When it comes time to decorate your nursery, adding some personal touches can help make it feel like a part of your home. If you want to add some flair to your new nursery, here are some creative DIY projects that will help you welcome your little one with inspiration from unlikely objects.
An Accent Wall of Pinwheels
This Pinwheel Wall is an awesome tutorial by Kelly at the “A View Along the Way” blog. She created this stunning pinwheel-inspired piece to brighten up the wall above a changing table. Complete with instructions and images, she shows that simple things can make a big impact. And you know what the best part about this project is? All of the pinwheels spin!
A Mobile Inspired by Christmas Decorations
Choosing a mobile to live over your child’s crib can be difficult, especially when looking for the perfect color to match your decor. Even so, no nursery is complete without one. Try coordinating with the color scheme you’ve selected for the rest of the room, and complement it with a unique DIY project.
Do you have any old Christmas tree balls you don’t use anymore? Greens and blues may not fit your living room’s current decor for the holidays, but they might work in your nursery. Think outside the box with this one and use them to create a one-of-a-kind mobile.
This Mini-Ornament Ball Mobile is a creative way to make a baby mobile fit right in by giving you the chance to choose your own colors. Look for bargains after the holidays or use ornaments you don’t use anymore. Pastel-colored ornaments can be hard to find, so pick up some acrylic paint and coat the inside of the balls for an even texture. All you’ll need is a steel-craft ring, yarn, fishing line, hot glue, and paint. In just a few hours, you’ll have a perfectly personalized mobile for your nursery.
A Painting by Day; a Nightlight by Night
A soothing nightlight is a staple in every nursery, but who says it should always be small? A Canvas Night Light is a pretty and practical piece of art that casts a calming glow for all to see. The tutorial by Shawna from Styleberry has detailed instructions with photos, so you can recreate the entire look. Once you find the right rocking chair, soothing your baby through the night will be an enjoyable and relaxing experience for both of you.
Shawna’s tutorial includes a walkthrough of how to paint a canvas and add lights to create a design. If you’re confident in your painting abilities, you can always choose a painting that suits your nursery’s style and color scheme and add the lights accordingly. If that’s the route you take, all you’ll have to do is strategically poke holes in the painting and push twinkle lights through to create the perfect night-light for your little one’s sanctuary.
Applying wallpaper to a room is a big commitment, and it’s not the easiest thing to do either. Instead of going all the way, put up a temporary wall made of plywood or other cheap wood and cover it in your favorite wallpaper. You can attach it to the wall to create a uniquely 3-D effect without committing to wallpaper or painting.
Upcycle Old Mirrors and Picture Frames
Pick up a few mirrors with outdated frames at a local thrift store and paint them to match your nursery. You can always change the colors as you little one grows. The added dimension will make the room look larger, and babies love playing with their reflections, so they’ll serve dual purposes.
Antique, textured picture frames also add a personalized touch to the room. Paint them to match, and use them to feature your baby’s dimensions at birth or family photos, or simply hang them empty on the wall in a collage.
What personal touches have you added to your nursery? Often the best inspiration for DIY projects come from sharing ideas other parents have implemented in their homes? Keep a lookout for interesting and unique furniture items at thrift stores, and don’t be afraid to repurpose items to add your own personal flair. Please share your ideas with us in the comments below.