Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my! Who knew the cost of sticking a few animal-themed nursery wall decals around my baby’s room could be so pricy! While some sticker companies charge as little as (cough) $40 for a pack of tree wall decals with woodland creatures, others (like Dwell studio) will bill you $120 for some digitally reproduced canvas wall art featuring an owl in a tree. What a freaking hoot!
Nursery Ideas: Paint a tiny elephant and save big money.
Anyhoot, I’m not buying any of it. After searching around my house I came up with a few nursery decorating ideas that wouldn’t burst my kid’s fledgling piggy bank.
By recycling my old Painted Stripes, Wallpaper, and Canvas Wall Art project, buying three $2 canvases from the dollar store, and using my stock of acrylic paints, I managed to spend around $10 to decorate Chloe’s baby room. Take that, insanely expensive baby industry!
Create your own canvas wall decor with this frugal DIY canvas art project.
Free Nursery Templates:
To help you get into the do-it-yourself spirit, I’m sharing my free nursery templates for your tracing pleasure. These are great for the nursery or for a toddler’s room. Get the older kids involved for a fun and frugal weekend project.
|Download: Bunny Template||Download: Giraffe Template|
|Download: Hippo Template||Download: Elephant Template|
|Download: Snail Template||Download: Bird Template|
|Download: Owl Template||Download: Nursery Owl Template|
Some stuff you’ll need:
- Blank canvas (cheapest at dollar stores or Walmart)
- Paint (Washable Kids Paint is great for DIY projects too.)
- Stencils — Elephant, hippo, owl, snail, bunny, giraffe, or bird.
Nursery Wall Art Instructions:
This is so easy people. I stenciled and painted three charming owls for Chloe’s nursery in one afternoon. Here’s how to get the job done!
Owl. You Need. Is Love.: Add few fun words. Silliness is allowed.
STEP ONE: Download. Choose your favorite animal creature template. Heck, download them all. Use a printer or printing software to enlarge or shrink each template to the preferred size.
STEP TWO: Cut and trace. Use scissors to cut along the stencil lines. Trace stencil onto canvas with pencil.
STEP THREE: Paint. Get creative and paint some colors onto that stenciled canvas. Let dry.
STEP FOUR: Hang. Hang that canvas. I asked my husband (The Carl) to use his handyman level to get each canvas straight along the nursery wall. If my hilarious owls look lopsided, it’s his fault. Yep, that’s my kid’s dresser — I use it as a change table to save money. And check out my frugal cloth diaper stash.
That’s it! What’s your frugal way to decorate a baby or kid’s room on the cheap?