Well, I can hardly believe it but my twins turned ONE! Everyone always tells you the time goes by so fast but you really don’t understand just how fast until you’re the one raising the babies. We didn’t do a big party for their first birthday, but I still wanted to decorate and make everything look cute! I decided to go with a Peter Rabbit theme because I love bunnies and I already had a lot of Spring things to work with. I didn’t want to have to go out and buy a lot of things but anything I did buy I wanted to be able to reuse it somehow…either as home/seasonal decor, or for another party down the road. I feel like Peter Rabbit is also a good gender neutral theme and since I have a girl and boy, I wanted something gender neutral!
I’m going to share my thought process, my DIY’s, and where I sourced my items. Let’s dive in! Here is a video tour. Scroll on down to read my post and view detailed images.
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I decided I wanted transform our dining area so that it told the Peter Rabbit story. I knew I wanted to do something on the wall right above my buffet table. Wall decor makes a big impact and is a great way to visualize a story! I had this idea to layer different pieces on the wall and I just love how it all came together. I’m going to walk you through the wall decor pieces you see here. I’ll start with the back and work my way to the front!
Rustic Window Pane
This rustic window pane is from Kirklands. I felt like it was the perfect grounding piece for my collage. I think it alludes to looking out into the garden where Peter Rabbit got into all of his mischief. I paid $24 for mine, so if you’re wanting it, keep an eye out for coupons and sales!
I used some garland from Hobby Lobby that I already had on hand to anchor the top right corner and balance out the rest of the wall. This is the garland I used. I stapled it to the wall with a staple gun and then I tucked in pieces of fresh baby’s breath.
Slatted Wooden Wall Decor DIY
Next up is this slatted wooden wall piece. I knew I wanted to create something that actually told part of the Peter Rabbit story and I wanted it to look like an old book page. When I saw this piece of craft wood at Hobby Lobby I knew it would be perfect. This one is very similar to the one I purchased! I painted the wood using different cream and tan craft paints. Then I used my Cricut to create a stencil for the text. I painted on the words using my stencil and regular acrylic craft paint. I love how this turned out! I can also reuse this in the nursery or our play area if I want to!
White Slatted Wood Wall Decor
The piece you see right beside it with the black clips, is also from Hobby Lobby. You can find it here! I did purchase this for my wall, but it is something that I can absolutely reuse! I created a little birthday card for each one of the twins and hung those on this piece. I had also found one of Beatrix Potter’s books a Goodwill so I took the cover off of that and hung it on one of the clips.
Peter Rabbit Canvas
The Peter Rabbit canvas that you see to the left was made using an 8×10 canvas, a Peter Rabbit Napkin, and a book cover that I found online and printed. I first painted my canvas a cream color, then I used matte Mod Podge to adhere my napkin to the canvas. After that was dry, I used these foam stickers to adhere my Peter Rabbit book cover. This was so easy to make and added just what I needed to the left of the window pane.
Number 1 Wall Decor
For the number 1 wall decor, I used a 6×8 wooden art block that I had and added the #1 and the little banner below it that says “one of a kind”. I simply cut those out of white cardstock and then attached them to the wood using these sticky foam squares.
Once the bulk of the wall was finished I started adding in little fillers to complete the look. The little rectangle drawer to the right of the #1 was something I picked up at an antique store a few years back. I attached it to the wall using these command picture hangers. If you have never used these, get them! They are AMAZING! Most of the little things on this wall are attached using those Command picture hangers. The little Peter Rabbit cup sitting inside of the blue drawer and the bowl right below it were actually my husbands when he was a baby! I loved incorporating some of his childhood treasures into the decor. The antique spade I picked up at a local antique store. The bird nest with the 3 eggs I already had on hand, and the tiny one with one egg, I whipped up using a craft nest from Hobby Lobby and a craft egg I already had.
This blog post was getting to be pretty long, so I decided to break it up into two parts! Click here to look at PART TWO! I’ll cover the buffet table and the dining room table next!
I’ve linked everything I used for my Peter Rabbit wall decor here!
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