DIY Nursery Decor – Top 10 Low-Budget Ideas & Tips

Putting together a nursery is an exciting project. As a new parent, you will likely be spending a lot of time in your child’s nursery at all hours of the day and night. It is only natural to want the nursery to be a comfortable and inviting space. However, all the products you are told you need for baby can be expensive. Be careful that the basic necessities don’t use up your nursery budget before you even get to more fun decor elements.

Thebump.com estimates that nursery set-up and decor will set you back around $2,000! And if you’re shopping for high-end products it can cost many thousands more. This does not have to be the case. By shopping around and being prepared for some DIY nursery decor projects, you can have the nursery of your dreams on any budget.

a small white and yellow toy crib with a toy baby in it

How to DIY Nursery Decor on a Budget

Stay focused on what’s really important. Your baby will not care how much you spend on their furniture. Guests will not be able to tell the difference between a new $800 crib and one that you inherited from your sister-in-law. As long as everything is safe and clean, you’ve done your job. That’s not to say you can’t have a beautiful nursery or splurge a bit on what’s important to you.

You might skip the changing table so you can get the comfy rocking chair you know you’ll end up sleeping in almost every night. Determine what your priorities are for the nursery space and work from there. The decor is where you should be ready to roll up your sleeves and DIY to really save. For example, wall art can be expensive, but is one of the easiest things to DIY, even if you’re not crafty.

It’s also cheap and easy to paint furniture you already have to match the color scheme of your new nursery. Be willing to try new things. Following some of these suggestions should get you started.

Top 10 Budget Friendly DIY Nursery Decor Tips

1. Forget the Crib Bedding Set

a complete crib bedding set

A full set of bedskirt, bumpers, sheets, blankets, quilts and decorative pillows can cost around $300. And the baby can’t even use any of it. The AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) guidelines say that it’s unsafe for an infant to sleep with all that loose bedding. You would have to pull out all the quilts, pillows, and bumpers as soon as the baby comes home with you. Your crib will look great with a cleaner simpler look.

 2. Paint the Crib Yourself

a freshly painted baby crib

If you’re missing the adorable bedding and want to jazz up the crib, paint it a bold color to match your chosen color scheme. Painting furniture is a straightforward DIY nursery decor project.

 3. Frame Pages from Your Favorite Children’s Book

two pink baby paintings with an elephant and a giraffe

There are plenty of children’s books with wonderful artwork. Work your favorites into your nursery theme and get frames at a garage sale or a second-hand shop.

 4. Combine the Changing Table and Dresser

a nursery furniture mix between a changing table and a baby dresser

No need to spend the money on both. You may even already have a low dresser that can do the job. Simply buy a changing pad and put it on top of the dresser. This is a great DIY nursery decor space and money saver, and the dresser will have a lot more storage in it than a changing table. Make sure to put a no slip mat under the changing pad for safety.

 5. Make Your Own Curtains

beautiful curtains with floral pattern

Curtains really pull together the decor of a room and are practical for making the nursery dark for baby. If you know someone with a sewing machine, curtains are an easy project for a DIY nursery decor beginner. Shop around for affordable fabric and find a simple pattern online.

 6. Make Contact Paper Wall Decals

a cute tree contact paper wall decal

Wall decals are popular for DIY nursery decor. It’s as easy as buying a roll of contact paper and cutting out the shapes you want. If you mess up, the contact paper peels off easily without damaging your walls. Choose a color that fits your theme. There are even fun metallic colors available online.

 7. Paint an Accent Wall

nursery decor with an accent wall

Choosing one wall to paint is less work and lets you save money too. You won’t have to purchase as much paint and will probably have some left over to add color accents in other parts of the room. Painting the crib was already mentioned, but you don’t need to stop there. Leftover paint can be used on picture frames or the closet door to tie the room together further.

 8. DIY Mobile

a DIY nursery mobile project

Using ribbons, paper cutouts, or felt shapes is a fun, easy way to design a unique mobile to entertain your child. Hang it in a spot the baby will spend a lot of time looking up at it. Above the crib or the changing table are both good options to place a DIY baby mobile.

 9. Use Clothes as Decorations

cute baby clothes on a table

You probably will get some adorable fancy outfits at your baby shower. Or maybe you have a baby christening gown that your grandmother wore. Some carefully chosen clothes hung on the back of the closet door can be an adorable and easy addition to your DIY nursery decor.

 10. Make Your Own Book Display

a DIY kids book display with books in it

Rather than getting a cumbersome and expensive bookshelf, pick up some spice racks. Paint them, hang them on the wall, and arrange your board books facing out.

Putting It All Together

So, what are you waiting for? An adorable nursery doesn’t have to break the bank. There are enough other costs associated with having a baby to feel stressed about expensive decor. Anyone can incorporate some or all of these tips and create a beautiful, useful, and relaxing space they can enjoy with their baby. Have you recently decorated a nursery on a budget? Let us know your favorite budget friendly DIY nursery decor tips!

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