10 Easy and Affordable DIY Nursery Art Ideas

DIY Nursery Décor

Beautiful nursery art doesn’t need to cost a fortune. With a touch of creativity—and a few helpful tips—you can make your own gorgeous, DIY nursery décor for a fraction of the cost.

Feeling crafty? Why not give one of these simple, DIY gems a try?


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    Story Book Prints

    Vintage story book pages in colorful frames make for beautiful nursery art
    Photo via Homedit.

    Looking for a cheap alternative to expensive, store-bought nursery prints? Stop scouring the web, and head over to your favorite local bookstore.

    With the aid of some inexpensive frames, the children’s books you adored as a kid can be easily transformed into meaningful wall art for your little one. Choose a few beautifully illustrated, well-loved classics, or settle on a single title and use it as the basis of a theme.

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    Art in a Flash

    Framed flash cards as nursery art
    Photo Courtesy of The Farmer's Nest.

    Working with an alphabet theme? Consider picking up a pack of attractive flash cards. These classic learning tools can be as beautiful as they are educational. Frame them individually, or create a colorful collage. Love all things vintage and Shabby Chic? Try using miniature clips to string vintage cards on a wire. 

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    Beautiful Music

    DIY Nursery Art Idea: Framed sheet music
    Photo Courtesy of Jane D Photography.

    Elegant and affordable, vintage sheet music can make for beautiful nursery art. Choose your little one’s favorite lullaby or any other song with personal meaning to your family. Frame the title page or display the entire song. Want to add a pop of color? Try mounting your sheet music on colorful card stock. 

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    Easy as ABC

    Alphabet nursery collage/gallery wall
    Photo via The Bump.

    This simple yet sophisticated alphabet display was created using leftover fabric scraps and inexpensive cardstock.

    Cutting and pasting not your thing? That’s what friends are for! Set up a crafting station with supplies that compliment your nursery colors and theme, and invite each guest at your baby shower to create a letter for your little one. Ask your friends to bring a cheap, second-hand picture frame for their creation. A quick coat of spray paint and you’ll have an elegant and eclectic set!

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    Yarn-Wrapped Letters

    DIY Nursery Art Idea: Yarn-wrapped letters
    Photo via Catch My Party.

    Your baby’s name is like music to your ears, so why not make it a treat for your eyes too?

    These adorable, yarn-wrapped letters are as simple as they are beautiful. Cut each letter out of cardboard or foam core. Using craft glue and tightly spun yarn, wrap your letters a few inches at a time, applying glue to the back as you go. Finish with a few pretty embellishments for the perfect touch. 

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    Simple Silhouettes

    DIY Nursery Art Ideas: Family Silhouettes
    Photo Courtesy of Lilly's Notebook.

    Your newborn may not be much of an art connoisseur, but in their eyes, few things are as beautiful as the people they love the most: Mom and Dad. To create your own artistic renderings of your baby’s favorite subject, try creating a silhouette using this simple tutorial. Just cut, paste and frame!

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    Shapely Shadows

    DIY Nursery Art: Fabric silhouette art
    Photo Courtesy of Nana Company via Flickr.

    Not a fan of traditional silhouette portraits? No one ever said your subject had to be human! You can make a silhouette out of almost anything - your favorite animal, a tree, a car - whatever takes your fancy or suits your nursery’s theme.

    Once you’ve settled on an image, use it to create a template. Place your template on the back of some cute fabric or card stock and trace its outline. Then cut and mount your image onto a contrasting background using craft glue. Add a nice frame, and boom! Gorgeous wall art!

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    Punch Art

    DIY Nursery Art: Paper punch art
    Photo Courtesy of Kitty Lascurain.

    Not much of an artist? If you can use a paper punch tool, your own paper-punch masterpiece is just a few clicks away. All you need is some self-adhesive foam squares, a selection of colorful paper, and a box frame. You can even use paint sample chips or paper salvaged from magazines!

    Get step-by-step directions right here, or try making a similar project using felt.

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    No-Sew, Fabric Frame Up

    DIY Nursery Art: Colorful fabric hoops
    Photo courtesy of Erica Brower Photography.

    Add color and pattern to your nursery design with this simple, no-sew art project:

    Choose a selection of colorful fabric scraps slightly wider than the hoops you plan to frame them in. Place the fabric in the embroidery hoop, pulling it taut. Place a small amount of glue around the inside edge of the hoop, pressing down the fabric as you go. Trim any excess. Easy!

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    The Great Frame Up

    DIY Nursery Art: Vintage Baby Clothes
    Photo Courtesy of Sweet Mint Studios

    Large, empty frames add drama to these beautiful, vintage baby clothes, transforming them into works of art. For extra punch, try adding a colorful cardboard backing.