What are your best tips for easy DIY nursery decor? (If there's an image or post on your blog, please link to it.)
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Keep it simple. I don't know about you, but I don't have a ton of time to spend on my nursery projects. Choose something that is easy to do, but that makes a big impact on the room. Recently I put a frame around the letters of my sons name. It was easy, cute, and made a big difference in the room.
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My favorite trick is buying a sheet that you love (usually at TJ Maxx) and turning that into a duvet cover - so inexpensive I would also like to note that it is possible to buy furniture that will have a life as your child grows; pick furniture with timeless lines that you can reuse in a guest room, or when a new sibling comes along - babies don't stay little for very long. Tear :(
I don't have boys but my sister in law used drawer pulls in the shapes of sports balls (football, soccer, basketball, baseball and hockey puck) on a 1x4 painted blue to match the room. She used his baby jerseys, little outfits and such to hang on them and it both decorated the room and allowed her some space for his clothes. The decor grew as he did. He is six now and still likes his jersey's from his games out.
We decorated my sons room with rub on decals, some colorful puzzles and happy stuffed animals. These things along with nice crib bedding made for a very pretty room. It was by no means extravagant but definitely served it's purpose. We're able to transition from a nursery to a toddler room with little to no fuss and have just changed the accent pieces as he ages. He loves his room as it's completely his. I think that's a good thing. :)
A simple and cheap way to make art for a nursery is to paint some artist canvases in the colour scheme of your nursery, cut out some animal shapes out of felt and then stick them on to the canvases. Colouring books (or online colouring printables) are a great way to find simple designs. Googly eyes can add a fun touch too!
My good friend bought these butterflies and glued them to one of the walls in her house. They are absolutely stunning. Check out this post!!! Plus I also think keeping it simple looks more elegant, so just by adding a mobile can brighten up any room!
I have put together several articles on "Creating your Child's Playroom" and "Putting Together a Book Nook for your Children". So very important to inspire creativity! Keep things easy, fun and you do not have to spend alot. Would love if you checked them out.
Use art you love - and that you can imagine hanging somewhere else in your house when your family's nursery days are done! Look through your house to find things you might already have, and incorporate them into your nursery plans - no need to buy special "baby" paintings!
I collect Southern folk art, and I used many of the pieces in The Pup's room. They're colorful, whimsical, and child-friendly, and I love that he is associating pieces that I already love as "his paintings." For example, one painting depicts a graphic cardinal in a spring forest - perfect for his "woods" themed nursery (see photo in link). When those pieces eventually move out of his room and back into our living spaces, I know he'll have fond memories of them hanging over his crib.
Fabric can be used in so many ways, and is fairly cheap if you find a good sale. Pick a bunch of patterns that coordinate. Use it for curtains, in embroidery hoops-- they act as cheap circular frames, to make throw pillows, crib skirts, etc. Here's my son's nautical nursery with lots of fun yet inexpensive fabric:
Also, canvases Mod Podged with scrapbook paper are inexpensive and oh-so-easy. Here's a huge tree and a letters I made for my daughter:
I love using craigslist for finding furniture, you can get some great steals for less than half the cost of retail. Check out online facebook groups for your area. There are a few in my area and they post everything, you can also post wghat you are looking for!! Plus let people know wht you are looking for your friends may have something, and you will never even know it. I linked a post on a DIY nursery on a budget as well with lots of ideas. http://momccupation.com/2011/04/re-posted-frugal-friday-on-a-budget-your-babys-nursery.html
For EASY DIY nursery decor, it doesn't get much better than wall decals! I did my daughter's entire room in them. Here's an example of one of her walls:
Also, here's some great tips on how to decorate your baby's nursery the green, healthy way!