Of Chinese lanterns… and pom-poms… and pennants, oh MY!!!

Ahhhh yes… one of my favorite additions to our little lady’s nursery!

 

The Chinese lantern/pom-pom/pennant hang-y thing above her crib!

 

Something I totally envisioned in this inspiration post from waaaay baaaaack when!

 

Girl Nursery Chinese Lanterns/Pom Poms/Pennants

 Isn’t it to die for???  I can just imagine her getting such a kick looking up at all the bright happy colors!  This will certainly ensure a happy baby, right??!

*crossing fingers*  Haha!

Anyhoo…

On to how I rigged this thing.  I found lots of tutorials on how to make all the pom-poms, etc… But no tutorials on how to hang the things!  So this is probably NOT the best way to do it… just what worked for me! lol!

First of all… I wanted to make sure this thing was suuuuuper secure.  Even though it’s all tissue paper and coffee filters, it’s all surprisingly heavy!

Nursery Hanging

And because I didn’t take pictures of this step, you get a crudely drawn example of what I did!  Aren’t you special!??!

And don’t knock it!  That special little attempt and showing you how I hung this thing took me like 10 minutes to do! 😉

AnyWAY!

You’ll never see any of this once it’s all up… But I preferred having 2 larger holes in the ceiling as opposed to lots and lots of little holes.

 I screwed 2 hooks into the studs in the ceiling. Those puppies are secure and totally not going anywhere.  You’re welcome, small baby.  Now hopefully this thing won’t come crashing down on you mid-nap! 😉

I had some of these really long branches (at least 5.5 ft long) that were about an inch thick. They’re super straight and pretty much look like a really long dowel.  But if you didn’t have free branches that were really long, straight, and skinny, you could totally use a dowel too.

I then tied the branch to the hooks with ribbon.  Tightly.  With many knots.

I know…. Probably being paranoid with the whole “falling on my child” thing.  Still.  That sucker isn’t going anywhere and that makes me feel better! 😉

After I jerry-rigged this whole thing, I proceeded to hang the various Chinese lanterns, pom-poms, and pennants.

Nursery Hanging

Yes… It’s okay… You can admit you’re impressed!

Not one, but TWO crude drawings!  All in one post!  Wow.

I just hung it all at whatever hight looked right to me by tying ribbon from the branch to whatever hanging thing I was putting up there at the time.  Super easy and no… Not really any method to my madness.  Like I said, I just hung them wherever they looked good to me.

The little lady's room!

As of Friday, this is what it looked like. Cute, I suppose? But just not as full as I would have liked.  And FULL is definitely what you’re going for in this case.

So… it was off to Hobby Lobby I went.

I bought a package of 3 bright yellow Chinese lanterns for 7.99 (WITH a 40% off coupon, if you’re reading this, dear! 😉 )

A 3 pack of pink polka dot Chinese lanterns for 4.99 (Without a coupon… BUT they are POLKA DOT people!!!!)

And a 3 pack of bright happy blue tissue pom pons for 4.99. (I made all the other pom-poms, but didn’t have this color of tissue paper.  It TOTALLY brightens up the whole thing!)

And so for not-very-much-$$$ I now have this…

Girl Nursery Reveal

Soooooo much better, right?!?!?   BRIGHTER! HAPPIER! And best of all, FULLER!!!

*LOVE!*

Anyhoo…. that’s all there is to it!  Go have fun and try it!!!

What’s the WORST that could happen, right?

(I suppose we’ve already established that the worst thing that could happen is that it falls on your small child, huh?  Just hang it securely!  Then hopefully you can avoid that little issue! 😉  )

Girl Nursery Chinese Lanterns/Pom Poms/Pennants

Soooo…. Following this post, I’ll have a tutorial on:

Girl Nursery Pom-Poms

The big white one that uses a Chinese lantern and coffee filters…

(I LOVE this one!  Time consuming, but cheap and ca-UTE!

Girl Nursery Pom-Poms

This one that uses a Chinese lantern and tissue paper…

Nursery Hanging Pom

And even link to some tissue paper pom-pom tutorials!

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1 Comment on Of Chinese lanterns… and pom-poms… and pennants, oh MY!!!

  1. elizabeth.
    June 8, 2013 at 11:12 am

    It looks sooo fabulous, Nicole!! {wow} Such an awesome idea that I’d love to do sometime…thanks for sharing all of the awesome illustrations & pics! Love the huge variety of colors + textures next to the awesome chevron wall. =) Perfect for your ‘lil one! Blessings! =)

    {p.s.} thanks SO much to you all for coming to niche again this year…it’s such an awesome blessing to have the drama, etc – the kids looovvvee it and, of course, the leaders do, too. =) thanks again!!

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