Quick and Easy DIY Nursery Projects

by Alex HaslamSeptember 4, 2018

Getting ready for your new baby is a busy and thrilling time. You’re caught up in a flurry of activity, from buying car seats to choosing the right name, in order to welcome the newest member of your family.

Many parents-to-be experience a strong desire to organize, clean, and decorate the nursery in preparation for the baby’s arrival. You want everything to be just perfect. This “nesting” instinct grows more powerful as you get closer to the big day.

But you don’t have to spend a fortune (or a ton of time) to create a beautiful, cozy nursery. With a little bit of craftiness and creativity, you can personalize your baby’s room with one-of-a-kind furnishings and decor. Try one of these easy DIY projects, and make your nursery a warm and welcoming place.

Put a Frame on It

Bright, cheery wall art adds instant personality to a nursery. Instead of buying generic prints, make your own unique gallery using simple frames from a craft store. Pick a theme, like “outer space” or “baby animals,” and purchase a collection of prints from an independent artist. Want to cultivate your baby’s taste for the finer things early in life? Frame a series of favorite record album covers, movie posters, or vintage maps.

Make a Fun Mobile

An interesting mobile hanging above the crib may buy you a few precious moments of quiet distraction when your baby is small. Put together a simple DIY mobile to capture their attention and keep them entertained.

Start with a wooden embroidery hoop — which you can leave plain or cover with fabric or yarn. Using sturdy pieces of twine, yarn, or string cut into different lengths, tie eye-catching decorations onto the hoop. You’re limited only by your imagination on what you attach to the hoop; use pom-poms, small stuffed animals, felt cutouts, toy cars, or paper cranes. Be sure to secure the mobile above the crib in a place where it’s well out of reach of little hands.

Set Up a Feeding Corner

Make midnight wake-up calls more comfortable for you and baby by building a cozy feeding nook. Install a padded armchair or rocker in a corner of the nursery, and place a basket next to it containing a water bottle, a blanket, books, and magazines. To make this area even more comfortable, turn it into a mini entertainment center. Leave a tablet queued up with movies, or mount a TV to the wall at eye level so you can catch up on your favorite shows while your baby enjoys a midnight snack.

Child's room with chalkboard wall

Get Artsy

Even if you swear you have no artistic talent, you can still work magic in the nursery with a little bit of paint. Choose a color palette for the room’s walls, painting them all one shade or using complementary tones to highlight an accent wall. If you’re feeling more adventurous, use painter’s tape, a level, and a measuring tape to paint bold vertical or horizontal stripes on the walls.

Spell It Out

Even though it will be a few more years before your baby learns to read, it’s never too early to start cultivating a love of words. Buy large wooden letters from a craft store that spell out your baby’s name, the alphabet, or another important message. After painting the letters and letting them dry, mount them to the wall in a prominent spot.

Treat Your Feet

A comfortable rug is a must for any nursery. It serves two purposes: it gives you a cushiony surface to walk on while you’re soothing a fussy baby and it provides a soft play area when your baby gets a little bit older.

A DIY pom-pom rug is surprisingly easy to make — and it is luxuriously soft and squishy under your toes. To construct the rug, make a large bunch of pom-poms using yarn in different colors, then tie them onto a round or rectangular nonstick rug pad. Each pom-pom should fit closely against the others, leaving no gaps and creating a full appearance.

Head to the Drawing Board

Chances are your little one will someday treat the world as their canvas, trying to draw on the furniture, the walls, and their siblings if you let them. Invest in some preventative measures by making a dedicated space for art in the nursery.

Coat one wall with chalkboard paint, and place a tub of giant colored chalk next to it. Set up an easel in the corner, equipped with a large sketchpad and a bucket of washable markers. As your baby gets older and more mobile, test out other DIY art projects to keep their hands occupied, like homemade craft dough or a felt activity board.

You have a long to-do list as you make arrangements for your new baby. These simple DIY projects will help you set up your nursery in style—without expending too much time, energy, or money.

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About The Author
Alex Haslam
Alex Haslam has always been a writer, but working on home improvements of her own have encouraged her to be a doer as well. Now she writes about how first-time DIYers can create beautiful, meaningful spaces with their own hands.