DIY airplane nursery

DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
I’ve mentioned before that Darling Husband works in the airline industry, so a DIY airplane nursery was a no-brainer when we found out we were expecting a little man.
 
Let’s “take off” into his DIY airplane nursery … 
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
Darling Husband painted the walls a bright sky blue, and I painted white clouds and yellow airplanes on the walls.
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
I bought three big canvases and painted a plane across them — leaving a little gap between each one makes it more interesting.
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
The day we brought Baby D home from the hospital
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
I made the quilt from different fabrics (yellow, red, and blue) that had subtle patterns.
Oh, and that’s a doll tucked into the crib — I was a very crazy pregnant lady when I took these photos, and wanted to see “the full effect.”
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
I sewed this yellow and blue crib skirt extra long so it could hang to the floor when the crib was set to the highest level, and then tuck underneath when it was lowered.
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
I originally wanted airplane artwork to hang over the changing table, but couldn’t find anything I liked. I came across his poster in a teacher’s supply store when I was pregnant, and loved it — the colours were perfect, and the message is great. So I bought an $8 white frame at Michaels, and it was done.
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
Two-month-old Baby D!
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
The changing table was a clearance find, and I used wicker baskets below for storing his clothes. (At this point, he didn’t have a dresser or a closet.)
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
The star shelves were originally hot pink and sparkly from the Stuff by Hilary Duff collection! I painted them red and white to match the nursery, added the “His” hook (Dollar Store) and painted a sign to hang above the diaper pail.
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
Pastel cloth diapers, waiting for their big moment!
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
I found these hooks in my mom’s basement and painted them red and white — they’re really cute, and perfect for hanging up some outfits and his laundry bag.
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
Here’s a look at the back wall of this tiny room in our condo!
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
I sewed the curtains using more of that yellow-and-white polkadot fabric that I used in the crib quilt.
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
I sewed little tie-backs, and made tiny airplanes (out of Sculpey polymer clay) to glue onto the hooks.
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
Since Baby D doesn’t have a closet, we use these two tall white bookcases for storage in the corner. The baskets were on clearance at Canadian Tire.
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
Hooray for books!
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
That copy of The Night Before Christmas was mine as a kid!
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
This shot was taken after we received a dresser for D from my in-laws!
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
I bought this set of nine mini-canvases, and painted the codes (names?) of nine different airplanes. “A” stands for Airbus, “B” stands for Boeing, and … I don’t remember the rest. Ask Darling Husband.
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
A closer look at my painting amazingness. It seems like yesterday that I was hunched over those canvases with my giant preggo belly!

 I’m so happy with how our DIY airplane nursery turned out. It’s bright, cheerful and unique. Although I must say, I can’t wait to move into a new place and re-decorate — it’s too much fun!

Updated in 2019 to add: Crazy to think this was BEFORE Pinterest a.k.a. The Stone Ages. Here’s a Pinterest graphic to share, since we’re no longer back in 2011.

DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather's Handmade Life}
DIY airplane nursery on a tight budget {Heather’s Handmade Life}

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