Ever have one of these?
That would be a pudgy baby who thinks the indoor tree is more fun than his singing, ringing plastic toys.
In order to avoid a horticultural disaster (and baby noshing on potting soil by the handful), we needed a suitable barrier around the indoor house plant.
The easiest solution was to build our own out of corrugated plastic.
So one day I popped into the sign shop down the street and asked if I could buy some. They were kind enough to give me some scrap pieces for freeeee.
This project was as easy as folding the plastic into thirds and sliding it into place. It happened to be sturdy enough standing on its own and didn’t need any further securing.
To make it a little prettier than a giant white plastic square, I skillfully decorated it with fuchsia electrical tape and a roll of window screen material.
Granted, I won’t be winning any design awards with this baby shield, but it served its purpose for six months.
The cost of this project was about $8.
At the time we had another store-bought baby gate to keep the little one out of our catastrophe of an office. But I was thinking the corrugated plastic, with a few 3M Command Cord Bundlers to secure it into place, could make a good baby gate substitute at just about any location, doors included.
Pinterest wasn’t in existence when I assembled our baby shield, but if it had been, I could have been inspired by these other DIY gates from around the Internets.
- Fabric baby gate from Merriment Design
- PVC baby gate from Instructables
- Alphabet baby barrier from Rebel Heart
- Fabric/PVC baby or dog gate from Sew Many Ways
And for the hard core DIYer…
1×2 wood & caster gate by Blue Ant Studio (yes, it’s DIY).
Now it’s your turn. Any creative baby (or dog) proofing going down in your place?
These bloggers are cool because they participated in DIY Friday. You will be super cool if you read them…
- Turn Gift Cards into Guitar Picks from Femmefrugality
- DIY Honey Lip Balm from Mike and Molly’s House
We’ll see you next month!