There is certainly no shortage of commercially available nursery décor items on the market, but when you want something a bit more personal, the do-it-yourself approach is the way to go.
Whether you are a crafting novice or an experienced builder, adding special DIY touches to your nursery is a great way to customize the space and create a comfortable place for your new bundle of joy.
From tiny touches to major design elements, nursery projects come in all scopes and sizes.
Here are just a few of our favourite special DIY touches to add to a nursery.
1. Paint Your Own Mural
You don’t need to be the next Da Vinci or Michelangelo to paint a mural in your baby’s bedroom. In fact, if you are going for an outdoorsy theme, creating a mountain range mural requires basically no skills whatsoever.
All you need is paint in black and three shades of green, graph paper, a large levelled ruler, painter’s tape and brushes.
Start by measuring your wall and then drawing out your design to scale on graph paper. Making a mountain range only requires straight angled lines, so don’t worry too much about getting it “perfect.”
Once you’ve settled on your design, recreate it on the wall using painter’s tape.
Paint over using black as your background and the various shades of green as your mountains. To add more dimension, use both flat and satin paints.
For a full tutorial, check out Wills Casa.
You can also create a mural of your own design using simple geometric shapes. Drawing your design to scale on graph paper before you get started makes it much easier to transfer the full-size image to your wall.
You could also draw or print your design on a transparent sheet and use an overhead projector to project it on the wall at full-size. Then, you would just need to trace the outline and paint the rest of the design.
2. Make Beaded Dreamcatchers
Give your new little one sweet dreams by hanging up a beaded dreamcatcher made with your own hands.
Native Americans have used dreamcatchers for centuries to protect sleeping people–especially children and infants–from nightmares and bad dreams. It is believed that dreamcatchers catch both good and bad dreams in their webs.
The good dreams gently trickle down the feathers to the sleeper below while the bad ones are caught in the web and burned in the light of day.
Making your own dreamcatcher is a great way to add a special touch to your nursery. You can use beads, feathers, and jump rings in various colours to create one that matches the room’s décor and, believe it or not, making a beaded dreamcatcher isn’t that difficult.
There are plenty of tutorials online and while there is some variance, the basic supplies needed include:
- a hoop
- and beads
When shopping for beads for your dreamcatcher, choose ones that are not overly large or heavy.
If you want to make the dreamcatcher even more powerful, consider using gemstones that are known for certain metaphysical properties. Amethyst beads, for example, are known to help you sleep and can bring pleasant dreams.
Find out how to how to make a dreamcatcher here:
3. Create Your Own Baby Blankets
There are many ways to make a baby blanket.
If you know how to knit or crochet, there are countless patterns available online for free that will enable you to make one with any type of design you can imagine.
If you are less experienced in the fibre arts, though, there are also plenty of easy baby blankets that require only the most basic sewing skills.
To make a super simple yet cuddly cosy blanket for your new little one, you will need:
- a sewing machine
- a 36” x 36” piece of cotton fabric
- a 41” x 41” piece of fluffy cotton or poly/cotton such as chenille
- pins, and
- matching thread
You could technically sew this blanket by hand, but a sewing machine makes the project much faster and easier.
- Start by laying out your fluffy fabric with the right side down.
- Next, centre the cotton piece on top of it with the right side up.
- Starting about an inch or two from a corner, pinch the raw edge of the fluffy fabric and then fold over the cotton fabric.
- Pin in place. The raw edge should be hidden.
- Continue the entire way around the blanket but ignore the corners.
- Start sewing along one side right after a corner.
- When you reach the corner, leave your needle in the fluffy fabric and cut off the excess material.
- Next, fold the corner’s raw edge in and hold in place with your thumb as you sew the rest of the way to the edge.
- Continue all the way around.
- Finally, remove all pins and snip loose threads.
This project is extremely easy. The fluffy fabric is also very forgiving and hides a multitude of mistakes, making it ideal for sewing newbies.
4. Go Scandi-chic
When it comes to decorating an infant’s nursery, you can’t go wrong with Scandinavian design. The simple aesthetics associated with this design style are extremely popular and for good reason.
Scandinavian design values both form and function and enables parents to create rooms that are as beautiful as they are practical. Scandi-chic design is modern, bright and clean, and making your own décor is easy.
Simple wood pieces are extremely popular in Scandinavian design, and if you can handle a saw, you can make your own. Cut out and paint wooden shapes to use as frames, artwork, hooks, etc.
You can even make your own baby gym based on Scandinavian design at a fraction of the cost of buying one from a manufacturer.
Regardless of your skill level and your budget, there are a lot of great ways to add DIY touches to your baby’s nursery.
Try one of the projects listed above or get extra creative and make something of your own design!
What DIY touches have you added to your nursery? Share your DIY stories in the comments below.