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Ashtyn’s Owl inspired DIY Nursery on a Budget!


Nursery on a budget! I was laid off last October and knew we couldn't spend much on the nursery.  Searched this site, etsy, and pinterest for ideas that I could do myself to give the new little guy his own space.  Not sure when I developed my love for owls but I heart them!!  Tried to not go overboard but with friends and family contributing as well, there is no shortage of owls :)

Design Inspiration

Owls...nature colors, browns, greens etc.

Decorating Style

Random :)

Project Details

Tried to calculate and I'm pretty sure this all came together for around $200.  We had all of the furniture so that helped,reused first child's crib and  changing table.  Awesome owl driftwood nightlight/musicbox was handmade by my sister and her boyfriend.  It is amazing, each owlhouse lights up on battery powered LED lights.  I was blown away when she gave it to me at my shower :)   The ABC print was time consuming but I love how it turned out.  Wall decals I ordered from TradeTang (china) not sure if I'd recommend this because they took about a month and 1/2 to get here, were a bit of a pain to put up, also not sure that I like where I put the large tree but too late now ;).,.  They were cheap though.  Mobile was a youtube tutorial my sister sent me that I changed up by using the grapevine wreath instead of a wooden embroidery circle.  Proud of my sewing on that one, along with the owl pillow in the crib.  Sewing in those last couple of months was actually relaxing.  Love the frame with his name, frame was from an old storage building given to me by my sis-in-law, letters are from hobby lobby painted with Acrylic paint and ModgePodged scrapbook paper, then strung on jute rope. Beautiful owl lamp is from Target,  a shower gift from a good friend.  Green and yellow owls were a thriftstore find from my sis. Bedding...almost forgot about it, hand sewn ebay find ($60!!!) Wanted solid mix matched patterns and Etsy sites wanted double to tripple that amount! Curtains were cheap sheers from BigLots ($10) and I stitchwitchery ironed on the large brown satin ribbon($8) for a bold look, cheaper than fabric I would've wanted to use.

Favorite Items

Hard to pick a favorite...the nightlight from my sis is crazy awesome.  I'm also pretty proud of my projects... artwork, mobile, and especially his name in the antique frame.


Search online sites, get inspiration, and give it a shot! I actually surprised myself with the end results of some projects, a couple weren't exactly what I envisioned but no big deal.   I hope one day when he's older he will see this room and see how much he was loved even before he got here!! :)

Jasmine C.

Sunday 29th of April 2012

I love this room and all the artsy, whimsical details in it! The driftwood with the little birdhouses is really interesting and looks really cute too.