Preparing for a baby’s arrival is exciting – especially when mom hits the nesting phase. Decorating the baby’s nursery is one of the sheer joys of awaiting the birth of a little one. This is the time to style the room that will aid in the first months of development of your baby boy or your baby girl. However, decorating a nursery can be expensive. Don’t fret, though – there are ways to design a fabulous nursery on a budget that all expectant parents should consider. Below, find unique ideas on how to decorate your baby’s nursery with paper décor.
Proper preparation is key to this process. To start, you will need to make sure to gather and to do the following:
- Gather any scraps of paper and cardstock you have lying around
- Develop the enthusiasm to get messy and creative
- Garner the support of any little hands you might have around the house
Make a Paper Mache Alphabet Wall
As well as giving your little bundle of joy the opportunity to familiarize himself or herself with the letters of the alphabet, this is a great centerpiece for nursery walls, and you can personalize it to suit your own taste or color scheme.
You will need:
- Paper Mache Letters (available from all good craft stores in various sizes).
- Scrapbook paper of your choice. (Between six and 10 varieties will give you a good range. If you opt for a theme, choose ones that will tie everything together well. Some popular theme ideas include oral, stars or nautical colors.)
- A craft blade.
- Mod Podge (preferably matte).
- A pair of scissors.
- A paint brush.
- Paint all your letters in a light color, such as white or grey. This will give a consistent background finish.
- Once dried, place your letters face-down onto the scrapbook paper and trace around the edges with a pencil (leave a generous amount of room around the edges).
- When finished, turn them all around and place them on top of the letters to ensure you are happy with the distribution of colors.
- Use a paintbrush to apply a generous, smooth layer of your Mod Podge (which will be white at first, but dry to be transparent). Line it up with the scrapbook paper and rub it down onto the letter with your fingers. It’s best to start at the top and move down, as this prevents air bubbles from forming.
- Allow time to dry (at least 30 minutes).
- Cut out the middle sections of any letters with holes in the middle (e.g. ‘P’ and ‘A’).
- Check that the paper is stuck down sufficiently. If it isn’t, apply a little more Mod Podge on the underside. When you’re satisfied, apply a further layer of Mod Podge on top of every letter.
- Leave to dry for at least an hour.
- Think about whether you want the letters all in a row along the top of the room, or in a snake shape in one area.
- Hang using 3M Velcro Hangers or similar material.
Make a Canvas Using Your Baby Shower Cards
It always seems such a shame to throw away greeting cards. This gives you the chance to make a gorgeous wall display from your baby shower or ‘Congratulations’ cards that will offer up happy memories of friends and family whenever you look at it!
You will need:
- The cards you want to make your display with (choose between 16 and 20 cards).
- A pair of scissors and/or a craft blade.
- Strong glue.
- A square picture frame.
- A piece of white card cut-to-size to fit within the frame.
- A scrap piece of cardboard.
- A ruler.
- A pencil.
- Work on sketching out a heart shape on a piece of cardboard until you are happy with it (or trace one). It should be no larger than 3 inches.
- Pull the fronts off each greeting card and cut them out into the same shape.
- Use a ruler to (faintly) mark out a grid on your white cardboard backing. Your hearts should fit easily into each grid, three to four in a row with some space on either side for your border.
- Glue a heart into each grid, and then use an eraser to remove any pencil marks.
- Place the card inside the frame and hang wherever you feel it looks best in the nursery.
Make a Waterfall Mobile
There are lots of different, more elaborate ways of creating these, but this version keeps things simple (and affordable). Plus, it still has the wow factor!
You will need:
- A roll of clear, strong wire (such as jeweler thread).
- An embroidery ring.
- Four large pieces of cardstock in different colors or patterns.
- 1-by-1-inch circle punch and 1-by-2-inch circle punch.
- A sewing needle.
- Your embroidery ring will be used to hang the mobile from the ceiling, so decide whether you want to paint it first to match with your color scheme, or leave it in its original wood finish. If you do paint it, leave it to dry completely before continuing.
- Tie the four long pieces of jeweler thread to the inner of your embroidery ring. (Distribute them evenly so it hangs well.)
- Use your circle punch to create 40 circles in total in both sizes. (You can punch out multiple circles at once by placing each piece of paper on top of the other so it’s not as daunting as it sounds.)
- Use your needle to create a hole in the top and the bottom of each circle.
- Thread five circles through each piece of thread with a little space between each one (vary the sizes and colors so you have some of each on all of them).
- Trim the thread if needed. Hang it from the nursery’s room fan or ceiling light using string.