nursery art from children's books

June 21, 2010


We painted the nursery a few weeks ago and ever since, I have been busy trying to put it all together. I really wanted to incorporate some pages from some of my vintage children's books as artwork on the wall, but wasn't sure how I was going to do it. 


Then I remembered these two frames I had sitting in my garage. I purchased them from goodwill last fall-- wooden with glass panes that had some sort of botanical print between the glass. 

The only way I could get the print out was to smash the glass, so I pretty much destroyed them. I thought they were hopeless, but I went ahead and sprayed them white just in case. They've been sitting in my garage ever since (You know, in that pile of stuff that my husband is always asking me if he can throw away? He can't help it; he's such a helpful fellow.)


I have this Thumbelina book gorgeously illustrated by Pablo Ramirez (one of my favorites!) And I thought these pages would be perfect for the nursery. I love the bright colors and delicate flowers. Plus, the dark-haired Thumbelina looks like what I imagine my little girl to look like one day. (Watch, now that I said this, she'll be blonde!)


I carefully removed the spread I wanted to use and taped the two pieces together down the middle. Then I used regular thumbtacks to hold the page in place. There is no glass in the frame, so it was simple and easy.


Now I've got some inexpensive (and beautiful) wall art above the changing table! One wall down, two more to go!

The frames were $3 or $4 a piece at goodwill and the book was $1.25 (also from goodwill). Two pieces of art for under $10 is pretty good, I think!

The only problem with tearing apart a book like this is that now you can't read the story...so of course, I set out to find another copy of it and it arrived a few days ago. I placed the "new" copy on Juliet's shelf and I think I may use the first copy as a display on some shelves in the nursery--the cover is beautiful, too. 

Do you have any beautiful vintage books that would make great artwork? 

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13 comments:

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

I'm forever destroying books in my mind and framing them on the wall, but I have yet to actually take any action. One day I'm going to get some high-quality scans made of some of my favorite Narnia illustrations and frame those. In particular, I've always wanted the one of Lucy and Susan dancing with the risen Aslan.

oh amanda {impress your kids} said...

Super cute, Vanessa! Can't wait to see the nursery and the baby! :)

Love and Lollipops said...

Beautiful! Good thing you didn't throw those frames out...just love it!

Kevin and Kristina said...

Those turned out beautifully!!

Emily said...

*Perfection*

Jackie said...

That is a great idea! Love it.

Lauren said...

I've often thought about the books that would make good wall-prints. However, they're also the books that I would like to have on our shelves too. (I guess I need two copies -- one to read and one to take apart and frame.) Sigh.

Megan said...

I made something similar out of a calendar that I loved and they're still hanging in my daughter's room. I just wish I'd thought to check thrift stores for frames instead of buying some! Yours turned out lovely, by the way.

vanessa @ silly eagle books said...

I know, I know--it was so hard to tear the book apart! I don't think I would have if I didn't find the other copy!

Rambling Renovators said...

What a cute idea. I've always loved Thumbelina.

Inspired by you said...

Too cute!!

Kendra@My Insanity said...

These are great!! My sister and I designed her entire nursery around a vintage story book. I think it is the perfect thing! This is a cool book, too. I've never seen it before.

Mburke said...

I have framed some beautiful book art before, and sometimes when I want to keep the books, I just make a high-quality color copy to frame. the texture is different than a vintage book, but looks the same under glass!

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