DIY Craft idea: Paper Plane Mobile with Maps
Paper planes! They are magical and bring us back to our childhood. This DIY project gives a nod to nostalgia with a fresh new take on paper planes… a way to recycle and re-purpose otherwise wasted materials: maps. Our paper planes are made with re-purposed Atlas pages. To create this look, search your home for old maps or look for vintage maps on ebay or a local antique shop for an especially nostalgic look. The colors, graphic details and reference to travel make maps the perfect medium for paper planes.
When starting your own DIY paper plane craft project, you can select the map pages with your child…choosing maps of special places you’ve traveled to…or places you dream to go.
Once we created a variety of paper aircraft, we strung them together with fishing line. You may choose to display planes against the wall as a piece of art too, like we did for our All Seasons Design Guide…
Or, as streamers in a window…
For our Young America showroom we created a mobile using a plane propeller from Authentic Models as the base and hung our paper plane garlands from it. We especially love the natural movement mobiles create. What do you think?
Happy paper plane-making! Whether you choose to decorate with them or just PLAY!
Enter To Win a Destination Nursery Dream Nursery or Kids Room Make-over
Destination Nursery is giving away a $10,000 nursery/kids room makeover for a girl or boy that includes Young America’s Mix collection. Enter now for your chance to win, entries are accepted until Friday, July 12.
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Mom’s Best Network: American Made
Highlights: “In celebration of the July 4th holiday, we are highlighting some of our favorite American-made brands…we are honored today to feature Young America, a brand of nursery and youth furniture. We have all been fortunate to have this brand involved in our first two Destination Nursery/Kids room make-over’s. Through first-hand experience we have come to love the quality and style of this brand. Young America is a Mom’s Best HOT product winner. Read the full article on Mom’s Best network.
5 “Green” tips for a Healthy Home and a Healthy Baby
"Green" is a modern day, catchall word for making the best, healthiest choices for your home and nursery. Deciphering the real meaning of "Green" can be daunting. The truth is, there are some basic, practical "Green" rules of thumb you can follow. Here are a 5 of them:
1. Stay away from harsh chemical fumes during and after your pregnancy - and keep your baby away from them too. House paints, for example, are something you may not think of, but they may contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), the toxic fumes that off-gas. Use low or no VOC paints and make sure your home and nursery are well-ventilated.
2. Choose a “Green” crib and nursery furniture. Young America has this category covered in three important ways. First, Young America cribs and nursery furniture are made in the USA, so our products have a much smaller carbon footprint than their imported counterparts. Second, our furniture is GREENGUARD certified to minimize indoor air pollution. Third, we offer furniture that’s Built To Grow for longevity and sustainability. Bottom line: Young America nursery furniture is a “Green” choice. It’s local, non-toxic, and will not end up in a landfill any time soon.
3. Allow a new crib mattress to air out (off-gas) before your baby sleeps on it. This important step will help release toxic fumes and prevent allergy symptoms ranging from puffy, red, and watery eyes to a runny nose, congestion, coughing, and asthma-like symptoms. Off-gassing can also cause skin irritations like rashes, itchiness, and hives. Choose bedding that has NOT been treated with polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). These chemical fire retardants accumulate in our bodies and have been shown to affect human health adversely.
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DIY idea: Camping Creativity for Kids’ Rooms
Exploring and playing outdoors is an essential part of childhood memory-making. Each of us has fond memories of sitting around a campfire, roasting marshmallows and snuggling up in a sleeping bag in a tent or under starry night skies. It’s fun in the woods or in the backyard, so why not in your child’s bedroom.
We decided to capture the lure of an outdoor adventure in our Young America showroom with a camping-inspired bedroom.
We started by creating a rustic wood wall with reclaimed wood from Stikwood. Their website has the how-to information you need to get you started on this satisfying DIY project. Here’s a close-up of how our Stikwood wall turned out… complete with a perch for a lantern.
Along with lanterns, we added a homemade tent and a glowing LED campfire. Our tent is crafted with inexpensive canvas drop cloths from Lowes. By sewing a simple curtain rod pocket, we were able to hang the drop cloths and create a cozy enclosure.
The rug by nuLOOM was an exciting find. Its natural colors and stone path textures pulled the whole room together beautifully.
Take a look at our finished “Wild” room… you can almost hear the night crickets chirping!
What do you think?
We think it’s wonderful escape for any child (and adult) who loves the outdoors, nature and adventure. Throw open the windows and let the fresh air into your child’s personal campsite.
With summertime upon us, we wish you and your children many happy outdoor wonders and experiences. Happy camping!
Patti Borrelli is an interior designer, photo stylist, design blogger, and mom of two teen girls. She works with Young America on catalog photo shoots to create inspiring kids rooms and baby nurseries. She develops DIY ideas for crafting and decorating unique and personal creations. Most recently, Patti collaborated with our Young America design team to launch a brand new look for our new showroom, set to premier at the Spring Furniture Market in High Point, NC. FMI about Patti, visit her personal blog: www.besostyle.com