8 Ways to Decorate Nursery Walls with Things You Already Have
Before you buy new nursery wall art, consider these ideas for transforming what you already have into creative, thoughtful displays for your child's room.
Photo Credit: Rachel Denbow
Make a Mobile
Rachel Denbow of Smile and Wave created this simple mobile with a wooden hanger, a few wire ones and yarn–an artsy statement for above her son’s bed (see her D.I.Y. here). Decorative hangers or wood dowels and yarn can also be combined with photographs, old spoons, paper butterflies or knotted ribbon to make art pretty enough to display in a nursery or child’s room.
D.I.Y. Felt Garland
Need just a little pop of color in your nursery or some added interest on a blank wall? Try making your own garland with traingle-cut felt (or fabric from old clothes). Simply space out your triangles and adhere to a string of twine with hot glue. Hang your garland on a wall, over a large window or drape it across a bookshelf or closet doors to add a welcoming touch.
Use Sight Word Flash Cards
Without buying anything new, we recently created a collage above our daughter’s art table in her room by using some photos and a box of sight word cards that we already had. A box of sight word cards usually has over a hundred basic words which can be combined to make fun phrases or meaningful messages–kind of like magnetic poetry for kids’ walls.
Use Baby Clothes as Art
Before you hide those beautiful baby dresses and sweaters in drawers, consider using them as wall art. With decorative hangers, they can be arranged collage-style on a wall or pinned inside an empty frame for more of a finished look. This is also a great way to appreciate cherished hand-made gifts long after your child grows out of them. Small hats, bonnets and tiny shoes can also create an interesting wall display.
Create a Photo Collage
Turn your Instagram photos into wall art for your baby’s room by selecting some favorite photos and arranging them in a collage. Save on the cost of frames by taping them directly to the wall with decorative washi tape (just keep them high enough where your child can’t pull them down) which also allows your photos to be easily updated as your baby grows. Photos in a square format display well; try printing 4 x 4′s.
Photo Credit: Rachel Denbow
Paint a Canvas
Large blank canvases can be purchased very inexpensively at most craft and hobby shops, and you don’t have to have an art degree to create a colorful child-like drawing that your baby will enjoy. Rachel Denbow painted this simple yet charming rainbow to hang over her daughter’s crib–a happy touch that fills up a large space beautifully. When you’re tired of your painting or change your color scheme, simply paint over your canvas with white and start fresh again.
Album Covers and Vinyls
Want to incorporate your music passion in your child’s room? Hang album covers and old records on your nursery or play room walls, and have fun grouping them based on colors and themes. Vinyl albums can also often be found at thrift shops like these old Disney ones I found at Goodwill. Add a toy guitar to complete the look. Bonus points if you can teach your child all the words to the songs!
Create a Fabric Collage
Who needs a headboard when you have colorful rainbow art above your bed? This collage was pieced together with patterned fabric scraps (cut using a poster board stencil) and adhered directly to the wall with Mod Podge (try UGlue strips for something less permanent). A similar collage (a hot air balloon, a tree, a bunny) could be created with fabrics in softer tones and used in a baby’s room.
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