A Brighter Nursery on Budget!
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I struggled to find nursery decor that wasn't super expensive or super generic. I have to confess that in a world where neutrals are definitely en vogue, I still gravitate toward bright, fun colors.
I wanted to create a room for my new little girl that would help inspire her as a young child. I wanted to pique her imagination and create a space she would love and not immediately outgrow after the baby-stage. Here are a few cost-effective (and not super time-consuming) ideas that I used to make nurseries for my kiddos.
Seven Ideas for a Brighter Nursery on a Budget
1. The rag quilt. I am not a very good seamstress--pretty terrible so far actually. I am impatient and get easily frustrated when sewing projects don't turn out the way I want, but luckily anyone can make a decent rag quilt. I loved being able to pick the fabrics myself based on the colors and room theme. Jo-Ann's Fabrics has great selection of flannels that work PERFECTLY for this project! Watch for sales and online coupons, and you can get all of the fabric you need for super cheap. I plan on posting a full tutorial on rag quilts to follow! Surprisingly, with the right tools, making a rag quilt is not super labor-intensive. Perfect for busy pregnant mommies to create a beautiful heirloom for their child.
2. The name above the mirror. I found some white letters on sale at Michael's and used acrylic paints to make a custom colored names for the nursery walls. My daughter first learned "A" is for "Amelia" based on seeing these letters about her mirror every day. I loved that I could make the colors exactly match the fabrics in my quilt. Because I was a lot lazier when I was pregnant with my son, I kept the letters white and just used a dauber to add some coordinating colored polka dots. This took about five minutes! The letters can be hung on the wall or just placed on the ledge above a door or mirror.
3. The pictures on the wall. I had a lot of energy with my daughter during the second trimester, so I decided I wanted to make some homemade custom artwork for her walls that would pay homage to some of our family favorite children's books. I used Microsoft publisher to combine iconic pictures from the books with iconic quotes. I made the colors muted and then added paint pen color on top to add depth and vibrancy! I loved picking the books and the quotes with my husband. I found some inexpensive frames on amazon and used leftover cloth from the rag quilt to matte the pictures. So easy! (Stay tuned for a tutorial about matting things on the cheap)
4. The dollar store deals. I found some cute coordinating baskets for diapers, burp cloths, and bibs. I, like many manic frugal organizers, LOVE the dollar store. They always have lots of colors and shapes to work for many storage needs.
5. The softest cloth wipes. (If you think cloth diapers and wipes are weird, feel free to skip this one) I used left over squares of fabric from my rag quilt to make a small set of cloth wipes, but realized I would need more especially in the early newborn stage. I found some great second-hand flannel baby blankets that worked perfect for more wipes fabric. Check out consignment stores and tot swaps to find great well-worn flannel fabric. I will be posting a cloth wipe tutorial soon!
6. The coordinating ribbons. I love using ribbons on baskets and stuffed animals to make the room look coordinated and pull all of the colors together. I used them for labels on cube store and on a variety of baskets around the room.
7. Books, books, and more books. I love to use books to help "decorate" but also so that my kiddos will grow up surrounded by words. My son's "nursery theme" was spaceships, so we found a few books that specifically applied to that and propped them up to help add to the theme. I love finding used books at tot swaps and consignment stores.