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DIY Projects For A Nursery

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By on Jul 11, 2018
DIY Projects For A Nursery

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Whether you have a baby on the way or you’re a grandparent who wants to help out, there are plenty of ways you can get crafty in a nursery. Some cute DIY projects can even become keepsakes down the road that can be passed on and enjoyed for years to come.

From decorating an accent wall to creating adorable wall art, there are plenty of DIY projects for a nursery. Here’s a list of a few you can try.

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DIY Nursery Projects

Getting a nursery perfect for a baby isn’t an easy job. Whether it’s your first or fifth, you’ll want to make sure the room is special, comfortable and dreamy for baby. However, sticking with a theme or central color is important to pull the look together.

“There are a lot of trends this year to look out for like incorporating new patterns like checkers or the color of the year, ultraviolet,” Ashley Lipman, marketing specialist at Best Online Cabinets, said. “The fun is in the details! This year, everything has been about dreamy designs! Think lots of whimsy and playfulness! This year there has been a lot of popularity with letter boards and Scandinavian furniture. However, always check the safety specifications of new design features before installing them in your nursery.”

Here are a few ways you can DIY a few projects in your nursery.

  • Childproofing
  • Accent Wall
  • Wall Art
  • Rugs
  • Hanging Mobile
  • Shelving

1. DIY Childproofing

While DIY decorating can be a lot of fun, safety should always come first in the nursery. As stated above, every project you include in your nursery should be safe for your child. Additionally, you can do some childproofing nursery tasks on your own. Securely anchoring bookshelves, dressers and other standing furniture pieces to the wall is a big safety measure you can take for your child. Wall treatments can also be a safety hazard if there is a pull cord attached. Replace these with a short curtain that matches your nursery décor.

Making sure your nursery is safe should be the top priority. If you’re unsure how to childproof a specific area of your home, contact a handyman who can help you install a safety device properly. The average cost to childproof a home is $431, with most homeowners spending between $265 and $480.

DIY Accent Wall

2. DIY Accent Wall

If you’re looking for a decorative element in your nursery that will really pop, go with a bold accent wall. If you’re worried about indoor air pollution, I suggest looking into accent wallpaper or some small stencils you can apply with non-toxic craft paint. Popular patterns in nurseries right now include chevron stripes, polka dots, vintage floral and geometric shapes.

3. DIY Wall Art

Choosing the right wall art is important to your overall nursery décor. It will set the theme and help to bring the look together. While mirrors and large frames make great decorative items elsewhere in the home, they’re not recommended in nurseries. Heavier items can fall and break, creating a safety hazard for your child. Consider making your own DIY wall art out of lighter materials such as fabric, yarn and more. I love this idea for a nursery pennant banner. Here’s how you can make a no-sew pennant banner for your nursery.

DIY Hanging Mobile

4. DIY Rugs

You may not consider a rug as a DIY project, but they are easy to make and a perfect nursery accessory. Pom pom rugs are popular now in bedrooms, but with the right colors, it can be a great accessory to add right next to the crib or changing table. With a few balls of yarn, you can have a pom pom rug for your nursery in just an afternoon. If you’re looking for a tutorial, Say Yes has instructions on how you can DIY this project.

DIY Wall Art

5. DIY Hanging Mobile

Every nursery must have a hanging mobile. It’s a cute accessory that can be passed down and it’s even more special if you make it yourself. Mobiles come in all shapes and characters, so it can be hard to choose if you haven’t decided on a theme yet. Starting with the mobile might be just the inspiration you need! Here’s a great tutorial from Think Make Share that’s a simple design but can work with any nursery color scheme.

6. DIY Shelving

Keeping the nursery neat and organized should also be a priority. But, storage and shelving don’t have to be boring! You also don’t need to spend a fortune to have beautiful shelves. If you’re displaying keepsakes, photos and accessories on your shelving, you’ll want to opt for an open shelving concept. Floating shelves are the best choice here, just make sure whatever items you’re placing on the shelf can’t be reached by your child.

If you want to install your own floating shelves, see this tutorial from The Frugal Homemaker.

DIY Shelving


A nursery is a special place in the home. Many new memories will be created here for both you and baby. If you’re ready to make your nursery one-of-a-kind, try a few of these nursery ideas.

Looking for more ways to prepare for baby? Read 10 Home Improvement Projects For Expecting Moms.

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