Tips to DIY Your Baby Nursery

Updated on October 14, 2019
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Having gone through the process of designing our nursery, I hope these tips will make the process simpler for you.

Creating your nursery is a very big step in the pregnancy process. In most cases, your baby will be spending a lot of time there. It should be a relaxing and happy place to be. It can be overwhelming figuring out how to decorate it and what essentials should be in it. Hopefully, these tips will make the process easier and less stressful for you.

Woodland-themed nursery.
Woodland-themed nursery.
  • Theme: This is the first and most important thing that you need to decide. Everything else you pick out for your nursery will depend on this. We chose a woodland theme for our nursery. We both love the outdoors and wanted animals to be involved in the nursery. If you are struggling with choosing a theme, I suggest looking at Pinterest. They have a lot of boards dedicated just to nurseries.
  • Color Scheme: Now that you have the theme decided, you can pick out your colors for the room. We went with a pale green and dark brown. If you are struggling with paint options, you can go to your local hardware store and look at their paint swatches. If you are struggling with deciding on the color, I suggest picking a couple of sample swatches in the shades that you like and taking them home. This way, you can actually see them in the room with the lighting, and it helps narrow down the options.
  • Layout: Once the room is painted, I would plan out the layout of your furniture. Typically, you would take into account the biggest pieces of furniture. In our case, it was the crib, changing table, bookshelf, nightstand, and toy box. I would suggest waiting until everything else is done before moving the furniture in so it is not in the way while decorating.

Tree guest book surrounded by framed woodland creature prints
Tree guest book surrounded by framed woodland creature prints
Wall decals and bookshelf.
Wall decals and bookshelf.
  • Decorations: This was the most fun part for me. This is where you can get really creative and make your theme clear. We also had a woodland-themed baby shower, and our guest book was a tree (see photo above). The guests' fingerprints were the leaves. We wanted this to be a feature in the room. I found on Etsy these adorable photos of woodland animals with sayings. I printed them off and framed them. You can find some affordable designs on Etsy. We also bought some tree and animal wall decals and placed them on the walls. This really helped create the feeling we were in the woods.
  • Baby Name Wall Art: This could have fallen under decorations, but making our daughter's name myself felt really important. It added a personal touch to the room and saved money. I had found the letters already made on Etsy but did not want to pay so much for them. I created them myself for the cost of one letter you could get on Etsy. If you are struggling for inspiration, I suggest going to your local crafts store and looking at items that fit within your theme.
  • Furniture: Once the walls are decorated, you can move in your furniture. A lot of our furniture we had bought for the room. However, the bookshelf and toy box were my husband's when he was a baby. My husband stained them to match the color scheme, and when he was done you could not even tell they were almost 30 years old.
  • Simplicity: I suggest keeping the room simple. I would not go heavy-handed with the decorations and furniture in the room. Since the baby will be sleeping in there at one point, it should be a calming and peaceful setting. Also, since you will be spending a lot of time in the nursery, you want to feel comfortable in it. It can feel small and stressful if you have super complex walls and loads of furniture in the room.

Close-up of the handmade baby name letters (to be hung on the wall).
Close-up of the handmade baby name letters (to be hung on the wall).

Decorating your nursery should be a fun time to celebrate your baby. You should not be overwhelmed with all of the details. Doing it yourself is not impossible, even if you feel that you are not a creative/artsy person. Even if the room is not perfect, you will always have the memories of creating it, and your personal touch will be added. I hope that these tips help you create the nursery of your dreams without the stress.

© 2019 Amber


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