We all know that babies – as cute as they are – can incur many costs, some of which we don’t anticipate. If you are into the idea of decorating your little one’s room, our best advice to keep it stylish, but frugal, and to work on DIY nursery projects that can grow as your baby does.
Choose DIY projects that use elements that can either be repurposed to serve a different function once the child is older, or has a theme that will last through the ages. Need a tool or two two get a project done? Don’t forget to shop BLINQ’s tools & home improvement section to save up to 70% on top brands like DeWalt, Ryobi, and Milwaukee!
Kids have a lot of toys. As very young babies, they won’t really play with the toys, but eventually they will grow to be able to do so. When that happens, these awesome and super easy wire planter “shelves” will be the perfect home for the many bits and bobs. Until then, they make excellent frames for some of the kid’s more decorative dolls and stuffed animals.
Convertible Furniture Idea
When it comes to DIY nursery project ideas, this desk converted to changing table might take the cake in terms of easiness, functionality, and longevity. We love the idea of finding a classic piece of furniture that you can repurpose into something for baby, then revert back to its original use.
Here, a beautiful desk becomes a changing table with a few coats of paint and the necessary changing table accessories. Once the days of diaper changes are long behind you, remove the fixtures, and this piece becomes baby’s first desk, where he/she can color, read, and practice their ABCs.
We love upcycling! Especially when you think about how expensive (and unsightly) storage bins can be. Why not repurpose some of your diaper boxes into stylish storage pieces – you probably have plenty to spare. As long as you are only going to be storing light and dry items in these boxes (such as clean diapers, boxes of wipes, onesies, baby booties, blankets, etc.), the cardboard will definitely hold up against the weight, and the burlap helps take these boxes from functional to fun and stylish! As the baby grows, these boxes can be repurposed to hold almost anything; toys, chapter books, action figures – whatever you like!
Frugal Design Tip
For a super easy themed room, “book art” is a perfect solution as all it requires is some cheap, hangable frames, and a few pages from a recycled book. Peruse a few secondhand book stores or a Goodwill to see if there are any children’s books for sale.
Follow the tutorial to see how to easily get the pages out of the book, and you have yourself some art! As your child grows up, you can swap out the book pages to match his/her changing taste in literature.
Festive, but Frugal Design Idea
While this DIY is not the easiest, it could be the coolest project for a nursery or kid’s room. These hot air balloon lamps only require a few purchased elements, and otherwise utilize items you probably already have lying around like tin cans and string. Once this project is completed, it provides a visual centerpiece in the nursery, and when your baby grows, the lamps can act as a perfect ignition for make-believe play! Don’t forget to check BLINQ’s tools & home improvement section for the tools you might need to get this DIY completed.
DIY projects are certainly the way to go if you want to cut down on the cost of preparing for a baby’s arrival. How did you decorate your nursery?