DIY Dreamtraits

You may or may not remember, but I did carry this child for 41 weeks.  I blabbed all about that experience here.  However, I’m afraid those photos are the only proof I have that this child is mine.  Little does he know right now, but Kenton appears to have the good genes – his dad’s.  He’s tall, lean, blonde with big blue eyes.  He even seems to have Mr. Dreamer’s laid back personality.  WHEW.  I was really worried I’d have one of me, which would be frightening.  The only thing I would like are some more of those fantastic baby fat rolls, but they are nowhere to be seen on my little love.


Wondering who our babe would like was the inspiration behind one DIY nursery project.  We DIY’d some Ikea frames showcasing the baby portraits of the two grownups responsible for this pile of adorableness.  We’ve already featured how that ended up looking, but here’s a refresher…

This DIY project is so simple I almost didn’t post it.  But I took the photos – albeit with my phone – so, what the hey?  Here’s how I took $10 basic Ikea frames and made them coordinate with our nursery…

First, I picked out two different yellow fabrics – one striped, one polka-dot and cut them to the size of the mat – with some room to spare.

don't fret - the Dream does not have pink carpet. terrible, terrible lighting - and apparently the iPhone can only do so much

Then, I broke out the spray adhesive – and sprayed a light coat on the mats…

I then set the fabric pieces on top and smoothed out with my hands.

After that dried… I cut into the corners at a 45 degree angle.

I also sprayed these sections with the spray adhesive and let them dry.

Once they were dry – I simply put the mats back in the frame, with the 6-month portraits of Mr. & Mrs. Dreamer.

So easy.  So cheap (under $30 – not including blowing up the photos if you need to do that). We think it adds a nice touch.  It will be fun to compare the baby pics when Kenton is 6 months old – the same age we were in our portraits – but it’s pretty obvious who he favors, and I love that!  A baby boy should take after his handsome father, AMEN?!

About Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin is a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mom. She's also an award winning broadcast journalist and public relations professional. Michelle spent nearly a decade working in television newsrooms across the country, both behind and in front of the camera. Training future broadcast journalists in her faculty associate roles at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and at Arizona Christian University was a cherished focus of her post-TV career. Today, she maintains a roster of public relations clients focused on empowering fellow “momprenuers.” She also serves as a speaker for various women's and mom's events. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from Biola University and Master of Mass Communication (MMC) from Arizona State University. She and her husband, two young kids and English bulldog call Scottsdale, Arizona, home.


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