DIY Nursery

Here is a series of posts about how I created my nursery for around $400.
To see more pictures of my nursery or to gather more nursery ideas check out Project Nursery.

Completed Nursery


I fell in love with the idea of making a jungle themed nursery. What I didn't know when I decided on the theme is how popular it is which made it very easy to find fabric and other crafty things I used to create it. Everything in my nursery was made by me or my mom and would be very easy to change to fit the theme of your nursery by simply choosing different colors and fabrics to fit your theme. Some other themes I think would be cute for a nursery are: Dr. Seuss or other favorite authors such as Eric Carl, Mo Williems, or Laura Numeroff to name a few, alphabet, sports, forest animals, Peter Rabbit, and cats and dogs.

Most of the furniture was handed down from my sister. Garage sales, craigslist and resale shops are other good places to look for furniture if you don't have a friend or family member who is willing to give things away. We bought a new crib after doing some research on consumer reports and picked a highly rated one for around $200.

The first step was to paint. The room had been previously painted half blue and half purple with clouds painted near the ceiling. For the jungle theme my husband painted a bright green over the purple. Then he drew jungle animals using images from the fabric I had chosen for the quilt. I spent an entire day painting in all four animals but all the hard work was worth it. I do not consider myself to be artistically talented but painting in the animals was very easy. The hard part was drawing them which my husband the art teacher did.

Cost to paint: $15.00


 Growth Chart                            Basket Liner

Simple Baby Quilt                                      Taggie Cube

Baby Bib                                                    Baby Bib and Burp Cloth

Bath Time Mitts                                                Ribbon Blanket


jokesBYjen said...

What type of paint did you use to paint the animals? I want to do different disney characters in my nursery, but I don't know the best (and cheapest) way to get all the different needed colors that would be durable and long lasting!

Did you go over the finished product with a clear coat to make it last longer?

Christina at theDIYlifestyle said...

I used Valspar paint samples to paint the animals. For awhile Valspar was offering free paint samples so I had some sent to my home, work, and a few family members’ houses until I had enough variety of colors. The samples are a generous size and after completing several projects for the nursery I still have a lot of paint left over for future projects. Most paint brands offer sample sizes you can buy online or in most hardware stores. Since I used wall paint I did not feel the need to use a clear coat.