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Make DIY Christmas Photo Backdrops with Twinkle Lights

DIY Christmas Photo Backdrop with Twinkle Lights by The DIY Mommy

My sweet baby girl turns a year old today (a YEAR!) and we took some Christmas-themed birthday pictures this past week to celebrate.

(I can’t believe my darling is already a year old. I also can’t believe she still doesn’t sleep through the night…)

DIY Christmas Photo Backdrop with Twinkle Lights by The DIY Mommy

She’s such a happy baby. She smiles at everyone almost everyone, and she’s definitely a daddy’s girl. While she’s not too keen on crawling or walking, she loves to fiddle with little toys and foods with her hands. Maybe she’ll be a crafter like her mama?

To take these photos, I actually made our bed (it’s an incredible feat for me) and strung some outdoor star-shaped twinkle lights across the headboard. I didn’t secure them at all; I tucked the ends behind the headboard to make them hang the way I wanted.

DIY Christmas Photo Backdrop with Twinkle Lights by The DIY Mommy

I like photos taken in indirect sunlight, so I chose to take this mid-day when the sun was high in the sky. I opened the curtains on the window that is luckily right by our bed and plopped my baby girl right in the middle of the bed (far enough from the twinkle lights for a bokeh effect).

Make a DIY Christmas Photo Backdrop with Twinkle Lights by The DIY Mommy

Babies are tricky to photography, so our “session” didn’t last very long and it took all the Elmo voices and peekaboo head bobs I had in me to get the shots I wanted.

Happy birthday, Baby Girl! I love you so much.

Duvet cover: A DIY of mine based on this tutorial
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IKEA Kura Bunk Bed Hack by The DIY Mommy
DIY Crafts, DIY Sewing

Modify an Ikea Kura Bunk Bed

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by Christina Dennis

We live in a wee little house (and by “wee”, I mean 880 square feet with no basement for the four of us). When it was time for my newest baby to graduate from her bassinet to a “big” crib, we had to get creative.

To maintain storage space in the girls’ tiny room that was now going to be shared, we purchased an IKEA Kura bunk bed for my 3-year-old daughter so that we could store toys and things underneath while she slept above. We could then squeeeeeeze a crib beside her bed!

There are several amazing, detailed “hacks” for these beds in the webisphere, but we had little time to pull something together so I stuck to something simple.

IKEA Kura Bunk Bed Hack by The DIY Mommy

My hubby spray painted the MDF panels a nice, bright pink before he assembled the bed (they’re originally a medium blue). I purchased a tension shower rod and then made some simple rod pocket panel curtains using the following method:

  • measure the width of the opening and multiply by 1.5
  • divide this measurement by 2 and this will be the finished width of the curtain panels (there are two panels)
  • add two inches to the width and 7 inches to the height of this measurement (to account for hems and the rod pocket) and cut two pieces of fabric with these dimensions
  • hem the bottom and sides of each panel (by turning 1/2″, then another 1/2″ and stitching) and then make the rod pocket on the top by turning 1/2″ and then 3″ and stitching

Thread a tension rod through the panel pocket and hang just below the upper bunk. The curtain hides a mess nicely!

It’s a simple and sweet update to the IKEA Kura bed!