7 Easy and Affordable DIY Nursery Art Ideas

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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  • 01 of 07

    Story Book Prints

    Vintage story book pages in colorful frames make for beautiful nursery art

    In My Blessed Nest

    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.

  • 02 of 07

    Art in a Flash

    Framed flash cards as nursery art

    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. 

  • 03 of 07

    Yarn-Wrapped Letters

    DIY Nursery Art Idea: Yarn-wrapped letters

    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. 

  • 04 of 07

    Simple Silhouettes

    DIY Nursery Art Ideas: Family Silhouettes

    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 image. Just cut, paste and frame!

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  • 05 of 07

    Shapely Shadows

    DIY Nursery Art: Fabric silhouette art

    Nana Company/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!

  • 06 of 07

    Punch Art

    DIY Nursery Art: Paper punch art

    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!

  • 07 of 07

    No-Sew Fabric Frame Up

    DIY Nursery Art: Colorful fabric hoops

    Erica Brower Photography/The Bump

    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!