To me, decorating a nursery is one of the best parts of being pregnant. I love getting to plan out a space for my new little one. I spend hours pouring over catalogs and websites searching for just the right details, in particular nursery art. Because there are so many budget-friendly DIY ideas out there, there’s no need to spend a lot of money. Since I just finished my daughter’s nursery a few months ago, I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you.
Framed book jackets or book illustrations
A quick trip to your local Goodwill or thrift store will yield several beautiful (and cheap!) art options. I found a beat up copy of Thumbelina that I framed and hung over the changing table.
If you have scraps of pretty fabric on hand, you can make a beautiful wall display using embroidery hoops like the ones in this aqua nursery. Another clever way to showcase fabric is this DIY abc art that uses an alphabet stencil and a can of spray paint.
You can turn any words or phrases into display worthy art by using a canvas, some contact paper, and some paint by following this art tutorial. If you have photoshop, you have even more options (and it’s mess free!) I love this shapely word art tutorial. Using a set of stamps and inkpad is another easy way to create art like this.
Do you have older children, nieces, nephews or even neighbors that can draw some picture for you? If so, set out some paper, crayons, paint, etc and have an art party! Let them create the art for you and pay them in popsicles. Or pizza. Or both! All you have to do is frame their creations and you can have a beautiful gallery like the ones in this nursery.
Do you have a few cute clothing items that you can’t wait for your little one to wear? Or maybe a few pieces that were yours as a baby? Instead of keeping them in the closet, string them up and let them serve as art. I’ve seen them framed and also just strung up on a simple clothesline.
There is a surprising number of beautiful free printable art available on the internet. One of my favorite sources is Feed Your Soul: the free art project. Every month, a new piece of art is made available for you to download, print, and frame. The choices are all beautiful and truly works of art. I also love finding printable designs from my favorite bloggers like this abc print from Live and Enliven.
What DIY art ideas do you have to share? Please feel free to leave links!
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Vanessa is the mother of two beautiful girls–Juliet and Lucia. Before she was a mom, she spent her days teaching a little bit of English and a lot more “please be quiet” to high school students and her nights…wait for it…SLEEPING. Now her days are spent reading books, crafting, and chasing the cat around the house while her nights are filled with significantly less sleep and a lot more “please be quiet.” She writes about children’s books, crafting, and learning activities for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers at Silly Eagle Books.376 Comments »