Between a thousand tiny outfits, countless diapers, gadgets galore and all the plastic toys you swore you’d never buy, having kids can be an extremely expensive business. Save yourself some cash – you’ll need it – and give your baby’s nursery a personal touch with these 10 simple DIY decor ideas.
Make Your Own Neon Sign
Whether it spells out your baby’s name or a phrase that inspires you, a neon sign adds a heartfelt personal touch to any nursery – and it looks cool, too. Bonus: The sign’s soft glow will enable you to find your way around the room during those 4AM feedings without having to turn on a blindingly bright overhead light.
Upgrade Your White Walls
If you’ve stuck to a neutral palette throughout the rest of your house, the baby’s nursery is your big chance to go wild with colour and pattern. And what could be more fun than this DIY free-hand wallpaper by the Queen of Craft herself, Tiffany Pratt? See how Tiffany transformed a boring white wall into a work of art here. We’re swooning!
Add Charm and Texture to Plain Hangers
A closet filled with teensy baby clothes is pretty darn cute on its own, but imagine how adorable those miniature outfits would be displayed on a delightful set of DIY hangers. Tiffany Pratt does it again, using nothing more than old hangers and scraps of fabric.
Craft a Colourful Kid-Proof Rug
Let’s face it, kids are messy. And babies come with their own special brand of chaos, one that requires constant clean-up sessions. Make your life a little simpler with an upcycled woven rug that can be washed easily. Pro tip: Customize the colours to match the nursery decor.
Get Crafty with DIY Decorative Garlands
Over the last few years, colourful garlands have become a nursery decor staple – you can find them at just about any children’s boutique across the country. But there’s no need to splash out on store-bought versions when these couldn’t be easier to make at home. Start with Tiffany Pratt’s charming DIY pom pom garland here. Adorable!
Give Your Throw Pillows Some Love
A nursery is the one room in the house where sweetness is not only encouraged, it’s impossible to overdo. These DIY heart-shaped throw pillows – another signature craft project by Tiffany Pratt – are the perfect addition to any rocking chair or glider. They’d make a great baby gift, too.
Break out the Paintbrushes
Whether you’ve inherited some less than attractive hand-me-down furniture or you’re struggling to see the potential in the stuff you’ve owned for years, a few coats of fresh paint can turn just about anything into a nursery-friendly piece. Check out our guide to painting vintage furniture here. It’s easier than you think!
Make Laundry Cute Again
It’s never too early to teach your kids good cleaning and organization habits, right? Right? Start ’em young with this laundry basket DIY from Tiffany Pratt; it’s as clever as it is cute. See Tiffany’s step-by-step instructions here.
Craft a Colourful Pom Pom Planter
This whimsical pom pom planter would look perfectly at home hanging next to a nursery window. You can even hang it on its own, sans plant, as a purely decorative piece. AND it costs less than $10 to make. What are you waiting for? See Tiffany Pratt’s handy DIY tutorial here.
Upgrade Cupboard and Dresser Knobs With This Easy Hack
It’s Tiffany Pratt to the rescue again, saving the world from dull designs, one knob at a time. Small details can make a world of difference and these painted knobs – Tiffany actually used nail polish – are the perfect jumping-off point. Check out Tiffany’s DIY guide here.