5 DIY Take-Aways from 5 Great Nurseries

Are you tired of hearing about nurseries yet? Good!

But if you are, maybe a little, don't stop reading here. There may be a few ideas in here you can use for a non-nursery. In fact, I promise there are!

I really REALLY thought I would be adjusting to a new routine with a new baby by now, but a few false alarms have led me to believe this is the most indecisive child--ha! I've been using my extra time to see if there are some small things I can get done to make the shared nursery/toddler room a little more cozy since I gave up on getting it complete before baby arrived a long time ago.

I've been piddling around design sites and blogs trying to gather some easy DIY ideas, so I thought I'd share the few I found with you!

1. Custom Hangers to Display Favorite Items

I love this feminine San Francisco bunny nursery featured on Apartment Therapy. It's simple, not overdone, and so many of the ideas are inexpensive and design savvy solutions. I love the idea of displaying some of the baby's special clothing items on hangers. 

This would be so easy! Simply purchase some high quality wooden hangers, pick a pattern (don't be afraid to print one) like a cloud or star or whatever fits your nursery, use an x-acto knife to mount the paper pattern cut-out on some cardboard or foam core. You could even use a fun patterned paper. So easy and cute!

2. Vintage Prints in Simple Frames

This twins' nursery in London featured on Houzz is another great simple and clean design. First of all, I love the painted shutters. Such a great solution to window coverings--especially if you need to block out light in the wee hours, but let it in during the non-sleeping ones.

But onto the easier great idea: the vintage prints are an easy project, even though something like this may be sold in home decor stores for a pretty penny. Etsy, Ebay, and even a fun antiquing search could land you some great vintage (or copies of vintage) prints that you could put in some inexpensive frames for great-looking wall decor. I've even downloaded high-res images and printed them for frames in my own home. An added plus would be that the frames match the other wood finishes in the room (like how these perfectly match the cribs). Even if you're not into matchy matchy, that's cool, too! Pick whatever finish you feel works.

3. A Fun Corner Tent for Reading

Another great nursery tour on Apartment Therapy of a cheery LA nursery features one of the best corner tents I've seen in a while. These are a growing trend in children's rooms, but some of the DIYs out there are a little cheapy looking in the end. 

The key here is layering of texture and pattern (and the having more than one). The string lights and flag bunting are great touches too. So even if you follow one of the many DIYs out there, try and incorporate some of these ideas to make a really cool space for your little one.

4. Make Your Own Felt Mobile

I love the balance of cool grey and warm wood in this neutral nursery from Elsie Interior featured on Houzz. So many great things going on here. I especially love the softness of that cute little mobile over the hearty wood crib. The mobile featured is actually from Restoration Hardware, but it would be an easy DIY as well if you are crafty.

A few wooden dowels, fishing string, felt, stuffing, and colored thread could lend itself to a world of possibilities if you get creative. Like the canopy tent above, a simple Pinterest search will open up tons of easy-to-follow DIY instructions. 

Another idea would be to purchase some felt Christmas ornaments on clearance like these and attaching them to your mobile.

5. Washi Tape "Frames" for Prints

There are so many great personal touches in this German Nursery. You can tell a lot of thought went into the decor and I love that. It has such a curated look!

One of the simplest and most inexpensive take-aways from this room I found was the washi tape "frames" used for the prints above the toy shelf. The colorful patterns and size variations of each piece add a lot of personality. Perhaps if you're in a rental, or just really like the gallery wall look but don't want to commit to all the nail holes, this would be a great solution! 


I hope you found some great take-aways from these cute little rooms. Like I said, some of them could easily be used elsewhere in your home. 

Happy crafting, friends!

Until next time (whenever that might be)!