I swear, the second you become pregnant it’s like every department store suddenly knows and immediately begins to send you catalogs filled with pages of cute baby items. So of course I’ve been browsing through the magazine-perfect nursery photos for the last few months dreaming of how I want to put Baby’s nursery together. Really, it’s great marketing on their part. Except there’s one glaring problem – they cost a freaking arm and a leg! I’m not looking to mortgage another house here, so I started researching ways to get that super cute and stylish nursery without breaking the bank. Because Baby deserves a cute room still, right?!
Turns out there are tons of simple and cheap nursery options out there! Let me first preface by saying that my creative and DIY skills are close to none. Most Pinterest DIY projects I attempt end up in complete disaster *facepalm*. However – these money-saving and DIY ideas I found are so easy, even I was able to do them with ease! And my husband was finally pleased that I found some ideas that were budget-friendly and actually worked.
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Let’s face it; wall art seems to just pull a room together, but finding pre-framed or canvas photos can be so expensive! To get the look at a budget-friendly price, just purchase generic photo frames and print some cute photos from Etsy (there are thousands of customizable downloads on there for cheap). You can see my creation below – I purchased these cute white frames for a decent price and downloaded the images off an Etsy shop. Then printed them at FedEx on card stock for super cheap!
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You can change the photos out as baby gets older to something more age-appropriate. HUGE money-saver for decor that will last practically forever!
You can find standard block letters like these at your local craft store and they usually have several color and font options. I did do some searching on Amazon, but couldn’t find any comparable ones at a cheaper price. The best part about this DIY is that you can turn these letters into anything. We kept it simple by hanging plain white ones on the wall to spell out Baby’s name (photo below), but you could decorate these pretty easy with tulle, paint, washi tape, or anything if you wanted to give it a little more pop!
TIP: You don’t have to spell Baby’s name either. You could spell out any other word (like “adventure” or “princess”), do an alphabet wall, or do initials – the possibilities are endless!
The Many Uses of Tulle
Ah tulle – how wonderful and versatile you are! To be honest with you, I’ve never worked with tulle until decorating Baby’s nursery. But it really is a great material that adds a bit of elegance to the room. I initially bought tulle to add some color to the curtains (too much grey), but ended up using it for a few other projects as well!
Here’s how we used tulle in our nursery:
Tulle Curtain Accents (see how I made these no-sew curtain accents in only 3 steps here) and a Tulle Crib Skirt
Some additional ways to use tulle:
- Tulle Toy Storage
(see the tutorial from the Shady Tree Diary)
- Tulle Wreath
(see the tutorial from Paging Fun Mums)
- Tulle Pom-Poms
(see the tutorial from A Kreative Whim)
- Tulle Crib Canopy
(see the tutorial from Craftaholics Anonymous)
Don’t be afraid to look for items that are seeing little-to-no use around your home and find ways to revamp them in the nursery! Doing this can save you tons of money on big ticket items like dressers and storage without much effort. As an added bonus, repurposing these will also free up some clutter and space around the house – score!
Here are some ideas for you:
Repurpose an old dresser or shelves
If you have an old dresser, bookshelf, or shelving unit, give it a little makeover and put it in Baby’s nursery! Something as simple as a little paint and primer to give it a new color can do wonders, but you could also change out hardware or add some design to them.
If you don’t have an extra one (like we didn’t), you can buy a cube storage unit at a reasonable price instead of purchasing a full dresser and changing table! This brand is pretty sturdy and you can add additional features as it fits your needs.
Revamp and old lamp
We had an old lamp just sitting around that we never used and didn’t really match anything. I wanted to brighten it up for the nursery, so I just purchased a new lamp shade (for under $10!) and BAM a “new” lamp for the nursery.
Reuse throw pillows
Instead of buying brand new throw or decorative pillows for the nursery, take any old or unused pillows you have and just buy new pillow covers! They cost a fraction of the price and will give that new and fresh feeling to the room.
Additional Budgeting Tips
There are so many additional expenses when it comes to preparing for a baby. To really minimize your costs, here are some additional tips to take into consideration:
- Incorporate used or hand-me-down items whenever it makes sense.
- Shop around before you buy (make sure to check online stores like Amazon or Ebay).
- Before you buy something, see how hard it is to DIY it yourself (sometimes it does make more sense to buy though).
- Purchase the must-have items first, then the want items.
- Put everything on your registry. If you’re using one of these registries, you’ll be able to give yourself an extra discount for any items you still need!
Okay mommas and mommas-to-be, what are some budgeting tips you’ve found? Chime in with some of your favorites!