google Friends Connect.

jweezie43[at]aol[dot]com

Kerrie says:

I have 3 boys and I really liked the quote “To become a real boy, you must prove yourself brave, truthful & unselfish – Pinnochio”.
I love how you mounted your quote on wood- very cute!
kerriekg@yahoo.com

smilekisses says:

I like “Life’s a Beach”
dolniaks[at]consolidated[dot]net

wwrk says:

#KR807 Fairy Choice 1 is my favourite.

wwrkster@gmail.com

tricityty says:

I love the saying: Believe Play Hard! Perfect for my son’s room for playing sports!
amberl@mtaonline.net

jandsfox_143 says:

I would like the Live Every Moment decal.
jandsfox_143@msn.com

Hotsnotty2 says:

I love the Troika Scrolls decal, thanks!

Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

Julie says:

Beautiful! I love the “Life is not Measured” – I used that phrase on our son’s birth announcement. Thanks for the chance to win!
juliecmapbell@kidslovespanish.com

blueviolet says:

I think my favorite is Life is Beautiful.
doot65ATcomcastDOTnet

blueviolet says:

I’m a follower!

Ambre says:

I like the I Choose To Be Happy decal

Ambre says:

follow you on GFC

Julie says:

follow your blog as jelaws5

aunteegem@yahoo.com

socmama says:

I really like the Open Cage!

melanie says:

I love the #ART908 Troika Scrolls. This would be so beautiful behind my bed.

bridget3496 says:

Where the balloons go is my fave

brdgcombs at aol dot com

bridget3496 says:

follow your blog

brdgcombs at aol dot com

I like “Always Kiss me Goodnight”

rugerpuppies at hotmail dot com

Follow on GFC

rugerpuppies at hotmail dot com

I love the custom without you design thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

How beautiful!!
nice work!
I heart the LIVE LAUGH LOVE!

Alison says:

I Believe….so simple

YUMMama says:

It turned out really beautiful. You are becoming so crafty. I will certainly be linking up because I am somewhat of an artsy crafty person myself. Spawnie is going to love her room.

Courtney says:

I follow your blog. courtneycopeland729 at gmail dot com

bridget3496 says:

follow your blog

brdgcombs at aol dot com

socmama says:

I really like the Open Cage!

blueviolet says:

I’m a follower!

Cynthia says:

I love it Jenn. Keep it up! 🙂

Emmy says:

I linked up with what I made Monday (entry #1)

This is really gorgeous! Clever to avoid putting it right on the walls. Spawnie’s going to love her room!

I linked some of my current but small projects above.

Fillmore says:

Stumbled across your blog. You are a doll and I am excited for you to become a mother.
I REALLY love the “Family We Are” vinyl design.
azfillmores at G mail dot com

Babes Mami says:

I love your crafty project! And the butterflies match the mobile!

Oh and I love their Napolean phrase.

Ok I soo love the look of your blog and the name. I love the personality that comes out in your writing. Have a great day.

Thanks for your marvelous posting! I actually enjoyed reading it, you might be a great author.I will be sure to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back in the future. I want to encourage that you continue your great job, have a nice holiday weekend!

Robert Mitchel says:

Well, you made the vinyl decal quotation look more than it actually it is.
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