4 cheap and easy nursery decorating ideas
11 Jul 2014 3:47 PM
Posted by hh's Chelsea Tromans
Sara Keli, Editor of Kid Magazine, shares her tips for making over your nursery
By the time you have purchased all your nursery and baby essentials, there likely isn’t much room in the budget to spend on decorations for your little ones room. These four ideas are friendly on the wallet, easy to make, and will add a special personal touch to your nursery.
1) Photo Line
You will need bakers twine, 2 hooks, small decorative pegs, photos.
Cut the bakers twine to the length you want. Position the two hooks on the wall and tie the ends of the baker’s twine to the hooks. Peg the photos to the twine and you are done.
This is so simple to update as your little one grows. Simply print new photos and replace the old ones. If you can’t find pegs to match your nursery theme, purchase plain wooden ones from a craft store and paint them to match.
2) Pinwheel Feature
You will need scrapbooking paper, glue stick, hot glue gun, double-sided tape.
For each pinwheel you will need three strips of 30cm scrapbooking paper. The wider the strips the larger the pinwheel but between 5-12cm will give you nice pinwheels that aren’t too difficult to fold. To make the pinwheel concertina fold each strip of paper. The folds should be approximately 1cm (or less for smaller pinwheels). Glue the three pieces together and join them at the ends. Press the pinwheel flat from the centre and stick together with some hot glue. Cut a circle in a contrasting paper and use the hot glue gun to attach it to the front of the pinwheel. Place double-sided tape on the back of the pinwheel and position on the wall.
Be creative with selecting the patterns for your pinwheels. Babies see deep contrasts best so you could opt for black and white patterns for a newborn. Overlap the pinwheels or create a pattern, it’s up to you. I used 9 pinwheels to create this feature but you can use more or less depending on your space.
3) Covered Canvases
You will need 3 canvases, 3 pieces of fabric, staple gun.
This project is easier if you have a second pair of hands. Place the canvas face down on the fabric. Working around the canvas, wrap one side of the fabric around at a time and staple in place. Place on the wall with double-sided tape.
You need to pull the fabric fairly tight to remove any slack so the second pair of hands can staple while you hold the fabric. The corners can be quite fiddly so take your time to fold them flat. If you are having a boy you could use your partners old business shirts for a really personal touch. Otherwise Spotlight is a great place to pick up cheap fabric.
4) Pom Pom Mobile
You will need 9 tissue paper pom poms, 2-3 ceiling hooks, fishing wire.
Position the hooks on the ceiling. Cut 3 pieces of fishing wire to hang at your desired height. Securely tie 3 pom poms along the length of each wire. Tie a loop at the end of each wire and hang from the ceiling hooks.
Be careful when hanging anything over a cot. If you aren’t confident in how secure the pom poms are tied, use this feature above a changing table or in the corner of the room. If you are pregnant get someone to help you with hanging the pom poms so you don't have to climb a ladder. You can buy pom poms at party stores or if you are crafty make your own.
Sara Keli is the Editor of Kid Magazine, a free online mummy lifestyle magazine. When she is not working she is busy spending time with her baby girl Olivia, cooking, and coming up with new craft projects to drive her husband crazy.