Are you super practical? Do you love to repurpose used items for practicality’s sake? As enjoyable as these DIY projects can be, coming up with ideas can be challenging. To get your creativity flowing, here are five baby items you probably have in your home that are all perfect subjects for upcycle projects:
Nappy Rash Creams Act As A Healing Agent Against Razor Burn
That old tub of Sudocrem nappy rash cream doesn’t become useless once your baby is potty trained. It serves as a handy all-purpose healing cream that can be applied to cuts, burns, and rashes. It can even protect the skin against damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun.
Your infant’s nappy rash cream can even serve as a soothing balm to prevent and soothe razor burn. The active ingredient that can ease the sting and reduce the inflammation is zinc oxide. This compound is also what allows the cream to shield your skin against the sun’s rays, just like regular sunscreen.
Convert A Compactum Into A Mini-Bar
Parenting shouldn’t drive you to drink, but there’s no reason your nursery furniture should gather dust when it’s no longer in use for the baby. A compactum (a baby changing table) makes a stylish and versatile beverage cart for fine whiskey, brandy, and perhaps a cognac (or any other beverage you wish to store at room temperature). The first step is probably to sand it down since a typical compactum is usually white. An elegant drinks cart typically features dark wood with a gloss finish. There are some wonderful guidelines out there on making this transformation.
A Crib Becomes A Stylish Daybed
Has your baby outgrown the crib? By removing one of the longer sides and shortening the legs, you can create a strong, sturdy, and super stylish daybed. It’s an incredibly simple upcycle. A Daybed gives you a dreamy furniture item that can create the perfect reading corner under a window or on a veranda. Add a few stylish throws, a beautiful cover for the original mattress, and a few scatter cushions.
A Baby Monitor Can Become A Security Camera
A baby monitor enables you to hear and see your baby asleep in the nursery. It uses one-way communication, meaning you can hear on your side, but the other side only transmits. You can use the baby monitor to monitor doorways in and out of the house. It can also act as a way to teach your young children about nightlife in your garden. Because you know that the transmitting end of the monitor won’t disrupt the environment, you can set it up outdoors and set out food or shelter for animals like raccoons, opossums, and even owls. The camera can give you the most fantastic visuals!
Receiving Blankets Make Beautiful Summer Blankets
Receiving blankets are light and cool. They’re wonderful for hot summer days and nights. However, they’re made for newborns, and for that reason, they’re quite small. Your toddler will quickly outgrow them. If you’re sentimental (or even if you’re simply very practical), sew them together to form a larger blanket. Some basic white trim can finish it perfectly.
These DIY projects can help you to find a purpose for items you might feel sentinel over. It’s a way to keep your baby’s early treasures close to home. A functional purpose gives an old item a new meaning and a new way to remain relevant in your life.
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